We are a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement, making a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.
Ulster University is organized into four faculties, each one housing several schools focused on different subject areas. The university offers 603 educational programs in arts, engineering, business, management, health and life sciences, social sciences and information technology at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. The institution also extends a range of short courses and CPD programs. Besides, the university offers 78 e-learning programs to facilitate flexible learning for working professionals. The university is a vibrant community of different nationalities and backgrounds, with around 27,000 students pursuing their programs across four campuses.
Our degree programmes are developed in collaboration with industry and professional bodies. Many offer an additional qualification or accreditation which can prove invaluable when job hunting.
Career and Employability
Enhancing employability is an Ulster University priority. At Ulster University we have always placed employability at the heart of the student experience and provided all our students with the opportunities and support they need to develop into highly employable graduates. This new Employability Strategy describes our ambitions to further enhance and integrate our employability offering into the overall student experience over the next five years.
Foundation Pathway Program –
International Foundation in Business
Progression to First Year at Ulster University
ATHE Level 3 in Business and Management is a one year course suited for high school leavers. Upon completion, successful students will be invited to join the first year at Ulster University. This program will ensure that you meet the academic and English requirements to progress to the first year of an undergraduate degree at Ulster University. Read More
The university has developed an innovative and comprehensive employability framework that can be woven in to the fabric of curriculum, the students learning experiences and co-cocurricular and extra-cocurricular provision.
Investing in your employability journey is a crucial part of achieving success in your studies and future career. Employability & Careers are here to support you with your future whether you have just joined us, or you are continuing your employability journey with Ulster. During enrolment you were asked to select an Employability Statement that best suits you, these statements have been placed into 4 categories:
Entry And Admission
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).
See the academic and English Level Entry Requirements:
For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include:
A first degree in Business, Management or related subjects or a level 6 qualification for
example an ATHE Diploma in Management
Other equivalent international qualifications.
English Language Entry Requirements
Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49
Tier 4 visas
The Tier 4 (General) student visa is suitable for international students studying a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme lasting longer than six months. When applying for a TIER 4 visa, you must ensure that you can evidence to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that you meet all the academic and financial requirements. BSMI will support you during the process of your Visa application, but you need to be aware of all the relevant information that you need to provide to us at the time of your application.UKVI use a points-based system for visa applications, and you will need 40 points to qualify for a Tier 4 visa. Points are awarded as follows:
30 points for having a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement
Once you have an unconditional offer from us and we have received your 25% tuition fee deposit and you have successfully undertaken a credibility interview with members of BSMI staff, we will send your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies statement (CAS). Your CAS will include the following details:
Your unique CAS reference number
Your name, date of birth and passport number
Your offer – the title and length of the course and the college details
Why we have accepted you – the certificates you have provided, your English language ability and if you have studied in the UK before
The course tuition fees and how much you have paid already
Our Tier 4 sponsor license number
It is important that you use the same documents to apply for your visa that you did to make your application. This is to ensure that all the information you provide to us is accurate and that your CAS is correct. You will need to apply for your visa using the same information and documents you used for your BSMI application.
UKVI may not award the points if:
The information on your CAS does not match the information in your visa application
You are using a CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start of your course
You have used the same CAS before. Each CAS has a unique reference number and can only be used once; if you are making a new Tier 4 visa application, you will need a new CAS statement
10 points for having enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
You must show you have enough money to pay the fees for the first year of your course (or the whole course, if less than a year) in an appropriate account for a sufficient period of time. Your CAS will show any money you have already paid to BSMI. This can be taken off the total amount you need to show in your bank account.
As BSMI is located outside of London you will need to show £1,015 per month to cover your living costs. You must show you have enough money to cover your living costs for nine months (or the length of your course, if it is less than nine months).
Paying for UK healthcare as part of your student visa application
Students that want to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to pay a fee to use the National Health Service (NHS) – this is called a ‘migrant health surcharge’. Important information about the migrant health surcharge:
paying the surcharge gives you access a wide range of healthcare services, including doctors’ consultations
as a student visa applicant, you will need to pay £300 per year in the UK on a Tier 4 visa
you must make the payment before you submit or send your visa or immigration application
you need to make your payment online (https://www.gov.uk/healthcare- immigration-application/pay)
you cannot obtain a tier 4 visa without making this payment.
How to show you have the required money
UKVI will accept any of the following (or a combination) as proof of the required amount of money:
Cash funds must be held in a bank account (including advance notice savings and current accounts) for a consecutive 28-day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance) ending no more than one month before your application.
A letter from a regulated financial institution confirming a loan
An official financial or government sponsorship
You can use money held in an account owned by your parent(s) or legal guardian(s), providing you show evidence that you are related to them, and you have their permission to use this money. More information can be found at the following link: PDF ATTACHMENT for financial guidance Financial guidance for Tier 4 (General) applicants
UKVI may not award the points if:
The money is from a credit card or overdraft
The money is held with a financial institution that cannot be verified by the UK Home Office. UKVI has a list of these financial institutions
The money has not been in the account for a full 28-day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application
The amount of money shown is not enough when converted to pounds sterling. UKVI will use the exchange rate on the OANDA website on the date of the closing balance shown on the document provided
The money is in an account that is not in your name or the name of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) whose permission you have. (For example, money held in a business account.)
Applicants will need to obtain a TB certificate if they are studying for over 6 months and have been present in one of the countries listed in Appendix T of the Immigration rules for more than 6 months immediately prior to the visa application: https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb- test-to-enter-the-uk
Pre- Cas Questionnaire
Once all the submitted documents are assessed and validated by BSMI, we will ask students to complete a PRE-CAS Questionnaire, which will be rigorously checked and compared with the answers given during the Credibility Interview held by BSMI. Please note: If you fail the credibility interview taken with BSMI, you will not be issued a CAS to study your course in the United Kingdom. Please complete the PRE-CAS
questionnaire in an honest and clear way as your answers will be cross- checked with the Credibility Interview to ensure your intentions to study at BSMI is genuine.
In addition to the 40 points, you must gain for your CAS and financial evidence, you will be expected to take a Tier 4 credibility interview, either in person at the visa
application centre via Skype or both. The interview will discuss the course that you wish to study in the UK, where you will be studying, why you have decided to study your chosen course, your personal and financial circumstances, and your future plans after graduation.
The interview will also determine if your English language ability is of a suitable standard. These interviews give you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are a genuine student, committed to studying in the UK with a clear understanding of what, why and where you will study.
At the interview, you should answer in an honest and clear way. The questions that will be asked should relate to you and your decision to study the course you have chosen. Your interview is likely to be between 8 and 30 questions long, depending on what information the interviewer thinks they need from you.
Prior to issuing a CAS, all students must attend to BSMI’s credibility interview, which will last about 45 minutes. During this time, BSMI will ask you all the questions relevant to your chosen studies and how studying this course will help you with your future plans