Education

Universities & FE

Northern Ireland has three universities, two university colleges and six further education colleges. All offer opportunities to study for higher education qualifications within Northern Ireland.

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Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University is positioned in the heart of Belfast, offering various prestigious academic degrees across a broad range of subjects.  Queen’s is in the top 1% of universities in the world, accommodating over 23,000 students at any one time.

To obtain further information on Queen’s and the courses it offers, please click to visit their website.


Ulster University

Ulster University has four campuses within Northern Ireland.  Located in Belfast, Jordanstown, Coleraine, and Magee (Derry/Londonderry).  Ulster University provides a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a wide range of disciplines.  Ranking as a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.

To obtain further information on Ulster University and the courses it offers, please click to visit their website.


The Open University

The Open University (OU) offers a route into higher education for anyone who wants to learn. It is an online distance learning and research university.

There are no entry requirements to study, although you may require certain qualifications for some courses. Over half of OU undergraduate students begin their study without standard higher education entry level qualifications, for example, one A Level or less.

To obtain further information on The Open University and courses, please click to visit their website.


Stranmillis University College

Stranmillis University College is a university college of Queen’s University Belfast. The institution is located on the Stranmillis Road, Belfast.  Its main purpose is to provide teacher training.  However in recent years in recognition of the multi-professional approach that is critical to the education of children, they have expanded their undergraduate portfolio to offer a wider range of professionally related academic programmes.

To obtain further information on Stanmillis University College and courses, please click to visit their website.


St. Mary’s University College

St Mary’s College is a university college in Belfast, the institution is located on the Falls Road.  It is a specialist and distinctive Catholic Higher Education Institution which specialises in the education of teachers and also offers a Liberal Arts degree programme.  The institution offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for teacher education, especially for a Catholic ethos, including a PGCE for Irish Medium Education.

To obtain further information on St. Mary’s University College and courses, please click to visit their website.


Higher Education in Further Education Colleges

Northern Ireland has six further education (FE) colleges operating across 40 campuses and over 400 outreach community locations. Each college offers several Higher Education programmes ranging from GCSEs and A levels to BTECs, HNCs, Foundation degrees, Apprenticeships, Degrees and other specific training programmes.  The FE colleges are the main providers of vocational and technical education and training in NI.  They play a central role in raising levels of literacy and numeracy and in up-skilling and re-skilling through a broad range of courses.

To obtain further information on Further Educational Colleges and courses, please click to visit their website.