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CUC Ulster University is a modern and dynamic University based in Qatar.

Accreditations & Partnerships

Local Recognition:

Ministry of Education and Higher
Education (MoEHE) in Qatar

CUC Ulster’s programmes are locally and internationally accredited.

International Recognition:

Pearson Education Ltd:
Our BTEC programmes are awarded by Pearson Education, one of the world’s largest learning companies in the UK. CUC is an official centre offering accredited programmes from the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) in the United Kingdom, awarded by Pearson Education.
BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education authorities around the world as the principal technical professional qualification at Levels 4 and 5. Developed in conjunction with employers, students, and professional bodies, BTEC Higher Nationals offer your students real experience, opportunities and comprehensive qualifications that will benefit their chosen career.
Ulster University:
All Foundation, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate degrees being offered at CUC Ulster Qatar are awarded by Ulster University in the UK.

Ulster is a British 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. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.

Ulster at a Glimpse:

Ulster University is a multi-campus university tracing its origins back to1849, with sights set firmly on the future.

The University has now spread beyond its Northern Ireland roots to include branch campuses in London, Birmingham, and most recently in Qatar.

Our Qatar branch is operated in partnership with City University College, with a new state-of-the-art campus undergoing construction in the “smart city” of Lusail.

Students graduating from our Qatar branch campus will receive a globally recognized, fully accredited UK degree from Ulster University, licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar.

We are a truly international university, welcoming international students from over 100 different countries and over 200,00 alumni worldwide. We have an excellent reputation for research, for providing work-based learning, and for the level of recognition granted by professional bodies.

Our students are at the center of everything we do, and each of our campuses provides a range of courses that will engage our students and provide them with the skills they need to carve out their careers.

We aim to create the best opportunities for our students by putting an emphasis on work-based learning. This contributes to over 94% of our graduates being in employment or pursuing further studies within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2016/17).

At Ulster University we want to build on our successes and leave a legacy that is strong and dynamic.

We invite you to be a part of our extraordinary story!

Key Facts About Ulster

Over 170

of Heritage

£45 million

invested in research every year

in UK

for Outstanding Impact for Law Research (REF 2014)

in UK

Research Impact for Business and Management (REF 2014)

in Northern Ireland

for Business Management and Marketing (Times Good University Guide, 2022)

2,500 student

placements every year

92% of graduates

all leavers in work or further study six months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes, 2018/19)


Alumni Worldwide

Top 20
in UK

for Marketing (Complete University Guide, 2022)

Student Satisfaction

in Marketing (National Student Survey, 2021)

Short-listed University of the Year

(Times Good University Guide, 2022)

30,000 Students

(HESA 2020/21)

Top 20 for
Student Experience

(Times Good University Guide, 2022)

Top 20
in UK

(Times Good University Guide, 2022)

Why Ulster University:

We are renowned for our teaching excellence, underpinned by world-leading research. Our strong collaboration with industry is reflected in our dynamic course portfolio, meeting new and emerging sector demands to ensure industry-relevant programmes producing work-ready graduates. Teaching excellence We are renowned, both locally and internationally, for the quality of our teaching. World-class research enhances our teaching and sets us apart from many other education providers. Cutting edge research We have a strong track record in research and innovation, addressing real-world issues of both local and global relevance. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, Ulster was named as one of the top universities in the UK for world-leading research. A global community We recruit international students from more than 100 countries across the globe. Our internationally diverse staff and student population enriches the student experience at Ulster. Affordable learning Going to university can be a significant financial commitment. Our courses are competitively priced to ensure value for money and offer early bird discounts and flexible payment options. Industry-relevant education Many of our programmes have been developed with input from industry and professional bodies, ensuring they are relevant and meet industry needs. We are proud to count many leading experts and practitioners among our teaching staff.


Ulster University has been included in the top 50 universities for the first time in the Complete University
Guide (CUG) 2022 League Table’s 15-year history.

After a third successive rise in these rankings, Ulster University has risen 16 places from 60th (2021) to 44th (2022) out of 130 UK universities. This is the highest rank the University has achieved in the Guide’s 15-year history.

Ulster University was given special recognition from CUG for a significant upward shift in the top 50 – climbing 16 places into 44th position. Along with one other UK university, Ulster University has achieved the biggest leap among those now ranked in the top 50, in this year’s league tables.

In allocated scores Ulster University excelled for: student satisfaction with 81%; graduate prospects at 74%; research prowess – it was ranked 13th for research intensity with a huge 84% and 73% for research quality.
With all the higher education providers in Northern Ireland ranked among the top 50 universities in the UK, this highlights the strength and quality of provision in Northern Ireland among the UK regions.

This is particularly important at a time when many young people may be uncertain about making a university choice that is further from home. These rankings can bolster their reasons and confidence to stay and study in the region which offers world-class education, careers for the making and a lifestyle like no other.
What the CUG said about
Ulster University:
“Ulster University’s four distinct campuses are at the heart of Northern Ireland. Its inclusive and supportive learning environment welcomes learners from all backgrounds. Industry-relevant education is underpinned by world-leading research and taught by expert staff and practitioners. Close links
with employers and awarding bodies ensure that students gain the skills, knowledge, and qualifications needed to achieve their ambitions.”
Professor Paul Seawright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
at Ulster University commented:
“The University’s significant uplift in these rankings reflects our continuous focus on the quality and impact of our teaching and research, across our unique campuses. The significant investment in the landmark Belfast campus, due to open from September, which will provide a progressive student experience in a state-of-the art city centre campus; the establishment of the School of Medicine at Magee which will produce 70 doctors per year to address sectoral workforce challenges; and over recent years the University has invested £27 million in facilities on Coleraine Campus including a £5m sports centre and a £6.5m media centre.

“The rise in the rankings can also be attributed to our sustained commitment to careers focus and student readiness for career pathways across all campuses, delivering the very best environment for students to succeed and investment in both academic and pastoral support to deliver a rewarding University journey and a confident start to our students’ careers.

“Additionally, the quality of the University’s research is evidenced by the ranking of 13th achieved for research intensity (84%) and 73% for research quality. Ulster University is a research-intensive University with several subjects at the top of the research league tables which deliver globally significant research with local relevance. This research informs teaching across a range of disciplines and makes a positive contribution to society in diverse fields from healthcare to engineering to the creative industries and beyond.”

CUG ranks 130 of the UK’s Universities according to 10 criteria: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities, and Completion.

New for the 2022 release is the addition of the criteria of Graduate Prospects – on track, a measure focused on whether recent graduates agree that their current activity fits with their future plans.

The league tables can be found in full, along with the methodology and more information on the Complete University Guide website.

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