Northern Ireland: Belfast

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Ulster University is located across four campuses in Northern Ireland which is renowned for its friendliness and warm welcome. Our vibrant cities, unspoilt countryside, efficient public transport and minimal congestion contribute to a high quality of life.

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital; with a major port on the banks of the River Lagan.  It has undergone extensive expansion and regeneration in recent years.

Belfast’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter is the artistic and cultural centre of the city and home to our Belfast campus. If you choose to study in Northern Ireland’s capital, you can take advantage of its wealth of culture and entertainment.

The Belfast campus is continuing to expand and develop as part of one of Northern Ireland’s largest urban developments. It will provide a progressive learning, teaching and research environment supported by the best innovative technology, allowing us to nurture talent and innovation.

The new campus will transform the student experience as a centre of academic excellence.

It will be publicly accessible and a valuable asset for Belfast as a city in which to live, work, study and do business.

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Ulster University

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole.


With approximately 27,000 students across four campuses, Ulster University is uniquely placed to engage local communities, support expansion of the knowledge based economy and contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.

Renowned for its world-class teaching, Ulster aims to transform lives, stretch minds and develop the skills required by a growing economy. Our research is world-leading and globally relevant, we work with other universities around the world to deliver ground-breaking research that can help future generations. At Ulster University we are proud of our multi-cultural community, we have many international students and staff, and promote a strong, internationally-relevant curriculum

Our students are at the centre of everything we do, and each of our four campuses provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that will engage our students and give them the skills they need to carve out their careers.

This is a new era for Ulster University as we are embarking on an ambitious plan for the next five years with a strategic vision that will take us to our fiftieth anniversary in 2034. At Ulster University we want to build on our successes and leave a legacy that is strong and dynamic.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Ulster is the ideal programme for anyone working in a managerial or governance role in the public, voluntary or community sectors, who is keen to reach the next step in their career.

Designed to improve quality across the public services, this innovative course will enhance your leadership skills and effectiveness, ensuring you stand out in a competitive labour market.

Modules cover a broad range of topics relevant to public sector management and governance, and will help you hone your leadership and management skills. The modules include:

·        Public Administration and Governance

·        Strategic Leadership

·        Policy Analysis

·        Applied Government

·        Research Methods

·        Contemporary Issues in Public Policy

·        Policy Evaluation

·        Delivering Services with NGOs

·        Issues in Health & Social Care

·        Project

MSc - Social Policy


The MSc in Social Policy offers the student the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of contemporary social policy. Students receive an excellent training in social research methods, effective dissemination, policy analysis, and the ability to apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to real-life problems. The course has a strong focus on major societal challenges such as social justice and inequality and global perspectives on these issues.

The course will appeal to those who have studied Social Policy or another social science subject at undergraduate level, or those who want to study social policy for the first time at postgraduate level.

Modules include:

·        Theorising and Researching Social Policy, Social Inequality and Social Justice

·        From Theory to Practice: addressing inequality and injustice through Social Policy

·        Democratising Social Policy

·        Social Policy in an Uncertain World

·        Foundations of Social Science Research

·        Specialist Research Methods for Social Policy

·        Survey and Quantitative Methods

·        Qualitative Research Methods

·        The Northern Ireland Conflict

·        Policy Making in Divided Societies

·        Racial Politics of Conflict and Migration

·        Delivering Services with NGOS

·        MSc Dissertation

Why Ulster for Postgraduate study?

Internationally recognised, high quality research shapes our teaching. Throughout the programme, you will benefit from the extensive expertise of the academic team, as well as significant input from leading practitioners from public services

Both courses are flexible programmes designed to work with your other commitments. To discuss study options and fees, contact Ms. Seana O’Kane or direct to the website.


  • Ulster University can host up to 3 students per academic year from its partner institutions

  • Students are free to choose whether they come during the first (starting in September) or second semester (starting in February)

  • Students have to demonstrate their English language level in line with our English language policy.


Contact persons

Dr. Karl O’Connor
Course Director, MPA

Prof. Ann Marie Gray
Course Director, MSc Social Policy

Ms. Seana O’Kane
Course Administrator


MPA - Belfast Campus MSc Social Policy - Jordanstown Campus

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Belfast Newtownabbey
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