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Ulster Jumps Up the University Rankings for 2022 and is Shortlisted for University of the Year

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Technical background

Ulster University has joined four other institutions in the ‘University of the Year’ award by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

This sought-after top five position out of 135 UK universities is selected by the Guide’s editorial team, highlighting those institutions with exceptional student satisfaction, teaching quality, and particularly good response to the pandemic this last year. It is the publication’s most prestigious award, with only York, Warwick, Edge Hill and Imperial College London joining Ulster in the exclusive shortlist.

“The university stands on the verge of great things and our shortlisting for University of the Year recognises that.”
Alastair McCall, editor, The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

In other exciting news, The Complete University Guide has published its University League Tables for 2022.

And the results are in:

Ulster University has made a huge stride in its ranking position overall. For Biomedical Science as a subject area, we’ve also seen a great improvement.

Ulster has shot up a massive 16 places since last year, now standing at position 44 out of all universities in the country.

For Biomedical Science, a subject area Ulster is extremely proud of, we now rank 26th – a rise in the table of 11 places.

The League Tables use official data sources to compile their rankings, comparing higher education institutions across the UK, as well as 74 separate subject areas.

The Complete University Guide uses a range of criteria to make their overall assessments, including:

  • Entry standards
  • Student satisfaction
  • Research quality
  • Research intensity
  • Student-staff ratio
  • Graduate prospects
  • Academic services spend
  • Facilities spend
  • Degree completion

Such a climb in both Biomedical Science as a subject, and as an institution generally, reflects the commitment and quality of work UU staff and students have contributed this year.

Boost in Biomedical Science Coincides with New World-Class Laboratory Facility

Ulster University is no stranger to high achievement when it comes to the Life Sciences. In 2014 the Research Excellence Framework put Ulster’s Biomedical Science department in the top five UK universities, and The Guardian ranked our Pharmacy and Pharmacology first in the country in their 2021 table.

Research is one of Ulster’s highest priorities, particularly in Biomedical Science. A £700,000 investment allowed us to add a new state-of-the-art laboratory for our Mass Spectrometry Centre this summer at the Coleraine campus.

This imaging facility will allow us to continue our research capabilities and attract world experts to Ulster University, which benefits all staff and students in Biomedical Science.

Impressive Results for Biomedical Science MSc Students Both On-Campus and Online

It’s always good to see improvements in our performance. For prospective students considering Ulster University as a place to study, league tables are one helpful tool to assess the quality of the education they’ll receive.

This latest acknowledgement of our Biomedical Science faculty progress is very welcome – but not unexpected. Most of the module leaders on our Biomedical Science MSc are highly research-active and core members of Ulster’s BioMedical Science Research Institute (BMSRI).

Their research directly informs the teaching on our Masters programmes, and helps raise the profile and reputation of the department, which benefits everyone.

Furthermore, the improved rankings reflect not just on-campus programmes, but our renowned distance learning courses too. Students who learn online with Ulster receive the same qualifications and quality of teaching.

Distance learners benefit as much as anyone from our research capabilities and laboratory facilities. We all rise together – better research leads to better programmes.

If you’re considering a Biomedical Science MSc to fit alongside your existing work or life commitments, an online Masters with the UK’s 44th highest-ranking university could be for you!

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More and more students are opting for online learning because of the flexibility and freedom it offers.

If you’re interested in learning more about how online masters programmes can lead to more lucrative career options, Ulster University’s online courses could be the perfect next step.

Our masters will give you the skills needed to take your career to the next level. Plus, you’ll have the freedom to study part-time, whenever and wherever you want – no career break needed.

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