About our Faculty
Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the Faculty of Computing and Engineering. The Faculty consists of four Schools, as
well as the Engineering Research Graduate School. The Faculty enjoys a
presence on three campuses namely, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee. If
you are studying a programme at Jordanstown which includes design
modules you may also attend classes at the Belfast campus.
A range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development
programmes is offered by the Faculty, planned in collaboration with
industry, professional bodies, and where appropriate government bodies. The
programmes are designed to meet the needs of industry - offering a good
balance of theory and practice - and most include a one year placement.
The Faculty enjoys strong links with industry - working with businesses
to assist in the development of programmes, consultancy, research and
development, and through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. These links
create excellent opportunities for you in terms of placement
opportunities and greatly enhance your employment prospects.
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering is involved in many different
aspects of research including Intelligent Systems, Intelligent
Multimedia, Smart Home Technologies, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering,
Information Engineering, Bio-Engineering, Medical Informatics and
Statistics, Nanotechnology and Engineering Composites – to name but a
few! Once you have finished studying at undergraduate level you may
decide that you would like to undertake a postgraduate qualification in
one of these areas.
The Faculty provides a diverse, supportive and productive educational
environment for you. Staff members actively engage in research and
consultancy with national and international partners and then integrate
this experience into the classroom environment.
The programme that you are currently studying will be based within one
of three computing Schools – Computing and Information Engineering, Computing and
Intelligent Systems, or Computing and Mathematics. A
synopsis of each School is detailed below – take the time to read these
as they will give you an idea of what your fellow students are studying
within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering.
The School of Computing and Information Engineering is based at the Coleraine
campus on the north coast, within ten miles of the world heritage site,
The Giant’s Causeway. Outdoor pursuits are a big attraction to
students studying at this campus – body boarding, surfing, golf, rowing
and motor cycle racing are part of life in this area. As you
would expect sporting facilities on campus are excellent.
The School has a strong focus on teaching and research in computer
science. Teaching strengths lie in the development of software
systems, artificial intelligence, digital games development and
The School also offers a range of modular programmes combining computer
science with subjects such as business, education, modern languages and
psychology. It is also possible to follow specialist streams in
Digital Games Development, Artificial Intelligence and Internet
Systems. Research focuses on Information Engineering - data
mining and knowledge discovery, artificial intelligence and software engineering.
The School of Computing and Intelligent Systems is based Mageecampus,
which is a rapidly expanding city-centre campus close to the River
Foyle, city centre shopping and leisure and entertainment facilities.
There is always something exciting happening at Magee – it is an
excellent place to experience student life to the full.
The School has a strong focus on teaching in the areas of computer
science, computer games, ICT, Creative Computing and electronic
systems. In particular the School is noted for its strengths in the
integration of these areas – a critical aspect for the design of modern
computational systems for industry, education, entertainment and
commerce. The School also contributes the computing elements of other
courses at the campus.
The School’s research has a particular emphasis on intelligent
computational systems and has gained support for the establishment of a
£20M Intelligent Systems Research Centre which focuses on areas such as
computational neuroscience, cognitive robotics and ambient intelligence.
The School of Computing and Mathematics is based at the Jordanstown
campus on the shore of Belfast Lough. The campus enjoys a friendly
environment with plenty of cafes, sandwich bars and restaurants at
which to meet and relax with friends. The campus has excellent sporting
facilities including a large fitness suite. There are local amenities
and bars for those who choose to live close by.
Computing Science, Computing with Mathematics, Interactive Multimedia
Design, Software Engineering,
and Information and Communication Technologies are all on offer on a
full-time basis within the School. Research within the school focuses
on data mining, artificial intelligence, software systems engineering,
medical informatics and statistics.
Also at the Jordanstown
campus is the School of Engineering. The School is noted for its strengths in bioengineering
which includes the application of engineering to medicine;
nanotechnology, the creation of new materials atom-by-atom for a range
of applications, such as bio-sensing, tissue-engineering and drug
delivery; and in the development of composite materials for use in the
aerospace, automotive and construction industries. Research
interests include bio-engineering, nanotechnology, and engineering
Apart from the strong research activity, a wide range of courses
provide rich professional engineering employment opportunities and the
school features superb links with industry, extending to all of GB and
ROI. The School offers a range of programmes including mechanical
engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, engineering management,
(production and manufacturing), technology with design, sports
technology and biomedical engineering. Integrated foundation
years in engineering may be offered for candidates who do not have sufficient UCAS
points to enter directly at year 1.
This introduction provides you with an overview of what goes on in the
Faculty of Computing and Engineering. Remember that you can refer to
this at any stage – throughout your time at the University of Ulster.
All the very best for your time at university!