Completing a course of study within higher education brings benefits on many levels. In terms of your future job, a degree can lead to increased earning potential, greater opportunities and a more rewarding career.
For those already pursuing their careers, a higher education course can increase your employment prospects, and many employers have woken up to the value of ongoing lifelong learning programmes for their staff.
Yet there is far more to higher education than just studying. Universities and higher education colleges are thriving social and cultural centres, with much to offer students of any age, nationality or social background. Many graduates would agree with the old cliché that your student days are the best days of your life. More...


Higher Education external link

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Routes into University and Higher Education external link

As well as traditional A levels, there are qualifications that can get you into higher education. Universities and colleges may also take your work experience into account.

Student Finance external link

The first step in drawing up a budget for student life is working out how much higher education will cost. You’ll need to consider tuition fees, accommodation and living costs. Check out what it will cost Northern Ireland students

Student Life external link

Get prepared for life at university - some useful tips and advice

All Ireland Scholarships external link

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme, which is funded by JP McManus, provides financial support to high achieving students from challenging economic backgrounds. They must also be going to university in the UK or Republic of Ireland to study an undergraduate degree course

Adult Learning external link

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Careers external link

Need career inspiration? Get free, impartial advice from the Careers Service (nidirect)

Universities and Regional Colleges information and advice phone numbers external link

Candidates wishing to contact the University Admissions Office may do so by post, fax, telephone or by calling in person.

NI Education and Library Boards external link

Details of the NI Education and Library Boards can be found on nidirect contacts section

Other Useful addresses

Addresses and contact details for other educational establishments in Northern Ireland.

Role and Structure of HE Division

The role of the Department for Employment and Learning is to formulate policy and administer funding to support education, research and related activities in the Northern Ireland higher education sector.

Higher Education Policy

The aim of Higher Education Policy branch is to develop, communicate and evaluate higher education policy for Northern Ireland, in consultation with the sector, and other regions of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Higher Education Research Policy

The aim of the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) is to develop and sustain a Higher Education research sector that holds a strong position within the UK and beyond and makes a major contribution to economic and social well-being.

Higher Education Quality Assurance

Higher Education Policy Branch has been working with our colleagues in England to agree on future developments with in the Higher Education quality assurance system.


Initial Teacher Education

The Department for Employment and Learning has responsibility for the administration and funding of initial teacher education in Northern Ireland.