Published Monday, 20 August 2012
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A total of 370 applicants received congratulatory offers from the university after they applied for places, while only 194 places were available.
It means some students whose grades are lower than those normally accepted onto the course will be allowed in.
A statement on Monday said UU will look into introducing a foundation year for those additional students with "more modest" qualifications.
It said: "The University of Ulster is offering places on the honours degree to those students who received the erroneous email and whose grades would have been accepted in the past.
"However there will be some students who received the email whose qualifications are more modest. We are discussing with those students the possibility of them doing a foundation year for the honours degree."
The university has confirmed it will honour the offers made to all students who had received all their examination results - and expects to take around 100 extra places.
However it means the university is likely to exceed its cap on student places.
Higher Education Minister Dr Stephen Farry said that, while it remains to be seen how many students will take up these offers, a financial penalty can be expected in the case of mismanagement.
"Universities routinely make more conditional offers than they have places in the knowledge that not every offer will be taken up, and through managing this process across all courses, over and under allocations will be evened out," said the DEL minister.
"In the event that this is mismanaged a university would expect a financial penalty."
He added that he is "sympathetic" to the situation UU has found itself in.
Professor Richard Millar of the Engineering faculty, who has apologised over the problems, said the university's contingency fund will be able to cover the extra places.
However he said the possibility that students applying this year for next year could be affected is part of the discussion it is having with DEL.
Professor Millar added that the university is "delighted" to be able to stand over the offers and stressed that they will not take away from other subject areas.
"We are now in the happy situation of being able to confirm for all students where we have a full set of their exam results we're going to honour the offer that was made to them," he said.
"There is a remaining group of 20 students where we're still waiting on some results for those students - that might be, maybe, on a GCSE they'll get later this week.
"But these additional student numbers are exactly that, they are additional.
"They are not going to take students away from other subject areas and they are not going to take students away from other campuses of the university."