Sir Alex Ferguson and Rory McIlroy honoured by University of Ulster

New 'Doctors' Ferguson and McIlroy honoured for services to sport

US Open champion Rory McIlroy and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will receive honorary degrees from the University of Ulster.

The degrees will be conferred during summer and winter graduation ceremonies.

The university said: 'Rory McIlroy has quickly established himself as a major force in international golf as a Major winner and Ryder Cup hero.'

Rory McIlroy

Sir Alex Ferguson

Honoured: Rory McIllroy and Sir Alex Ferguson will become Doctors of Science

McIlroy is the youngest winner of the US Open for almost 90 years and will be awarded a Doctor of Science degree for his contribution to golf.

He follows in the footsteps of compatriots Graeme McDowell, who received an honorary degree last year after capturing the 2010 US Open, and Darren Clarke, honoured by the university in 2002.

Ferguson is being recognised with a Doctor of Science degree for his services to football, enjoying success with United and Aberdeen.