Holders Tyrone will face Down, Donegal and UUJ in the group stage of the Gaelic Life McKenna Cup in January.
Mickey Harte will hold negotiations with university managements
Group A will see Fermanagh, Armagh, Derry and St Mary's College Belfast in opposition while Antrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Queen's comprise Group C.
The winners of group B will face group C winners in the semi-finals with the top team in group A facing the best runner-up in the other semi-final.
Tyrone won last year's competition - but only after winning an appeal.
The Ulster Council initially stripped them of the title over the unauthorised use of university players but Tyrone successfully appealed against that ruling.
Despite last year's controversy, there is a possibility of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte again becoming embroiled in a row over the selection of third level players.
Harte has indicated that established Tyrone squad members will be able to play for their universities but he believes that he should have the option of picking other players who are not regulars for the county.
The Tyrone manager has said that he will have negotiations with university managements over the issue.
The fixtures dates and venues will be finalised by the Ulster Council on Wednesday.
Gaelic Life Dr Mc Kenna Cup Groups
Fermanagh, Armagh, Derry, St Mary's College Belfast.
Tyrone, Down, Donegal. University of Ulster, Jordanstown.
Antrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Queen's University, Belfast.
Winners Group B vs Winners Group C
Winners Group A vs Best Runner-Up.