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Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s is a world-class, red-brick university situated in Belfast, the regional capital of Northern Ireland. Ranked in the top one percent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015.16), it is one of the UKs leading research-intensive universities alongside Oxford, Cambridge and London School of Economics.  It conducts vital research tackling some of the world’s biggest issues, from climate change to medical technologies that improve the lives of people around the globe.  

Our students are taught by world-leading academics at the cutting edge of their disciplines and the quality of our teaching is recognised as of the highest standard.  Throughout our proud history we’ve produced Nobel Laureates, leading global academics and national and international leaders.

A truly international university, some 1,800 international students from over 80 countries currently study at the university. We maximise the career potential of all our students and ongoing support helps to develop key entrepreneurial and employability skills meaning 95 per cent of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Major UK employers rank Queen’s 18th out of UK universities for producing the best graduates for the workplace (Global Employability University Survey 2015)


Queen’s is home to world-class facilities including labs, classrooms and lecture theatres all extensively upgraded and Queen’s has now some of the best 21st century campus facilities in the world.

These include:

  • The state-of-the-art Physical Education Centre (PEC), one of the most advanced sport and fitness facilities in the UK and Ireland; the award-winning McClay Library; a prestigious new home for the School of Law; the Bernard Crossland Building for computer science; and the new Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.
  • Queen’s brand-new Graduate School is setting the bar in postgraduate provision. Situated in a dedicated 21st-century space, it’s a place where creativity and new ways of thinking are actively encouraged.
  • Queen’s Students’ Union (QUBSU) is one of the top five Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s ranked 15th in the UK for student experience and is at the heart of student life.

Northern Ireland: A Unique Location

Belfast is a thriving European capital with a unique cultural identity. Named the ‘happiest place in the UK (Office of National Statistics 2015), it has a buzzing arts and social scene, historic pubs, big-brand shopping and a friendly, welcoming populace.

Belfast has the lowest cost of living (Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Mercer 2015) making it one of the cheapest cities in the United Kingdom to live in for students.

When it comes to business, Belfast has had $3 billion of inward investment in the last decade. It is home to two-thirds of Northern Ireland’s largest 50 companies and is the number one global destination for financial technology R&D investments.

Date of establishment: 1845

Student population: 23,900

Number of international students: 1,725 

Location: Queen’s University’s historic campus is an urban setting just a 15 minute walk from Belfast’s vibrant city centre. Situated within three designated conservation areas, walking or cycling around the area is a pleasant experience. Numerous shops, cafes and restaurants are nearby, as are Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, the Lyric Theatre, and Queen’s Physical Education Centre. 

City population: 333,000

Closest airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport

Areas of expertise:                           

  • Global Food Safety and Security
  • Cybersecurity and Secure Information Technology
  • Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
  • Global Health
  • Business and Management Studies

Cost of Tuition per year: 

  • Undergraduate: from £13,945 
  • Postgraduate Taught: from £14,100 
  • Postgraduate Research: from £13,945

Accommodation cost: from £94 per week for a 38-week contract in a standard room. 

Notable alumni:

  • Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995
  • Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, 1997-2011
  • Professor James Francis Pantridge, Inventor of the portable heart defibrillator
  • Liam Neeson OBE, Actor
  • Stephen Rea, Actor
  • Peter Rice, Designer and engineer
  • John Stewart Bell, Influential 20th-century scientist
  • Anita Sands, Director of Symantec
  • Tan Sri Datuk Rafiah Salim, Director of NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women

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