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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 2018), 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. Queen’s is also a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities and is ranked 1st for our Graduate School among 159 universities worldwide (The International Student Barometer, 2016).

Students are taught by world-leading academics at the cutting edge of their disciplines and the quality of our teaching is recognized as of the highest standard. Throughout their proud history Gueen's produced Nobel Laureates, leading global academics and national and international leaders. Queen’s is also a lead UK university in tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering. Queen’s hold 11 SWAN departmental Awards, including two Gold, as well as an institutional Silver Award.

15 of Queen’s subjects are ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings by subject 2017), and 24 subjects are ranked in the UK top 20 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). 

A truly international university, nearly 2,000 international students from 59 countries currently study at the university. The university maximizes the career potential of all our students and ongoing support helps to develop key entrepreneurial and employability skills meaning 95 per cent of their 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). 93.5% of Queen’s graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2014/15)


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.

An investment of £350m in the Queen’s campus over the last ten years has created the award-winning £50m McClay library and a £9m student’s union building. An additional £20m investment in sport means Queen’s is now one of the premier sporting universities in Ireland and the UK (Guardian University Guide 2016)

Some of our facilities 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 graduate 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

Queen’s University’s historic, city-based campus is set in south Belfast, 15 minutes’ walk from the vibrant city centre.

Belfast is a thriving European capital with a unique cultural identity. Named the ‘happiest place in the UK (Office of National Statistics 2016), it has a buzzing arts and social scene, historic pubs, big-brand shopping and a friendly, welcoming populace. Belfast is a compact city that is really easy to get around on foot. If you need to take public transport, Translink operates the Metro bus service and the railway service in the city. It's also easy to travel around from Belfast. Cross-border train services run from Belfast to Dublin and back up to eight times daily, and all major UK cities are within an hour's flying time. There are also 99 cross channel sailings each week.

Belfast has the lowest cost of living (Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Mercer 2016), and the lowest student rent (Natwest Student Living Index 2016), making it one of the cheapest cities in the United Kingdom to live in for students. In fact, Queen's University Belfast is 1st for living costs and accommodation costs among Russell Group universities (The International Student Barometer, 2016).

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.

If you would like to find out more about Queen's University Belfast, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Date of establishment: 1845

Student population: 23,900

Number of international students: Queen’s currently has almost 2,000 international students from 59 different countries 

Location: Queen’s University’s historic campus is an urban setting just a 15 minute walk from Belfast’s vibrant city center. 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
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology

Cost of Tuition per year: from £16,400 per year (2019/20) 

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

January 15th deadline

If you're thinking of applying, consider applying before January 15th! While generally the 15 January UCAS deadline doesn't apply to international students, there are some exceptions and it helps to beat the rush of UK/EU students who will be submitting.  

We can help you apply ASAP!

Queen’s University Belfast Law School in the Top Ten

The Law School at Queen’s University Belfast has recently gained a number of accolades.  Its reputation for excellence has led the Law School to achieve the following accomplishments:

New partner in Northern Ireland

We are pleased to announce that Queen’s University Belfast is a new partner with Across the Pond in Canada!

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