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Queen's University Belfast

At a glance

Dating back to 1845, Queen's is the 9th oldest university in the UK – founded by Queen Victoria the University has been providing tertiary-level education over 170 years.

Queen's historic campus is located in the attractive, leafy suburbs of south Belfast, a lively area only 15 minutes' walk away from the city centre. Remaining in the heart of Belfast, today, the University is a major part of Northern Ireland, and exists as a centre of international-standard education and research. Queen's campus now consists of over 300 buildings while the Lanyon building remains the main building and the symbol of Queen’s University Belfast.

Queen’s has three Faculty groupings, each headed up by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and there are 20 Schools each run by a Head of School, supported by a School Manager. The three Faculties are the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. Each of the 20 schools operates as a primary management unit of the university and the schools are the focus for education and research for their respective subject areas.

The University’s degree programmes are designed to prepare you for your future career. Whether you want to become an architect, an engineer or a doctor, there’s a perfect degree tailored to making your breakthrough into the world of employment.

The University works closely with over 3,000 employers to ensure that our curriculum equips students for their new careers. Examples include new employer partnership degrees established with key companies across a range of sectors, integrating study, placement and internships, and graduate employment opportunities on completion.

Queen’s has invested over £700M into improving our student experience, a fact reflected in high rates of student satisfaction, completion and graduate employment amongst both the undergraduate and postgraduate populations.

In the 2017 Times Good University Guide, Queen’s moved up five places. It is now number 26 in the UK. Queen's has also been placed 8th overall for Student Experience and 14th for Research Quality according to the Sunday Times Guide.

Facts & fugures

Year of foundation

Founded in 1845 as Queen

Type of institution

Tier 4 Sponsor, Higher Education Institution (HEI).

Course offered

Undergraduate, Postgraduate (Taught and Research), Pre-sessional Courses.


September, January.

Campus locations

Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Yes – over £1.5 scholarship available for international students.

Main strengths

Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Arts, English and Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Law, Management, Mathematics and Physics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Natural and Built Environment, Psychology, Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.

No of academic staff



Yes, guaranteed accommodation for new international students.

Total student number


International Student number


No of Nationalities representated


Student union


Facilities and supports

Over £700m invested across student facilities, including £50m investment in the award-winning McClay Library, blending the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology – complete with computing and media services, IT training rooms, quiet study and group work areas, a cafe, a Language Centre and a vast range of printed works. Some of the best sporting facilities in the UK and Ireland and chosen as a training camp for the London Olympics 2012. Premiere facilities include the Physical Education Centre, boasting two sports halls, advanced climbing walls, a 25m, 6-lane swimming pool, exercise studios, Boat House. Over 200 clubs and societies including a wide range to suit everyone including sport, gaming, creative, cultural, academic and charitable groups.

Professional associations


Career development supports


Career after 6 months

94% of graduates in careers or further education 6 months after graduating.

Guardian university rank


Awards obtained

Six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes; Business in the Community Northern Ireland Workplace award 2001; 10 Athena SWAN, including two Gold, 1 Silver Award & 1st Athena Award; Platinum grade overall in the Opportunity Now benchmarking exercise in 2004 & 2005; the McClay Library at Queen.

Famous Alumni

Lord David Trimble – Politician & 1st Minister of Northern Ireland, Poet Seamus Heaney – Nobel Prize Winner, Dr Mary McAleese – former President of Ireland, Lord Faulkner of Downpatrick – former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Stephen Rea – Oscar-nominated actor, Liam Neeson – famous actor, Annie Mac – BBC Radio 1 presenter, Bill Neely – Chief Global Correspondent for NBC News, Christine Browne – CEO of Mainstream Aviation for TUI Travel, Manus Cranny – European markets editor Bloomberg TV, Lord Brian Mawhinney – former Chairman of the Conservative Party, Karen Hassan – actress (The Fall & Hollyoaks), Dr Michael McKay – European Space Agency, Lord Brian Kerr – Justice of UK Supreme Court, Professor Paul Muldoon – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

Why choose Queen’s University Belfast

Queen's is part of an elite group of 24 research intensive universities, known as the Russell Group. The Russell group universities have a significant impact on life in the UK and across the wo

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