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

Type of Institution

Higher Education Provider (HEP). Student Sponsor - Track Record

Campus Locations

Belfast (Northern Ireland)

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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 world, and Queen’s membership is a recognised hallmark of the University’s quality; ranking Queen's alongside other UK heavyweights such as Oxford and Cambridge.

  • Queen’s is in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, UNESCO IAU 2015–16);
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for international faculty and international students;
  • Fastest growing Russell Group university for international students (HESA, 2011–14);
  • Queen’s places emphasis on ensuring its students develop entrepreneurial and employability skills – one of the reasons why 94% of students are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating;
  • To ensure its global standing continues to grow and that its students are taught by those at the leading edge of their field, the university has been actively recruiting the world’s top innovators and inventors, including the appointment of academic leaders across all areas;
  • 88% satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2015);
  • International students are guaranteed a place in university accommodation for at least their first year at Queen’s;
  • International Student Support offer advice on visas/immigration, finance, opening a bank account, counselling support, safety, studying, transport, shopping, and other general living advice;
  • An international student 'buddy scheme' is available for students as an informal way of getting in touch with friendly and approachable second and third year students (both international and local), who have volunteered to help students settle into university life;
  • Queen's virtual learning environment, Queen's Online, provides each student with secure online access to information and materials relating to their specific course components enhancing the learning experience;
  • As a result of the £1.93m wireless campus project, students can freely use our latest-technology wireless service throughout the university and across the widest range of mobile devices;
  • Queen’s boasts over 190 sporting and non-sporting clubs/societies offering a wealth of experiences, including the Queen’s International Student Society (QISS);
  • In addition to bars, shops and restaurants/cafés, the Students’ Union provides finance/study advice services, employability and enterprise support, a relax and study area called the Space, banking facilities, and meeting rooms.
  • Careers advice is available via the university’s Careers, Employability and Skills service. Part-time, temporary and vacation work on-campus, is available through the Queen’s Oncampus Jobshop (part of Careers, Employability and Skills);
  • A wide range of work experience, summer internships and other vacation opportunities are available to students through MyFuture and all students receive weekly alerts of new opportunities;
  • As part of its pioneering approach to ensuring its graduates have the edge in the job market, Queen’s also offers a unique Degree Plus programme formally recognising skills acquired during extra curricular work. Students receive the award alongside their degree on graduation;
  • A Careers Zone is available at all graduate, placement and specialist fairs and includes careers consultants and information staff providing one-to-one guidance, sign-posting and employability development resources

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5088
Email: international@qub.ac.uk
Web: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/

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