Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

‌Part of the elite Russell Group – the UK's Ivy League – we're the 9th oldest university in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018) with a worldwide reputation for excellence. A degree from Queen's is something to be proud of and can help you stand out in the competitive global job market.

Top reasons to study here

  • Ranked in the top 200 global universities (QS World University Rankings 2019), Queen's is part of an elite UK group of research-intensive universities.
  • You can enhance your degree with a range of study or work abroad opportunities.
  • Queen's has invested over £350m in cutting-edge facilities, including the £50m McClay Library, placing us joint 2nd in the UK for university facilities.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (75)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (61)
Social Sciences (59)
Education & Training (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Engineering & Technology (106)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (50)
Social Sciences (34)
Business & Management (24)
Arts, Design & Architecture (21)
Computer Science & IT (19)
Medicine & Health (17)

About

History

Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked in the top 173 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2020), and a member of the Russell Group of UK research intensive universities, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

Education

At Queen’s we offer a world-class education that prepares our students for leadership and citizenship in a global society.

Our inspiring alumni comprises outstanding scholars, Nobel Prize winners - such as Seamus Heaney and David Trimble - and influential leaders who are making an impact in Northern Ireland and across the globe.

Our students enjoy being educated by world-leading academics working at the forefront of their disciplines and a significant investment in the student experience has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction.

Research

Our researchers are at the forefront of discovery and innovation, with ambitious projects to address global problems and make a difference to society worldwide.

The total value of new research grants and contracts awarded to Queen's during 2016-17 was £101.6m, the first time the annual figure has topped £100m. Queen's was also the No 1 AHRC-funded university in the UK.

We are ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity with over 75% of our research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Career

Queen's University is key to your graduate recruitment needs and our Employer Engagement Team is committed to working flexibly with you to connect, engage and recruit our talented students and graduates. Whether you require a tailored engagement and recruitment plan or just simply want to post vacancies or internships, we have a full range of services to meet your needs

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
201 -1
2021
200 1
2020
201
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2022
216 -7
2021
209 -36
2020
173
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
401
2020
401 -100
2019
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2022
-
2021
306 16
2020
322
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Guidance Centre is your first stop for information, advice and guidance throughout your time at Queen's University. From managing your student record, developing your academic and employability skills, and offering advice and assistance for times when you may feel under pressure, all services work together to help you have a successful, and hopefully enjoyable, student experience.

Housing services

We’ve recently opened brand new student accommodation in the heart of Belfast city centre.

Conveniently located in the centre of Belfast and just 15 minutes from Queen’s main campus, you can be neighbours with the famous Crown bar and the majestic Grand Opera House.

All our new apartments include modern shower rooms, a desk with lamp, use of a full kitchen, dining table and chairs, television and high-speed internet. You will also have free off-peak membership of Queen's Sport.

Library services

Queen's has invested over £50m in the McClay Library, blending the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology.

Facilities include 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.

ICT services

We provide all students with an email account and online storage that is accessible both on and off campus.

There’s also an online learning platform, Queen’s Online, which gives access to a range of services and resources to support learning.

Students can access over 1,700 PCs based in 20 centres across the campus.

Student Life

Campus life

With a major investment of £350m creating world-class facilities for staff and students over the next decade, Queen’s has some of the best campus facilities in the UK and Ireland.

Sports facilities

Since our foundation in 1849, sport has played an important part in the Queen’s student experience.

Our facilities include, a state of the art fitness area with over 140 pieces of CV and resistance equipment, a functional training and weights area, four studios, 25m swimming and diving pool, two multi-purpose sports halls, martial arts area, 2 climbing walls, 8 squash courts, 2 handball courts and outdoor 3G grass pitches.

Student Reviews

Staircase to Grow and Shine ⛅
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Queen's has given me the opportunity to be more creative and focused at the same time. During my bachelors in Bangladesh, I was a shy kind of student who hesitates to ask questions or to be more curious, but doing masters in Queen's University Belfast made me more frank and curious. I started doing voluntary works and started to attend different courses for enhancing my...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really loved studying at this place because apart from offering the education aspect we also got spiritual and moral guidance too

World-class education but moreover, exceptional dedication to students.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Studying at QUB, I found my course to be extremely informative both in regards to the subject matter and the relevance to industry. I truly did feel as though the course content, although challenging, delivered world-class education. With respect to the COVID-19 situation, I didn't feel the standard or content of teaching was in any way hindered. The faculty within the...

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