Academic Excellence



We are ranked at number one in the UK for participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

We are the UK leader in spin-out activity. To date, we have developed over 60 spin-out companies with a combined turnover of £171m and the creation of over 1,500 jobs.

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Globally recognised research

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on six occasions. We have been recognised for outstanding achievement for Northern Ireland's Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in cyber security, green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.


A top employer for women

Queen’s is a Top 50 UK employer for women and is the lead UK university in tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering.

We hold 11 SWAN departmental Awards, including two Gold, as well as an institutional Silver Award.

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A world class Academic institution

Ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity

The University also has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK’s top 20 and 76 per cent of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Queen's REF rankings 2014

Passionate about research


World Renowned for Learning & Research

We’re in the Russell Group of universities, world renowned for learning, research and innovation.

We’re also ranked in the world’s top 1% of global universities and are joint 8th in the UK for research activity.


World Class research

75% of that research is noted for being world-class or internationally leading. 14 of our subject areas are among the UK’s top 20.

And 3 of our subjects are in the world’s top 100. So if you want to study Law, English or Geography, you can do it better here.

Our top UK Ranked Courses

Ranked 2nd in the UK

Pharmacology and Pharmacy

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Ranked 1st in the UK

Film Studies

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13 courses ranked in the top 10


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Ranked 4th in UK

Food Science

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Ranked 11th in the UK

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Building and Town and Country Planning

Ranked 5th in the UK

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Ranked 7th in the UK

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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Ranked 1st in the UK


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Ranked 7th in the UK


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Ranked 8th in UK

Chemical Engineering

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Teaching Excellence

As a Russell Group University we're committed to offering an outstanding teaching and learning experience.

Dr Joe Duffy

Dr Joe Duffy

In 2014, Queen’s social work lecturer Dr Joe Duffy was named one of the UK’s most outstanding teachers.

Involved in pioneering innovative teaching methods with carers and service users, Dr Duffy was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) – one of the most prestigious awards in UK higher education.

Professor Joe O'Sullivan

Professor Joe O'Sullivan

Professor O’Sullivan has taught our medical students for the past eight years, helping to refine the course in response to student feedback.

As Clinical director of the NI Cancer Centre, Professor O’Sullivan has led the development of a team of dedicated researchers to treat prostate cancer, and is heavily involved with local cancer charities. He is committed to bringing scientific discovery into clinical practice.

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Learning and teaching

Building for the future

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The McClay Library

An investment of £350m in the Queen’s campus over the last ten years has created the award-winning £50m McClay Library, the £9m Students' Union, and the £4m Graduate School.

New homes for the Schools of Law, Biological Sciences and Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will be opened in the near future.

Elite Athletes Programme

A premier sporting university

A £20m investment in sport means Queen’s is now one of the premier sporting universities in Ireland and the UK.

(Guardian University Guide 2016)


Computing facilities

We provide all students with an email account and online storage that is accessible both on and off campus, plus over 1,500 computers across Campus.

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

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The Language Centre

A world of opportunity awaits you as a Queen's Student thanks to our language centre.

Knowledge of a foreign lanquage is recognised as a key to success in the modern world and you’ll have an opportunity to improve your linguistic skills at our world class facility.

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