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All the information you need

In this section you'll find links to entry requirements, the application process and contact details for our China team. Everything you need to make an informed decision on studying at Queen's is right here.

Important information for applicants

Undergraduate entry requirements

Applicants with the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast's Bachelor degree programmes:

  • Students who have completed 12 years of education in China and attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate with good grades must complete an approved Foundation programme or GCE A Levels for progression to undergraduate degree programmes.
  • The 'Gaokao' Chinese University Entrance Examination will be considered, along with performance in the Senior High School examination for entry to Stage 1 of our undergraduate programmes.
  • Progression to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme at Queen's (with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work) is guaranteed for students who successfully complete the INTO Queen's International Foundation Programme at the required standard.
  • Students who have completed one or two years of university study in China may be eligible for admission to Bachelor degree programmes, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades have been achieved.
  • Applicants who have already completed A-Levels/a recognised Foundation programme or the first year of a relevant degree programme in China, but who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, may wish to consider INTO Queen's International Year One. Successful completion at the required standard offers direct entry to the second year of selected undergraduate degree programmes in Management, Economics, Finance and Engineering.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

Please note that the grades required vary depending on the programme of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for exact entry requirements.

Applicants from China should hold a good four-year bachelor degree from a recognised, well ranked university with an average grade of at least 70-85%.

Type of Institution

United Kingdom 2.1 Honours standard

United Kingdom 2.2 Honours standard

Prestigious Universities (Project 211, Project 985):

Final average 75%

Final average 70%

Other Recognised Universities:

Final average 80%

Final average 75%

Independent colleges recognised by Ministry of Education

Final average 85%

Final average 80%

We have expertise on a wide range of qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the UK entry requirement. When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.

For those interested in Computing, Finance and Management courses, but who do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

Borderline Cases

We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter.

For many postgraduate taught programmes, Chinese graduates will normally be accepted with a final average mark of up to 2% below the condition stated in the official offer letter, assuming that performance in key modules is of an appropriate standard. 

Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen more than 2% below the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.

You should therefore wait until your degree has been completed and forward the final version of your official transcript and Bachelor degree award Certificates as soon as they become available.  Unfortunately we cannot advise you until your degree is fully completed.

English language requirements

Applicants will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some degree programmes have higher or lower requirements (please check individual programme requirements in the relevant undergraduate or postgraduate University Coursefinder. View the full list of acceptable English Language qualifications.

INTO Queen's - Pre-University English Language Programmes

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the University. If you wish to apply for an INTO Queen's English course please contact or consult the list of INTO Queen's English Language courses.


Queen's University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2016

Queen’s University Belfast invites applications from outstanding Chinese students to pursue PhD study at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). There are up to 10 fully funded three-year research studentships, for applicants commencing their studies in the 2016-17 academic year. These studentships provide fees and living costs.  The closing date for the receipt of applications was 29 January 2016. 

Further information about the range of scholarships for international students.

A list of other potential sources of funding for Postgraduate study can be found on the University's Graduate School website.

Representatives and overseas visits

Staff from the International Office and other Queen's departments regularly undertake visits overseas.

Queen's has a network of agents and representatives committed to providing you with high levels of support. More information on our network and a list of agents by country can be found on the University's agent webpages.

Catherine Li, Recruitment Manager for China, Hong Kong and Macau

Meet Us in Your Country

For details of forthcoming exhibitions which Queen's University will be attending in China, please email Catherine Li. If you have an interest in studying overseas, this is your opportunity to receive individual information and advice.

The British Council in your country can also offer advice on studying in the UK.

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Ms Hui (Monica) Yang

Senior International Officer, China Partnerships

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Ms Nuala Corr

Senior International Officer & INTO Queen’s Progression Officer

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