How to apply

Applying via UCAS

For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note that a Campus Code is not required.


Entry Requirements

You should check the entry requirements, what subjects and grades you need, for the programmes you are interested in studying.

If you are thinking about applying to Queen's you need to know the General Entrance Requirement and the Course Requirements for the course(s) of your choice.

Part-time study

For part-time study, you should apply directly to the University, not through UCAS.

The same entrance requirements apply for entry to part-time daytime study as for the full-time option.

Contact Admissions and Access Service about part-time study

This section contains information on:

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2019 from 1 September 2018.

The advisory closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2019 (18:00), however, for applicants applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2018 (18:00).

Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February) and application is made for both courses by 15 January (18:00) prior to the academic year of entry ie for September and the following February. The application deadline will not change but it should be noted that from 2019-20 entry, the two intakes may be combined. Please refer to the online prospectus which will be updated as further information becomes available.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses. Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applications for Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work must be submitted by the 15 January (18:00) deadline. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required.

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Deferred Entry

Most courses, except Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, are happy to consider applications from students wishing to defer their year of entry. If you apply for deferred entry, you should tell us what you plan to do during your Gap Year in the personal statement section of your UCAS application.

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Support for Care Leavers

Queen’s University is committed to providing support for students from a care-experienced background and in recognition of this the University has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark.

We have a dedicated member of staff available to support applicants through the application process, which continues throughout their undergraduate studies, including graduation and beyond.

We can guarantee 365-day University accommodation if required and we also award a £1,000 bursary. For more information about our bursary and support, please contact Deirdre Lynskey, or visit our dedicated webpage at directorates/sgc/wpu/CareExperiencedYoungPeople

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Pathway Opportunity Programme

The University’s Pathway Opportunity Programme provides a route for talented young people from Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at Queen’s, but may require additional support and encouragement due to disadvantage experienced, to reach their full potential.

Throughout Years 13 and 14 successful students will benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen’s including admissions guidance and support. Students will also participate in a residential assessed summer school in July. Those who successfully complete the programme will potentially benefit from receiving a reduced offer which may be up to two A-level (or acceptable equivalent) grades lower than the standard offer. For further information please contact Widening Participation.

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Disability Services

The University is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all of its students and actively encourages applications from people with disabilities or long term conditions. An individual’s disability or long term condition is not considered prior to an offer being made and has no bearing on the decision.

The University offers an extensive range of supports for students with disabilities and long term conditions. The reasonable adjustments available are outlined in the Student Disability Policy, which is available at

On receipt of an offer from the University, applicants who have disclosed a disability or long term condition will be asked to complete a questionnaire to allow Disability Services to determine reasonable adjustments, should they be accepted and placed on their chosen course at Queen’s. The questionnaire is available at: disability/ProspectiveCurrentStudents/ ProspectiveStudents

Where it is anticipated from the information provided that the applicant will require significant support or will require modifications to the academic course, they will be invited to meet staff from Disability Services and relevant members from the academic School to discuss the applicant’s individual needs. In a small number of cases where there are fitness to practise concerns or where reasonable adjustments may not be feasible to implement (which may arise as a result of the disclosure of a disability or long term condition after an offer of a place has been made or after a place has been taken up), advice will be obtained by Disability Services from the School, the University’s Senior Medical Officer and appropriate external agencies to ensure every reasonable effort is made to support the student in taking up their offer on their chosen course at Queen’s. Following these discussions, staff from Disability Services and the School will again offer to meet with the applicant to discuss the support available to enable them to make an informed judgement on the suitability of the course. In the exceptional and unlikely event where fitness to practise issues remain a concern or reasonable adjustments cannot be implemented, the University reserves the right to withdraw an offer or withdraw the student from their course.

The University recognises that the decision to disclose a disability or long-term condition is a personal one, although it is recommended that applicants do so as early as possible to support the timely implementation of agreed reasonable adjustments. If a disability or long term condition is not disclosed until a later stage, the University will endeavour to make any adjustments required before the start of the course, but it may not be possible to have everything in place before this.

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision not to implement adjustments requested which prevent the applicant from taking up their offer of a place on a course may write to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs to request a review of the decision. Further information is available in Annex 2 of the University’s Student Disability Policy at: disability/UniversityPolicyonDisability RelatedPublications

If you need any advice about disclosing disability, or the arrangements which we can make, please contact: Disability Services t: +44 (0)28 9097 2727 e:

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Applicants Returning to Education

Queen’s also welcomes applications from students who are returning to education. Each case will be considered on its individual merits and modified entrance targets may be set.

Life experience is not in itself sufficient grounds for admission and we require evidence of recent academic study (normally within the last five years) at a suitably high level which has led to positive results. The qualifications most frequently offered by such applicants are Access Courses (see information and table on pages 82-85), A-levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Open University credits. It is our experience that applicants stand a better chance of succeeding on their course if they have been able to acquire or improve skills of reading, analysis and writing beforehand.

While many subjects can be taken from scratch at university level, there are others, particularly in Science and Engineering, where considerable background knowledge is essential. For this reason, it is understandable that the majority of students who have entered university from this background are to be found in humanities and social science subjects.

Please be aware that undertaking a period of full-time study can have serious implications. Think it through carefully. It is a good idea for applicants to get some guidance and counselling from organisations such as nidirect (nidirect. or from the University’s Careers, Employability and Skills service (, in order to establish where their best interests and chances of success lie. We would also encourage applicants to contact the Admissions and Access Service (, who will be happy to provide advice.

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Applicants with a Criminal Record

It is the policy of the University to consider applications for admission on their individual merits in the light of all available information. The primary selection criteria are those related to the qualifications, skills, abilities and personal qualities of an applicant. The University will investigate the criminal record of a new applicant only if the primary selection criteria for a course have been met.

The University acknowledges the key role of education in the rehabilitative process and a criminal record will not debar an applicant unless the nature and seriousness of the offence in question are incompatible with:

  1. The course applied for
  2. The ultimate professional or vocational goal
  3. Participation in an academic and social setting and the University’s responsibility to ensure a safe and neutral environment.

Regulations concerning admission of applicants who have a criminal record are available from the University’s website.

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Applications for Theology

All applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses in the University should be submitted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applicants for the Bachelor of Divinity or Bachelor of Arts Theology are invited to contact the University’s Institute of Theology for advice on undergraduate study in Union Theological College ( At the time of enrolment and registration students will also be required to register with the college. Information about Union Theological College, along with their contact details, is available on the Institute of Theology website.

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Applications to St Mary's University College and Stranmillis University College

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is taught at the recognised colleges of St Mary’s University College and Stranmillis University College. The Colleges also offer other undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts (St Mary’s University College), Early Childhood Studies and Health and Leisure Studies (Stranmillis University College). Each College produces its own Prospectus to which you should refer. To obtain a Prospectus please contact:

St Mary’s University College
Admissions Office
St Mary’s University College
191 Falls Road
Belfast BT12 6FE
t: +44 (0)28 9032 7678
f: +44 (0)28 9033 3719

The Admissions Policy for St Mary’s University College can be found here.

Applications for St Mary’s University College should be submitted direct to the College.

Stranmillis University College
Academic Registry
Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5DY
t: +44 (0)28 9038 4263
f: +44 (0)28 9038 4444

The Admissions Policy for Stranmillis University College can be found here.

Applications for Stranmillis University College should be submitted through UCAS in the normal manner.

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Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

The University operates a CATS scheme. Further information is available from:

Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
t: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
f: +44 (0)28 9097 5151

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Decisions on applications

Decisions on applications are made on an ongoing basis for most courses. However, there is a limit on places for NI and EU students (but not for GB or International students except in the professional health-related courses). Therefore, to ensure that applicants are treated fairly and equitably, decisions on some NI and EU applicants, for high demand courses, may not be made until we are aware of the overall competition for places, after the UCAS advisory closing date.

After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Faculties/Schools will provide opportunities to visit and we hope that this will assist applicants to make decisions on the offers they have received, which are best for them. They will also receive further information to guide them through the next steps, at appropriate stages in the admissions cycle.

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Queen's undergraduate admissions policy 

The University Admissions Policy provides additional information on a range of matters including feedback to unsuccessful applicants and the Admissions Appeals/ Complaints Procedure. A copy may be accessed via the University’s website at: admissions/UndergraduateAdmissions/ UndergraduateAdmissionsPolicy

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Admissions appeals and complaints procedure 

Applicants who consider that their application has not been dealt with fairly should contact the Admissions and Access Service in the first instance (

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Applicants accepted for a degree must provide original documentary proof of their academic qualifications (and English language qualifications and/or certified English translations where appropriate). Photographic identification (passport or driving licence) will also be required for registration. International students will be required to provide passport and visa information. Details for enrolment and registration will be provided in the New Students Welcome Guide.

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Your questions answered

If you need further or more detailed advice about admission to Queen’s, the Admissions and Access Service is happy to answer your questions. For further information, please contact:

Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
~t: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
f: +44 (0)28 9097 5151

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme ATAS (Non EU/EEA applicants) – International section

Academic Technology Approval Scheme – ATAS (Non EU/EEA applicants) Non EU/EEA applicants who intend to undertake an Enhanced Undergraduate degree programme (MEng or MSci) in Science, Engineering or Technology disciplines including Materials Science, Materials Technology, Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics are required to obtain an ATAS Certificate. This is a requirement for most immigration categories, even those who do not require a Tier 4 visa, but who may have been granted another form of time-limited leave to remain, eg, as a dependant, family member, or refugee. The only exception is for applicants holding Indefinite Leave to Enter/ Remain or other form of unlimited leave.

The Admissions and Access Service will issue the appropriate documentation required to allow applicants to apply for ATAS clearance where applicable. An ATAS certificate must be obtained before an application for a Tier 4 visa can be made, ie it will be a mandatory part of the immigration process.

An ATAS Certificate is valid for six months from the date of issue by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Applicants may apply for an ATAS Certificate up to six months in advance of the beginning of the degree programme. Further information is available at

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Immigration/VISA information

If you are from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland, you will need a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK. See for full details.

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