Academic Excellence


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.


Dedicated to employability

93.5% of Queen’s graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation

(HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2014/15)

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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rice 3V

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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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.

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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

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)



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.



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.

Learning and teaching

Why we're 'Ireland's Oxbridge'