We are ranked in the top one percent of universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2018 / Webometrics.info). Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

Our Vision

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

Award-Winning Innovation and Invention

Awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize on six occasions
Northern Ireland’s first Regius Professorship
Impact-focused Pioneer Research Programmes


Commercialising research for social and economic impact

One of the UK’s leading institutions for research commercialisation
75 spin-out companies
Top 5 in the UK for Intellectual Property (IP) commercialisation
Number 1 in the UK for our participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Named the 24th most international university in the world and ranked 9th in the world for research collaboration, Queen’s is globally connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world.


24,000 students from over 75 countries
Over £1.5m of International Scholarships available
Partnerships with China Medical School and Dubai Healthcare City
180,000 alumni in 120 countries

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘Ireland’s Oxbridge’, we provide a world-class educational experience to students from all backgrounds. One of the UK's biggest campus universities, and the 9th oldest, we blend our proud heritage with cutting-edge facilities for the best experience of University life.


£350million invested in facilities in the past ten years
£50m award-winning McClay Library
State-of-the-art Graduate School

Based in the heart of the modern capital city of Belfast, named the best UK city by the Guardian and Observer travel awards 2016, Queen’s is driving one of UK's fastest growing economies with our wealth of talent and global research facilities.


More affordable than every other major student city in the UK
220,190 jobs in the city
800 international companies
10,000+ registered businesses
Projected 86% growth in information and communication sector by 2025
World’s number one destination for financial technology investment


Thriving arts, music and cultural capital
1.4 million+ visitors annually
Close to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Filming location for Game of Thrones
Home to the Titanic Belfast, the world’s leading tourist attraction (World Travel Awards 2016).
One of the top places to travel for food in the world (National Geographic, 2016).
Northern Ireland named the safest region in the UK

An innovative, welcoming and inclusive place to work, Queen’s University is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland.


3,800 staff
600 international staff drawn from over 70 nationalities

Contributing £1billion to the local economy
Supporting over 9,250 full-time jobs

Queen's prides itself on the quality of its academic leadership, with a united team of academics and professional services directorates working together to deliver its Vision.

The University is led by its President and Vice-Chancellor, supported by the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer and Pro-Vice-Chancellors.