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Postgraduate Admissions Policy

The Admissions Policy applies to the admission of postgraduate (research and taught) students to Queen’s University Belfast.

The University:

  • encourages applications from suitably qualified applicants;
  • selects on the basis of fair, transparent, reliable and objective criteria, applied equitably and consistently;
  • admits the best qualified applicants to postgraduate taught degree courses and research programmes in line with the University’s research priorities, the targets agreed in University School academic plans and the overall constraints applied by government and professional bodies

The policy of the University, enshrined in its charter since 1908, promotes equality of opportunity for all applicants regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political opinion, religious belief, marital status or whether or not they have dependants.

The admissions policy complies with relevant legislation affecting the admission of students and meets the expectation of the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B2: Recruitment, Selection and Admission to Higher Education (2013) and Chapter B11: Research Degrees (2012) (

Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2015/2016

Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2016/2017