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Applying for Postgraduate Study

We encourage you to apply as early as possible
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How to apply

Applications may be submitted online for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes (except for those listed in the table below, for which there are separate application arrangements).  

When to apply

In general, there are no closing dates for taught degrees or research programmes (see exceptions below). However, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. This is important because a number of our programmes receive more applications than there are places available and arrangements may have to be made for tests, interviews and the collection of references, where required. In addition, international students need to allow time to obtain a visa.

If you are seeking financial support, you should refer to the relevant School’s web page for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for a place should be submitted. 

The following link will take you to the online application portal where you may quickly and easily submit an application and receive an immediate acknowledgement:

Courses with separate application arrangements and/or closing dates

The online application should not be used for the courses listed below. Application forms may be requested from the relevant School or Department and/or downloaded from their website.


Closing Date for September 2015 entry Requesting Application Form
Postgraduate Certificate in Education 1 November 2014 Applications for admission in September 2015 should be submitted via the Application Portal as normal.
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies 15 November 2014 Contact the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
Tel: 028 9097 5667
Psychology - Doctoral Training Programmes Normally mid-February but contact the School of Psychology.
Tel: 028 9097 5445

Pharmacy - Distance Learning courses

Candidates should apply in the normal way but must also read the guidance notes provided by the School of Pharmacy website

Higher Doctorates

No closing date. Contact the Admissions and Access Service for an application form (email:, tel: 028 9097 5081). Please visit the Higher Doctorates webpages for further information.

PhD by Published Works

No closing date. Contact the Admissions and Access Service for an application form (email:, tel: 028 9097 5081). For further information, please visit PhD by Published Works

For further advice please contact:

Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
BT7 1NN 
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081
Fax: +44 (0)28 9097 5151