Applying for full-time study
Application 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 @ www.ucas.ac.uk/apply.
Students wishing to study in the Institute of Theology must also register with one of the recognised Theological Colleges in addition to submitting a UCAS application (see below for further information).
All applications to study for a full-time higher education course at universities and colleges in the UK are made through UCAS using Apply – an online application system available at www.ucas.ac.uk. The application fee for this service is £23 sterling for more than one choice, or £12 sterling for a single choice. Depending on your circumstances, there are some slight differences to the way UCAS receives your application.
- Students at a school or college registered with UCAS
All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students’ applications. You will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from your tutor or careers adviser, which you will need when you register with UCAS. This establishes the organisation from which you are applying and allows your referee to attach your reference. Once you have completed your application, you submit it to your referee who will send the completed application to UCAS on your behalf. You pay for your application either by credit or debit card online, or by paying your school or other registered centre who will then pay UCAS.
- Independent applicants in the UK
Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently and are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS. Your referee should know you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education. UCAS will not accept references from family, other relatives or friends. You will need to make your payment online using a credit or debit card. The card need not be in your own name, but you will require the consent of the cardholder.
- International applicants outside the UK (EU and worldwide)
Individuals from the EU (excluding the UK) and worldwide, apply online independently, except for those whose school or college is registered with UCAS. Advice is available from British Council offices and other centres overseas, such as your school or college. You are responsible for paying the correct application fee, for obtaining and attaching the academic reference and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS. Your referee should know you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education. UCAS will not accept references from family, other relatives or friends. You will need to make your payment online using a credit or debit card. The card need not be in your own name, but you will require the consent of the cardholder.
For all applicants, there are full instructions at www.ucas.ac.uk to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. If you require further information and advice, you can contact:
UCAS Customer Service Unit
New Barn Lane
Tel: +44 (0)871 468 0468
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2013 from 1 September 2012.
The normal closing date is 15 January 2013. However, for candidates applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine/Science among their choices the closing date is 15 October 2012.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses. UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application year, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their own discretion, and no guarantee can be made that they will be given the same full level of academic consideration as applications received by the official closing date.
Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application form. 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 for Queen's.
An older image of Queen's with students playing tennis in front of the Main University Building - Lanyon Building
Most courses, except 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.
If you find yourself without an offer, for whatever reason, and you have used all five choices already, UCAS Extra helps you to have an additional choice through UCAS. This means you do not have to wait until Clearing to find a place.
The Extra procedure operates from mid-March to the end of June. Universities and colleges with vacancies will list them on the UCAS website. Applicants who are eligible will be able to refer themselves electronically via Extra for courses with vacancies.
The courses available through Extra will be highlighted on the Course Search service on the UCAS website.
If you first submit your application form on or after 1 July for entry in the Autumn of that year, or if you have not been placed on a degree programme by this date, UCAS will send you details of the Clearing Scheme.
Clearing allows you to apply for programmes which have not been filled through the autumn admissions process. Vacancies will be advertised on this website and in the national press.
Applications for Theology and Divinity
In addition to applying through UCAS, applicants for the Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Joint Honours options) or Diploma in Theology must also register with one of the five recognised Theological Colleges:
Belfast Bible College
Glenburn Road South, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 9JP
Tel: 028 9030 1551
Edgehill Theological College
9 Lennoxvale (off Malone Road), Belfast, BT9 5BY
Tel: 028 9066 5870
Irish Baptist College
19 Hillsborough Road, Moira, BT67 0HG
Tel: 028 9261 9267
St Mary's University College
191 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6FE
Tel: 028 9033 5108
Union Theological College
108 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JT
Tel: 028 9020 5080
If you receive an offer to study Theology or Divinity at the University you should contact one or more of the Theological Colleges in order to discuss your options.
Applications for the St Mary's University College and Stranmillis University College
The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is taught at the recognised colleges, 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 & 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
191 Falls Road
Tel: 028 9032 7678
Applications for Stranmillis University College should be submitted through UCAS in the normal manner while applications for St Mary’s University College should be submitted direct to the College.