About the Graduate School

The gateway to your postgraduate experience.

The Graduate School connects students across all disciplines to one another, and to mentors, leaders, and employers within the university and beyond. We support postgraduates to become ‘what’s next thinkers’, training you to be thinkers, communicators, innovators and leaders who are future ready.

For us, at Queen’s University Belfast, the ‘post’ in ‘postgraduate’ is not just ‘what comes next’. It’s about something much more dynamic and challenging: it’s about pushing beyond current understanding and current categories; redefining and rethinking previous assumptions; generating disruptive, flexible, adaptive perspectives. In short, it’s about what we call ‘what’s next thinking’.

Supporting our postgraduates to become ‘what’s next thinkers’ means training them to be thinkers, communicators, innovators, and leaders who are future-ready. For us, that means disciplinary excellence combined with transdisciplinary collaboration. Queen’s unique partnership between Academic Schools or Research Institutes and the Graduate School is what enables you to stand out as a ‘what’s next thinker’.

Through your Master’s or doctoral programme, you’ll be supported by internationally-recognised research leaders in your field of study, while the Graduate School offers you a world-class intellectual and social hub that connects students from all disciplines to one another, and to mentors, leaders, and employers within the university and beyond. 

The Graduate School is about intellectual challenge beyond disciplinary borders, personal effectiveness and skills development that recognises the very different life and professional experiences with which you arrive at our doors; it’s about promoting a culture of opportunity, innovation and enterprise, and a rich, diverse, inclusive social community.

In short, the Queen’s postgraduate experience is a whole-person approach that will enable you to stand out in an increasingly competitive local and global job market.

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State of the art hub

The Graduate School provides an exclusive postgraduate hub that values the needs of our students

Based in the beautifully restored and remodelled Victorian Lynn library, this fully-accessible space has modern, hi-tech meeting and group study rooms, a silent study area and social spaces creating a vibrant hub for intellectual exchange and collaboration.

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Helping you make valuable connections

The Graduate School offers an intellectual and social hub that connects you to one another, to mentors, thought leaders, and employers

You’ll benefit from our collaborations with leaders across business, government and the voluntary sector, both locally and globally, helping to create mentoring relationships and networks, and we enjoy international partnerships with other Graduate Schools.

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A diverse, interdisciplinary community

We are a community of creative thinkers and world changers, collectively searching for solutions to create a better tomorrow

This is the place where physicists work alongside linguists to develop leadership skills, where medics collaborate with creative artists to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, and where engineers seek the perspectives of philosophers to tackle global challenges.

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Stand out from the crowd

We provide high-quality, transdisciplinary training and development programmes that aim to make you stand out in an increasingly competitive local and global job market

We’ll help you to become future leaders by creating the conditions for you to apply your knowledge to real world challenges, giving you the confidence and skills to gain an edge in employability.

“Originality is being different from oneself, not others.”
Philip Larkin