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Applying for Postgraduate Study

Please find below some guidelines to the application process for International applicants. Please take a little time to read these as this should help to ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible.

Before you apply

Do I meet the entry requirements for my chosen programme?

For your application to be successful, you will need to meet the academic and English language entry requirements for your course. International candidates with queries about the acceptability of their academic or English language qualifications should refer to the 'Your Country' section of the website for advice on comparability with UK qualifications.

Please also consult the University Coursefinder for details of the Academic and English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Alternatively, you can email enquiries to the Admissions and Access Service at Please state the degree programme you are interested in and include full details about your academic background and qualifications.

Gather supporting documents

To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you should scan and upload the following supporting documents along with your application. We may not be able to make a decision on your application until we have received all your relevant documents.

Please provided good quality scanned copies of the following:

  • Degree transcripts for all periods of study you have completed (undergraduate level and above). These documents show your grades for individual units studied throughout your degree.
  • If your degree is still in progress, you must also provide a transcript. These can be requested from your University.  Please include the grading scheme if this is included on your transcript.
  • Copies of your official Degree/Diploma Certificates, for the qualification/s you have already completed. These are the documents that confirm the level and title of your qualification/s, for example, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
  • Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English. If you do not have translations at the time of application, please forward by email when available.
  • Research proposal (for MPhil/PhD applicants only).
  • English language requirements: International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of an acceptable level of proficiency in the English language. This must be proved before you begin your course. If you have not achieved the required level before sending us your application, your formal offer for postgraduate study will include a condition stating that you need to achieve this level before the start of your course. If you do not reach the required level of proficiency, it will not be possible to admit you to the course. The English Language Requirements section provides a list of acceptable English Language qualifications and the minimum grades which are accepted by the University for entry to degree level study.

Please note that there is no need to mail original documents to us at this stage. However, you will need to produce the original documents when applying for your student visa and to register at the University start of the programme. 

Apply Online

Online application procedure

The online application portal is the quickest and easiest way of applying for admission to postgraduate study or research at Queen's University Belfast. Here are some of the benefits of the online postgraduate application system:

  • a simple procedure to set up an account
  • instant submission of your application to the University
  • ensures that your application is not delayed or lost in the post
  • an automatic acknowledgement is issued on receipt of your application
  • once you have submitted your application, you can view its progress using the online tracking system
  • once you have set up your account, it is easy to submit applications for additional courses

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:


Receiving your decision

You will receive both an email and a letter from International Admissions to confirm details of your offer. Decisions can also be viewed by logging into the Online Application Portal. Please read carefully the Guidance Notes which will accompany your decision. For Postgraduate Taught courses (PGT) you should receive a decision on your application within two weeks, if we have received copies of the all the necessary supporting documents. Decisions on Research applications may take longer.

Unconditional Offers

If you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen course of study, you will receive an unconditional offer letter which you may use as evidence that you have been accepted on to the course. 

Conditional Offers

If your offer is conditional upon the completion of a degree or other qualification such as an English Language test, you must forward a scanned copy of your examination result(s) to the Admissions and Access Service by email to as soon as they are known. This also applies to students who are currently studying at Queen’s University, since the Admissions and Access Service does not receive notification of degree results. Where applicable, confirmation of your qualifications must be officially translated into English. Please do not upload your results via the Applicant Portal.



Accepting or declining your offer

It is essential that you accept or decline your offer of a place, following the links through the online Postgraduate Application Portal –  This should be completed as soon as possible and ideally within 14 days from receipt of your offer letter.

If you have applied for, and been offered a place on more than one course/programme of study, you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline the offer against each course/programme.

Do not worry if you have not met the conditions of your offer by this date, at this stage we simply need to know if you intend to take up your place.

You may request to defer until a later date, if you are unable to take up your place or are unable to meet the conditions of your offer by the registration date. Requests for deferral should be submitted before the expected start date of your course.


After you have accepted your offer

After you have met the requirements of your offer (if any), accepted it online, and provided any documents that you have been asked for (eg. copy of passport) and paid a deposit (if applicable), the University will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will need the CAS to apply for your Tier 4 visa.  Your CAS details will not be issued earlier than six months before the start of your degree programme.

Mandatory Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Taught Courses

If you have met all the course entry requirements and have accepted an unconditional offer of a place to study on a one-year postgraduate taught course, please note that we require such applicants to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for visa/immigration purposes can be issued – see above.

When you pay a deposit towards your fees, you will receive a receipt which you should present with your documents when you apply for your student entry visa to the UK. This information will also be included in your CAS Statement – see enclosed leaflet - ‘Studying at Queen’s: Visas and the Points Based System’.

International applicants who are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship are not required to pay the mandatory tuition fee deposit (evidence of the scholarship must be provided to Admissions).

Scholarships and Funding

The International Office administers a wide range of fee reductions and scholarships for international students, and details of these arrangements are available on the website at:  Information on other possible funding opportunities specifically for postgraduate students is available from the Postgraduate Student Centre, visit the website at:

Funding scholarships, not administered by the Postgraduate Student Centre or the International Office, may be offered by individual Schools in the University. It is therefore recommended that applicants check the relevant Schools and Departments websites for details.



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