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Queen's University Belfast welcomes students from China and from all over the world.  We have 17,000 students from over 80 countries, 3,500 staff and 100,000 graduates worldwide. We're one of the UK's leading universities with a heritage dating back over 150 years.

We accept a wide variety of qualifications. Below you will find information on undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements, English Language requirements, potential scholarships for international applicants and details of our overseas agents and representatives.

Find out more information about Queens' links to China, our partnerships, research links and key representatives at our dedicated China section>

Important information for applicants

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Undergraduate entry requirements

Applicants with the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast's Bachelor degree programmes:

  • Students who have completed 12 years of education in China and attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate with good grades must complete an approved Foundation programme or GCE A Levels for progression to undergraduate degree programmes.
  • Progression to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme at Queen's (with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work) is guaranteed for students who successfully complete the INTO Queen's International Foundation Programme at the required standard.
  • Students who have completed one or two years of university study in China may be eligible for admission to Bachelor degree programmes, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades have been achieved.
  • Applicants who have already completed A-Levels/a recognised Foundation programme or the first year of a relevant degree programme in China, but who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, may wish to consider the INTO Queen's International Diploma. Successful completion at the required standard offers direct entry to the second year of selected undergraduate degree programmes in Management, Economics, Finance and Engineering.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

Please note that the grades required vary depending on the programme of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for exact entry requirements. 

Applicants from China should hold a good four-year bachelor degree from a recognised, well ranked university with an average grade of at least 75-85% to be considered for direct admission to postgraduate diploma or taught masters degree programmes.

Queen's University Admissions Office staff have expertise on a wide range of qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the UK entry requirement. Please ensure you upload copies of all official transcripts and final award certificates for programmes already completed and those currently being completed.

If you are interested in postgraduate Computing, Finance or Management courses, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

Students interested in studying for a PhD at Queen’s University require good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

English language requirements

Applicants will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some degree programmes have higher or lower requirements (please check individual programme requirements in the relevant undergraduate or postgraduate University Coursefinder. View the full list of acceptable English Language qualifications.

INTO Queen's - Pre-University English Language Programmes

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the University. If you wish to apply for an INTO Queen's English course please contact or consult the list of INTO Queen's English Language courses.


Queen's University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2016

Queen’s University Belfast invites applications from outstanding Chinese students to pursue PhD study at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). There are up to 10 fully funded three-year research studentships, for applicants commencing their studies in the 2016-17 academic year. These studentships provide fees and living costs.  The closing date for the receipt of applications is 29 January 2016.  Visit the link below for:

Further information about the QUB-China Scholarship Council Awards and application procedure

Queen's University Belfast offers a range of scholarships for international students.

A list of other potential sources of funding for Postgraduate study can be found on the University's Postgraduate Office website.

Representatives and overseas visits

Staff from the International Office and other Queen's departments regularly undertake visits overseas.

Queen's has a network of agents and representatives committed to providing you with high levels of support. More information on our network and a list of agents by country can be found on the University's agent webpages.

Catherine Li, Recruitment Manager for China, Hong Kong and Macau

Meet Us in Your Country

For details of forthcoming exhibitions which Queen's University will be attending in China, please email Catherine Li or Angus Xi. If you have an interest in studying overseas, this is your opportunity to receive individual information and advice.

The British Council in your country can also offer advice on studying in the UK.

How to apply

For details on the application process for both undergraduates and postgraduates, please visit the University's How to Apply section.

Further information

International Joint Foundation Programme at Shenzhen University, China

The Queen’s International Joint Foundation Programme is a one-year pre-undergraduate programme for international students, taught at Shenzhen University (SZU), China. For further information, please visit the Shenzen webpages.


There is an active Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Queen's and Mandarin Speakers Association in Belfast.

International Prospectus

Download a copy of our International Prospectus for 2015 in Chinese.

Rui Tian

Rui Tian from China

Degree: MSc Finance

I am studying for a Masters degree at Queen’s (MSc in Finance), although I didn’t study the subject at undergraduate level. However, I had gained a general knowledge of Finance from study in a related area which gave me an interest in studying it further. Queen’s University is famous for its Finance and Economics courses, in fact, it is even better than I thought it would be before I came here! Also, many people recommended the Finance course to me.

I enjoy studying at Queen’s as there are many excellent staff and teachers here. I can get help if I encounter any troubles in my studies and the people are very nice and help me to solve any small problems.

I live in private accommodation near to the University. It is a very good apartment development with new facilities and the environment is quite pleasant.The student facilities are very good, such as the computer labs in the library which I use for completing assignments and other papers. In addition, the Students’ Union and Sports Centre offer good services to students.

My social life in Belfast is pretty good because I live with several local people.We always talk about the differences between the Eastern and Western countries and cultures. Also we often travel around the country or go out for some drinks in the evenings.

The Queen’s University is a very famous one in the UK and there is special University support for Chinese students which made me feel comfortable and offered me a lot of help when I came here.

I will recommend Queen’s to my friends and school mates in China because I have had the best education here in Finance, and the best in terms of my social experiences.