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Queen's University Belfast welcomes students 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.

Important information for applicants

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Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants who have completed Year 12 (Sixth Form Baccalaureate) with good grades, plus a recognised Foundation Programme may be considered for entry to undergraduate Bachelor degree programmes.
  • 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.

The comparable qualifications from Iraq are as follows:

UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)

A Bachelor degree from a prestigious institution with an overall grade of 75%, depending on the institution attended.

A Bachelor degree from other recognised institutions with an overall average of 80%, depending on the institution attended.

UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

A Bachelor degree from a prestigious institution with an overall grade of 70%, depending on the institution attended.

A Bachelor degree from other recognised institutions with an overall average of 75%, depending on the institution attended.

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 qualification'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 Computing, Finance or Management courses, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider applying for a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need 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 INTO website


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.

Queen's University Belfast Contact:

International Office

Queen's University Belfast
Tel: + 44 (0)28 9097 5088
Fax: + 44 (0)28 9097 5089

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

How to apply

Information on how to apply for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, please visit the University's How to Apply section.