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

  • If you have a Thanawijah Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) plus a recognised Foundation Programme, such as those offered by INTO Queen's, may be acceptable in lieu of A-levels.
  • American High School Diploma (with no APs or SAT IIs) plus a recognised Foundation Programme.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.
  • Students who have completed one or two years of university study may be eligible for undergraduate admission, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades achieved.

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

Holders of an undergraduate Bachelor degree from a recognised university may be considered for direct admission to study at Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s level. A minimum GPA of 3.0+/4 is normally required, depending on programme entry requirements.

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 undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor's and Master's programmes awarded by a recognised university in addition to a strong research proposal.

The grade required varies depending on the degree programme. For further guidance, you should consult the Postgraduate Coursefinder or visit the website of the Queen's School that offers the degree programme.

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

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.

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

Upcoming visits

For details of upcoming events and locations where you can meet with an International Officer from Queen’s, please email

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


There is an active Islamic Students Society at Queen's. There are two Islamic centres nearby and shops selling Halal food are within walking distance of the University. Queen’s offers some single-sex accommodation and helps all students to find suitable accommodation for their needs nearby