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Applying to Queen's

Applying to Queen's

How to Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2016 from 1 September 2015

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2016, however, for applicants applying to Oxford or Cambridge and for those whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2015. Currently there are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February).

Those applying for entry in February 2017 should apply prior to 15 January 2016. Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult.

Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required.

Deferred Entry

Most courses, except Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, are happy to consider applications from students wishing to defer their year of entry. If you apply for deferred entry, you should tell us what you plan to do during your Gap Year in the personal statement section of your UCAS application.

Support for Care Leavers

Queen’s University is committed to providing support for students from a care-experienced background and in recognition of this the University has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark.

We have a dedicated member of staff available to support applicants when applying to the University, during their undergraduate study, including graduation and beyond. We can guarantee 365-day University accommodation if required and we also award a £1,000 bursary.

For more information about our bursary and support, please contact Deirdre Lynskey or visit our Care Leavers Support webpage. 

Disability Services

The University is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all of its students and actively encourages applications from people with disabilities. Applications are considered on the same academic grounds as non-disabled applicants and there is no disability assessment prior to an offer being made.

The University has developed extensive support for disabled students. The reasonable adjustments available are outlined in the Student Disability Policy.

If you receive an offer, you will be provided with a questionnaire, which you should complete and return to the Disability Services unit.

The information you provide will be treated as sensitive and kept strictly confidential. It will only be used to plan for your individual support requirements, ensuring that your transition to Queen’s is as smooth as possible.

If you need any advice about disclosing disability, or the arrangements which we can make, please contact:

Linda Maguire
Head of Disability Services
t +44 (0)28 9097 2727

If You Are Returning to Education

Queen’s also welcomes applications from students who are returning to education. Each case will be considered on its individual merits and modified entrance targets may be set. Life experience is not in itself sufficient grounds for admission and we normally require evidence of recent academic study at a suitably high level which has led to some positive results.

The qualifications most frequently offered by such applicants are Access Courses, A-levels, BTEC Extended Diplomas/Higher National Certificates and Diplomas and Open University credits. It is our experience that applicants stand  better chance of succeeding on their course if they have been able to acquire or improve skills of reading, analysis and writing beforehand. 

While many subjects can be taken from scratch at university level, there are others, particularly in Science and Engineering, where considerable background knowledge is essential. For this reason, it is understandable that the majority of students who have entered university from this background are to be found in humanities and social science subjects.

You should be aware that undertaking a period of full-time study can have serious implications. 

Think it through carefully. It is a good idea to get some guidance and counselling from organisations such as the Department for Employment and Learning ( or from the University’s Careers, Employability and Skills service, in order to establish where your best interests and chances of success lie. You can also contact the Admissions and Access Service for advice.

Applicants with a Criminal Record

It is the policy of the University to consider applications for admission on their individual merits in the light of all available information. The primary selection criteria are those related to the qualifications, skills, abilities and personal qualities of an applicant. The University will investigate the criminal record of a new applicant only if the primary selection criteria for a course have been met.

The University acknowledges the key role of education in the rehabilitative process and a criminal record will not debar an applicant unless the nature and seriousness of the offence in question are incompatible with:

1. the course applied for
2. the ultimate professional or vocational goal
3. participation in an academic and social setting and the University’s responsibility to ensure a safe and neutral environment

Regulations concerning admission of applicants who have a criminal record are available from the University’s Admissions web pages.

Applications for Theology

All applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses in the University should be submitted through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applicants for the Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours with Theology) or Diploma in Theology are invited to contact the University’s Institute of Theology for advice on undergraduate study in one of the recognised Theological Colleges. At the time of enrolment and registration students will also be required to register with the relevant college.

Information about each of the Theological Colleges, along with their contact details, is available on the Institute of Theology website.

Applications to St Mary’s University College and Stranmillis University College

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is taught at the recognised colleges of St Mary’s University College and Stranmillis University College. The colleges also offer other undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts (St Mary’s University College), Early Childhood Studies and Health and Leisure Studies (Stranmillis University College). Each College produces its own Prospectus to which you should refer.

To obtain a Prospectus please contact:

Admissions Office
St Mary’s University College
191 Falls Road
Belfast BT12 6FE
t +44 (0)28 9032 7678

Academic Registry
Stranmillis University College
Belfast BT9 5DY
t +44 (0)28 9038 4263

The Admissions Policy for St Mary’s University College.

The Admissions Policy for Stranmillis University College.

Applications for Stranmillis University College should be submitted through UCAS in the normal manner while applications for St Mary’s University College should be submitted direct to the College.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

The University operates a CATS scheme. Further information is available from:

Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
t +44 (0)28 9097 3838
f +44 (0)28 9097 5151

Decisions on Applications

Decisions on applications are made on an ongoing basis for most courses, although, in the case of higher demand courses, they may be delayed until after the UCAS closing date. If you receive an offer you may be invited to visit the department of your choice or receive further information from the department.

If you accept an unconditional (U) or conditional (C) offer of admission from Queen’s as either your firm (UF/CF) or insurance choice (UI/CI), you will be provided with information in late June or early July of your proposed year
of entry, including information relating to the publication of decisions, procedures for August/September, accommodation, tuition fees, enrolment, registration and orientation.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

The University Admissions Policy provides additional information on a range of matters including feedback to unsuccessful applicants and the Admissions Appeals/Complaints Procedure.

If you consider that your application has not been dealt with fairly, you should contact the Admissions and Access Service in the first instance.