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Queen’s inspires its students to realise their full potential. Our balanced blend of heritage and tradition with innovative and future-thinking values deliver a first-class student experience.

Exceptional teaching standards reflect these research strengths and independent assessments demonstrate that Queen’s is ranked consistently as a top UK university.

We have more than 17,000 students from over 80 countries, with 3,500 staff and some 100,000 graduates worldwide.


World Class Facilities


Queen’s has recently invested £259m into its staff, students and infrastructure to provide some of the best campus facilities in the UK and Ireland. These include the award-winning McClay Library, one of the finest libraries in the world, open 24 hours a day at key study periods, and used daily by 10,000 students.

Research and Teaching Excellence


As a member of the Russell Group, we are one of the UK's 24 leading universities, providing students with a world-class education underpinned by world-class research. Queen’s researchers work closely with more than 250 universities around the world and Queen's was placed joint 8th in the UK for research intensity in the REF results.

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Opportunities to Study and Work Abroad

Broaden your horizons and enrich your university experience with Queen’s links to many leading universities and companies around the world. 

A state of the art careers management system 'My Future' allows students to search hundreds of internship and graduate job opportunities.



An Extraordinary University Experience

Our Students’ Union, societies and clubs will help you to meet and make friends with other students and feel part of campus life.

Over 190 clubs and societies are a great way to meet friends, discover new talents, and get a break from studying.

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Advice and Support

Our advisors provide free, independent, confidential, accurate advice. Whether it’s academic, financial or welfare-related.

A Cool Space

A top-class venue for live sport and gigs, comedy nights, party nights and quizzes. Hosting 4 entertainment venues, relax and study areas.

Be a Force for Change

Help improve the lives of others, an organisation, your community or the environment, with 3000 volunteering opportunities.



Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, it was also voted one of the world’s top 10 destinations by National Geographic Traveler in 2012.


Getting Around

Queen’s is at the heart of the city’s culture, arts and social scenes.


Whatever the time of year, Belfast is the ultimate student city, offering a huge selection of places to shop, socialise, eat and relax – all within walking distance of the University campus.


Going Out


Historic pubs, stylish bars and cool clubs help to ensure Belfast lives up to its reputation as a ‘treasure’ with an ‘incredible atmosphere’ (National Geographic Traveler, 2012). Read our guide to places to eat in Queen's Quarter.

A Shopper's Paradise

Belfast offers shoppers a mix of big-name stores, designer boutiques, innovative arts and crafts shops, and quirky markets.

Getting Here

Two airports operate multiple daily flights between Belfast and the rest of the UK. Learn more>


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Northern Ireland: A Unique Location

Northern Ireland is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coastal scenery and has a fascinating history and cultural heritage that showcases stunning castles, monasteries and historic industry.

The Titanic was built here and the region is renowned for the friendliness of its population and the vibrancy of the local ‘craic’.


Queen's Sport: Join over 50 different sports clubs

One of the most advanced sport and fitness facilities in the UK and Ireland, offering state-of-the-art equipment with flexible membership options, a new, multimillion-pound outdoor facility, professional expertise and educational programmes.


A world class university

Life Changing Opportunities


At Queen's, world class facilities sit alongide academia as life-enhancing opportunities. As a thriving top 20 Russell Group University, we provide our students with a world-class education and a confidence that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

A first class Student Experience


Queen’s offers a life-changing experience on a heritage campus set in one of Europe's most vibrant and eclectic mix of academia and lifestyle on the doorstep of Northern Ireland’s glorious coastline and landscape.

Ireland's Oxbridge

Established in 1845, Queen’s is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, enhancing our position on the world stage.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘Ireland’s Oxbridge’, our teaching quality is recognised as being of the highest standard. Queen’s students are taught by academics who are informed by the latest discoveries in their fields.

The University has won five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education, for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology, law and for Northern Ireland’s Comprehensive Cancer Services (CCS) programme.

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The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014

Ranked 26th in the UK for ‘Graduate prospects’
Ranked 29th in the UK
3rd for Pharmacology and Pharmacy and 17th for Medicine
‘University of the Year’ runner-up in 2013

Times Higher Education Awards

5 consecutive Times Higher Education Awards (2008–2012), including ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2009’ and ‘Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year 2010’

Queen's Anniversary Prizes

5 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, including Northern Ireland’s Comprehensive Cancer Services programme in 2011

The Guardian University Guide 2014

12 Queen’s subjects in the UK top 20

Entrepreneurial University of the Year

Queen’s delivers an education programme rooted in the needs of today’s society and was ranked 26th in the UK for ‘Graduate prospects’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.

Our commitment to ensuring our students have the right skills for the world today was recognised when we were recently named UK ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards.

A degree with a plus

Employability skills are heavily embedded in Queen’s curriculum. Our Degree Plus Award offers students a competitive edge in the graduate job market. This innovative programme acknowledges skills acquired through participation in extracurricular activities, such as voluntary work, part-time jobs and sport, which are attractive to potential employers.

A Russell Group university

As a member of the Russell Group, we are one of the UK’s 24 leading universities, providing our students with a world-class education underpinned by world-class research. Queen’s is a global player in research areas from cancer studies to sustainability, from wireless technology to poetry and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts.

Queen’s researchers work closely with more than 250 universities around the world. Among the University’s dynamic partnerships are academic links with Georgetown University, Washington DC, and with leading institutions in Malaysia, India, China, Japan and Australia.

Research and teaching excellence

Queen’s has nearly 90 research clusters across 20 research-led Schools, each led by a Director of Research. In addition, interdisciplinary forums have been created to support the development of research across disciplines.

INTO Queen's

Our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of academic courses and English language programmes that are proven to help international students progress to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK.