Supporting Your Studies

Students with Disabilities, Special Needs or Medical Conditions

The University has developed a range of services and support for students with disabilities, special needs or medical conditions, overseen by the Disability Services Unit. If you indicated on your application form that you have a disability, special need or medical condition, you should have received further information and a questionnaire with your offer letter. If these details were not included or you wish to receive further information please contact the Admissions and Access Service.

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

University Student Accommodation

The University offers a range of accommodation for single occupancy students. Accommodation handbooks will be available from Queen’s Accommodation and Hospitality from May 2016.

An application for student accommodation can be made online via the website at Any enquiries about accommodation should be addressed to Elms Village Reception Office.

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

Welcome and Orientation

All new postgraduate research applicants will be invited to attend one of the Welcome Events in late September or early October 2016. This will be an opportunity to meet with other research students and begin to develop important professional and personal networks.

Induction programmes for applicants undertaking a postgraduate taught course will be organised by the individual Schools and further details will be sent to applicants in September 2016.

Applicants from outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland will be invited to attend the welcome and orientation programme for new international students. The programme covers basic academic and practical matters and enables students to familiarise themselves with the University and living in Belfast before the course commences. Full details of the programme will be sent to applicants during July 2016.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School offers a unique facility for postgraduate students, providing a range of support services including researcher and taught training, learning workshops and events to maximise their postgraduate experience at Queen's. The Graduate School aims to support postgraduates in the development of transferable skills to assist them in the completion of their studies and to support them in their future careers.

The Graduate School has a team of dedicated Information Assistants based at reception tasked with signposting postgraduates in the right direction, whether for information on postgraduate awards or applying for student-led initiative funding. The Graduate School also offers a calendar of events for students and staff alike with more information found on the Graduate School Annual Planner.

As well as offering a range of support services, the Graduate School offers an ideal place to meet fellow students and colleagues within stunning surroundings. It also provides students with a dedicated study space with up to 6 group study rooms as well as a silent study with seating for up to 65 students for computer and laptop use. Postgraduate students and staff can also use the larger Graduate School rooms for postgraduate related activities.

Teams based at the Graduate School:

Postgraduate Training Team

Postgraduate Community and Information Team

Postgraduate Awards Team


The Graduate School is located north of the main Lanyon Building (it can be seen from the front of Queen's, on the left hand side).

Opening Hours:

Opening hours are from 8.00am - 10.00pm, 7 days a week

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

English Language Requirement

For those applicants who do not currently meet the English Language requirement, the University is a test centre for IELTS. Further details are available from the website at  

INTO Queen’s University offers a wide range of English language provision, including 12, 8 or 4 week pre-sessional courses. Those who have satisfied the other course entry requirements and who achieve the required level of performance in the pre-sessional English course, will be permitted to progress to their postgraduate degree programme without having to re-take the IELTS or TOEFL test.

For contact details - see Useful Contacts at Queen's.

Please note that you have to meet the University’s English Language requirement before being permitted to register on to your postgraduate programme of study.