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Unfortunately due to the ongoing public health situation with the novel coronavirus, representatives from Queen’s will not be able to travel to Canada for the remainder of this academic year.

The University is planning a range of digital events which will be published here in the coming weeks.

If you would like to make an individual appointment to speak by phone or video chat our teams would be delighted to do so – please contact the International Officer, Peter Brimstone, at


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Peter Brimstone, International Officer
Email Peter | Skype: peter_brimstone | Phone: +44 739 173 0622


In the top 140 universities in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

Part of the elite Russell Group – the UK's Ivy League – we're the 9th oldest university in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018) with a worldwide reputation for excellence.

Queen's University Belfast welcomes students from Canada and 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.

Click the button below to view our USA and Canada Brochure containing information specific to North American students interested in studying abroad with us.


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Graduate sooner than you would in your home country

Graduate sooner with undergraduate degrees typically 3 years and postgraduate degrees 1 year (PhDs 3 years) helping you reduce the cost of study in a UK city with the lowest cost of living.

Experience a culturally immersive and vibrant Belfast city with a unique blend of European architecture, historic Irish pubs, top brand shopping and a buzzing arts and social scene.

Check out 10 reasons why you should study at Queen's


Undergraduate entry requirements

The following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to our undergraduate programmes. The grades required will vary according to your chosen programme. Please check our Course Finder for detailed entry requirements.

  • The Canadian High School Diploma (Grade 12). The minimum requirement is usually 75 - 80% overall, although some programmes do require higher grades and may specify exact grade requirements in relevant subjects.
  • Alberta: A General High School Diploma with an average of at least 75 - 80% in five acceptable grade 12 courses.
  • British Columbia: the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with at least five Bs in acceptable grade 12 courses and 75 - 80% overall.
  • Manitoba: the High School Graduation Diploma with five credits awarded at 300 level in at least four subject areas and at least 75% achieved in each of these areas.
  • Ontario: The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is required normally with an average of 80% in six Grade 12 U/M courses. Certain programmes may require Grade 12 U/M courses in specific subjects.
  • Saskatchewan: the Grade 12 Standing/Division IV Standing (Secondary School Diploma) with an average of at least 75 - 80% in five acceptable subjects.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

For entry to Medicine and Dentistry, a minimum of 90% overall in Grade 12 courses in the Canadian High School Diploma is required, with at least 90% in Grade 12 Chemistry and Biology. Mathematics, Physics and English Language are also required, preferably to Year 11. Applicants for Medicine must also undertake the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the University will normally interview international applicants.  Applicants shortlisted for Dentistry will be required to undertake an online interview.  For graduates, a minimum of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 (78%) is required for consideration, and applicants must have the appropriate background in relevant science subjects.

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Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Entry to our 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 our Course Finder for detailed entry requirements. 

The comparable Canadian qualifications are as follows:

UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)

A good four-year Bachelor degree or three-year Baccalauréat with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale, 6.0 on a 9 point scale, 8.0 on a 12 point scale or 73% (where the pass mark is 50%).   Please note that for graduate admission to either the 5 year Medicine or Dentistry degrees, a minimum CGPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 (78%) is required.

UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

A good four-year Bachelor degree or three-year Baccalauréat with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4 point scale, 5.0 on a 9 point scale, 7.0 on a 12 point scale or 70% (where the pass mark is 50%).

Supporting Documentation

When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Degree award certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.

Borderline Cases

Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have completed their degree with slightly lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.

On completion of your degree, please forward a copy of your official transcript and award certificate to to confirm the award of your qualification and the overall grade. Unfortunately, we cannot advise you further until we receive this documentation.

INTO Queen's Preparation Courses

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

MPhil/PhD Study

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need a good Four Year Bachelor's degree and, normally a good Master's degree in addition to a strong research proposal.

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English language requirements

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate a minimum level of English. Queen's University normally requires the equivalent of 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 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 English course please contact or view the list of INTO Queen's English Language courses.


Funding and Scholarships

Canadian Student Loans can be applied to study at Queen’s.  More information is available on the Student Financial Assistance pages of the Government of Canada website and the Ministry of Education in Québec.

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 Graduate School website.

There are a number of prestigious scholarships for Canadian students which may be used for postgraduate study at Queen's:

Dobbin Scholarship

International Scholarships offered by the Canadian government

Institute of Irish Studies Mary McNeill Scholarship 2019

British Council

The British Council in Canada can offer helpful advice on studying in the UK. A useful resource is their Scholarships and Funding website.

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How to apply

For details on the application process for both undergraduates and postgraduates, please visit the University's How to Apply section.


£ sterling

US $


Non-catered accommodation 110 per week 145 per week 182 per week
Non-catered accommodation with ensuite
130 per week 172 per week 216 per week
Application fee/Damage deposit 300 396 498


Food 50 per week 66 per week 83 per week
Personal Expenses e.g. entertainment,
clothes (depending on social life)
40 per week 53 per week 66 per week
Books - Can be borrowed from the Library for two
weeks or overnight, or bought (reasonably
priced University Bookshops)
10 per week 13 per week 17 per week
Local Transportation
(Costs Minimal, as QUB is a campus university)
5 per week 7 per week 8 per week
Cost of a standard return train journey to
Dublin (2 hours)
34 45 56
Cost of an average return flight to London (1 hr)** 50.98 67.29 84.63

Gym Membership
Based on an off-peak student membership - payable per month

One off administration fee for monthly gym membership

(Free off-peak membership of Queen’s Sport for students living in Queen’s Accommodation)

15 per month


20 per month


25 per month


Student cinema ticket with Odeon




*All fees are payable in £ sterling. Approximate equivalencies are shown at the following rates (August 2017) US$1.32 = £1 Can$1.66 = £1

** Based on Easyjet flight from various London airports to Belfast International lowest published fare between Jan and June 2017

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