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In this section you'll find links to entry requirements, the application process and contact details for our China team. Everything you need to make an informed decision on studying at Queen's is right here.



    The following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes:

    • Students who have completed 12 years of education in China and attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate with good grades must complete an approved Foundation programme or GCE A Levels for progression to undergraduate degree programmes.
    • The Gaokao Chinese University Entrance Examination will be considered, along with performance in the Senior High School examination for entry to Stage 1 of our undergraduate programmes (excluding Medicine and Dentistry), with a minimum score of 75% overall average in Gaokao and 75% in all subjects.  Subject-specific requirements must be met.  Where A-level Mathematics is a course requirement, both Mathematics and Physics must be taken as part of the Gaokao, and a score of 80% in each subject will be required.  If a subject is a specified as a requirement at GCSE grade C, a score of 75% in this subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao (Graduation Certificate) will be accepted.  If Grade B in GCSE is required, a score of 80% in the subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao will be accepted.
    • Progression to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme at Queen's (with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work) is guaranteed for students who successfully complete the INTO Queen's International Foundation Programme at the required standard.
    • Students who have completed one or two years of university study in China may be eligible for admission to Bachelor degree programmes, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades have been achieved.
    • Applicants who have already completed A-Levels/a recognised Foundation programme or the first year of a relevant degree programme in China, but who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, may wish to consider INTO Queen's International Year One. Successful completion at the required standard offers direct entry to the second year of selected undergraduate degree programmes in Management, Economics, Finance and Engineering.
    • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

    Please note: 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.


    Entry to 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 specific entry requirements.

    Applicants from China should hold a good four-year bachelor degree from a recognised, well ranked university with an average grade of at least 70-85%.

    Type of Institution

    United Kingdom

    2.1 Honours standard

    United Kingdom

    2.2 Honours standard

    Tier 1
    Prestigious Universities (Double First Class Universities and Top 100 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2018):

    Final average 75%

    Final average 70%

    Tier 2
    Other Recognised Universities and Independent Colleges affiliated to a Tier 1 Institution (as defined by Queen's):

    Final average 80%

    Final average 75%

    Tier 3
    Other Independent Colleges recognised by Ministry of Education and Self-Study Degrees

    Final average 85%

    Final average 80%

    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. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.  

    Applicants should upload official English translations of their qualifications documents, for example, official translations (signed and stamped) issued by the degree-awarding university/institution in China.

    We will also accept online verification reports (in English) of the degree certificate, transcript and the qualification certificate issued by CHESICC (China Credentials Verification service) – please see for further details.  There is a fee for this service. 

    Borderline Cases

    We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter.

    For many postgraduate taught programmes, Chinese graduates will normally be accepted with a final average mark of up to 2% below the condition stated in the official offer letter, assuming that performance in key modules is of an appropriate standard. 

    Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen more than 2% below the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.

    On completion of your degree, you should forward a copy of the following documents to to confirm the award of your qualification and the overall grade:

    1. Official transcript (final version including all your grades)
    2. Bachelor degree Certificate
    3. Graduation Certificate

    It is only on receipt of these documents that we will be able to confirm your acceptance.

    INTO Queen's Preparation Courses

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

    PhD Study

    Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.


    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 list of INTO Queen's English Language courses.


    Queen's University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2020

    Queen’s University Belfast invites applications from outstanding Chinese students to pursue PhD study at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

    There are up to 20 fully funded three-year research studentships, for applicants commencing their studies in the 2020-21 academic year. These studentships provide fees and living costs. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 28 January 2020 - please click here  for more information.

    Further information about the 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.


    Staff from the International Office and other Queen's departments regularly undertake visits overseas.

    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.

    Catherine Li
    Senior International Officer/Senior Business Development Manager

    Meet Us in Your Country

    For details of forthcoming exhibitions which Queen's University will be attending in China, please email Catherine Li. If you have an interest in studying overseas, this is your opportunity to receive individual information and advice.

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



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