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Queen's University Belfast welcomes students from Malta and 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.

We accept a wide variety of qualifications. Below you will find information on undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements, English Language requirements, potential scholarships for international applicants and details of our overseas agents and representatives.

Important information for applicants

  • Undergraduate entry requirements

    Applicants with the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast's undergraduate Bachelor degree programmes:

    • Matriculation Certificate - see table below for further details.
    • 3 UK A Levels.
    • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.
    A-level gradesQualification Equivalent to A-levels: Matriculation Certificate

    AA at Advanced Level and AAB at Intermediate level, excluding Intermediate Level in Systems of Knowledge.


    AA at Advanced Level and ABB at Intermediate Level, excluding Intermediate Level in Systems of Knowledge.


    AB at Advanced Level and BBB at Intermediate Level, excluding Intermediate Level in Systems of Knowledge.


    BB at Advanced Level and BBC at Intermediate Level, excluding Intermediate Level in Systems of Knowledge.

    Please note that the 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.

    Reviewed for 2019 entry. Next full review scheduled for 2020.

  • Postgraduate entry requirements

    Admission to a graduate diploma or taught Masters programme usually requires either a UK upper second-class honours (2:1) or a lower second-class honours (2:2) undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for specific entry requirements.

    The comparable qualifications from Malta are as follows:

    UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)   

    • Bachelor (Honours) degree 2.1

    UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2) 

    • Bachelor (Honours) degree 2.2

    For a full assessment of your application, please ensure you upload copies of all official transcripts and final award certificates for degree qualifications already completed. Please include a transcript for any qualifications currently in progress to illustrate the courses/modules being studied and any grades awarded to date.

    To choose a course and submit your application, please visit the Postgraduate Coursefinder.

    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.

    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.

    Reviewed for 2019 entry. Next full review scheduled for 2020.

  • English language requirements

    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 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 INTO website

  • Scholarships

    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.

  • Representatives and overseas visits

    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.

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

  • How to apply

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

  • Further information

    INTO Queen's

    INTO Queen’s University Belfast is a partnership with Queen's University which offers academic courses and English language programmes designed specifically for international students. The courses help prepare students for entry to university in the UK and acclimatise students to living and studying in a university environment.

    INTO Queen's academic programmes include:

    • International Foundation programme
    • Graduate Diploma programme
    • International Diploma programme

    INTO Queen's English Language courses include:

    • English for Undergraduate Study
    • English for Postgraduate Study
    • Study Abroad with English
    • Pre-Sessional English
    • Summer School English
    • Insessional English