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Ranked 200 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)

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 Nigeria 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.

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"Queen's university makes you future-ready. No matter the course you're studying it opens your mind to exploring possibilities. I instils in you the zeal to want to do more and to achieve more."



Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes at Queen's University Belfast 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 Nigerian qualifications are as follows:

  • UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) 

  • A good Bachelor degree awarded by a recognised Nigerian university with ‘second class, upper division’ and minimum CGPA 3.5/5.

  • UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

  • A good Bachelor degree awarded by a recognised Nigerian university with ‘second class, lower division’ and minimum CGPA 3.0/5.

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.

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.

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Undergraduate entry requirements

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

  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate plus successful completion of a recognised Foundation programme with good grades.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a Nigerian University Bachelor Degree will be considered for admission.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.
  • West African GCE A Levels or UK A Levels.

The grades required will vary according to your chosen programme. Please check our Course Finder for detailed entry requirements.


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. The University considers the West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate/NECO (English Language)at Grade C6 or higher as an acceptable English Language qualification (except for entry to Medicine and Dentistry). View the full list of acceptable English Language qualifications.

Please note that a Certificate of Proficiency in English is not an acceptable English Language test.


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

How to apply

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

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INTO and Queen’s University Belfast work in partnership to prepare you for your degree at the University.

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