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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Academic Year 2020-21 Start Dates

  • When will my Postgraduate programme start?

    Queen’s University Belfast will commence teaching as planned on 21 September 2020 for many programmes.  However, Queen’s has revised start dates for a number of Postgraduate Master’s programmes for the academic year 2020-21. To be clear:

    (i) For some programmes, there will be an option of choosing either September 2020 or January 2021 start date. In this case, offer-holders may choose the option which best suits their circumstances.

    (ii) For some programmes, September 2020 start date option will no longer be offered, and all students will be invited to start the course in January 2021 instead.           

    (iv) For remaining programmes, September 2020 start date still applies.

    For information on individual programme start dates where there is an alternative or revised start date, please refer to the table below:

    Key:

    Y= Yes, programme is offered
    N = No, programme is not offered

       

    September 2020

    January 2021 

    Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences    

    School of Arts, English and Languages     MA Translating 
    MA Interpreting  
    School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)  MSc TESOL 
    School of History, Anthropology, Politics and Philosophy (HAPP) MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Y Y
    MA International Relations Y Y
    MA Violence, Terrorism and Security Y Y
    MA History Y Y
    Queen’s Management School (QMS)         MSc Accounting and Finance 
    MSc Finance 
    MSc Risk and Investment Management 
    MSc Quantitative Finance 
    MSc International Business 
    MSc Management 
    MSc Marketing 
    MSc Business Analytics 

    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences     

    School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS)   Electronics  
    Electronics with Professional Internship  
    Applied Cyber Security  N Y
    Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship N Y
    School of Mathematics and Physics   Materials Science and Engineering  
    Materials Science and Engineering with Professional Internship 
    Data Analytics N Y
    School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering    Mechanical Engineering with Management  
    Mechanical Engineering with Management and Industrial Internship  
    School of Natural and Built Environment     Building Information Modelling Project Management (BIMPM) 
    Construction and Project Management (CPM)  
    Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship  
    MSc City Planning and Design Y Y
    MSc Planning and Development Y Y
    School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Pharmaceutical Analysis   Y
    School of Psychology Psychological Science  Y Y

    Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences    

    School of Biological Sciences MSc Advanced Food Safety Y Y
    MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Y Y
    MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development Y Y
    MSc Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development Y Y
    School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences  MPH Public Health Y Y
    MPH Global Health 
    School of Nursing and Midwifery MSc Advanced Professional Practice Y Y
    School of Pharmacy MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics November 2020
  • What will be the structure of my Postgraduate Master’s programme?

    Delivery Model

    To support the additional January start date, applicants may be interested to know how the programme will be delivered.  Queen’s have decided to use the following delivery models which are indicated on the table below:

    Delivery Model 1 – Students will undertake 3 taught modules from January 2021 – April 2021.   Students will then undertake their dissertation from May 2021 – August 2021 and will undertake the final 3 taught models from September 2021 – December 2021

    Delivery Model 2 – Students will undertake 6 taught modules from January 2021 – August 2021.  Students will then undertake their dissertation from September 2021 – December 2021.

    Key:

    Y= Yes, programme is offered
    N = No, programme is not offered

       

    September 2020

    January 2021 

    Delivery Model

    Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences    

    School of Arts, English and Languages     MA Translating  Model 1
    MA Interpreting   Model 1 
    School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)  MSc TESOL  Bespoke 
    School of History, Anthropology, Politics and Philosophy (HAPP)    MA Conflict Transformation and Social Justice  TBC 
    MA International Relations  TBC 
    MA Violence, Terrorism and Security  TBC 
    MA History   TBC 
    Queen’s Management School (QMS)         MSc Accounting and Finance  TBC 
    MSc Finance  TBC 
    MSc Risk and Investment Management  TBC 
    MSc Quantitative Finance  TBC 
    MSc International Business  TBC 
    MSc Management  TBC 
    MSc Marketing  TBC 
    MSc Business Analytics  TBC 

    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences     

    School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS)   Electronics   Model 2 
    Electronics with Professional Internship   Model 2 
    Applied Cyber Security  N Y Model 2 
    Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship N Y Model 2 
    School of Mathematics and Physics   Materials Science and Engineering   Model 1 
    Materials Science and Engineering with Professional Internship  Model 1 
    Data Analytics N Y Model 2
    School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering    Mechanical Engineering with Management   Model 2 
    Mechanical Engineering with Management and Industrial Internship   Model 2 
    School of Natural and Built Environment     Building Information Modelling Project Management (BIMPM)  Model 1
    Construction and Project Management (CPM)   Model 1
    Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship   Model 1 
    MSc City Planning and Design Y Y Model 1
    MSc Planning and Development Y Y Model 1
    School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Pharmaceutical Analysis   Y Model 1 
    School of Psychology Psychological Science  Y Y Model 1

    Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences    

    School of Biological Sciences MSc Advanced Food Safety Y Y Model 1 
    MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Y Y Model 1 
    MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development Y Y Model 1 
    MSc Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development Y Y Model 1 
    School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences  MPH Public Health Y Y Model 1 
    MPH Global Health  Model 1 
    School of Nursing and Midwifery MSc Advanced Professional Practice Y Y Bespoke 
    School of Pharmacy MSc Industrial Pharmaceutics November 2020 Model 2 
  • How will my programme be delivered?

    We will deliver a Connected Learning approach with face-to-face teaching, in accordance with social distancing, being complemented by online delivery as necessary.

 

Applications and Offers

  • Will the Coronavirus outbreak affect my application to Queen's University Belfast?

    We're doing everything we can to limit any impact the coronavirus may have on current applications to study at Queen's University Belfast.

    Currently, our Admissions team and academic schools are working hard to process all applications as normal and provide decisions as quickly as possible. However, there may be a slight delay in processing decisions due to the present situation and Admissions teams working remotely.

  • Do you anticipate any travel restrictions for students coming to the UK?

    We will be closely following the UK government’s advice with regard to any quarantine requirements for inbound travellers to the UK in order to understand any impact it may have upon our new and returning students by September 2020. We're working hard to ensure that any appropriate arrangements will be in place to support our students.

  • What measures are in place to ensure that students can continue their studies as planned?

    We understand that the current disruption to studies around the world will be a cause for concern for applicants and prospective students due to begin University studies in 2020.

    We'll do our best to extend deadlines for the receipt of transcripts and other application documents wherever possible. As the extent of the disruption becomes clearer, we will be in a better position to update you on other related policies.

    Please be assured that we're considering this as a matter of urgency and you'll be updated by email as soon as possible.

  • My teaching and assessment have been disrupted by the Coronavirus. What should I do?

    We're aware that education systems in the UK and around the world have been disrupted and we're closely monitoring the situation. We will be as flexible as we can where applicants aren't able to meet the conditions of their offers in the way they expected, or at the time they expected.

    At this stage, you don't need to let us know of any closures that affect you. We'll be in touch if this changes and will keep this page updated as well.

  • Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

    We are still accepting applications for September 2020 entry. Students who wish to apply should make an application in the normal way.

    We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and will update our FAQs with any changes – please check back here to make sure that there haven’t been any updates to our position before you make your application.

  • If I have a conditional offer to the university right now, what should I do next?

    If you are currently holding a conditional offer, and wish to commence study with us in September, you should arrange to send us all final academic and English language documentation as soon as possible, and arrange to pay any deposits as required.  If you are having difficulty completing your current qualification or think that you will be unable to obtain official documentation to evidence completion of your degree, please contact us by email intl.student@qub.ac.uk

    If you are holding a conditional offer and wish to defer your application to January or September 2021, please contact us so as we can advise of your options.

  • International Baccalaureate examinations have been cancelled. How will this affect my application?

    The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has confirmed that May 2020 examinations for the IB Diploma Programme will not be held in any country.  IB students will be awarded grades by the IBO for each of their registered subjects on the basis of coursework marks and predicted grades.

    It is expected that the IBO will publish the IB results on 5 July 2020.  Queen’s University Belfast will accept the grades awarded in the IB Diploma this year as normal.  We anticipate that we will be able to make decisions on receipt of these results – please note that it can take us a number of days to process decisions. 

 

Accommodation

  • Will accommodation still be guaranteed if I come later or defer my offer?

    Yes, accommodation will still be guaranteed.

    If you accept an offer for accommodation but find you are unable to travel, or decide to defer your studies for 12 months, we will cancel your accommodation booking; the deposit, if already paid, is fully refundable.

    If you arrive and start your course from September 2020 and then decide to withdraw or leave your accommodation contract for personal reasons, the normal terms for release from your contract will apply.

  • What if my programme start date is now January 2021?

    If your course commencement date has changed to January 2021 and you intend to arrive then, you must contact us and we will make this change to the contract start and end dates. The deposit will be transferred to the new contract starting date, unless you request it to be refunded.

 

English Language

 

Visa Guidance

  • When will I receive my CAS statement?

    The University will be commencing to issue CAS statements in early June, for students starting their course in September.   Please note that you cannot ‘use’ your CAS more than 3 months before your course start date.

    When you apply for a Tier 4 visa you must include a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number.  The University will assign your CAS number through the UKVI system. In advance of issuing your CAS, the Admissions and Access Service will send you a form for you to provide details of any previous study in the UK, including copies of previous visa stamps. This form must be returned to cas.info@qub.ac.uk before a CAS can be issued.

    The CAS number will be included in a letter called a ‘CAS statement’ which will be sent to you by the Admissions and Access Service.  This will have important information that you need for your visa application.

    Important note:  A CAS statement (including a CAS number) will only be sent to eligible applicants who have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place.  It is important therefore that you inform the Admissions and Access Service as soon as possible whether you wish to accept or decline your offer.