THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Once you have found a course on our online prospectus, click the 'Apply Now' button located below.
If you need assistance applying online, please contact our Admissions team.
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.
New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen’s student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.
If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.
Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.
Check that you meet, or have the potential to meet the academic and if applicable, English language entry requirements for your chosen programme. The Course Finder provides details of entry requirements, by programme. If you are an international student, refer to the Your Country section of the University’s website for advice on comparability with UK qualifications.
Depending on your chosen programme, professional qualifications or experience may also be taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirements. For some programmes, an interview, admissions test or the submission of written work may form part of the selection process.
Postgraduate Taught Courses
The normal minimum requirement for admission to a Master's degree is a Second Class Honours degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland (ROI) Higher Education Provider or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates
The University offers postgraduate study for diplomas and certificates in a wide range of subjects. Entrance requirements vary by course and you are advised to consult the individual course entries in the Course Finder.
The University operates a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme which recognises relevant prior learning for admission and/or credit purposes. For some courses, admission under the recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL) may be permitted and, if applicable, this will be indicated under the individual course entry within the Course Finder.
Research Degrees (PhD/MPhil/MD/Professional Doctorates)
The normal minimum requirement for admission to a research degree programme is an Upper Second Class Honours Degree from a UK or ROI Higher Education Provider or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Specific entrance requirements for individual programmes are available via the online Course Finder and we recommend that you also contact potential PhD supervisors to discuss your proposed research.
Factors taken into consideration by School selectors will include an assessment of an applicant’s academic background and research proposal (if applicable). Relevant publications, professional research experience or other achievements by the applicant may also be considered.
Further information is available on Higher Doctorates and PhD by Published Works.
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
If your first language is not English, evidence of an acceptable level of proficiency will be required. In addition, applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Further information is available on the UK Government website.
The evidence should be in the form of a Secure English Language Test (SELT), or another English language qualification acceptable to the University which examines all four elements of language learning – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS Academic and TOEFL internet based tests should be taken within the last two years.
Further information is available here.
Details of the English language requirements for entry to each postgraduate taught and research programme can be found in the individual Course Finder pages.
If you have not yet obtained an acceptable English Language qualification at the required level before sending us your application, your formal offer for postgraduate admission will include an English language condition which you must satisfy before the start of your programme.
INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a wide range of English language courses designed specifically for international students.
For more information please visit the international section of our website.
Applicants who require assistance with the application process should email the International Admissions team at email@example.com
- APPLICATION DEADLINES
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.
There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.
- SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
If you studied/are studying at a Higher Education Provider in the UK/ROI/EU, you are required to upload degree transcripts for all current or completed periods of study. If you have completed your degree, you must also upload the degree award certificate. These should be combined in one document for uploading. A research proposal is also required from MPhil/PhD/MD applicants.
To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you must scan and upload the following supporting documents along with your application. We may not be able to make a decision on your application until we have received all your relevant documents.
Please upload good quality scanned copies of the following:
- Degree transcripts for all completed periods of study (undergraduate level and above).
- If your degree is still in progress, you must provide a transcript of results achieved to date. This can be requested from your University.
- Copies of your official Degree/Diploma Certificates, for the qualification(s) you have already completed. These are the documents that confirm the level and title of your qualification(s), for example, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
- For each qualification, the degree transcript and degree award certificate should be combined in one document for uploading. You may upload a combined document in respect of one undergraduate course, and additional combined documents for up to three postgraduate courses.
- Research proposal (for MPhil/PhD/MD applicants only).
- Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English. If you do not have translations at the time of application, please forward by email to firstname.lastname@example.org when available.
- English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English will need to show evidence of an acceptable level of competency in the English language.
Please note that there is no need to mail original documents to us at this stage. However, you will need to produce the original documents when applying for your student visa and to complete registration and enrolment at the University at the start of the programme.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education Applicants
Postgraduate Certificate in Education applicants must upload copies of their GCSE and A-level (or equivalent) certificates along with a copy of their University transcript (and degree award certificate, if available). These should be combined in one document for uploading.
For all applications (Postgraduate Taught and Research), you must include the names and contact details of two referees, normally academics, who are familiar with your undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies. If you have taken a higher degree or postgraduate course, one of your referees should normally be from that institution. If you have been away from higher education for some time, you may use an employer as one of your referees.
You do not need to include reference letters with your application. These will be requested directly by the University if required. Please therefore ensure that you carefully enter the correct email addresses for your referees.
- FEES AND FUNDING
An offer of admission does not constitute an offer of financial support to fund your studies. If you are not in receipt of financial support, you should ensure that you are fully aware of the financial commitments and that you have the necessary resources to cover the cost of fees and maintenance for the duration of your studies.
Information on tuition fee rates and procedures for the payment of fees can be found on the Finance website.
International (non-EU) applicants who receive an offer of admission will be provided with details of the tuition fee payable in their offer letter.
The tuition fee you pay will depend on whether you are classified as a Home or International postgraduate student. Further information is available on postgraduate fee status and how it is determined.
For postgraduate funding opportunities, search the Scholarship and Funding tool, search PhD studentships, or contact the Graduate School.
Each year, the University announces scholarships for talented, fee-paying international students.
Find out about receiving a decision, replying to an offer or informing us of your results in the case of conditional offers.
Applications made via the Postgraduate Applications Portal
For Postgraduate Taught courses, we aim to provide a decision on your application within two weeks, if we have received copies of all the necessary supporting documents. Decisions on Postgraduate Research applications may take longer.
You will receive an email which will advise you to log in to the Portal to view the decision on your application. A letter will also be sent to the correspondence address provided in your application form.
If you have been made an offer, you should carefully read the guidance which will accompany your letter.
For Postgraduate Research applicants, additional notes on the requirements which the University places on the research student are supplied, along with a link to the University’s Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes.
The only official letter confirming your offer of a place to undertake a postgraduate programme of study or research is that issued by the Admissions and Access Service.
- Applications made directly to a School/Institute
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the School/Institute directly. This will include instructions on how to reply to an offer and submit examination results, if applicable.
- Types of Decision
The decision will normally be one of the following:
If you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen degree programme, you will receive an unconditional offer letter which you may use as evidence that you have been accepted on to the programme.
If your offer is conditional upon the completion of a degree and/or other academic or English Language qualification(s) and you have applied via the Postgraduate Applications Portal, you will be required to upload evidence to the ‘My Applications’ section of the Portal to confirm that you have satisfied the condition(s) of your offer. The facility will also allow you to decline or request reconsideration, if you have not met the condition(s) of your offer. Please submit your results even if you have not exactly met the condition(s) of your offer, as it may be possible to exercise some flexibility if places are available.
Some offers may be conditional upon being awarded University administered funding and the Admissions and Access Service will be notified of the outcome of your funding application, if applicable.
Your decision letter will state the reason why your application has been unsuccessful.
- Accepting Or Declining Your Offer
This is an important step in the admissions process since it enables both the Admissions and Access Service and the selector to track the progress of your application.
Prospective students should be aware of the obligation to conform to the Statutes of the University before deciding to accept an offer of a place.
To accept or decline an offer of a place, you should reply online through the Postgraduate Applications Portal. This should be completed as soon as possible and ideally within 14 days of receipt of your offer letter.
If you have applied and been offered a place on more than one programme of study or research, you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline the offer against each programme.
Given that your final programme choice may be dependent on funding and/or other factors, you may initially decide to accept more than one offer of a place. If you initially accept a place, and subsequently wish to decline the offer, please email email@example.com if you are resident outside the EU.
If you are resident in the UK, ROI or other EU country you should email firstname.lastname@example.org
For some high demand courses, waiting lists are in operation and an early response may enable us to offer your place to another applicant.
- Conditional Offers: Notifying Us Of Your Results
Applicants holding an offer which is conditional on meeting an academic and/or English language requirement, will need to provide their results as soon as they become available.
If you are not a current Queen's student, you should upload an official transcript from your Higher Education Provider to confirm you have met the academic condition of your offer. This transcript should confirm the title of the qualification awarded and the overall result. Upload to the 'My Applications' section of the Direct Applications Portal. International (non-EU) applicants should also upload the final degree award certificate, if available. Where applicable, confirmation of your qualifications must be officially translated into English.
If you are a Queen's student, you should upload evidence which confirms the classification awarded. This can be in the form of an unofficial transcript which should be available for you to download from your Queen's Online account.
English Language Condition
If English language is a condition of your offer, you should upload the relevant test certificate. Please refer to the list of acceptable English Language tests.
If you do not provide the above information, your application cannot proceed to the next stage of the admissions cycle and you will not be notified of the procedures for registration and enrolment.
Applicants who subsequently fulfil the conditions of their offer of admission and who have replied online confirming they wish to accept the offer of a place, will be sent a formal letter of acceptance.
Information on paying a tuition fee deposit, visa and immigration requirements and support for new students.
Tuition Fee Deposit
For some Postgraduate Taught courses, all offer-holders (home/EU and international) are required to pay a deposit.
International (non-EU/EEA) applicants who have met all the course entry requirements and have accepted an unconditional offer of a place to study on a one-year Postgraduate Taught course, are required to pay a deposit of £2,500 towards their tuition fee. A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for visa/immigration purposes can normally only be issued following payment of a deposit.
International applicants should visit our International Student website for full details of the procedure for the payment of tuition fees and deposits.
International applicants in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship are not required to pay the mandatory tuition fee deposit (evidence of the scholarship must be provided to Admissions).
- Visas and Immigration
The Points Based System (PBS) is the visa route for students under the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration rules. Under PBS, international students who wish to enter the UK must apply under Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. Further information on Visas and Immigration procedures may be found on our International Students webpages.
- New Students
Our New Students website contains useful information for offer holders, including immigration and visa guidance, accommodation, enrolment and registration procedures, welcome and induction events and important contact details.