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Applying via UCAS

For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note that a Campus Code is not required.


Entry Requirements

You should check the entry requirements, what subjects and grades you need, for the programmes you are interested in studying.

If you are thinking about applying to Queen's you need to know the General Entrance Requirement and the Course Requirements for the course(s) of your choice.

Part-time study

For part-time study, you should apply directly to the University, not through UCAS.

The same entrance requirements apply for entry to part-time daytime study as for the full-time option.

Contact Admissions and Access Service about part-time study.

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How to Apply

Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s.

The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2021, except for those applying for Medicine and Dentistry who should apply by 15 October 2020. Applicants should apply online at

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Applying through UCAS

Applications for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Details of the application process can be obtained from your school, or from British Council offices. UCAS operates an online application facility Please note that the UCAS code name for Queen's is QBELF and the number is Q75.

Applying direct

The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Please note that the direct application form must not be used for applications to Medicine or Dentistry.

If you have already submitted a UCAS application to Queen's or any other UK university please contact the Queen’s Admissions Office after submitting your direct entry application.

Download the Queen's University Direct Entry Application form

Follow the instructions as follows:

  • Complete the form in BLOCK CAPITALS and use black ink
  • If you have already applied to UCAS, enter your UCAS number on page one.
  • If you later apply through UCAS you must also include Queen's as one of your choices and advise Queen’s Admissions of your UCAS personal ID
  • The Direct Entry Application form should be signed and returned to the Admissions and Access Service, Lanyon North, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN as soon as possible. Applications may be scanned and emailed to
  • Please include official transcripts in English of your academic background to date, including high school certificates, English language qualifications, and transcripts of university study, if applicable. Documents may be scanned and emailed with the application form to

Students progressing from INTO Queen’s to Queen’s may complete a direct entry application form at this stage

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When to Apply 2021 entry

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.

The advisory closing date for the receipt of applications is 29 January 2021 (18:00), however, for applicants whose choices include Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine/Science the closing date is 15 October 2020 (18:00).

Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2020) subject to the availability of places.

Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

There are two intakes to Adult Nursing (one in September and the other in February) and application must be made for both courses by 15 January (18:00) prior to the academic year of entry ie for September and the following February. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses. Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Applications for Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work must be submitted by the 15 January (18:00) deadline. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen’s, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. Please note a Campus Code is not required.

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Deferred Entry

Most courses, except Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, are happy to consider applications from students wishing to defer their year of entry. If you apply for deferred entry, you should tell us what you plan to do during your Gap Year in the personal statement section of your UCAS application.

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Support for Care Leavers

Queen’s University is committed to providing support for Care experienced students.

We have a dedicated member of staff available to support applicants through the application process, which continues throughout their undergraduate studies, including graduation and beyond.

We can guarantee 365-day University accommodation if required and we also award a £1,000 bursary. For more information about our bursary and support, please contact Julie-Ann Hamilton or visit our dedicated webpage at

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Pathway Opportunity Programme

The University’s Pathway Opportunity Programme provides a route for talented young people from Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at Queen’s, but may require additional support and encouragement, due to disadvantage, to reach their full potential.

During Years 13 and 14 Pathway students participate in a series of events focused on increasing their knowledge and skills within a subject specific Pathway with the addition of admission guidance and support.  The overall programme includes a week long residential summer school which concludes with a piece of assessed coursework.  Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a guaranteed conditional offer to study at Queen’s in a designated Pathway course. In addition, the summer school assessment can lead to a reduced admissions offer which may be up to two A-Level grades lower than the standard offer. For further information please contact Pathway Team at:

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Disability Services

The University welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities or long term conditions. Applications are considered on the same grounds as non-disabled applicants. An individual's disability or long term condition will not influence the University’s decision to offer a place.

On receipt of an offer from the University, applicants who have disclosed a disability or long term condition will be asked to complete a questionnaire which can be found at: 

The information detailed by applicants on their completed questionnaire will be used to determine reasonable adjustments should they be accepted and placed on their chosen course at Queen’s.

Where it is anticipated from the information provided that the applicant will require significant support or will require modifications to the academic course, they will be invited to meet staff from Disability Services and relevant members from the academic School to discuss the applicant’s individual needs. In a small number of cases where there are fitness to practise concerns or where reasonable adjustments may not be feasible to implement (which may arise as a result of the disclosure of a disability or long term condition after an offer of a place has been made or after a place has been taken up), advice will be obtained by Disability Services from the School, the University’s Occupational Health Service and appropriate external agencies to ensure every reasonable effort is made to support the student in taking up their offer on their chosen course at Queen’s. Following these discussions, staff from Disability Services and the School will offer to meet with the applicant to discuss the support available to enable them to make an informed judgement on the suitability of the course. In the exceptional and unlikely event where fitness to practise issues remain a concern or reasonable adjustments cannot be implemented, the University reserves the right to withdraw an offer or withdraw the student from their course.

The University recognises that the decision to disclose a disability or long-term condition is a personal one, although it is recommended that applicants do so as early as possible to support the timely implementation of agreed reasonable adjustments. If a disability or long term condition is not disclosed until a later stage, the University will endeavour to make any adjustments required before the start of the course, but it may not be possible to have everything in place before this.

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision not to implement adjustments requested which prevent the applicant from taking up their offer of a place on a course may write to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs to request a review of the decision. Further information is available in Annex 2 of the University’s Student Disability Policy at: 

If you need any advice about disclosing disability, or the arrangements which we can make, please contact:
Disability Services
t: +44 (0)28 9097 2727

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Applicants Returning to Education

Queen’s also welcomes applications from students who are returning to education. Each case will be considered on its individual merits and modified entrance targets may be set.

Life experience is not in itself sufficient grounds for admission and we require evidence of recent academic study (normally within the last five years) at a suitably high level which has led to positive results. The qualifications most frequently offered by such applicants are Access Courses, A-levels, BTEC Extended/National Extended Diplomas/Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Open University credits. It is our experience that applicants stand a better chance of succeeding on their course if they have been able to acquire or improve skills of reading, analysis and writing beforehand.

While many subjects can be taken from scratch at university level, there are others, particularly in Science and Engineering, where considerable background knowledge is essential. For this reason, it is understandable that the majority of students who have entered university from this background are to be found in humanities and social science subjects.

Please be aware that undertaking a period of full-time study can have serious implications. Think it through carefully. It is a good idea for applicants to get some guidance and counselling from organisations such as nidirect ( or from the University’s Careers, Employability and Skills service (, in order to establish where their best interests and chances of success lie. We would also encourage applicants to contact the Admissions and Access Service (, who will be happy to provide advice.

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Applicants with a Criminal Record

The University acknowledges the key role of education in the rehabilitative process and a criminal record will not preclude an applicant from being offered a place at the University. However some programmes are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and students are required to disclose all spent and unspent convictions. If a programme is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act an applicant will be asked by UCAS (UG students) to declare the information as part of their application to the programme. It is an applicant’s responsibility to check any specific programme requirements.
Failure to disclose could jeopardise a student’s enrolment status.

There are also specific disclosure requirements for courses leading to membership of a profession/professional body and/or for Fitness to Practise considerations. These requirements normally include disclosure of spent and unspent convictions and may also include disclosures concerning health. Again, it is the student’s responsibility to comply with relevant professional body standards. The University will investigate the criminal record of a new applicant only if the primary selection criteria for a programme have been met, these relate to qualifications, skills, abilities and personal qualities of an applicant. All applicants to courses where their studies will involve interaction with vulnerable groups will be required to give permission for an enhanced AccessNI (ANI) check (or suitable alternative in the case of international students) to be carried out. AccessNI is part of central government and operates under the provisions of Part V of the Police Act 1997. Information on the University’s procedure for the Admission of Applicants with a Criminal Record is available in Appendix 4 of the Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2020/2021, which can be accessed at:
admissions/UndergraduateAdmissions/ UndergraduateAdmissionsPolicy/

For all other programmes which are not exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, new students will be asked at enrolment and registration if they have any spent or unspent convictions, or if they are under investigation for any such offences. This includes any criminal conviction acquired before being registered as a student at the University, or court proceedings and/or a criminal conviction whilst registered as a student at the University or during a period of leave of absence. A guide to relevant offences for these purposes is provided in Appendix 4 of the Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2020/2021, although you should note the list is not exhaustive and the criteria may be amended from time to time. Any changes however, will be communicated. No disclosure is usually required of motoring offences attracting fines/maximum 3 penalty points or ‘spent’ convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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Applications to St Mary's University College and Stranmillis University College

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) is taught at the recognised colleges of St Mary’s University College and Stranmillis University College. The Colleges also offer other undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts (St Mary’s University College), Early Childhood Studies and Health and Leisure Studies (Stranmillis University College). Each College produces its own Prospectus to which you should refer. To obtain a Prospectus please contact:

St Mary’s University College
Admissions Office
St Mary’s University College
191 Falls Road
Belfast BT12 6FE
t: +44 (0)28 9032 7678
f: +44 (0)28 9033 3719

The Admissions Policy for St Mary’s University College can be found at: 

Applications for St Mary’s University College should be submitted direct to the College.

Stranmillis University College
Academic Registry
Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5DY
t: +44 (0)28 9038 4263
f: +44 (0)28 9038 4444

The Admissions Policy for Stranmillis University College can be found at: 

Applications for Stranmillis University College should be submitted through UCAS in the normal manner.

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Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

The University operates a CATS scheme. Further information is available from:

Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
t: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
f: +44 (0)28 9097 5151

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Decisions on applications

Decisions on applications are made on an ongoing basis for most courses. However, there is currently a limit on places for NI and EU students (but not for GB or International students except in the professional health-related courses). Therefore, to ensure that applicants are treated fairly and equitably, decisions on some NI and EU applicants, for high demand courses, may not be made until we are aware of the overall competition for places, after the UCAS advisory closing date.

After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

Faculties/Schools will provide opportunities to visit and we hope that this will assist applicants to make decisions on the offers they have received, which are best for them. They will also receive further information to guide them through the next steps, at appropriate stages in the admissions cycle.

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Queen's undergraduate admissions policy 

The University Admissions Policy provides additional information on a range of matters including feedback to unsuccessful applicants and the Admissions Appeals/ Complaints Procedure. A copy may be accessed via the University’s website at: admissions/UndergraduateAdmissions/ UndergraduateAdmissionsPolicy

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Admissions appeals and complaints procedure 

Applicants who consider that their application has not been dealt with fairly should contact the Admissions and Access Service in the first instance (

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Applicants accepted for a degree must provide original documentary proof of their academic qualifications (and English language qualifications and/or certified English translations where appropriate). Photographic identification (passport or driving licence) will also be required for registration. International students will be required to provide passport and visa information. Details for enrolment and registration will be provided in the New Students Welcome Guide.

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Your questions answered

If you need further or more detailed advice about admission to Queen’s, the Admissions and Access Service is happy to answer your questions. For further information, please contact:

Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
~t: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
f: +44 (0)28 9097 5151

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme ATAS (Non EU/EEA applicants) – International section

Academic Technology Approval Scheme – ATAS (Non EU/EEA applicants) Non EU/EEA applicants who intend to undertake an Enhanced Undergraduate degree programme (MEng or MSci) in Science, Engineering or Technology disciplines including Materials Science, Materials Technology, Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics are required to obtain an ATAS Certificate. This is a requirement for most immigration categories, even those who do not require a Tier 4 visa, but who may have been granted another form of time-limited leave to remain, eg, as a dependant, family member, or refugee. The only exception is for applicants holding Indefinite Leave to Enter/ Remain or other form of unlimited leave.

The Admissions and Access Service will issue the appropriate documentation required to allow applicants to apply for ATAS clearance where applicable. An ATAS certificate must be obtained before an application for a Tier 4 visa can be made, ie it will be a mandatory part of the immigration process.

An ATAS Certificate is valid for six months from the date of issue by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Applicants may apply for an ATAS Certificate up to six months in advance of the beginning of the degree programme. Further information is available at

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Immigration/VISA information

If you are from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland, you will need a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK. See for full details.

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Transferring from another university

Students enquiring about transferring to Queen’s from another University should make contact with the Admissions and Access Service at: in the first instance.

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