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Rankings and Reputation

One of the top 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK

(QS World University Rankings 2020)

Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK

(Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2021)

Joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity

(Complete University Guide 2022)

A member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 UK research intensive universities.

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Queen’s is ranked 85 in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022.

We have 13 subjects in the top 200 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022). Three of those subjects are in the World Top 100 (QS World Rankings by subject 2022), Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Nursing and Performing Arts.

We have over 3,500 international students from 80 different countries. We’re 17th in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).

We are a signatory to the UN Accord, which recognises our key role as a global universities in nurturing a culture of sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 through research and education.

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Queen’s is in the top 170 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022).

92% of our graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after completing their course (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2018/19).

It doesn’t stop there – Belfast is a city of the future and is one of the fastest growing tech cities in the UK, with jobs in the tech sector accounting for 24% of vacancies (Tech Nation, 2019).

Find out how Queen’s can enhance your employability.

“If you come and study at Queen’s University Belfast, you’re going to get a fantastic degree and career opportunities. You’ll experience an entirely different country and culture so, to any student thinking of coming to Queen’s, I personally vouch that this would be a very good decision.”

Shaheer Haider

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We are ranked joint 1st in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2022).

As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s is one of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities. We are 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

Our researchers use world-class facilities to tackle Global Challenges such as health, food, conflict and technology.

In REF 2021, 99% of Queen’s research environment was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent, and we were ranked:

  • 1st in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Sciences
  • 4th in the UK for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • 8th in the UK for Law (REF 2021/ Times Higher Education)

See the global impact of our research.

Queen’s is in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellence (Times Higher Education, 2019).

94% of current international students were satisfied with the subject area expertise of their lecturers (International Student Barometer 2020/21).

Queen’s is 24th in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. We rank in the top 10 in the UK for several subjects:

  • 2nd in UK for Dentistry (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022) Course information
  • 3rd in UK for Pharmacology and Pharmacy (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022) Course information
  • 2nd in the UK for Food Science (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022) Course information
  • 6th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Complete University Guide 2022) Course information
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Queen’s was 2nd out of 8 UK universities for satisfaction with social facilities (International Student Barometer 2020/1).

In the last ten years we have invested £350m into award-winning facilities like the McClay Library, Graduate School, Law School and Computer Science building. We’re going to invest a further £350m in the next decade.

That’s why we were 1st out of 8 UK universities for our Graduate School and 96% of current international students are satisfied with our library services (International Student Barometer 2020/1).

Visit Queen’s and see it for yourself on one of our Campus Tours.

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Queen’s is one of the 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2021).

We are the ninth oldest University in the UK and have a rich history of leading change.

Some of our renowned graduates include Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, ‘Northern Ireland’s Einstein’ John Stewart Bell, and the father of emergency medicine James Francis Pantridge.

The University is a seven-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. This prestigious award is the highest national honour available to universities and FE colleges across the UK, approved directly by The Queen and Parliament.

Find out more about our greatest achievements.

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We are renowned for our strengths in enterprise and innovation.

We were ranked 1 in the UK as the most entrepreneurial university in 2019 and 2020 (Octopus Ventures Impact Rankings).

We are number one in the UK for our participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and a recent report by London Economics found that Queen’s contributes £1.9billion to the UK economy.

Through QUBIS Ltd, our commercial arm, we have created over 100 spin-out companies, generating £323m in revenue.

We hold a Regius Professorship for Cyber Security expert Professor Máire O’Neill, a rare honour bestowed by The Queen to recognise exceptional teaching and research. We were one of the first Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ in 2011, and were named as one of the UK’s first Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE).

We are one of only 18 UK universities to hold Athena Swan Silver status, an accolade that recognises our commitment to progressing gender equality.

Belfast is a city with a passion for progress and global innovation – a passion shared by Queen’s University Belfast. The prevalence of venture capitalists, business angels and private investors mean that young, high potential companies are booming in the city and Belfast is ranked in the top 10 cities in the UK to develop a digital career (Monster’s Digital Cities, 2019).

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You are guaranteed a warm welcome at Queen’s, which starts with a meet-and-greet at the airport. The support network at Queen’s made the transition to life in Belfast easy, and Queen’s felt like home in no time.” Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos
Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2021).

So it’s not surprising that Queen’s was 2nd of 8 UK universities for satisfaction with cost of living and cost of accommodation (International Student Barometer 2020/21).

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Enjoy student life right in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant and affordable cities.

Queen’s offers a thriving and friendly campus located within Belfast's Queen's Quarter, with cafés, bars, restaurants, superb shopping and entertainment venues. (Complete University Guide 2022)

Belfast was voted the friendliest city in Europe (Condé Nast Traveller, Readers' Choice Awards 2021) and 92% of current international students were satisfied with their safety and security at Queen’s (International Student Barometer 2020/1).

Queen’s is now one of the top sporting universities in the UK and Ireland.

After a £20m investment, Queen’s was 1st of 8 UK universities for satisfaction with sporting facilities (International Student Barometer 2020/1).

Our world-class indoor and outdoor facilities are ideal for recreational, competitive and high-performance athletes.

Why Study at Queen's