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  • Can I apply for 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.

  • Can I transfer from another University?

    Students wishing to transfer from another Institution must apply through UCAS. Transfer applicants must in the first instance meet the entry requirements of the course in question. Academic performance at their current University will also be taken into consideration.

  • Are offers made using UCAS Tariff points?

    Offers are made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points. This means that a minimum grade in any qualification may be specified. Offers will normally be made on the basis of three A-levels or acceptable equivalent in other qualifications. Additional subjects at AS/A-level may be taken into account in August in borderline cases.

  • Are 'Applied' A-Levels accepted?

    Where degrees do not have specific subject requirements, GCE General and GCE Applied A-level qualifications may be interchangeable and there is generally no restriction on the number of Applied A-level subjects which can be offered. The exceptions are Medicine and Dentistry where a maximum of either one Applied A-level or one Applied AS-level may be offered.

     

  • What should I include in my Personal Statement?

    The information provided in the Personal Statement section of the UCAS application is noted but, for most of our degrees, this are not the deciding factor in whether or not an offer can be made. However, this may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August. However, Personal Statements are important, and may be scored, for several of our high-demand professional programmes, e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Social Work... In all cases, applicants should include information about any gaps in their academic record, e.g. between GCSEs and A-levels, or after completing A-levels.

  • Are two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas accepted along with one GCE A-level?

    No, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas plus one GCSE A-level will not meet our entry requirement. However, one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma plus two GCE A-levels will be considered for most of our degrees (apart from Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) provided any subject requirements are also met.

  • How do I get an unconditional offer?

    If you have received confirmation of your degree result/English language results, you must upload evidence of this to the Direct Applications Portal. This can be done by logging in to the Direct Applications Portal and clicking on the “my applications” heading. Under the “submitted” section, you should click the yellow box on the right-hand side which says “conditional – offer accepted”. On the next page, titled “Reply to offer”, you should click the green box which says “Upload evidence that you have satisfied the conditions of your offer”, and use the uploader to upload evidence that you have met the condition(s) of your offer.

  • How do I get an unconditional offer?

    If you have received confirmation of your degree result/English language results, you must upload evidence of this to the Direct Applications Portal. This can be done by logging in to the Direct Applications Portal and clicking on the “my applications” heading. Under the “submitted” section, you should click the yellow box on the right-hand side which says “conditional – offer accepted”. On the next page, titled “Reply to offer”, you should click the green box which says “Upload evidence that you have satisfied the conditions of your offer”, and use the uploader to upload evidence that you have met the condition(s) of your offer.

  • When will I get my unconditional acceptance letter?

    If you have submitted evidence that you have met the condition(s) of your offer, this will be reviewed by the Admissions and Access Service. Once it has been confirmed that your evidence meets your condition(s) we will prepare a letter to state your unconditional acceptance. Copies will be sent to you by email and post in due course.

  • Why have my referees not been contacted yet?

    References are a mandatory part of the application process but not all School’s ask for references to be completed during the decision making process. Any references will be sought after the initial checks stage has been completed.

  • Can I accept offers for more than one course?

    Yes, you can hold offers for more than one course at a time. When you have made a decision about which course you want to accept, please email the Admissions and Access Service to advise which one you want withdrawn from.

  • I just submitted my application, when can I expect to hear back?

    Applications are processed on a case by case basis, as a result, the Admissions and Access Service would not be able to give you an exact timeframe by which a decision would be made. You would, however, be informed by email as soon as a decision is made on your application. Decisions on Postgraduate Research courses normally take longer than taught courses as more information is taken into consideration including your proposed area of research and whether there is a supervisor available. Once a decision has been made you will be notified through the application portal.

  • Can I transfer from my current university to Queen’s University Belfast?

    Requests for transfer are dealt with on an individual basis and the full academic background is taken into account. Therefore, in order for us to be of further assistance to you, we should be grateful if you would provide us with full details of all your academic qualifications completed to date to include those prior to your current course, the results achieved in each area and the year completed. You should also provide scanned copies of any official transcripts/certificates (translated if necessary).

    Please note that we do not accept transfers into our Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacy courses.

     

  • What documents do I need to provide when applying for a PG course?

    To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you should 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 provide 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 also provide a transcript. These 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.
    • 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 intl.student@qub.ac.uk 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.

  • I have not finished my first degree: can I still apply?

    Yes, but you will not receive an unconditional offer until we have received your final results. You may be made a conditional offer on finishing your degree at the required grade.

    If you are made a conditional offer then you should upload your final results when you receive them (final transcript and degree certificate) through the Direct Application Portal to confirm that you have met the condition(s) of your offer.

  • Do I need to provide an English language certificate if my degree was taught in English?

    Only applicants who are either Nationals of a country which is deemed by the UKVI to be majority-English-speaking*, or who hold a degree or an equivalent qualification which was taught in a country deemed to be majority-English-speaking** will normally be assumed to have met the English language requirements.

    * You are from a majority English-speaking country if you are a national of:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America

    ** If you have completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree which was taught in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed below, you are normally exempt from additional English language requirements: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom, United States of America.

    Further information about english language requirements and a list of acceptable English language tests can be found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Applying/English-language-requirements/

  • Do I need to provide all of the required documents at the time of application?

    It is advisable to provide all of the required documents listed above at the time of application. However, if you do not have all your documents at this time then it is still possible to make an application and provide further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. We may then be able to make you an offer conditional on providing further documents.

    Please note though that no decision can be made without a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) and some programmes require all of the above listed documents before a decision can be made. If you submit an application without all the documents that we require before we can make a decision then we will send you an email requesting further documents.

  • My degree transcripts/degree award certificates are in a language that is not English, is this ok?

    No. If any documents are not in English the original must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. This translation must include:

    • details of the translator/translation company’s credentials; and
    • confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document; and
    • the translator/translation company’s contact details; and
    • date and the original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company.

    We will not be able to process your application until you have uploaded a copy of your original documents and their official translation.

  • Do I need to provide references with my application?

    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.

    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.

  • What is a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?

    If you are applying for a Tier 4 visa then you will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) before you can make a visa application. A CAS is an electronic document which is issued by the University but held by the Home Office on their Sponsor Management System and is identified by a 14 digit reference number. If you are an international student then we will normally issue you with a CAS once you have accepted an unconditional offer. When we issue your CAS we will email you to let you know your 14 digit CAS reference number and the information we entered on your CAS. You will need to know your CAS reference number and the information we entered on your CAS to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

    You can find more information on CAS at the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

  • I have received an offer: do I need to pay a deposit?

    For a small number of 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.

  • I have been asked to pay a deposit: how do I make the payment?

    If you are required to make a deposit payment to secure your offer of a place for admission then your offer letter will detail this requirement, the deadline by which you must pay the deposit and how to make the deposit payment. You will be sent a Deposit Payment Form with your offer letter which you should complete and return to the Student Finance Office by email studentfinance@qub.ac.uk or by mail to the address stated on the form, together with a copy of your offer letter.

  • What documents should I provide when applying for a postgraduate programme?

    "To allow a decision on your application to be made as quickly as possible, you should scan and upload clear copies of the following documents at the time of application.

    • Degree transcripts for all completed periods of study (undergraduate level and above).
    • If your degree is still in progress, you must also provide a transcript. These 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 which confirm the level and title of your qualification(s), for example, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and the result which you obtained.
    • 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 when available.
    • English language certificates (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. However, if successful in attaining a place, you will need to produce the original documents to complete registration and enrolment at the University."
  • I have not finished my first degree: can I still apply?

    "Yes, you can apply before you have finished your undergraduate degree. If eligible for the course, any offer would be conditional on you completing your undergraduate degree with the required classification.

    If you are made a conditional offer then you should upload your final results when you receive them (final transcript and degree certificate) through the Direct Applications Portal in order to confirm that you have met the condition(s) of your offer."

     

  • Do I need to provide all of the required documents at the time of application?

    "It is advisable to provide all of the required documents at the time of application. However, if you do not have all your documents available at this time then you should make an application, providing at and provide further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. We may then be able to make you an offer conditional on providing further documents.

    Please note though that no decision can be made without a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) and some programmes require all of the above listed documents before a decision can be made. If you submit an application without all the documents that we require before we can make a decision then we will send you an email requesting further documents."

  • I have just received an offer via the Direct Applications Portal. How long do I have to decide if I want to accept it?

    We have no set deadline date for accepting an offer, however we do prefer that you accept it within the first two weeks of an offer being made. This allows us to monitor the course numbers. If you do accept and decide to change your mind at a later date, you can email us at any time with an update that we will update your record. Please note, some courses have a deposit condition included in any offer. For these courses payment of the deposit prior to the specified deadline is required to guarantee your place on the course.

  • I have my official results which meet the condition of my offer. How do I notify the University of this?

    If you have received confirmation of your degree result, you must upload evidence of this (such as the transcript available through Queen’s Online) via the Direct Applications Portal. This can be done by logging on to the Direct Applications Portal and clicking on the “my applications” heading. Under the “submitted” section, you should click the yellow box on the right-hand side which says “conditional – offer accepted”. On the next page, titled “Reply to offer”, you should click the green box which says “Upload evidence that you have satisfied the conditions of your offer”, and use the uploader to upload evidence that you have met the condition(s) of your offer. Screenshots of results and unofficial transcripts will not be acceptable.