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24,000+
Total students studying with us
4446
Students from China

Upcoming digital events

We will be meeting with students at a range of digital events over the coming months and invite you to speak with us there. You will find information about our upcoming events below.

You can apply to study at Queen’s from anywhere in the world. The grades required for admission to Queen's will vary according to your chosen course of study.

View entry requirements on your course of choice by using the search tool, then check your comparable grades below, to determine eligibility.

Entry Requirements

The application procedure varies for undergraduate and postgraduate students, so we publish separate information for each. You'll also need to be able to provide evidence of a specified level of ability in the English language.

The following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes:

  • Students who have completed 12 years of education in China and attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate with good grades must complete an approved Foundation programme or GCE A Levels for progression to undergraduate degree programmes.
  • The Gaokao Chinese University Entrance Examination will be considered, along with performance in the Senior High School examination for entry to Stage 1 of our undergraduate programmes (excluding Medicine and Dentistry), with a minimum score of 75% overall average in Gaokao and 75% in all subjects.  Subject-specific requirements must be met.  Where A-level Mathematics is a course requirement, both Mathematics and Physics must be taken as part of the Gaokao, and a score of 80% in each subject will be required.  If a subject is a specified as a requirement at GCSE grade C, a score of 75% in this subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao (Graduation Certificate) will be accepted.  If Grade B in GCSE is required, a score of 80% in the subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao will be accepted.
  • Progression to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme at Queen's (with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work) is guaranteed for students who successfully complete the INTO Queen's International Foundation Programme at the required standard.
  • Students who have completed one or two years of university study in China may be eligible for admission to Bachelor degree programmes, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades have been achieved.
  • Applicants who have already completed A-Levels/a recognised Foundation programme or the first year of a relevant degree programme in China, but who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, may wish to consider INTO Queen's International Year One. Successful completion at the required standard offers direct entry to the second year of selected undergraduate degree programmes in Management, Economics, Finance and Engineering.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

Please note: Grades required vary depending on the programme of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

Gao Kao
  • A minimum 75% overall average in Gao Kao scores.
  • If a subject is required at A-level, a minimum score of 75% will be required in this subject in Gao Kao.
  • If Mathematics is a required subject at A-level, a score of 80% will be required in both Mathematics and Physics in Gao Kao.
  • If a subject is a specified as a requirement at GCSE grade C, a score of 75% in this subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao will be required.
  • If Grade B in GCSE is required, a score of 80% in Senior Secondary school Hui Kao will be required.
  • If the overall average is 75% but the relevant subjects which are required at A Level are lower than 75% or 80%, the academic selector will make a final decision.
  • Excluding Medicine and Dentistry.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Requirements

Queen's welcomes applications from International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. Offers will normally be conditional upon successful completion of the IB, to include three subjects at Higher Level (with scores between 6,6,6,- 5,5,5), in addition to an overall score (normally between 29 and 37 points). Points obtained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge can count towards the total.

The table below shows the IB requirements compared to the University’s UK A-level entry requirements. We may also require specific grades in relevant Higher Level subjects. Details of the A-level grades and any specific subject requirements for each programme may be found in our Course Finder.

Please note that these grades should be treated as a guide as variations may occur in certain circumstances.

A-level gradesInternational Baccalaureate Diploma
AAA 36-37 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level
AAB  34-35 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level 
ABB  33-34 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level 
BBB  32 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level 
BBC 30 points overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level
BCC 29 points overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level

English Language Requirements

Applicants should also hold an acceptable English language qualification at the appropriate level. English (Syllabus A) with a score of 4 at Standard Level or 4 at Higher Level will normally meet the English language entry requirement for the majority of our programmes. English (Syllabus B) with a score of 5 at Standard Level or 4 at Higher Level is also acceptable. However, please note that English language requirements may vary depending on your chosen programme.  Please refer to our Course Finder for English language requirements by programme.

Applicants who are not studying English as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma should refer to the full list of other acceptable English language requirements.

Mathematics Requirements

We will accept both Mathematics Standard Level and Mathematical Studies Standard Level in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.  The corresponding grade requirements are:

GCSEIBD Standard
A 6
B 5
C 4

 

Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check our Course Finder for specific entry requirements.

Applicants from China should hold a good four-year bachelor degree from a recognised, well ranked university with an average grade of at least 70-85%.

Type of institutionUK 2.1 Hons standardUK 2.2 Hons standard
Tier 1 Final average 75% Final average 70%
Tier 2 Final average 80% Final average 75%
Tier 3 Final average 85% Final average 80%

Tier 1: Prestigious Universities (Double First Class Universities and Top 100 Academic Ranking of World Universities). Tier 2: Other Recognised Universities and Independent Colleges affiliated to a Tier 1 Institution (as defined by Queen's). Tier 3: Other Independent Colleges recognised by Ministry of Education and Self-Study Degrees.

Supporting Documentation

When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.  

Applicants should upload official English translations of their qualifications documents, for example, official translations (signed and stamped) issued by the degree-awarding university/institution in China.

We will also accept online verification reports (in English) of the degree certificate, transcript and the qualification certificate issued by CHESICC (China Credentials Verification service) – please see https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/service/ for further details.  There is a fee for this service. 

Borderline Cases

We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter. For many postgraduate taught programmes, Chinese graduates will normally be accepted with a final average mark of up to 2% below the condition stated in the official offer letter, assuming that performance in key modules is of an appropriate standard. 

Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen more than 2% below the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.

On completion of your degree, you should forward a copy of the following documents to intl.student@qub.ac.uk to confirm the award of your qualification and the overall grade:

  • Official transcript (final version including all your grades)
  • Bachelor degree Certificate
  • Graduation Certificate

It is only on receipt of these documents that we will be able to confirm your acceptance.

INTO Queen's Preparation Courses

For those interested in Computing, Finance and Management courses, but who do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

PhD Study

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

  • Undergraduate

    Undergraduate Entry Requirements

    The application procedure varies for undergraduate and postgraduate students, so we publish separate information for each. You'll also need to be able to provide evidence of a specified level of ability in the English language.

    The following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate programmes:

    • Students who have completed 12 years of education in China and attained the Secondary School Leaving Certificate with good grades must complete an approved Foundation programme or GCE A Levels for progression to undergraduate degree programmes.
    • The Gaokao Chinese University Entrance Examination will be considered, along with performance in the Senior High School examination for entry to Stage 1 of our undergraduate programmes (excluding Medicine and Dentistry), with a minimum score of 75% overall average in Gaokao and 75% in all subjects.  Subject-specific requirements must be met.  Where A-level Mathematics is a course requirement, both Mathematics and Physics must be taken as part of the Gaokao, and a score of 80% in each subject will be required.  If a subject is a specified as a requirement at GCSE grade C, a score of 75% in this subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao (Graduation Certificate) will be accepted.  If Grade B in GCSE is required, a score of 80% in the subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao will be accepted.
    • Progression to Stage 1 of an undergraduate degree programme at Queen's (with the exception of Agricultural Technology, Medicine, Dentistry and Social Work) is guaranteed for students who successfully complete the INTO Queen's International Foundation Programme at the required standard.
    • Students who have completed one or two years of university study in China may be eligible for admission to Bachelor degree programmes, if relevant subjects have been studied and strong grades have been achieved.
    • Applicants who have already completed A-Levels/a recognised Foundation programme or the first year of a relevant degree programme in China, but who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, may wish to consider INTO Queen's International Year One. Successful completion at the required standard offers direct entry to the second year of selected undergraduate degree programmes in Management, Economics, Finance and Engineering.
    • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

    Please note: Grades required vary depending on the programme of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

    Gao Kao
    • A minimum 75% overall average in Gao Kao scores.
    • If a subject is required at A-level, a minimum score of 75% will be required in this subject in Gao Kao.
    • If Mathematics is a required subject at A-level, a score of 80% will be required in both Mathematics and Physics in Gao Kao.
    • If a subject is a specified as a requirement at GCSE grade C, a score of 75% in this subject in Senior Secondary school HUI Kao will be required.
    • If Grade B in GCSE is required, a score of 80% in Senior Secondary school Hui Kao will be required.
    • If the overall average is 75% but the relevant subjects which are required at A Level are lower than 75% or 80%, the academic selector will make a final decision.
    • Excluding Medicine and Dentistry.
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Requirements

    Queen's welcomes applications from International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. Offers will normally be conditional upon successful completion of the IB, to include three subjects at Higher Level (with scores between 6,6,6,- 5,5,5), in addition to an overall score (normally between 29 and 37 points). Points obtained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge can count towards the total.

    The table below shows the IB requirements compared to the University’s UK A-level entry requirements. We may also require specific grades in relevant Higher Level subjects. Details of the A-level grades and any specific subject requirements for each programme may be found in our Course Finder.

    Please note that these grades should be treated as a guide as variations may occur in certain circumstances.

    A-level gradesInternational Baccalaureate Diploma
    AAA 36-37 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level
    AAB  34-35 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level 
    ABB  33-34 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level 
    BBB  32 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level 
    BBC 30 points overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level
    BCC 29 points overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants should also hold an acceptable English language qualification at the appropriate level. English (Syllabus A) with a score of 4 at Standard Level or 4 at Higher Level will normally meet the English language entry requirement for the majority of our programmes. English (Syllabus B) with a score of 5 at Standard Level or 4 at Higher Level is also acceptable. However, please note that English language requirements may vary depending on your chosen programme.  Please refer to our Course Finder for English language requirements by programme.

    Applicants who are not studying English as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma should refer to the full list of other acceptable English language requirements.

    Mathematics Requirements

    We will accept both Mathematics Standard Level and Mathematical Studies Standard Level in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.  The corresponding grade requirements are:

    GCSEIBD Standard
    A 6
    B 5
    C 4

     

    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 2022.

  • Postgraduate

    Postgraduate Entry Requirements

    The application procedure varies for undergraduate and postgraduate students, so we publish separate information for each. You'll also need to be able to provide evidence of a specified level of ability in the English language.

    Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check our Course Finder for specific entry requirements.

    Applicants from China should hold a good four-year bachelor degree from a recognised, well ranked university with an average grade of at least 70-85%.

    Type of institutionUK 2.1 Hons standardUK 2.2 Hons standard
    Tier 1 Final average 75% Final average 70%
    Tier 2 Final average 80% Final average 75%
    Tier 3 Final average 85% Final average 80%

    Tier 1: Prestigious Universities (Double First Class Universities and Top 100 Academic Ranking of World Universities). Tier 2: Other Recognised Universities and Independent Colleges affiliated to a Tier 1 Institution (as defined by Queen's). Tier 3: Other Independent Colleges recognised by Ministry of Education and Self-Study Degrees.

    Supporting Documentation

    When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Final Bachelor Degree and Graduation Certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.  

    Applicants should upload official English translations of their qualifications documents, for example, official translations (signed and stamped) issued by the degree-awarding university/institution in China.

    We will also accept online verification reports (in English) of the degree certificate, transcript and the qualification certificate issued by CHESICC (China Credentials Verification service) – please see https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/service/ for further details.  There is a fee for this service. 

    Borderline Cases

    We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter. For many postgraduate taught programmes, Chinese graduates will normally be accepted with a final average mark of up to 2% below the condition stated in the official offer letter, assuming that performance in key modules is of an appropriate standard. 

    Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen more than 2% below the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.

    On completion of your degree, you should forward a copy of the following documents to intl.student@qub.ac.uk to confirm the award of your qualification and the overall grade:

    • Official transcript (final version including all your grades)
    • Bachelor degree Certificate
    • Graduation Certificate

    It is only on receipt of these documents that we will be able to confirm your acceptance.

    INTO Queen's Preparation Courses

    For those interested in Computing, Finance and Management courses, but who do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

    PhD Study

    Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

    How to Apply

    Applications for Postgraduate Taught Masters and PhD programmes must be made using the University's online application system. There is no application fee to apply for Postgraduate programmes.

    All Masters degree programmes at Queen’s begin in September each year.

    Postgraduate research programmes can begin at different times throughout the academic year. The start date has to be agreed with your PhD supervisor.

    Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.

    More information on how to apply for postgraduate programmes.

  • INTO Foundation Courses

    How to Apply

    Prepare for your university degree with tailored, academic pathway programmes from INTO Queen’s. You’ll benefit from university-style teaching for subject-based modules and high academic standards.

    Then, when it comes to progressing to your chosen degree, INTO will support you with your university application.

    Courses include:

    • International Foundation courses in Architecture, Business and Engineering, providing a pathway to the first year of a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
    • International Year One courses in Management and Finance, Engineering disciplines, and Computer Science, allowing direct entry to year two of Undergraduate degrees.
    • Graduate Diplomas that prepare you for direct entry to selected Master's courses in Finance, Management and Social Sciences.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some degree programmes have higher or lower requirements (please check individual courses for programme requirements). The full list of acceptable English Language qualifications is available here.

Improve your English language skills to prepare for further academic study or the level required for your degree.

Academic English
For students who need to increase their IELTS level in order to progress to university.

Pre-sessional English
For students who are academically qualified and hold an offer from Queen’s but need to improve their English language skills to the level required for their degree.

Queen's offers lower tuition fees and living expenses than many other similarly well-regarded universities in the United Kingdom. The fees you will pay will vary depending on the course you choose and the level of study.

Currency:

From £17,900

Undergraduate tuition fees

From £18,200

Postgraduate Taught tuition fees

From £18,000

Postgraduate Research tuition fees

Fees shown are for Fee rate 1. Laboratory based courses and other courses have different fee rates. Check the relevant course page for Tuition fee costs. All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise. If you receive an offer of admission, you will be provided with details of the tuition fee payable in your offer letter.
All fees are payable in £ sterling. Approximate equivalencies were correct at October 2021 (xe.com).

Scholarships

We are committed to helping students realise their ambitions and we offer a generous range of scholarships and awards for international students. These include:

The lowest cost of student living in the UK

Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2021), making it a great city to live in for international students compared to other UK cities.

Total: £23,077

Total for UG (classroom based)

  • £17,900
    Tuition
  • £4,500
    Accommodation
  • £613
    Going out
  • £328
    Food/Drink

* Costs are for 1 year of study or two semesters.

Queen’s is a world-class university with a thriving international community. One of the oldest Universities in the UK and Ireland, we have a strong global reputation for our high quality teaching and research.

Lanyon Building at Queen's
World class teaching and research

The world-leading research by our academics contributes to the latest thinking in how we tackle the great global challenges of our age, such as health, food, conflict and technology. Our state-of-the-art education and research facilities are some of the best in the UK and Ireland.


Student relaxing in accommodation room
A vibrant friendly place to live

Our international students are offered a place in our accommodation, which means you can be confident you'll be living somewhere safe, comfortable and affordable. We provide a supportive community, events and pastoral care, 24/7 safety and security and well-being support.


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Your future career

As a student at Queen's, you'll gain skills and knowledge valued by employers all over the world. Whether you plan to pursue opportunities here in the UK, or further afield, our links with many industries, specialist career resources and international network can take you anywhere.

Why students from China choose Queen’s?

You’ll find endless opportunities here – from career prospects to making friends from all over the world. You’ll love Belfast, thanks to the friendly people, safe environment, vibrant culture and low-cost of living.

A world centre of research and teaching

We are the 9th oldest university in the UK and a member of the elite Russell Group. And we’re proud to be joint first for research intensity in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021).

Our Chinese students tell us they are impressed by our academic staff and 90% are happy with their lecturers and 98% satisfied with the campus environment at Queen’s (International Student Barometer 2020/21).

 

Start a global career

We are known and respected by employers around the world, and have links with around 3,000 companies. Our placement programme gives you excellent work opportunities during and after your time at Queen’s. That’s why we’re in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020).

Safe and Affordable UK City

Our beautiful campus is in one of the safest cities in the UK and 92% of our Chinese students feel safe and secure (International Student Barometer, 2020/21). Thanks to its small size and friendly people, you can easily walk around Belfast. 100% of Chinese students surveyed were satisfied with the friendly attitude towards international students at Queen’s (International Student Barometer 2020/21).

We educate leaders who make a different in the world

Queen’s Management School is one of the top business schools in the UK and Ireland and prides itself on a range of world-class postgraduate degree programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Among the best in the world, Accounting and Finance is ranked 9th in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University UK Guide, 2019) and is joint 1st in the UK for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2019).

Affordable travel

Belfast has two airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin. You can fly direct to Belfast from over 20 European cities and a number of North American locations.

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It won’t be long until you feel at home here. There’s plenty of ways to meet new friends, develop life skills and find support when you need it.

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Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

Students at Queen's get the best of both worlds - a safe and easy to navigate campus with the wider city of Belfast nearby.

Known as the "Queen's Quarter", the area surrounding our campus is the most vibrant district of Belfast. Here, you’ll find everything from museums and art galleries to world cuisine, all within easy walking distance.

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You’ve finally made your way to Queen’s, met your new flatmates and spent a few nights in your new home. If you're still nervous about all these changes, take a look at Valerie’s tips about how to settle into uni accommodation.


We’re famed for our warm welcome and there’s a strong support network and sense of community on campus. We’ll support you every step of the way through our wide range of support services.

Whether you need help with your visa application, a welcome at the airport, academic or English Language support throughout your studies, advice on finances or career guidance – we can help.

Chinese Student Society

Welcome to Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)!  We’re a non-profit, non-political society, and also an official member of UK Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Contact: Chinese-Students@qub.ac.uk

Chinese Lion Dance

At Queen’s Chinese lion dance society, we strive to share the Chinese martial art known as Hung Fut and the Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances with everyone who is interested. Contact: chineseliondance@qub.ac.uk

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