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.
Admission to a graduate diploma or taught Masters programme usually requires either a UK upper second-class honours (2:1) or a lower second-class honours (2:2) undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for specific entry requirements.
The comparable Swiss qualifications are as follows:
UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)
Bachelor - 2.1
Diplomstudium/Magister - gut grades, 5 out of 6; 8 out of 10.
UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)
Bachelor - 2.5
Diplomstudium/Magister - genugend grades, 4.5 out of 6; 7 out of 10.
A taught Masters refers to a program that combines academic instruction as well as the completion of a written dissertation. PhD degrees are three years in length and typically require you to have a Masters degree prior to applying and to prepare a research proposal.
If you are interested in Computing, Finance and Management courses, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.
We have expertise on a wide range of qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess the comparability of your qualification/s to the UK entry requirement. When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Degree award certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.
Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Master's degree programmes (if applicable) awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal. Please consult the Coursefinder for details of the specific entry requirements for individual PhD programmes.
We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter.
Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen slightly short of the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.
You should therefore wait until your degree has been completed and forward the final version of your official transcript and Bachelor degree award Certificates as soon as they become available. Unfortunately we cannot advise you until your degree is fully completed.
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.