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Postgraduate Study in Belfast

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Postgraduate Study for Less

You don’t have to go far, to go far in your career. Queen’s innovative postgraduate community is just a short hop from home but a giant leap towards greatness.

Postgraduate fees in 2021 for students from the Republic of Ireland will remain at £6,450 (€7,300) per year*. 

It’s easy and free to apply for one of our 150 postgraduate programmes, each informed by cutting-edge research and endorsed by business leaders. 

Queen’s is based in a vibrant, affordable student city where you could save over €7,000 a year compared to studying in Dublin. With an array of private and University accommodation available for all budgets, a great place to live is guaranteed, so you can concentrate on finding your place in the world.

You’ll get the opportunity to build your career network though our vibrant postgraduate community.  Collaborate on projects with Ireland’s biggest employers; work with innovators at the forefront of your field and feel energised by people who share your spark.  The first step can lead to greatness.

Pursue your passion, advance your career and boost your earning power by over €8,000**.

Join us for a chat with Postgraduate students from ROI

Wednesday 24 March, 12 Noon - 1PM

Hear from our current Postgrad students from Ireland as they share their experiences of living and studying in Belfast.

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Chat with Postgrads from ROI

Wednesday 24 March, 12 Noon - 1PM

Hear from our current Postgrad students from Ireland and ask them any questions you have about studying at Queen's.

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Belfast versus Dublin cost comparison

See how Queen’s compares with Dublin universities in key costs, including accommodation, travel expenses and tuition fees.

Overall cost comparisons
Queen's University Belfast Trinity College Dublin University College Dublin
Yearly cost of University Accommodation [1] Willow Walk £4750 (€5364)
Mount Charles £4712 (€5318)
€7247 (2019/20) €7781
Average Monthly Rent €365 (£326) €700 €700
Tuition Fees £6,900 (€7,778) €14,500 (2020/21) €14,460
Student Grant (SUSI) €2,000 - €6,270 depending on household income €2,000 - €6,270 depending on household income €2,000 - €6,270 depending on household income
Average Weekly Travel Costs [2] £15 (€16.81) €24.00 €24.00
Total Cost [4] €13,096 €21,747 €22,241
Notes
  • [1] Based on Ensuite accommodation for 36 weeks at Trinity / 38 weeks at Queen's and UCD
  • [2] Based on Weekly travel pass by bus
  • [4] Based on University accommodation (Queen's Mount Charles) per year (38 weeks Queen's and UCD- Begrove Accommodation/ 36 weeks Trinity-Trinity Hall) + tuition fee MSc Management
WHY CHOOSE QUEEN'S

Ranked in the top 200 universities in the world

(THE World University Rankings 2021)

TUITION FEES

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded Irish universities, including Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin

(Source: University websites)
FUNDING YOUR STUDY

ROI students can access loans of up to €6,360* to cover tuition fees. That’s less than your projected earnings boost just a year after graduation.

*(£5,500, xe.com)
EARNING POTENTIAL

Employees with a postgraduate degree can expect to earn an average of €8,093* more a year than someone only holding a Bachelor’s degree.

*(£7,000, xe.com, Department for Economy for Northern Ireland, 2019)
WE’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

Queen’s is just two hours from Dublin. Cross-border train services run eight times daily, while an hourly bus service runs 24 hours.

Citi Bank
"Queen’s students have just the right skills for the types of jobs we offer. It’s a natural place for us to come and recruit. In terms of resources, such as the trading toom, and relevant course content, Queen’s is second to none.."

Head of Citibank Europe
Headquartered in Dublin

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This form is for individuals interested in postgraduate study.

"One of my main reasons for choosing Queen’s was the funding options made available to me. In the Republic of Ireland, there isn’t a system in place like the Student Finance NI scheme. By choosing to study in Northern Ireland, I have been able to avail of a tuition fee loan which has covered the majority of my university fees. "

Rebecca McGettigan, Donegal

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STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Our bespoke career guidance and skills training will raise your leadership profile and increase your visibility with Ireland’s top employers.

You’ll learn directly from business leaders in their own environment; work on real-world projects with industry specialists and meet the people who will redefine your future career. 

You can even attain an additional Chartered Management Institute accreditation through our leadership programmes in the Graduate School. 

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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

As you are welcomed to Belfast, you will discover that Queen’s iconic campus serves as a beacon for a city that puts innovative and learning at its core. Our stunning Graduate School boasts a dynamic and inspiring environment where you will be challenged to think differently.

Here, the modern, hi-tech meeting rooms, study areas and social spaces are a buzz with big ideas, engaging debate and interdisciplinary collaboration beyond borders.

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A WORLD-RENOWNED UNIVERSITY

As a member of the elite Russell Group of research-intensive universities, Queen’s has a global reputation for excellence, thanks to the famous poets, presidents and world leaders who hold degrees boasting our crest.

A postgraduate degree from Queen’s is a mark of distinction, signalling that you have studied at the pinnacle of your chosen field. What you learn here, you will carry with you throughout your career. 

The cutting edge research by our academics informs our exceptional teaching; which means a more relevant and valuable degree for you. 

FAQs

Will I need to apply for settlement status?

Under domestic Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements Irish Citizens will continue to have the right to enter and live in the UK and will not need to apply for settlement status.

Will postgraduate fees increase for ROI students?

No. Students from the Republic of Ireland will have guaranteed ‘home fee’ status when studying at Queen’s University Belfast. Postgraduate Taught fees will remain at £6,450 (€7,300). Fees may differ for premium postgraduate courses.  Prospective students should refer to qub.ac.uk/courses course costs and tuition fees. 

Can I still apply for a Tuition Fee loan?

Yes.  As a Student from the Republic of Ireland you can apply for a Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) loan of up to €6270 for Postgraduate Study in Northern Ireland.  See more details about postgraduate loans

I am a Republic Of Ireland driving licence holder, am I required to hold a green card to drive between ROI and NI?

If you are a Republic of Ireland driving licence holder a green card is not required for travel in the UK, including Northern Ireland, if you have a valid Irish Insurance disc.

If you are a UK driving licence holder and plan to drive your vechice to the Republic of Irland you will need to obtain a Green Card to prove that you are insured.  The Green Card can be obtained by contacting your insurance provider.

References
*Conversion rate xe.com
**NI Skills Barometer, 2019