10 Reasons to Choose the School

10 reasons to make us your first choice

There are many reasons why you should choose the School of Natural and Built Environment; its exciting set of UG and PG degree programmes engage closely with the world's vital cultural, natural, environmental and social issues. We've listed our top ten.


Impressive ranking

The School has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research.

Archaeology is ranked within the top 100 subjects in the world while Geography at Queen's ranks within the top 200 (QS World University Rankings 2018).


UG course offerings

The School offers a wide breadth of degree courses at undergraduate level.

There are over twenty undergraduate offerings spanning the School's six distinct disciplines.

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The School benefits from its campus location just south of Belfast’s thriving city centre.

Voted one of the world’s top 10 destinations by National Geographic Traveller in 2012, Belfast was also recently revealed as the most affordable city for students to live and study in, as well as having the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer 2016).


our world-class RESEARCH

The School of Natural and Built Environment is involved in cutting-edge research that spans a multitude of fields.

Research is grouped into three distinct clusters: Culture & Society, Environmental Change & Resilience and Sustainable Built Environment

QUB GAP Map Library

Our GIS Unit and Map Library

The Geographical Information Science (GIS) Unit specialises in mapping, geodata engineering, geomatic research, and GIS customised training and teaching.

Its GIS Lab is complemented by the Map Library, which houses an extensive collection of maps belonging both to the University and the School. The map collection includes the 1st edition of the Six Inch Ordinance Survey of Ireland.

QUB GAP Weather Station

We have our own weather station

Our Weather Station - situated on the roof of the Geography Building - logs barometric pressure, temperature, rainfall, wind speed/direction, humidity and solar radiation.

The WeatherCam also supplies a live feed and images updated at one minute intervals. Its Lightning Detector uses radio triangulation to plot the location of recorded lightning strikes.



Travel from our labs to various field sites across the world.

The Environmental Change research cluster focuses on how the Earth's environments have changed, or are changing, over a range of different time scales from 50k years to the near instantaneous.



Sharing the excitement of archaeological research.

The Past Cultural Change research cluster combines innovative scientific methods with cutting edge approaches to archaeology. Teaching is informed by field projects that stretch from [the shores of Ireland to as far afield as the Mediterranean, Africa, Russia, China and North America.

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Encountering fascinating issues, while mapping new connections.

The Society Space and Culture cluster draws together international expertise in both historical and contemporary Human Geography. Research is focused on the UK, Ireland, Israel/Palestine, USA, Canada and India.



At Queen’s we pay particular attention to the skills base and experience that will help you realise your ambitions once you graduate.

Our programmes have been structured to embed the development of skills and professional experience across core and optional modules. In providing you with a common foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, we also offer our students opportunities to tailor their degree according to their interests and career ambitions.

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UG & PG Courses

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