The Seamus Heaney Centre is connected to Queen’s School of English. Postgraduate students have access to a computer facilities and a number of social spaces. There is a kitchen, reading room and a seminar room that is often used to host events. The Heaney Centre has a friendly but concentrated atmosphere. Students are central to everything that goes on here.

Queen’s University sits on an historic campus in a leafy part of South Belfast. It’s a lively area, a short walk from the city centre and packed with all kinds of educational, social and leisure facilities. The university’s main library is the McClay Library, location of more than 1.2 million volumes and 2,200 study spaces, many of which have views over the Botanic Gardens. The library brings together wide-ranging library, computing and media services in a single location, blending the best features of a traditional open-stack library with the latest technology. There are places both for quiet study and provision for group work. It opened in 2009 after the largest construction project at Queen’s for 150 years, and won the triennial Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Award in 2013.

The Postgraduate Student Centre is a very useful facility for postgraduate students, providing a range of facilities, training opportunities and support, as well as events and workshops to enhance your MA / PhD studies and help you develop transferable skills. Assistants are available to help with all postgraduate queries.

Queen's has a great sporting tradition, and has state-of-the-art sporting facilities right by the campus. The Physical Education Centre (PEC) was extensively refurbished in 2007 and is now a world-class facility. It’s used by staff, students and the public – including many well-known athletes based in the city.


There’s a rich patchwork of cafes, bookshops, bars and restaurants in the university area. A stone’s throw from the Heaney Centre is No Alibis bookstore, a Belfast institution run by David Torrans, who not only sells books but also hosts readings, gigs and book launches, including for Heaney Centre students. Also nearby is the Crescent Arts Centre, where the Heaney Centre’s public events are held, and where our postgrads regularly arrange readings. The Crescent also hosts plays, gigs and exhibitions. See the Belfast page for a listing of other arts centres.

A short distance away in the city centre is the iconic Linen Hall Library. A  truly singular institution, the Linen Hall was founded amid the intellectual and political radicalism of the late 18th century by the Society of United Irishmen. Staying true to its founding principle that its resources are owned by the city for the city, the Linen Hall has guarded its independence and carried on its mission to bring enlightenment for more than two tumultuous centuries.