Your application - what next


International Postgraduate students

Your Application

This section explains everything you need to know about your offer from Queen's, including how to reply, what English language requirements you must meet and the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer.

1. Your Offer of Admission

The only official letter confirming your offer of a place to undertake a postgraduate programme of study is that issued by the Admissions and Access Service.

An offer of admission does not constitute an offer of money to fund your studies.  If you are not in receipt of financial support you should ensure that you are fully aware of the financial commitments and that you have the necessary resources to cover the cost of fees and maintenance for the duration of your studies > Money Matters

2. Before accepting your offer of a place

All students must agree to conform to the Statutes of the University:

‘We, the students of Queen’s University Belfast, on admission do hereby promise that we will conform to the Statutes of the University and to all regulations, rules and orders from time to time made by the authorities of the University for the proper conduct of its business and due maintenance of discipline, that we will refrain from words or acts prejudicial thereto or from any conduct or activity which conflicts with the University’s policies on Equality and Diversity, and Student Anti-Bullying and Harassment (including harassment on the grounds of religious belief, political opinion, race, gender, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability), that we will refrain from injury to the property of the University and will endeavour to promote its interests and studies and will not engage in any conduct liable to bring the University into disrepute.’

Prospective students should be aware of this obligation before deciding to accept the offer of a place.

3. Conditional Offers – Notification of Examination Results

If your offer is conditional upon the completion of a degree and/or other qualification such as an English Language test, you must upload scanned copies of your examination result(s) and official final transcript/degree award certificate to the online application portal. Please ensure that you upload scanned copies of your documentation to the My Applications section of the portal.

This also applies to students who are currently studying at Queen’s University since the Admissions and Access Service does not receive notification of degree results. Where applicable, confirmation of your qualifications must be officially translated into English.

Please submit your results even if you have not exactly met the conditions of your offer as it may be possible to exercise some flexibility if places are available.

If you do not provide this information your application cannot proceed to the next stage of the admissions cycle and more importantly, it will not be possible to send you the appropriate letters to support your student visa application > Immigration/Visa Procedures

UK Visas and Immigration English Language Requirements

If your offer is conditional upon the completion of an approved English Language test, please note that for immigration (visa) purposes, you will be required to obtain the following minimum scores in each element of the test (taken within the past two years):

  • IELTS:
    An overall score of 6.0 or 6.5 or 7.0 (depending on course requirement) with a minimum score of 5.5 in each element
  • TOEFL (iBT):
    A minimum overall score of 80 or 90 or 95 (depending on course requirement) normally with minimum scores as follows: Reading 18; Listening 17; Speaking 20; Writing 17.

Please note that some degree programmes will require higher scores in sub-skill elements and if so, this will be specified in the conditions of your offer letter.

INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a wide range of English language courses designed specifically for international students > Supporting your Studies.
Note – you will be required to bring original documentary evidence of your degree qualification(s) (and a certified English translation, where applicable) to registration in September.   Documentary evidence of English Language qualifications (if appropriate) will also be required at registration.

4. Unconditional Offers

If you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen course of study, you will receive an unconditional offer letter which you may use as evidence that you have been accepted on to the course.

5. Replying to an Offer of Admission

This is an important step in the admissions process since it enables the Admissions and Access Service to track the progress of your application and for those applicants who accept an unconditional offer of a place, the information is required to enable a CAS number to be assigned to you for visa purposes > Immigration/Visa Procedures.

To accept or decline an offer of a place, you should reply online following the links through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal.  This should be completed as soon as possible, ideally within 14 days from receipt of your offer letter. 

If you have applied and been offered a place on more than one course/programme of study, you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline the offer against each course/programme.
Given that your final course choice may be dependent on funding and/or other factors, you may initially decide to accept more than one offer of a place.  In this case, when you make your final course/programme choice, contact the Admissions and Access Service and we will advise you of the procedures.

For some high demand courses waiting lists are in operation and an early response would enable us to to determine whether or not we can make an offer to another applicant.

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