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University Overview

Our International Reputation  

Queen’s is ranked 209 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021).

Queen’s has 10 subjects in the top 200 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021). Plus, four of those subjects are in the World Top 100 (QS World Rankings by subject 2019). Queen’s currently has over 3,500 international students from 85 different countries and we’re ranked 21st in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021).

Dedicated to Employability

Queen’s is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

Additionally, 96% of Queen’s Undergraduates and 94.1% of Queen’s Postgraduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016/17)

Belfast was also named one of the top 10 cities in the UK to develop a digital career (Monster’s Digital Cities, 2019)

World-Class Research 

We are ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014/Times Higher Education) and we are 9th in the world for international research collaboration (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Queen’s is ranked 43rd in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021, and ranked 10th out of 50 UK universities, as well as being ranked in the top 25 universities in the world for international joint publications (U-Multirank 2020).

As a member of the Russell Group, Queen’s is recognised as one of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities.

Our researchers are addressing many Global Challenges, tackling the problems facing society, such as Health, Food, Conflict and Technology and we are providing world class facilities in which they can carry out their ambitious work.

Home to Teaching Excellence 

Queen’s is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellence (Times Higher Education, 2019). 94% of current international students were satisfied with the subject area expertise of their lecturers and 88% were satisfied with the learning support provided (International Student Barometer).

  • Ranked 101-125 in the world for Law (both QS and THE subject rankings 2020) 
  • Ranked 3rd in UK for both Pharmacology and Pharmacy, and Dentistry (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) 
  • Ranked in the top 10 in the UK for each of our Language disciplines (Celtic, Iberian and French) (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • Ranked 3rd in the UK for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2021) 

Award Winning Facilities 

Queen’s is ranked one of the top 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2021).

Queen’s is the ninth oldest University in the UK and in the last ten years we have invested £350m to create the award-winning facilities like the McClay Library, Graduate School, Law School and Computer Science building. Work is currently well underway on a further £30m investment in expanded facilities at the Queen’s Management School.

That’s why Queen’s was ranked 1st in the Russell Group for physical library facilities and learning spaces, as well as for campus buildings, with 94% of current Postgraduate Students satisfied with the Queen’s Graduate School (International Student Barometer 2021).