The Graduate School

Prospective Postgraduate Research Students

How do I apply for a postgraduate research degree?

  • Application for admission is submitted online through the applications portal. The online system also allows for applications for funding where appropriate. The application portal can be accessed here.
  • You are advised therefore to check the university website and your relevant School’s web pages for information on deadline dates.
  • In general, there are no closing dates for Postgraduate Reserach programmes, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible, particularly if you wish to be considered for funding.
  • Some courses will have special application forms and closing dates, please check the prospectus

Am I eligible to apply for a research degree?

Admission to a research degree (MPhil/PhD) normally requires at least a good second class Honours degree or an equivalent qualification. You may register for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) if you complete satisfactorily a period of enrolment as an undifferentiated research student. More information about the Admissions process can be accessed here through the Admissions and Access website.

What is a research degree?

  • A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. 
  • Queen's is committed to enhancing research training and teaching, and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • By Research and Thesis
  • Each School advertises funding opportunities on their individual web pages which can be found here.


How do I find out about fees?

  • Current standard postgraduate course tuition fees can be found here.
  • Current international postgraduate course tuition fees can be found here

The table below provides a summary of the payment options available to students.

Options Notes
Pay tuition fees in full at enrolment Tuition fees can be paid by cheque, credit/debit card or bank transfer.
Direct Debit Minimum of 25% payment at enrolment, followed by 3 further payments (November, December , January)
Combination Sponsor/Balance Payable in full at enrolment
Sponsor Evidence of sponsorship or scholarship from a government or other 
official organisation, must be provided at enrolment


Pay Tuition Fees in Full at Enrolment by Credit/Debit Card, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

How do I find out about accommodation?

  • For information on accomodation at Queen's please visit: 
  • Willow Walk is new purpose built accommodation ideally suited to the needs of international and postgraduate students at Queen’s. To find out more information on about Willow Walk, click here.
  • For information and advice on Private Accommodation in Belfast click here.


What facilities are available for postgraduate students?

The Graduate School

Queen’s University is one of only a few universities in the UK to demonstrate its strategic commitment to enhancing the student experience by providing a dedicated facility for its international and postgraduate students. Located close to the McClay Library, this new Centre provides dedicated support to international and postgraduate students and acts as a hub for many aspects of information, advice and guidance for international and postgraduate students.

The Centre is open 8:00am-10:00pm Monday-Sunday


How can I meet with other postgraduate students?

Postgraduate Welcome Week & Postgraduate Week

Postgraduate Welcome Week in September and Postgraduate Week in March are dedicated weeks organised by the Graduate School for our incoming and existing postgraduate student cohort. This was in response to the postgraduate student experience survey results which called for the opportunity for students to get connected with their peers across campus.

To browse this year’s calendar of events click here.