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Why Choose Queen’s

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Ghada Al Fakih | 15 April, 2024

Hi, I'm Ghada Al Fakih, a PG student from Lebanon studying MSc Clinical Health Psychology at Queen's. I'm frequently asked how I came to be in Belfast, and now I'm thrilled to tell you how I did it and why Queen's was my first option for PG study.

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Kathryn Allen | 12 March, 2024

Final year Medicine student Kathryn tells us what she loves most about studying at Queen's University Belfast.

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Sarah Geraghty | 5 March, 2024

Human Biology student Sarah gives 5 key reasons why she is glad she made the move from Galway to study at Queen's in Belfast.

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Rushikesh Mahajan | 5 March, 2024

“The curriculum's focus on current and future legal challenges in technology, taught by leading academics and industry professionals, who reciprocate positively, resonated with my academic and career goals.”

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Xinxin Wang | 4 March, 2024

"Queen’s Graduate School has supported me a lot, for instance through the dissertation skills training programme and writing bootcamp."

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Tililenji Mwanza | 1 March, 2024

“It is a multicultural university accepting people from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds. Queen’s is one of the few universities in the UK that offers an MPH/GH.”

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Marieke Rose Fastovsky | 29 February, 2024

“Ultimately, my decision to move to Belfast and study at Queen’s came down to affordability, language compatibility, opportunity, and proximity to both my home in the US as well as to other countries.”

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Luyao Yan | 28 February, 2024

“I’m allowed to audit all the MA courses, seminars, training, and workshops at CTI. For most of us, we aspire to seek job positions in universities or other higher institutions, so it is important to know the latest research findings in the field."

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Erin McGrattan | 27 February, 2024

"Queen’s is well-known for research excellence, and it stood out as it is driven to make a global impact. I believe that I will gain more opportunities by studying at Queen’s compared to other institutions."

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Bisma Arshad | 26 February, 2024

“The combination of academic prowess, international recognition, and outstanding research facilities made Queen's University a non-negotiable choice for me.”

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Pinar Celik Chippari | 23 February, 2024

"I decided a PhD programme would suit me well because of the independent and flexible structure, where I could still work part time in schools while conducting research and travelling to conferences at different locations."

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22 February, 2024

“Compared to a fully practical filmmaking course (as it is in some universities), the MA Film course has a lot more theory in it, paving the way for my career pathway of researching and lecturing on cinema and TV.”

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21 February, 2024

“I chose to move to Belfast and study at Queen's University for its unique postgraduate conversion course in psychology, tailored for students transitioning from different academic backgrounds."

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Isabella Barros De La Rosa | 19 February, 2024

"I felt that a master’s degree would not only complement and deepen the knowledge I had gained during undergrad, but it would also allow me to improve my research capabilities."

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Ghada Al Fakih | 16 February, 2024

"As the MSc in Clinical Health Psychology intends to provide me with a comprehensive world class education in the clinical and scientific aspects of psychology, this in turn aligns perfectly with my aspirations of becoming a clinical psychologist."

Moot court in the School of Law
Dallas Mustard | 12 February, 2024

Find out what led Canadian student Dallas to make the big move to Belfast and study Law at Queen's!

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Zoë Totten | 31 January, 2024

Are you in your final year and thinking about your career post-degree? Third year student Zoë provides a detailed guide to careers and employability services offered by Queen's; and how you can make the most of them during your final year.

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Samantha Koitz | 15 January, 2024

Conflict Transformation and Social Justice student Sami explains why she made the long journey to Queen's University Belfast from Maryland USA to pursue postgraduate study.

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Molly Elspas | 10 January, 2024

Moving to a new place can be scary. When that new place is over 3000 miles away, it can be even more so. Hear from US student Molly on what convinced her to study at Queen's and how Belfast became her home away from home.

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Kate Moodey | 8 January, 2024

Choosing where to attend university is not an easy task. It can be an exciting time to start a new chapter, but also very stressful in ensuring you make the right choice. Hear from Canadian student Kate about why Queen's was the right choice for her.

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Mehak Bindra | 22 November, 2023

Wondering where to choose for accommodation at Queen's? Medicine student Mehak explains why Elms BT1 was her ideal choice as an international student moving to Belfast.

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Rosa Hasson | 20 November, 2023

At almost 200 years old, Queen’s has recently been ranked in the top 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2022). Find out what PG student Rosa loves most about the Queen's campus.

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Disha Suresh Kumar | 30 October, 2023

With Belfast only a two hour train journey from Dublin, Queen's is the ideal choice for students travelling from the Republic of Ireland. Check out why medicine student Disha believes she made the right decision to study at Queen's.

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Timothy Agbonkpolor | 29 September, 2023

Hi, I’m Timothy! I am a second-year medical student at Queen’s and have really enjoyed my first year here. Here are some of my experiences and useful tips for moving to Belfast and studying at Queen’s!

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Fannya Ratana Sandjaja | 11 September, 2023

Find out why Computer Science student Fannya chose to make the move from Indonesia to Belfast to study at Queen's University!

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Kathryn Allen | 14 August, 2023

Current student Kathryn shares her advice to get the most out of an open day at Queen’s.

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Niamh Baker | 26 May, 2023

Are you starting to think about your uni application? Worried about which uni is right for you when there are over 160 universities available in the UK alone? Well, you are not alone and Niamh is here with some advice to help.

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Sarah Geraghty | 22 May, 2023

Sarah had her heart set on staying close to home and studying Medicine in Galway but life had other plans. Hear for her about her very honest experience and how she knows now that Queen's was the right choice.

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Reham Lasheen | 8 March, 2023

Public Health student Reham did a lot of research before choosing a university for her masters, here's what helped her make Queen's her final choice .

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Disha Suresh Kumar | 4 January, 2023

Worried that studying medicine equals constant study and no social life? Not at Queen's! Check out Disha's blog on her expectations of being a medicine student at Queen's versus the reality.

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Divyata Bhola | 27 December, 2022

Join Indian postgrad student Divyata for her tour of all the great facilities and support services in One Elmwood Student Centre and Students’ Union.

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Timothy Agbonkpolor | 21 December, 2022

Would you love to come to Queen's but you're not sure if you'll be able to get your home comforts or make new friends? Worry no more - Timothy is here to tell you all about his experience at Queen's.

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Kathryn Allen | 12 December, 2022

There are so many options when choosing where to go for uni! In her blog, medical student Kathryn shares how she navigated this choice, and why she loves Belfast as a student city.

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Ciara Ashley | 12 October, 2022

It's a big deal choosing to move to a different country for university. We asked Liverpudlian student Ciara why she chose Queen's and what her mum Pauline thought about it!

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Ashvi Prem | 29 August, 2022

Indian student vlogger Ashvi Prem takes you on a tour of her favourite spots around campus. See the 'Star Trek' lecture theatre and get a look at a K-Pop dance class!

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Olivia Watson | 12 July, 2022

Northern Irish student Olivia is here to tell you why she chose Queen's for her nursing degree.

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Seohyun (Rebecca) Lee | 8 July, 2022

South Korean student Rebecca Lee talks about why she chose to come to Queen's to study Pharmacy.

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Darshana Araventhan | 7 July, 2022

Ever considered studying abroad but were worried about making friends, settling in, and being ready for such a big move? Check out Malaysian student Darshana's blog on her amazing experience at Queen's and turn all your fears into excitement!

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Darshana Araventhan | 16 June, 2022

Are you thinking about studying abroad but can't seem to make up your mind? Here are some reasons you should study abroad for either your whole degree or even just a semester!

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Happiness Ojile | 15 June, 2022

Are you an International Student who would love a 50% reduction in fees for a Russell Group university? Hear from Nigerian student Happiness Ojile on how she received a Vice-Chancellor's Attainment Scholarship and the difference it has made to her.

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Laura Kinkead, PhD student at Queen's | 9 May, 2022

Embarking on a postgraduate research degree is not an easy decision to make and choosing the right university for you can be a daunting prospect. Here's second year research student Laura on why she chose Queen's.

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Nikita Sharma | 5 May, 2022

Are you an International Student who would love a 50% reduction in fees for a Russell Group university? Hear from Indian student Nikita Sharma on how she received a Vice-Chancellor's Attainment Scholarship and what it means to her.

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Seohyun Lee | 20 April, 2022

Are you an International Student who would love a 50% reduction in fees for a Russell Group university? Hear from South Korean student Seohyun Lee on how she received a Vice-Chancellor's Attainment Scholarship and what it means to her.

Dylan talks about his Clearing experience | 22 July, 2021

Dylan is a second-year Biochemistry student at Queen's. He missed out on his first choice by a single grade last year. He tells us how Clearing opened new possibilities up for him.

Valerie Chen, 3rd year Business student | 14 February, 2022

Valerie Chen is an international student from China. She tells us why she chose Queen's as her firm choice: from great career opportunities and new social experiences to living and exploring a beautiful and fun city.

Charlotte Baxter | 8 February, 2022

Charlotte tells us her why her search for the perfect student city, independence and the best academics lead her to choose Queen’s as her firm choice.

Queen's Student Blog | 25 January, 2022

Struggling with making your final uni decision? These students from around the UK reveal why they settled on Queen’s and Belfast as their firm choice.

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Ross McDonald, MA Creative Writing | 9 March, 2021

Find out how Creative Writing student Ross came to apply for Queen’s and move his entire life to Belfast with just 4 weeks’ notice.

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Closer To Home Than You Think | 6 August, 2020

Did you know it’s the safest place in the UK?

Inmaculada Perrotti Huertas, BA Criminology | 3 January, 2020

Criminology student Inmaculada Perrotti Huertas got a flavour of life at Queen’s during her Erasmus experience – and decided to stay for more!

Maisha Hossain, MA Creative Writing | 17 August, 2018

Elen Nahapetyan and Suvekshya Dhungana | 9 March, 2020

Events such as the Qulture Roadshow highlight the varied cultures and nationalities that enrich our student body. Here, Elen Nahapetyan and Suvekshya Dhungana share their photo diaries from the event.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 6 November, 2019

MBA student Clare Rhine, from Oregon in the USA, lists cost of living and the beauty of Belfast city as top reasons to come to Queen’s for postgraduate study.

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology | 23 August, 2018

Here are some of my top (and sometimes quirky) spots I think you should check out around campus.

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology | 3 September, 2018

Queen’s students offer their advice on what to see and who to talk to.

Queen's Student Blog | 2 March, 2020

From the Great Hall to the castle-like Lanyon Building, we can see Harry and Hermione fitting right in here – and you can even play Quidditch!

Queen's Student Blog | 19 August, 2021

Here, your step-by-step guide to what to expect when you arrive at Queen’s in September.

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Queen's Student Blog | 20 August, 2018

Hearing about Queen's University for the first time? Allow us to introduce ourselves...

Queen's Student Blog | 22 August, 2018

This is why it pays to bring mum or dad with you when you visit Queen’s campus.

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Queen's Student Blog | 27 August, 2018

With so much information to take in, it can be difficult to know where to start. Make sure you cover your bases with these handy tips.

Queen's Student Blog | 16 November, 2021

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the most prestigious places to study in the UK. But does that mean it’s expensive to live in Belfast compared to other cities like Manchester or London? Let’s investigate.

Amy Murray, BA Music | 18 November, 2019

When your native city has a world-class university, you can have a life-changing student experience right on your doorstep, says Music undergraduate Amy Murray.

Louise Shields, BSc Psychology | 27 November, 2019

From quality teaching to fun-packed student nights, Psychology undergraduate Louise Shields explains why she chose Queen’s.

Nyemahame Okwu, MB Medicine | 30 January, 2018

Everyone can benefit from our global campus, says guest blogger Nyemahame Okwu, from Queen's African Caribbean Society

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 8 March, 2018

Here are just ten of the reasons you should join us in Belfast.

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Queen's Student Blog | 18 April, 2018

You’ve probably come across the phrase ‘Russell Group’ in your university selection process. But what does it mean and how important is it?

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Queen's Student Blog | 29 April, 2020

From the like-minded folk on your course to the fun-loving peeps you’ll encounter in our clubs and societies, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends at Queen’s. Just let these student pictures inspire your #squadgoals

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Queen's Student Blog | 13 August, 2019

Exam Results Day can feel like the biggest, and scariest, day of your life. All your hard work has paid off and you’ll finally see the rewards of that effort. But before you open that envelope there's a whole host of emotions you'll go through.

Queen's Student Blog | 12 December, 2019

‘Thank you for being so perfect’ - Instagram users’ reaction to our throwback pic will give you all the feels.

Queen's Student Recruitment Team | 8 January, 2020

With the UCAS deadline for 2020 courses just a week away (Wednesday 15th January), we've got some last-minute application tips.

Queen's Student Blog | 30 April, 2020

It’s not just what you learn at Queen’s that you carry with you forever, the people you meet stay with you too – as these Queen’s lovebirds prove.

International Women's Day | 8 March, 2022

From technology to literature, health, sport and politics, Queen’s has been making a difference to the world since 1845. To mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate the inspiring, game-changing women who have been the driving force behind that.

Queen's Student Blog | 3 May, 2018

The research at Queen’s is making a huge impact on the world and with a degree from Queen’s so could you.

Queen's Student Recruitment Team | 8 January, 2020

With the UCAS deadline for 2020 courses just a week away (Wednesday 15th January), Queen’s Domestic Student Recruitment Team is here with some last-minute application tips.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 26 March, 2018

Campus tour guide Peter Moor explains why visiting Queen’s is the only way to get a feel for the university and the city.

Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 23 July, 2018

Before applying to universities, I went to a load of open days - they’re the perfect opportunity to see which uni suits you. Here are 6 reasons to visit a Queen’s open day.


Belfast is the cheapest student city in the UK according to Which? University. But don’t just trust the stats – here are six reasons why student life here really is more affordable.


Queen’s may be that bit further away on the map from other UK universities, but it offers everything you could want from your uni experience (shh! just don’t tell everyone!)

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The Experience Queen's Events, held in Manchester and London, are the perfect taster session for offer holders. Peter Moor is here to share why you definitely need to come along.

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It's almost time to make your final decisions about what University you'll pick as your "Firm" Choice. Peter is sharing his reasons for choosing Queen's and why it was the perfect decision for him.

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What is the Russell Group and what does it mean for students who study at a Russell Group University? Peter share's his thoughts on why choosing a research-intensive university was a perfect fit.

Francesca D'Souza, BSc Economics | 5 July, 2019

There are lots of reasons you might find yourself using Clearing to secure a University Place but it can still be a nervewracking experience. Francesca is sharing her Clearing story and how it helped her find the perfect course at Queen's.

Alice Poole, BSc Architecture | 5 February, 2020

Undergraduate Architect student, Alice Poole from the Cotswolds explains the unexpected ways Queen’s GB scholarship package benefitted her.

Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry | 25 February, 2019

Choosing the right university is important - It has to fit your goals and needs as well as being a place you can enjoy studying in. Today, Tejinder is sharing all the reasons that Queen's was the perfect fit for her.

Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry | 16 May, 2019

When you've found your dream course, and you're excited to start University the next step is persuading your parents it's the right choice. Tejinder shares how she convinced her parents that studying Dentistry at Queen's was a perfect combination.

Yi Kang Choo, LLB Law | 27 November, 2019

When it comes to revision time, you will likely be spending countless hours working hard in the McClay Library when you become a Queen’s student. Thankfully, it’s a pretty cool space with some handy high-tech features...

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Hiya Grover | 9 January, 2023

Join Hiya for a tour through the Medical Biology Centre Library at Queen's.

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Carmen Chen Chinq Lih, LLB Law | 15 April, 2019

Not too long ago Carmen was trying to decide which university to pick as her Firm Choice. She's sharing what made Queen's stand out and why she decided to move from Malaysia to Belfast to study here.

Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW | 20 July, 2018

As a Final Year Law Student pursuing a UK Transfer Degree Programme, Liang reveals what influenced him to finish his final year of law studies in Queen’s University, Belfast.

Samuel Adebayo, PhD student | 12 August, 2021

Samuel is a PhD student at the School of Electronic, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He moved to Belfast from Nigeria after deciding to study his PhD at Queen's. He tells us why he chose Queen's and how he has enjoyed his time so far.