Queen's University Belfast is ranked 173rd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020) and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea

UCAS Code: Q75

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • McClay Library provides over 1.5m volumes; the library offers the highest quality services to students, and has achieved Customer Services Excellence, an independent accreditation of the quality and standard of its customer service. The McClay Library’s outstanding design, facilities and services have been recognised with a Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Award, presented every three years to a UK library that best meets the needs of users.
  • The university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides a secure cloud-based environment where students can access information, materials and activities related to their specific course; and Wi-Fi is available throughout the university.

Student jobs

  • On-campus Jobs lists part-time, temporary and vacation work on-campus.
  • A wide range of work experience, summer internships and other vacation opportunities are available to students through MyFuture, and all students receive weekly alerts of new opportunities.
  • Enterprise SU, within the Students' Union, promotes opportunities for extracurricular work.

Careers advice

  • Careers services include careers programmes (including workplace study tours), workshops, employer presentations and networking activity with alumni. Impartial and confidential one-to-one appointments with careers consultants are delivered face-to-face or by remote access (e.g. via Skype), with appointments bookable online.
  • Graduate, placement and specialist careers fairs all host a Careers Zone where students can receive one-to-one guidance, signposting, and employability development resources.
  • Careers education and guidance is also provided on degree programmes, through consultants' tailored delivery of workshops, presentations, newsletters and collaborative activity with academic colleagues.
  • A Degree Plus programme formally recognises skills gained during extracurricular work. Students receive the award along with their degree on graduation.
  • Development Weeks during the academic year provide the time and space for experimentation and cross-discipline learning outside the curriculum, to complement the learning within degree programmes. Students can explore and develop new skills in a supported environment, and engage with employers, staff and students across the university.

Health services

  • The Student Well-being team offer a comprehensive range of support services which are accessible, flexible and responsive. These include a drop-in advisory service, one-to-one meetings with well-being advisers, counselling, coaching and a range of well-being workshops and events. 
  • There is an independent Health Centre adjacent to campus which specialises in student health care.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students having difficulty adjusting to university life, or with personal growth, bereavement, relationships, family concerns, anxiety or depression, can book an appointment with Queen's Counselling Service. Counsellors offer a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment in which students can set and work towards goals.

Disability support

  • There are currently 2,200 students with a range of sensory, mobility, learning, mental health and other disabilities registered with Disability Services.
  • Students can access a range of support depending on their individual needs. Disability Services also offers a Disabled Students' Allowances needs assessment centre, and a register of support providers for students who are recommended non-medical support.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is a lively hub for the student body, with over 200 clubs and societies, and facilities ranging from chill-out areas, to bars and entertainments venues and the SU shop.
  • The Students' Union is the representative body of the students, with an advice centre that provides free, independent and confidential support to Queen’s students on a wide range of issues.
  • Opportunities for students to develop employability skills – or even student entrepreneurship – include business start-up support, structured programmes, competitions, the Student Leadership Programme (Inspiring Leaders) and more. Volunteer SU gives one-to-one support to students interested in volunteering: the Homework Club is one of the union's most successful programmes, providing valuable support to children and young people.


  • Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, one of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland, it became an independent university in 1908, and is the ninth oldest university in the UK.
  • Queen's was one of the first universities in the UK and Ireland to form spin-out companies, establishing QUBIS Ltd in 1984 to create wealth through the commercialisation of research and innovation. QUBIS has since been involved in the creation of 70 companies.
  • Queen's has also become one of the leading institutions in the UK for tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering. The university now holds 15 Athena SWAN departmental Awards – the largest number in the UK; they include two gold awards and an institutional silver award.

Fascinating Fact

  • Two Nobel Prize winners have graduated from Queen’s University Belfast. In 1995, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Seamus Heaney 'for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.' In 1998, David Trimble was a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Mike Brown – commissioner of Transport for London.
  • Christine Browne – chief operating officer for easyJet.
  • Brian Conlon – chief executive officer of First Derivatives plc.
  • Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah – the longest serving member of parliament in Malaysia, and founding chair and chief executive of Malaysian oil company, Petronas.
  • Patrick Kielty – TV presenter and comedian.
  • Annie Mac – BBC Radio 1 presenter.
  • Dr Mary McAleese – former president of Ireland.
  • Professor Paul Muldoon – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
  • Lord David Trimble – Nobel Laureate.
  • Lisa Magee – writer and producer, known for Derry Girls (2017), Being Human (2008) and Indian Summers (2015).


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