Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. The university is in the top 250 global universities (QS World Rankings 2018) and within the UK, is joint top research-intensive university (The Complete University Guide 2019).

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


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 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • Queen's McClay Library provides over 1.5 million volumes. It 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 in 2013, presented every three years to a UK library that best meets the needs of users.

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, as well as impartial and confidential one-to-one appointments with careers advisers, delivered face-to-face or by remote access e.g. using 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 acquired during extracurricular work, with students receiving the award along with their degree on graduation.

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 services

  • 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. The Queen's counselling service offers a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment in which students can set and work towards goals, with help from a professional counsellor.

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 DSA 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

  • The university's virtual learning environment, Queen's Online, provides each student with secure online access to information and materials relating to their specific course.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the university.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is a vibrant hub for the student body, with over 200 clubs and societies, plus facilities ranging from chill-out areas, to bars and entertainments venues, the SU shop and a bank. 
  • The Students' Union is the representative body of the students, with an advice centre that provides free, independent and confidential advice to Queen’s students on a wide range of issues.
  • There are a range of opportunities for students to develop employability skills, including student entrepreneurship through business start-up support, as well as structured programmes, annual competitions, access to free business incubation space and the Student Leadership Programme (Inspiring Leaders). Volunteer SU provides one-to-one support to students interested in volunteering and is aligned with over 400 organisations. The Homework Clubs is one of the union's most successful programmes, proving 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, with the university now holding 15 Athena SWAN departmental Awards – the largest amount in the UK, including two Gold, as well as an Institutional Silver Award. 

Fascinating Fact

  • Queen's University Belfast has six Queen's anniversary prizes for achievements in cancer research, environmental research, palaeoecology, law, green chemistry and cyber security.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Mike Brown – the Commissioner of Transport for London.
  • Christine Browne – Chief Operating Officer, easyJet.
  • Brian Conlon – CEO First Derivatives plc.
  • Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah – the longest serving member of parliament in Malaysia and founding Chairman 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.
  • Stephen Rea – Oscar-nominated actor.
  • Lord David Trimble – Nobel Laureate.


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