Queen's University, Belfast
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.19 / 5.00
- 2.99 / 4.00
- 0.95 / 1.00
- 80.5 / 100.0
- 77.9 / 100.0
- 91.2 / 100.0
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 among the top 1% of global universities and is a UK top ten research-intensive university (REF 2014).
- A wide range of different qualifications is accepted by the university; the most up-to-date details of entry requirements and selection criteria can be found on the university's website via the online course finder.
- There is no cap or limit on the number of UK or international students which the university is permitted to admit, except in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery, and Social Work.
- A level grades usually range from BBB at A level to AAA at A-level + A in a 4th AS level subject. Only Dentistry and Medicine require a 4th AS level subject in addition to 3 A levels.
- An A* grade is not a requirement for any degree programme; however it may be specified as part of an alternative offer. The university uses differential offers for some degree programmes, depending on whether or not applicants are taking a preferred A level, i.e. one that provides a better preparation for the degree programme.
- At present the university does not make unconditional offers to any applicants, who have not yet completed the qualifications required for admission, but this is kept under review.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.
- Student learning has been enhanced by personal tutoring and a peer mentoring scheme. An alumni mentoring scheme is also offered, with high-achieving graduates spending 1-to-1 time with undergraduates, passing on the benefits of their knowledge and experience.
- Students can select modules, dependent on their suitability within an overall programme of study.
- Flexibility varies across subjects according to requirements of accrediting bodies and national subject benchmark statements, where applicable.
- Queen's offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop and extend their academic, personal and employability skills.
- The approach taken to support employability is shaped by the subject. Key elements include practical opportunities to support skills development, opportunities for work-related learning, engagement with employers and/or alumni, and development of career management skills.
Student Services and Facilities
- Queen's award-winning 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 recognized with a Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Award, presented every 3 years to a UK library that best meets the needs of users.
- 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.
- There are currently 2,078 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.
- 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, shops and a bank. In the 2016 National Student Survey, Queen's Students' Union scored 80% in student satisfaction, placing it 13th amongst universities in the UK.
- 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). Students can also volunteer with over 300 organisations, including the successful Homework Clubs initiative to support the local community. Volunteer SU also runs Volunteer Excellency Awards.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Oncampus 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 extra curricular work.
- Careers services include careers programmes (including workplace study tours), workshops, employer presentations and networking activity with alumni, as well as impartial and confidential 1-to-1 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 1-to-1 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 extra curricular work, with students receiving the award alongwide their degree on graduation.
- 94% of Queen’ graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 79%
- Postgraduate 21%
Mode of study
- Full Time 75%
- Part Time 25%
Where students come from
- UK 88%
- EU 4%
- Other 8%
- Male 44%
- Female 56%
- Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, one of 3 Queen's Colleges in Ireland, it became an independent university in 1908, and is the 9th 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.
- Lord David Trimble – Nobel Laureate.
- Dr Mary McAleese – former President of Ireland.
- Stephen Rea – Oscar-nominated actor.
- Annie Mac – BBC Radio 1 presenter.
- Mike Brown – MD London Underground.
- Christine Browne – CEO of Mainstream Aviation for TUI Travel.
- Brian Conlon – CEO First Derivatives plc.
- Patrick Kielty – TV presenter/comedian.
- Dr Michael McKay – European Space Agency.
- Professor Paul Muldoon – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
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