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Queen's University Belfast Graduate School is a world-class intellectual and social hub connecting students from all disciplines to each other, and to mentors and employers within the university and beyond. Postgraduates are trained to become thinkers, communicators, innovators and leaders who are future-ready, through disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Postgraduate students at Queen's go beyond current conceptions and categories, redefining and rethinking assumptions, and having a perspective that is flexible and adaptive.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

5,993 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 62%
  • Part Time 38%

Domicile

  • UK 70%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 20%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 160 730 885
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 150 325 475
Law 80 390 470
Other 25 360 385
Business & Management Studies 20 315 335
Medicine 245 45 290
Accounting & Finance 10 255 265
Biological Sciences 120 110 235
Computer Science 50 175 230
Psychology 80 145 225
Politics 30 160 190
Architecture 30 150 175
Nursing 30 130 160
Social Work 10 135 140
Physics & Astronomy 125 5 130
Agriculture & Forestry 35 90 125
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 55 60 115
History 45 65 110
English 35 65 100
Building 0 85 85
Civil Engineering 30 45 75
Chemistry 70 0 70
Sociology 50 20 70
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 15 50 65
Mechanical Engineering 50 10 60
Marketing 0 60 60
Geography & Environmental Science 25 25 50
Music 20 25 45
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 5 40 45
Mathematics 10 30 40
Anthropology 20 20 40
Chemical Engineering 35 5 35
Theology & Religious Studies 15 15 35
Creative Writing 0 30 30
Anatomy & Physiology 0 25 25
Communication & Media Studies 10 15 25
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 20 5 20
Economics 5 20 20
Food Science 5 20 20
Materials Technology 0 10 10
Archaeology 5 0 5
French 5 0 5
Iberian Languages 5 0 5
Celtic Studies 5 0 5
Philosophy 5 0 5
Social Policy 5 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Open Days

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

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of annual university studentships for postgraduate research programmes, which typically cover the full payment of tuition fees and include a maintenance allowance.
  • There is also a range of funding available through external sources for postgraduate research.
  • A limited number of scholarships and bursaries may be available for specific taught master's courses.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • International postgraduate students are given priority for a place in university accommodation, for at least their first year. 
  • Applications for accommodation should be submitted as soon as possible in order to be allocated the room type required.