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Top subjects in Northern Ireland

Do you want to study in Northern Ireland? Check out the top subjects to study in Northern Ireland and find out more about the region and its universities

Top subjects in Northern Ireland

Studying in Northern Ireland  

There are two main universities in Northern Ireland and what the region might lack in quantity, it certainly makes up for in quality. Queen’s University, Belfast is in 24th place in our UK university rankings for 2023, up an impressive ten places from its 34th spot in 2022. Ulster University stands firm, keeping its 44th place in 2023.  

Northern Ireland is in the northwest of the UK and shares a border with the Republic of Ireland. Its dramatic landscape is often used in films, and Game of Throne fans might recognise some of it from those memorable battle scenes. The Giant’s Causeway is its most famous landmark. Belfast, an energetic, affordable, and interesting city, is where you’re likely to spend a lot of your time as a student.   

To find out more about studying in Northern Ireland check out our regional guide 

Queen’s University Belfast  

Queen’s University is a compact campus about a 15-minute walk from Belfast city centre. The uni guarantees accommodation to first year students from outside Northern Ireland and there’s lots going on with a new student centre and more than 200 clubs and societies to choose from.  

To find out more about QUB visit their profile 

Top subjects at Queen's University Belfast

Subject Rank in Subject table
 Agriculture & Forestry  1
 Dentistry  1
 Social Work  1
 Information Technology & Systems  2
 Pharmacology & Pharmacy  2
 Food Science  4
 Celtic Studies  5
 Biological Sciences   9

Queen’s University is ranked top of the subject table for Agriculture, Dentistry, and Social Work, so it’s easy to see why these are also the most popular subjects to study here.

Information Technology and Pharmacology and Pharmacy are also in the top 5 most popular subjects and Queen’s takes an impressive second place in the subject table rankings for these.   

The agricultural industry is going through a period of great change and the course at Queen’s explores the environmental impact of food production in the short and long term.

The Dental School at Queen’s has been delivering dental education since 1920 and the Social Work degree is a mix of academic study and assessed practical placements.  

To find out more about the other subjects in the top 10 check out our subject guides  

Ulster University 

Ulster University has four distinctive campuses in Belfast and Derry, all offering friendly and affordable places to live. The university guarantees any first-year student accommodation on-site providing the deadline for room applications is met. It’s reputation in research and strong emphasis on skills-based practice is perhaps why so many of its graduates get jobs or are inspired to do further study.  

To find out more about Ulster visit their profile

Top 10 subjects at Ulster University

 Subject  Rank in subject table
 Land & Property Management  2
 Building   3
 Information Technology & Systems  3
 Optometry, Ophthalmic & Orthoptics   3
 Pharmacology & Pharmacy   3
 Speech & Language Therapy   6
 Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design   7
 Celtic Studies   8
 Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy   8
 Health Studies   10

Ulster University has a solid reputation in several subject areas, especially in Land and Property Management, ranked second in the UK subject table. Building, Information Technology, Optometry and Pharmacology also perform well and make up the three most popular topics to study at Ulster.  

The Belfast based Land and Property Management course focuses on planning, regeneration and development. Various architectural subjects are covered in Ulster’s building offer and the Business Analytics BSc at Coleraine Campus is rated as 3rd best in the  Information Technology and Systems league table.  

To find out more about the other subjects in the top 10 check out our subject guides 

Discover the top unis in other UK regions 

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