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Queen's University Belfast
English Name: Queen's University Belfast
Region: Northern Europe
Country: UK
Found Year: 1908
Address: University Road



Queen’s University Belfast is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS University rankings), providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908. It combines an international reputation for academic excellence with a life-changing student experience, a culture of innovation and a leadership role in the community it serves.  A member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, it is actively recruiting more than 170 of the world’s top innovators and thinkers, including the appointment of academic leaders across all areas. 


External recognition includes the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, the highest accolade for an academic institution in the UK, on six occasions – for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology, law and a Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Northern Ireland’s Comprehensive Cancer Services Programme. The most recent award was to the Centre for Secure Information Technology for its work in protecting the online activity of internet users across the globe.




The UK-wide Research Excellence Framework 2014 placed Queen’s 8th in the UK for research intensity. The university submitted 95% of academic staff, the fifth largest percentage returned, with 14 subject areas ranked within the top 20 and 77% of its research classified as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 


This achievement has now been strengthened by the establishment of four Global Research Institutes focussed on leading-edge research and education and committed to the needs of society. These are the Institute for Global Food Security, the Institute for Health Sciences, the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology and the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, named after former Queen’s Chancellor, the US diplomat Senator George Mitchell, who made a major contribution to ending the conflict in Northern Ireland.


Internationalisation is a key element of the Queen’s vision. Queen’s has forged partnerships with leading research groups and multi-national companies throughout the world, including Dubai Healthcare City; the National Cancer Center, Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University in the USA; Petronas in Malaysia; InfoSys and Madras Christian College in Chennai, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in India; Jilin University and Harbin Institute of Technology. A partnership with China Medical University has led to the creation of China Queen’s College (CQC) in Shenyang, Queen’s first campus in China, from which students can graduate from a range of Pharmaceutical degree programmes.


Queen’s was one of the first universities in the UK and Ireland to form spin-out companies, establishing QUBIS in 1984 to commercialise research and development activities. Since then it has created more than 70 companies, and is No. 1 in the UK for intellectual property commercialisation. Queen’s is also the UK’s leading university for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.




Students are educated by academics working at the forefront of their disciplines. The University has an excellent record of achievement in reviews of teaching quality and has numerous teaching awards.  The University’s Centre for Educational Development provides a comprehensive and systematic range of support to develop and enhance learning and teaching. Close to 500 of Queen’s staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 


Queen’s is significantly investing in the student experience, resulting in high rates of student satisfaction and the future success of graduates. Of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 companies, Queen’s graduates hold senior positions in 80 of them, while 95% of students are in employment or further study six months after graduating.


The £50m McClay Library is a focal point with 10,000 student visits a day, while the creation of a wireless campus, costing £2m, has built a university-wide information network for an increasingly mobile user population. Queen’s is at the forefront of ICT and was the first UK institution to meet the national target of at least one workstation for every five students.


Queen’s attracts students from more than 80 countries and is a popular university for American Fulbright Scholars. It is among the top ten universities in Europe for the number of students who go on work placements abroad, and there are more than 200 student exchange agreements with universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.




Queen’s is committed to enhancing its historic campus and the surrounding conservation areas while providing 21st century facilities for education and research.  Recent developments include:

·         The development of the £175m Institute of Health Sciences has seen the opening of the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

·         The refurbishment of the grade B listed Lynn Building has created a stunning new Graduate School, opened in 2015, in a key historical location on the main University site.

·         The refurbishment of the Ashby Building, completed in 2015, has created an Engineering complex offering teaching, research and support accommodation to rival the most prestigious institutions in the world. 

·         The redevelopment of the former Library Tower into a new home for the School of Law, due to open for the 2016-17 academic year.

·         A high-quality ‘transparent’ building for the School of Computer Science, integrating teaching and research, will also open for the 2016-17 academic year. 

·         The University has begun to build a new £38m teaching and research facility for the School of Biological Sciences, which will include the world-leading Institute for Global Food Security.

·         Queen’s was the first university in the UK and Ireland to open a dedicated, state-of-the-art Graduate and Executive Education Centre at the £15m redevelopment of Riddel Hall, home to Queen’s William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, which was officially opened by the former US President.



In 2016 Belfast was named the UK’s top tourist destination by readers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers. The attractive Queen’s Quarter is one of the city’s main cultural and recreational landmarks. Queen’s has the only full-time university cinema in the UK, as well as an art gallery and theatre, all of which are open to students and the wider community. The university is next door to the Ulster Museum and the beautiful Botanic Gardens while the city centre is just a 15-minute walk away.


Total Enrollment:16711
           International Students:1598(10%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:13898
           International Students:582(4%)
Graduate Enrollment:2813
           International Students:1016(36%)

Undergraduate Programs
           Actuarial Science and Risk Management
           Aerospace Engineering
           Agricultural Technology
           Biological Sciences
           Biomedical Science
           Business Economics
           Business Information Technology
           Business Management
           Chemical Engineering
           Civil Engineering
           Computer Games Development
           Computer Science
           Computing and Information Technology
           Creative Multimedia
           Electrical and Electronic Engineering
           Energy, Environment and Sustainability
           English with Creative Writing
           Environmental and Civil Engineering
           Environmental Biology
           Environmental Planning
           Film Studies
           Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition
           French Studies
           Human Biology
           International Business with A Modern Language
           International Politics and Conflict Studies
           Irish and Celtic Studies
           Irish Studies
           Land Use and Environmental Management
           Manufacturing Engineering
           Marine Biology
           Mathematical Studies
           Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
           Mechanical Engineering,
           Molecular Biology
           Music Technology and Sonic Arts
           Part-Time Study
           Politics, Philosophy and Economics
           Product Design and Development,
           Social Anthropology
           Social Policy
           Social Work
           Software and Electronic Systems Engineering
           Spanish and Portuguese
           Spanish Studies
           Structural Engineering with Architecture
           Web Technology and E-Commerce
Postgraduate Taught Courses
           Accounting and Finance
           Animal Behaviour and Welfare
           Archaeology/Palaeoecology: Archaeology and Environment
           Archaeology/Palaeoecology: Dating and Chronology
           Archaeology/Palaeoecology: Professional Archaeology
           Architecture: Certificate In Professional Practice and Practical Experience
           Architecture: Master of Architecture
           Arts Management
           Biomolecular Structure and Function
           Business Administration
           Business Economics
           Chemistry: Chemical Enzymology
           Childhood Studies
           Clinical Education
           Cognition and Culture
           Cognitive Behavioural Practice
           Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
           Cognitive Science
           Community Development and Learning
           Comparative Ethnic Conflict
           Computational Biology
           Computer and Electronic Security
           Construction and Project Management
           Corporate Governance
           Counselling Education
           Criminal Justice
           Drama and Performance Studies
           Durability of Structures
           Ecological Management and Conservation Biology
           Education: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
           Education: Doctorate In Education
           Education: E-Learning
           Education: Educational Studies
           Education: Inclusion and Special Needs Education
           Education: Leadership and Management In Education
           Education: Pgce
           Education: Tesol (Doctorate)
           Education: Tesol (Masters)
           Educational Multimedia
           English (Broadcast Literacy)
           English (Creative Writing)
           English (Irish Writing)
           English (Language and Linguistics)
           English (Medieval Studies)
           English (Modern Literary Studies)
           English (Modern Poetry)
           English (Reconceiving The Renaissance – Literatures, Places, Cultures)
           Environmental Engineering
           Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
           Environmental Management
           Environmental Planning
           European Union Politics
           Family Law
           Film and Visual Studies
           Food Safety (Advanced)
           French and Linguistics
           French Studies
           French Studies: Modern French Studies (Culture and Memory)
           Gender and Society
           Geography and Archaeology: Heritage Science
           Health Studies (By Research)
           Hispanic Studies
           History: Ancient
           History: Modern
           Human Resource/Personnel Management
           Human Rights and Criminal Justice
           Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Cross-Border)
           Human Rights Law
           Human Rights Law (Cross-Border)
           International Business
           International Jd
           International Relations
           Interprofessional Health and Social Care Management
           Irish and Celtic Studies
           Irish History
           Irish Politics
           Irish Studies
           Irish Translation Studies
           Irish-Medium Film and Script Production
           Law and Governance
           Law and International Commerce
           Leadership For Sustainable Development
           Legal Science
           Legislative Studies and Practice
           Mechanical Engineering (Advanced)
           Mental Health
           Midwifery Practice
           Molecular Medicine (By Research)
           Music: Composition
           Nursing Practice
           Nursing/Midwifery: Advanced Professional Practice
           Organisation and Management
           Pain Science and Practice
           Pharmacy: Advanced Pharmacy Practice
           Pharmacy: Clinical Pharmacy
           Pharmacy: Community Pharmacy
           Pharmacy: Prescribing For Pharmacists
           Plasma and Vacuum Technology
           Plasma Physics
           Political Philosophy
           Political Psychology
           Postcolonial Studies In Context
           Process Engineering
           Professional Legal Studies
           Psychology: Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism)
           Psychology: Atypical Child Development
           Psychology: Clinical Psychology
           Psychology: Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology
           Public Health
           Risk Management and Financial Regulation
           Social Anthropology
           Social Research Methods (By Research)
           Social Work (Post-Qualifying Studies): Applied Social Studies
           Software Development (Conversion)
           Sonic Arts
           Spanish: Image and Text
           Spatial Regeneration
           Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
           Sustainable Aquaculture and Inshore Fisheries
           Sustainable Design
           Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems
           Sustainable Rural Development and Project Management
           Telecommunications: Wireless Communications (Advanced)
           Urban and Rural Design
           Violence, Terrorism and Security
           Water Resources Management
           Work-Based Learning (Mediation Studies)
           Work-Based Learning (Occupational Safety and Health)
Postgraduate Research Programs
           Archaeology: Past Cultural Change
           Atomistic Simulation
           Built Environment
           Cancer Research and Cell Biology
           Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
           Cognition and Culture
           Computer Science
           Drama Studies
           Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics
           Electrical and Electronic Engineering
           Environmental Engineering
           Film Studies
           Food Safety and Biotechnology
           French Studies
           Geography and Palaeoecology: Environmental Change
           Geography: Society, Space and Culture
           History: Ancient
           History: Modern
           Infection and Immunity
           Irish and Celtic Studies
           Irish Studies
           Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
           Molecular Biosciences
           Music and Sonic Arts
           Nanostructured Media
           Nursing and Midwifery
           Plasma Physics
           Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
           Public Health
           Pure Mathematics
           Social Anthropology
           Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
           Spanish and Portuguese Studies
           Spatial and Environmental Planning
           Statistical Science and Operational Research
           Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
           Vision and Vascular Science

Performance in Academic Ranking of World Universities
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Performance in Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields
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Performance in Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject Fields
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