Queen's University Belfast

Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom
Queen’s University Belfast is steeped in heritage yet benefits from world-class, state-of-the-art facilities. Queen’s has a history of investing in people and building brighter futures. It’s a place where learning and research come together to create new and exciting global opportunities. The university has a rich heritage and a renowned history of producing Nobel Laureates, leading global academics and national and international leaders over the last 170 years.



The UK's ninth oldest university, Queen's was founded as Queen’s College in 1845, and can trace its roots as far back as 1810.

With more 170 years of heritage, we combine an international reputation for academic excellence with a life-changing student experience and a culture of innovation.

Today there are approximately 23,000 from the UK and Ireland and more than 80 other countries.


Queen’s University Belfast are in the top 1% of Global Universities, (QS World University Rankings 2015/16).

We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research.

Our courses will give you an amazing university experience that's rooted in a rich heritage. Taught by top academics, these degrees enable you to become an expert in your chosen field, with the prospect of a top career in a multi-national company.


Queen’s University Belfast is part of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK's 24 leading research intensive universities.

Our world-class researchers carry out internationally leading research, with Queen's placed joint 8th in the UK for research intensity. (Ref 2014)

Our Global Research Institutes are flagships for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge. They bring together a critical mass of excellent researchers from a wide range of disciplines in world-class facilities to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age.


We are dedicated to helping each of our graduates think of life after Queen's, and gain practical experience during their time with us.

This is why many of our degree programmes feature a year in industry ether locally or abroad. Our students benefit from the links we have built up with some of the country's biggest employers.

Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills Service was awarded the Gold all-Ireland Employability award for our Workplace Study Tours in 2014.


Student services

The Student Guidance Centre is your first stop for information, advice and guidance throughout your time at Queen's University. From managing your student record, developing your academic and employability skills, and offering advice and assistance for times when you may feel under pressure, all services work together to help you have a successful, and hopefully enjoyable, student experience.

Housing services

Some of the best value student accommodation anywhere in the world, all located within easy walking distance of the University.

Make friends from all over the world, with over 2,400 students from the UK and overseas living in Queen's accommodation.

Dedicated support is provided by Student Accommodation staff and a Residential Life team, helping students settle into student life in Belfast. Rates include utility bills, 24-hour security, 24-hour reception, regular cleaning of communal areas and internet service.

Library services

Queen’s have recently invested over £50m in the award winning McClay Library, blending the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology.

Facilities include computing and media services, IT training rooms, quiet study and group work areas, a cafe, a Language Centre and a vast range of printed works.

Student Life

Campus life

Queen's is at the heart of Belfast's culture, as well as its art and social scenes. We're proud to be part of a bustling, cosmopolitan city boasting a vibrant social life and rich cultural heritage.

Our cutting-edge facilities include a financial Trading Room with Bloomberg terminals, interdisciplinary health and life sciences research facilities and innovative engineering hubs.

The Queen’s Graduate School is a dedicated social and academic space for postgraduate students. It was recently ranked 1st for Graduate Schools out of 159 international universities, (International Student Barometer survey, 2016).

Sports facilities

Queen’s is now one of the premier sporting universities in Ireland and the UK, (Guardian University Guide 2015).

Our sporting facilities include the Physical Education Centre, boasting two sports halls, advanced climbing walls, a 25m, 6 lane swimming pool, exercise studio’s, and much more.

Queen’s has heavily invested in its outdoor facilities, making Queen’s Sport a world-class centre of excellence in providing high performance training and competition facilities. The Arena Pitch and Clubhouse dominate the new facility, creating the perfect playing surfaces. The Boat House is home to both the Men's and Ladies' Boat Clubs, and two graduate rowing clubs.

Student clubs

Our Students’ Union, societies and clubs will help you to meet and make friends with other students and feel part of campus life.

Over 200 clubs and societies are a great way to meet friends, discover new talents, and get a break from studying. There’s a wide range to suit everyone including sport, gaming, creative, cultural, academic and charitable groups - or you can even start up your own if you'd like.

Our Degree Plus Programme, offers credit towards a Queen’s University if you help run a Club or Society.


  • REF 2014 - 8th in the UK for research intensity.
  • Among the top one per cent of global universities (QS World Rankings UNESCO IAU 2013)
  • In the top 25 of the world’s most international universities 2016 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings data 2015-16)
  • 12th in the UK for overall student experience (Times Higher Education 2015 Student Experience Survey)

Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom