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Queen's University Belfast

4.6 out of 5 (66 ratings / 26 reviews) Belfast, N Ireland, United Kingdom
‌Part of the elite Russell Group – the UK's Ivy League – we're the 9th oldest university in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018) with a worldwide reputation for excellence. A degree from Queen's is something to be proud of and can help you stand out in the competitive global job market.

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About

History

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.

Founded by Queen Victoria, the Queen's University in Ireland, was designed to be a non-denominational alternative to Trinity College Dublin which was controlled by the Anglican Church.

Education

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.

Research

Our researchers are at the forefront of discovery and innovation, with ambitious projects to address global problems and make a difference to society worldwide.

The total value of new research grants and contracts awarded to Queen's during 2016-17 was £101.6m, the first time the annual figure has topped £100m. Queen's was also the No 1 AHRC-funded university in the UK.

We are ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity with over 75% of our research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Career

Our inspiring alumni comprises outstanding scholars, Nobel Prize winners - such as Seamus Heaney and David Trimble - and influential leaders who are making an impact in Northern Ireland and across the globe.

Over 94% of Queen’s graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation; our graduates are dominating senior leadership positions in 80 of Northern Ireland's top 100 companies, and making a difference in over 120 countries.

One of the UK's biggest campus universities, and the 9th oldest, we blend our proud heritage with cutting-edge facilities for the best experience of University life.

Services

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

We’re pleased to announce brand new student accommodation in the heart of Belfast city centre, set to open in September 2018.

Conveniently located in the centre of Belfast and just 15 minutes from Queen’s main campus, you’ll be neighbours with the famous Crown bar and the majestic Grand Opera House.

All our new apartments include modern shower rooms, a desk with lamp, use of a full kitchen, dining table and chairs, television and high-speed internet. You will also have free off-peak membership of Queen's Sport.

Library services

The McClay Library blends the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology.

Queen’s has built up a superb collection of books, manuscripts and periodicals over the past 160 years: 1.2 million volumes. 

Facilities include IT training rooms, a Language Centre, support areas and a cafe.

ICT services

We provide all students with an email account and online storage that is accessible both on and off campus.

There’s also an online learning platform, Queen’s Online, which gives access to a range of services and resources to support learning.

Students can access over 1,700 PCs based in 20 centres across the campus.

Student Life

Campus life

The main University campus is situated within three designated conservation areas, making walking or cycling around the area a very pleasant experience.

Within walking distance of Queen’s are numerous shops, cafés and restaurants, Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, the Grand Opera House and the Lyric Theatre, the Physical Education Centre and many other useful facilities.

Sports facilities

Since our foundation in 1849, sport has played an important part in the Queen’s student experience.

Our facilities include, a state of the art fitness area with over 140 pieces of CV and resistance equipment, a functional training and weights area, four studios, 25m swimming and diving pool, two multi-purpose sports halls, martial arts area, 2 climbing walls, 8 squash courts, 2 handball courts and outdoor 3G grass pitches.

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.

Accreditation

  • 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