Queen’s is a world-class, red-brick university situated in Belfast, the regional capital of Northern Ireland. Founded in 1845, it is the ninth oldest university in the UK, is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)  and is in the top ten most beautiful universities in the UK. (Times Higher Education ‘THE’ World University Rankings 2018).

A member of the Russell Group (the UK equivalent of the Ivy League), Queen’s is one of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities. Building on its disciplinary excellence, the University has created four flagship Global Research Institutes which bring leading academics together to tackle some of the greatest global challenges of our time in the areas of: Global Peace, Security and Justice; Cyber Security; Health Sciences; and Food Safety.

Queen's has produced Nobel prize winners, leading global academics and national and international thought leaders including the physicist John Stewart Bell and Seamus Heaney, regarded as the foremost poet of the 20th century. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is an intellectual powerhouse spanning traditional humanities and social science subjects. The Seamus Heaney Centre is a focal point for creativity in Ireland and is recognised as an international centre of creative and research excellence in the field of literature. 

Students enjoy being educated by world-leading academics working at the forefront of their disciplines and a significant investment in the student experience has resulted in high levels of student satisfaction and employability rates. It is ranked in the top 75 universities in Europe for Teaching Excellence (THE, 2019) and 93 percent of current international students at Queen’s were satisfied with the teaching ability of their lecturers (International Student Barometer, 2018). 

Queen’s is also a lead UK University in tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering and Queen’s is one of only 9 UK universities to gain a Silver Institutional Award, along with 15 Departmental Awards. 

Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (THE World University Rankings 2020) with over 24,000 students from 100 countries living and studying at Queen’s. We also employ more than 600 international staff drawn from over 70 nationalities and over 3,000 international students’ call Queen’s home. 



Over the past ten years, the University has invested significantly to provide world-class facilities for its students and staff. 

This has included the development of a state-of-the-art Graduate School, which is home to a thriving postgraduate community; the award-winning McClay Library; Computer Science Building; School of Law; and the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine. The University has also invested in sporting facilities, new purpose-built student accommodation in Belfast City Centre with single occupancy rooms and has just announced plans for the development of a world-class Student Centre.


Northern Ireland: A Unique Location

The University is situated in Belfast, a modern capital city, known for its welcome, accessibility and affordability. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, Belfast is more affordable than every other major student city in the UK and Northern Ireland has been named the safest region in the UK. It is a thriving European capital with a unique cultural identity. 

Named the ‘happiest place in the UK (Office of National Statistics 2016), it has a buzzing arts and social scene, historic pubs, big-brand shopping and a friendly, welcoming populace. Belfast is a compact city that is really easy to get around on foot. It's also easy to travel to other European cities from Belfast. Cross-border train services run from Belfast to Dublin and back up to 13 times daily, and all major UK cities are within an hour's flying time.  

Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University, 2018) and the lowest student rent (Natwest Student Living Index 2019), making it one of the most affordable cities in the United Kingdom to live. Queen’s students ranked it 1st out of 44 UK universities for satisfaction with cost of living (International Student Barometer, 2018).

When it comes to business, Belfast has had $3 billion of inward investment in the last decade. It is home to two-thirds of Northern Ireland’s largest 50 companies and is the number one global destination for financial technology R&D investments.


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Date of establishment: 1845

Student population: ca. 24,000

Number of international students: Over 3,000 international students from more than 100 different countries 

Location: Queen’s University’s historic campus is an urban setting just a 15-minute walk from Belfast’s vibrant city centre. Situated within three designated conservation areas, walking or cycling around the area is a pleasant experience. Numerous shops, cafes and restaurants are nearby, as are Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, the Lyric Theatre, and Queen’s Physical Education Centre.  

City population: ca. 300,000

Closest airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport

Areas of expertise:                           

  • Creative Writing
  • Global Food Safety and Security
  • Cybersecurity and Secure Information Technology
  • Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
  • Global Health
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology

Notable alumni:

  • Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995
  • Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, 1997-2011
  • Professor James Francis Pantridge, Inventor of the portable heart defibrillator
  • Liam Neeson OBE, Actor
  • Stephen Rea, Actor
  • Peter Rice, Designer and engineer
  • John Stewart Bell, Influential 20th-century scientist
  • Anita Sands, Director of Symantec
  • Tan Sri Datuk Rafiah Salim, Director of NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women

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