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Delivering academic excellence since 1845, Queen’s is one of the UK’s leading universities – but it’s also one of the most affordable. It is globally recognised for its history, research and world-class education, and the capital city of Belfast is an incredible place to live, learn and grow.

  • Ranked 173rd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Member of the Russell Group – the UK’s 24 elite research-intensive universities
  • Top 200 in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • Lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University 2018).
  • Top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

Quick facts

  • Established in 1845
  • Total number of students: 24,000+
  • Number of international students: 3,000+
  • Nationalities represented: 85



International Foundation

Leads to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

  • International Foundation in Architecture
  • International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Foundation in Engineering and Science

Undergraduate Degree with International Year One

Combining a university pathway with an undergraduate degree under a single CAS.

  • Undergraduate Degree with International Year One

International Year One

Leads to Year 2 of an undergraduate degree.

  • International Year One in Accounting
  • International Year One in Engineering
  • International Year One in Management and Finance


Graduate Diploma

For students who do not meet the academic and English language requirements for a Master’s degree.

  • Graduate Diploma in Finance
  • Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences

English Language

English Language Courses

Academic English
An intensive course offering students rapid progress in preparation for academic study.

  • Academic English

English Language Courses

Pre-sessional English
Short and intensive preparation for students who are already academically qualified and are due to start an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University.

  • Pre-Sessional English

Top subjects

  • Architecture
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Risk and Investment Management
  • Computer Science
  • Civil Engineering

Key rankings

  • 4th in the UK for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2020).
  • 6th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (The Complete University Guide 2020).
  • 8th in the UK for Accounting and Finance (The Complete University Guide 2020).
  • 9th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
  • 12th in the UK for Architecture (The Complete University Guide 2020).
  • Top 100 in the world for Nursing (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Top 150 in the world for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • Top 150 in the world for Life Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).
  • Top 200 in the world for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Student success

Take a look at our student progression results in all subjects/programmes for 2018-19.

Passed: 92% of those who completed their pathway

Eligible: 83% eligible to progress to Queen’s University Belfast of those who passed


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