Founded by Queen Victoria in 1845, Queens Belfast University was opened in 1849. From the outset it was designed as a non-denominational alternative to Trinity College Dublin which was controlled by the Anglican Church. Queens Belfast University was the first chartered university in Northern Ireland. Originally renowned for law and medicine, Queens Belfast University has developed a reputation in recent years for pharmacy, education and commerce.
Queens Belfast University advertises itself as a campus university although the main campus itself is spread out over a number of public streets within three designated conservation areas. The campus is a 15 minute walk from the city centre and is well served by a regular bus service. Most teaching is carried out on the main campus. In addition there are two further associated university colleges – St Marys, and Stranthelis – also located in Belfast. These are primarily for those wishing to enter the teaching profession.
Queens Belfast is ranked between 201-250 in the Times Higher Education rankings and is ranked between 301-400 in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Queens Belfast is not a member of the Russell group of universities.
Queens university Belfast is ranked 20th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
There are currently 1400 international students from 100 countries studying at Queens Belfast University representing approximately 6% of all students.
Recent figures indicate that Queens Belfast University currently comprises 24070 students of which 17867 are undergraduates and 6203 are post graduates.
HESA government statistics show that 93.8% of Queen’s graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The main university campus is situated in the centre of Belfast within walking distance of shopping areas, cafes, restaurants, Belfast Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, the Grand Opera House and the Lyric Theatre. Queens Belfast University offers 150 sporting and non-sporting clubs and societies. The Queens Belfast Centre for Physical Education is one of the largest in the UK. The University hosts the annual Belfast Festival and the Belfast Film Festival, with many events taking place in its own Brian Friel Theatre. The University also boasts a boathouse and its own art gallery – the Naughton Gallery at Queens.
Since many students in Northern Ireland choose to live at home and commute, students coming from outside Northern Ireland are guaranteed a room in university owned accommodation. Contracts are normally for 38 weeks but other contract lengths are available for postgraduates.
Most university owned accommodation is situated in Elms Village – a purpose built collection of residences offering self-catered accommodation with single occupancy rooms in 3-4 room apartments with communal living areas and shared kitchen facilities.
Willow Walk which is part of Elms Village, is a recent development designed for international students (who may wish to accommodate visitors) and for postgraduate students.
College Gardens is a collection of town houses located opposite the main Queens Belfast buildings. These have been adapted to house 10 students in single rooms with a shared kitchen, bathrooms and communal areas.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £77.00 per week.
There is no catered university accommodation.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £16,400 for Arts & Humanities subjects rising to £18,472 for Pre-clinical and up to £34,830 to study Medicine.
International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £14,500 for International Business, rise to £16,000 for Accounting & Finance and up to £31,470 for Medicine.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
- Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
Queens Belfast University currently offers postgraduate online courses in pharmacology subjects such as a PGCert/PGDip/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, or a PGDip/MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice.
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