Queen’s University Belfast

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, Queen’s became an independent university in 1908 and is the 9th oldest university in the UK.

Today, the university ranks in the Global Top 200 and is the 25th most international university in the world. Queen’s is a member of the elite Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

External recognition includes the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on six occasions – the most recent being for world-class achievement in global cyber security.

Fast facts


  • Belfast, Northen Ireland

Number of students

  • 24,700

International students

  • 1,800


  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Notable Alumni

  • Mary McAleese - Former President of Ireland
  • Seamus Heaney - Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Liam Neeson - Actor

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Nursing - Ranked 50 in the world
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology - Ranked amongst the best 100 in the world
  • English Language and Literature - Ranked amongst the best 100 in the world
  • Archaeology - Ranked amongst the best 100 in the world
    (QS World Rankings 2018)


Queen’s is ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity with over 75% of its research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF 2014. Queen’s is one of the UK’s leading institutions for research commercialisation. It has created more than 70 spin-out companies and is in the top 5 in the UK for Intellectual property (IP) commercialisation. It is also ranked number one in the UK for its participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). Building on its disciplinary excellence, the University has created four new 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.

Global Research Institutes

  • The Institute for Health Sciences
  • The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
  • The Institute for Global Food Security
  • The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology


in the UK

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in the UK

in Architecture - The Complete University Guide 2019


in the UK

for Creative Writing


Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Ireland. It is the largest city in Northern Ireland, and second largest on the island. Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University 2018)

Based in the heart of Belfast, which was named the best UK city by the Guardian and Observer travel awards 2016, Queen’s has a historic campus providing 21st century facilities for education and research.

Over the last 10 years the University has invested £350 million in developing world-class facilities with ambitious plans to invest a further £350 million over the next decade.

Other information

Did you know?

  • Named the 25th most international university in the world and ranked 9th in the world for research collaboration, Queen’s is globally connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world. A partnership with China Medical University has led to the creation of the China Queen’s College (CQC) in Shenyang.


Queen’s University Belfast has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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