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Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) 

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, one of three Queen’s Colleges in Ireland, it became an independent university in 1908 and is the 9th oldest university in the UK.

Today, Queen’s is a member of the 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, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Number of students

  • 23,850

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


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 and 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

* QS World University Rankings 2018

in the UK

in Agriculture & Forestry

in the UK

in Architecture

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.

Based in the heart of Belfast, which was named the best UK city by the Guardian and Observer travel awards 2016, Queen’s is committed to enhancing its historic campus and the surrounding conservation area while 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.

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Named the 24th 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.

Scholarships and Funding

Queen’s University Belfast has various funding and scholarship arrangements in place for international students. Scholarships may be offered by the university itself, some by the British Government, whilst others are country-specific scholarships or study loans, part of an agreement with funding bodies across Latin America. Below is an overview of opportunities available to Latin American students interested in studying at Queen’s University Belfast.

For further information please do some research directly with these funding bodies, or contact the Inova Education team and we can assist you identifying opportunities available in your country. Note that in most cases you cannot apply for scholarships or study loans until after you have secured a university offer.

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