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Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) 

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, and one of three Queen’s Colleges in Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast became an independent university in 1908 and is the 9th oldest university in the UK. Located in the heart of Belfast Queen’s is ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK.

Today, Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos. The 2021 REF ranked  Queen’s joint 1st in the UK for research intensity with Queen’s researchers tackling global challenges such as health, food, conflict and technology. External recognition includes the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on seven occasions – the most recent being for world-class achievement in global cyber security.

Fast Facts


  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Number of students

  • 24,915

International students

  • 3,800


  • 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
  • John Stewart Bell – Physicist and Philosopher (Bell’s Theorem)
  • David Trimble – Nobel Peace Prize
  • Seamus Heaney – Nobel Prize in Literature
  • James Francis Pantridge – ‘Father’ of emergency medicine and inventor of the defibrillator
  • Liam Neeson & Stephen Rea- Actors

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • 1st in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Sciences*
  • 4th in the UK for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy*
  • 8th in the UK for Law*
  • 2nd in the UK for Food Science**
  • 6th in the UK for Accounting and Finance***


Queen’s is ranked joint 1st in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2022) with over 99% of its research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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

* Research Excellence Framework 2021 / **Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 / ***Complete University Guide 2022

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

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Complete University Guide 2022


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.

In the QS World University Rankings 2021 Queen’s was ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK. It has has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2022)

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Did you know?

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.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Rodham became the university’s first female Chancellor.

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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