At the heart of our Graduate
                                                                                                          School lies a culture of opportunity,
                                                                                                          innovation and enterprise, fuelled
                                                                                                          by a diverse and inclusive social
                                                                                                          community that has ambitions
                                                                                                          to shape a better world.

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WELCOME                                                                                                                                                    WELCOME TO
    Thank you for considering joining us at Queen’s                                                                                                            QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
    University Belfast for your postgraduate studies.

    Queen’s is an exciting place. A place that delivers both local and
    international impact. This makes us a global top 200 university*,
    based in Belfast, a modern capital city known for its welcome,
    accessibility and affordability as well as being a vibrant hub for the
    creative and tech sectors. It is a great place to live and work. We are
    immensely proud of what our city and our university will offer you.
                                                                                                                                                               3       Why Postgraduate Study at Queen’s?
    From the day you arrive at Queen’s, you will be part
    of a world-class international university with a thriving                                                                                                  4       The Graduate School                  43    Postgraduate Taught
    postgraduate culture built on teaching excellence, leading-                                                                                                7       Your Future Career                   45    A–Z of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
    edge research, innovation, collaboration and engagement.
                                                                                                                                                               9       World-Class Facilities               83    A–Z of Professional Doctorates
    These components are woven together in our Graduate
                                                                                                                                                               10      Support Services                     87    Postgraduate Research Programmes
    School to deliver a truly integrated experience.
                                                                                                                                                               11      A Global Experience                  89    Your Postgraduate Research Journey
    You will receive an educational experience that is research-led,
                                                                                                                                                               13      Research with Global Impact                to Queen's
    learning from academics who are global leaders in their field,
    and you will benefit from a range of academic and professional
                                                                                                                                                               15      Global Research Institutes           91    Postgraduate Research
    opportunities available through our global connections.                                                                                                    19      The Northern Ireland Experience      93    A–Z of Postgraduate Research
                                                                                                                                                               23      The Belfast Experience                     Programmes
    You will also experience our world-class campus, including
    our state-of-the-art Graduate School which supports our                                                                                                    27      Accommodation                        109   Summary Tables of Programmes
    postgraduate community to become thinkers, communicators,                                                                                                  33      Applying to Queen's                  117   Campus Map
    innovators and leaders who are future-ready.                                                                                                               35      Student Finance and Funding          119   Getting Here

    For all these reasons I do hope you choose Queen’s for an                                                                                                  37      Funding for Postgraduate Study       121   Degree Index
    outstanding postgraduate experience – we look forward to                                                                                                   39      Postgraduate Taught Programmes       123   General Index
    welcoming you and ensuring that your time here becomes the                                                                                                 41      Your Postgraduate Taught Journey     124   Useful Contacts
    platform for a truly wonderful, exciting and fulfilling career.
                                                                                                                                                                       to Queen's

    Professor Ian Greer
    President and Vice-Chancellor

    * QS World University Rankings 2019

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WHY POSTGRADUATE                                                                                                                                                                                        THE
STUDY AT QUEEN’S?                                                                                                                                                                                       GRADUATE
MARGARET TOPPING                                                                                                                                                                                        SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE GATEWAY TO YOUR
The Graduate School is the gateway to                                                                                                                                                                   POSTGRADUATE
                                                                                                                                                                                                        EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN’S
your postgraduate experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        YOUR GRADUATE SCHOOL:
For us at Queen’s University Belfast, the ‘post’ part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A STATE-OF-THE-ART HUB
the word is not simply about what comes next. It’s about
something much more dynamic and challenging.                                                                                                                                                            We are located in the beautifully
                                                                                                                                                                                                        restored and remodelled Victorian
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lynn library, where distinguished
                                                                                                                                                                                                        heritage meets 21st-century vision.
Being a postgraduate student at         The Graduate School is about
                                                                                                                                                                                                        This fully accessible space has
Queen’s is about going beyond           intellectual challenge beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                                        modern, hi-tech meeting and group
– beyond current conceptions            borders. It’s about developing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        study rooms, a silent study area and
and categories, redefining              new skills, increased personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                        social spaces. It is a vibrant hub,
and rethinking assumptions,             effectiveness... It’s about a culture
                                                                                                                                                                                                        inspiring intellectual exchange
and having a perspective that           of opportunity, innovation and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and collaboration.
is flexible and adaptive.               enterprise and a rich, diverse and
                                        inclusive social community.                                                                                                                                     HELPING YOU
It’s about what we call
‘What’s Next’ thinking.                 The Queen’s postgraduate                                                                                                                                        MAKE VALUABLE
                                        experience is about the                                                                                                                                         CONNECTIONS
We train our postgraduates to           whole person; helping you to
become Thinkers, Communicators,         achieve personal and academic                                                                                                                                   We have strong links and
Innovators and Leaders who are          goals that will enable you to                                                                                                                                   collaborations with leaders in
future-ready. And key to this process   stand out in the crowded and                                                                                                                                    business, government and the
is disciplinary excellence, combined    increasingly competitive local                                                                                                                                  voluntary sector, both locally and
with transdisciplinary collaboration.   and global job market.                                                                                                                                          globally. This means you'll benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                                        from mentoring relationships
A partnership involving Academic
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and networks, and from our
Schools, Research Institutes and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        international partnerships with
The Graduate School will enable
                                                                                                                                                                                                        other Graduate Schools.
you to stand out as a ‘What’s Next’
thinker. During your Master’s or
Doctoral programme, you’ll have
the support of internationally-
recognised leaders in your field of
study. Meanwhile, The Graduate
School is a world-class intellectual
and social hub, connecting students
from all disciplines to each other
and to mentors and employers                                                                                                                                                                               POSTGRADUATE TUITION
within the University and beyond.                                                                                                                                                                           FEE LOAN AVAILABLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                             UP TO THE VALUE OF

                                        Professor Margaret Topping,                                                                                                                                                SEE PAGE 37
                                        Dean of The Graduate School

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                                                                                                                                                                                              OUR TAILORED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

                                                                                                                                                                                              DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP                   • Accelerating Social

GRADUATE                                                                                                                                                                                      At Queen’s, you access more
                                                                                                                                                                                              than research excellence. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Transformation Programme – The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          programme tackles real local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and global social challenges

                                                                                                                                                                                              research students communicate               with students working across
                                                                                                                                                                                              across disciplinary boundaries and          multi-disciplinary teams to design
                                                                                                                                                                                              are challenged to translate design          innovative solutions, making an
                                                                                                                                                                                              thinking into innovation. Your              impact on the world around them
                                                                                                                                                                                              research skills are honed through
'WHAT'S NEXT' THINKING                                                OUR PILLARS
                                                                                                                                                                                              working with stakeholders.                • A range of Innovation workshops,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          masterclasses and networking
As a member of our postgraduate community,                            These five pillars guide your journey                                                                                   MASTER YOUR LEADERSHIP                      events connecting our student
you will become one of the exceptional local,                         through The Graduate School. They                                                                                                                                   community to external partners
national and international students who join                          will form the basis of the development                                                                                  The aim of Master Your Leadership           to support in unleashing their
                                                                      of your knowledge-based and key                                                                                         is to support a ‘whole person’              creative potential
us each year. The Graduate School will assist                                                                                                                                                 approach to the Postgraduate
you to be a Thinker, Innovator, Leader and                            competencies, allowing you to test                                                                                      Taught student (Master’s level)           • 1-2-1 Enterprise and Innovation
Communicator who is Future-Ready.                                     your ideas and communicate them                                                                                         experience at Queen’s University.           Appointments
                                                                      to your audience with impact.                                                                                           This is achieved through a
                                                                                                                                                                                              programme of training and                 CMI
                                                                                                                                                                                              development which complements
                                                                                                                                                                                              disciplinary excellence and develops      The Graduate School is offering
YOUR JOURNEY                                                                                                                                                                                  employability skills.                     postgraduate students the chance
STARTS HERE…                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to earn a Level 7 Certificate
The Graduate School offers a tailored                                                                                                                                                         THE INNOVATION HUB                        in Strategic Management and
development programme to help                                                                                                                                                                                                           Leadership, accredited by the
inspire and empower you to reach                                                                                                                                                              We are committed to encouraging           Chartered Management Institute.
your full potential. It is embedded                                           THINKER                  FUTURE-READY
                                                                              Reflective                                                                                                      and supporting innovation,                There are a number of ways this will
within a continuous process of                                                                           Confident
                                                                               Critical                   Resilient                                                                           entrepreneurship and enterprise           help you stand out and become a
reflection and self-evaluation.               Welcome and                                                                                                                                     with our students. From Design            future-ready, innovative leader:
                                                                               Flexible               Employer-focused
                                               Induction                      Disruptive                 Networked                                                                            Thinking; harnessing the
INSPIRE you through access to                                                                                                                                                                 collective expertise of students          • The certificate will help you to
thought leaders.                                                                                                                                                                              to collaboratively work to design           develop practical skills as well
                                             Individual needs                                                                                                                                                                             as theoretical understanding.
                                                                                                                                                                                              solutions, to individual 1-2-1 business
DEVELOP your skills through an                 assessment
                                                                                                                                                                                              mentoring support for students who          You will also choose to study
individual training programme.                                                                                                                                                                                                            either project management or
                                                                                                                                                                                              have ideas they want to grow into a
                                         Create your own tailored                                                                                                                             business, we deliver a wide range of        entrepreneurship as a second unit.
APPLY these skills and knowledge         programme which meets                                                                                                                                creative support in our hub.
through real-world challenges.           your development needs                                                                                                                                                                         • Upon registration you will be
                                                                        COMMUNICATOR                       LEADER
                                                                         Academic writers                  Visionary                                                                          We provide opportunities to                 given Associate membership to
                                           Ongoing, specialist           Publicly engaged                  Strategic                                                                          develop creative confidence                 CMI valid for 12 months’ after
                                        support to help you realise     Socially networked                Self-aware                                                                          and explore new ways of being               Completion of the qualification.
                                           what’s next for you        Professional presenters            Collaborative                                                                        entrepreneurial, including:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • You also gain free access to
                                                                                                                                                                                              • ‘Kick-start’ Business Incubator           Management Direct, which
                                               All within an                                                                                                                                    – The programme supports                  includes a vast array of online
                                            engaging, vibrant,                                                                                                                                  student entrepreneurs and social          resources to help you complete
                                          inclusive postgraduate                                                                                                                                entrepreneurs alike with early            your certificate and develop your
                                                community                                                                                                                                                                                 leadership skills
                                                                                                                                                                                                stage ideas and provides them
                                                                                                                                                                                                with the blue print to incubate
                                                                            INNOVATOR                                                                                                                                                   For further details and costs of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                their idea into a viable business
                                                                               Creative                                                                                                                                                 CMI programme:
                                                                           Business aware
                                                                            Risk manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Visit the dedicated website at
                                                                            Insight driven

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YOUR                                                                                                                                                                                                         WITH YOU ON

                                                                                                                                                                                                             YOUR JOURNEY

                                                                                                                                                                                                             One-to-one careers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             enterprise guidance

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Career events and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             employer fairs
The Graduate School is a community of creative
thinkers and world changers, searching together for
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Academic skills
solutions that will create a better tomorrow. This is                                                                                                                                                        development
the place where physicists work alongside linguists to
develop leadership skills, where medics collaborate                                                                                                                                                          Peer mentoring support
with creative artists to communicate their research to a
non-specialist audience, and where engineers seek the                                                                                                                                                        Graduate and Researcher
perspectives of philosophers to tackle global challenges.                                                                                                                                                    Plus awards

STAND OUT FROM                          GRADUATE PLUS AWARD                       ACCESSIBILITY TO WORK-                                                                                                     Postgraduate-led
THE CROWD                                                                                                                                                                                                    initiatives funding
                                        (POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT)                     BASED LEARNING PROJECTS
We provide you with high-quality,       Queen’s Graduate Plus award is a          Queen’s University offers access                                                                                           Community events
transdisciplinary training and          vehicle for accrediting work-related      to a real-life work-based project                                                                                          and social gatherings
development that will make you          learning and skills that current          by supporting collaborations with
stand out in a fast-paced, changing     postgraduate taught students              external organisations, providing
global job market. We’ll help you       develop through extra-curricular          opportunities for some Master’s                                                                                            Space for group working
become future leaders by letting                                                                                                                                                                             and silent study
                                        activities, including the range of        students to undertake a work-
you apply your knowledge to real-       skills development workshops              based project in place of a more
world challenges, giving you the        offered by The Graduate School.           traditional Master’s dissertation.
confidence and skills to gain an edge   The Graduate Plus is a specific
in your career.                         award for Master's students and is
                                                                                  INDUSTRY INSIGHTS                                                                                                          High-quality,
                                        recognised by a range of employers.       Students will gain insights in a range                                                                                     transdisciplinary
POSTGRADUATE                                                                      of industries through onsite visits,
                                                                                  hearing from employees directly
                                                                                                                                                                                                             training and
                                        (POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH)
We give students opportunities                                                    and getting a chance to ‘prototype’                                                                                        development
                                        As well as developing research            their chosen career pathway.
to develop their readiness for
                                        expertise in your subject
                                                                                                                                                                                                             that will make
the future and manage their own
careers, whether in academia            discipline, postgraduate research                                                                                                                                    you stand out.
or beyond. As well as central           students have opportunities to
career and employer events,             develop a range of skills which
we offer career development             are transferable beyond their
programmes to support you as            research degrees to both academic
you embark on your next steps.          and non-academic careers.
                                        The Queen’s Researcher Plus award
                                        provides official recognition of
                                        these skills and assists researchers in
                                        demonstrating them to employers.

                                                                                  Visit our online Course Finder

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WORLD-CLASS                                                                                                                                                                                                     SUPPORT SERVICES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Queen’s has a network of support services dedicated to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                helping you get the most from your time at queen’s. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                look after your health, emotional wellbeing, education,
We are a beacon of learning and innovation,                                                                                                                                                                     study needs, financial security and career prospects.
investing in the future, providing outstanding                                                                                                                                                                  STUDENT GUIDANCE                          RESILIENCE, WELLBEING
facilities for our exceptional students and staff.                                                                                                                                                              CENTRE (SGC)                              AND COUNSELLING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The SGC is the first place to visit for   Our qualified and experienced
NEW CENTRES OF LEARNING                   LANGUAGE CENTRE                                                                                                                                                       information, support, advice and          counsellors can help work
A striking addition to the Queen’s        Our Language Centre provides you                                                                                                                                      guidance including:                       through any personal, academic
skyline is the redeveloped tower          with the opportunity to acquire skills                                                                                                                                                                          and emotional difficulties that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Careers Service                         impact on your studies.
on the main campus housing the            in a foreign language and improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Resilience, Wellbeing
new School of Law. It provides an         your career prospects through our                                                                                                                                                                               SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Counselling
innovative teaching environment,          advanced multimedia facilities.                                                                                                                                                                                 WITH DISABILITIES
including a Moot Court Room,                                                                                                                                                                                    • Disability Services
and a student social hub. Over the        Here you can undertake short courses                                                                                                                                                                            We offer all kinds of support,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Student Finance
past decade, Queen’s has invested         for pleasure, or more intensive                                                                                                                                                                                 including School and exam support,
                                          courses to enhance your career. The                                                                                                                                   • International Student Support           accommodation requirements and
£350m in developing our world-class
facilities including the Centre for       centre has classes in 17 languages                                                                                                                                    • Learning Development Service            assistance with applications for
Cancer Research and Cell Biology;         and self-study courses in more than                                                                                                                                   • Student Administration                  Disabled Students’ Allowance.
the William J Clinton Leadership          80 languages. Translation services
                                          are also available, along with a large                                                                                                                                IT TRAINING AND SUPPORT                   STUDENTS’ UNION
Institute - which includes a FinTrU                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ADVICE CENTRE
trading room with Bloomberg               library of resources including books,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We provide an introduction to our
terminals - interdisciplinary health      tapes, dictionaries and DVDs.                                                                                                                                                                                   We offer you free, confidential,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                virtual learning and email services,
and life sciences research facilities,    QUEEN’S SPORT                                                                                                                                                         and advice and support on how             independent, accurate and
and innovative engineering hubs.                                                                                                                                                                                to get the best out of University         non-judgemental advice and
                                          There is a thriving sports culture                                                                                                                                    and personal IT equipment.                representation on issues like money,
THE MCCLAY LIBRARY                        at Queen’s, offering a choice of                                                                                                                                                                                education, accommodation, course
                                          over 50 different sports clubs. Our                                                                                                                                   CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY                    funding, and health and wellbeing.
We’ve invested over £50m in
                                          Upper Malone outdoor facilities are                                                                                                                                   AND SKILLS
the McClay Library, blending                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CHILDCARE
the best features of a traditional        a world-class centre for training and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                We support students to explore,
library with the latest technology.       competition, the only place in the UK                                                                                                                                                                           Queen’s offers a range of childcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                develop and achieve their career
Facilities include computing and          and Ireland to showcase rugby, Gaelic                                                                     STUDENTS’ UNION (SU)                                                                                  support, including full-time day care,
                                                                                     The Seamus Heaney Centre for                                                                                               potential. The range of services
media services, IT training rooms,        games and soccer in one space. The                                                                                                                                                                              out-of-school care and a summer
                                                                                     Poetry reinforces our reputation                                                                                           include connecting students
                                          Physical Education Centre located                                                                         Our Students’ Union is the largest single campus                                                      activities scheme.
quiet study and group work areas,                                                    as a world literary power, while                                                                                           with employers and providing
                                          on campus includes state-of-the-art                                                                       Students’ Union in Ireland and is rated 7th in
a cafe, a Language Centre and                                                        the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre                                                                                         careers guidance, information,            FAITH PROVISION
                                          fitness training and weights areas,                                                                       the UK for Student Experience (Times Higher
a vast array of printed works.                                                       Research is a world-class studio                                                                                           development programmes, work
                                          four studios, 25m swimming and                                                                            Education Student Experience Survey 2018).                                                            Our chaplains and other
                                                                                     theatre for performing arts students.                                                                                      (local and international) and
WI-FI AND TECHNOLOGY                      diving pool, two multipurpose sports                                                                                                                                                                            religious representatives serve
                                                                                                                                                    Currently situated across two sites (Elmwood                study opportunities. Find out
                                          halls, a martial arts area, two climbing   OUR BOUTIQUE CINEMA                                                                                                                                                  students and staff across 12
The Wireless Campus Project is a                                                                                                                    Avenue and Lisburn Road) it is led by students for          more at
                                          walls, eight squash courts and two                                                                                                                                                                              faiths and denominations.
£1.93m investment programme                                                          Film fans will be impressed by                                 students and provides services and support such as
                                          handball courts. In 2018 Queen’s                                                                                                                                      SUPPORT FOR
providing a world-class service of                                                   Queen’s very own, full-time                                    representation, advice and student development              INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS                    HEALTH
                                          Sport opened a gym within the new
connectivity across the University                                                   cinema, the Queen’s Film Theatre.                              opportunities. It’s also a popular social space
                                          City Centre accommodation block.
through more than 2000 access                                                        Presenting the best in classic and                             and offers bars, entertainment, an SU Shop and              Queen’s supports international            Healthcare and prescriptions are
points. It enables you to have anytime,   ARTS AT QUEEN’S                            new world cinema, it’s a unique                                areas for students to meet up with friends.                 students before arrival, providing        free for everyone in Northern
anywhere access to the resources                                                     cultural venue and a friendly, intimate                                                                                    specialist visa and immigration           Ireland through the National
                                          The University boasts the award-                                                                          A project commencing in 2019 will see the                   advice and leading welcome and            Health Service (NHS).
you need. Our library and IT services                                                space. The QFT has been bringing
                                          winning Naughton Gallery, one of                                                                          creation of a £41m Student Centre opposite                  orientation programmes to help
also gained a 90% satisfaction score                                                 a high-quality film experience to
                                          Belfast’s most exciting art spaces.                                                                       the main Lanyon Building. Opening in 2021                                                             If you need to see a doctor or order
in a recent National Student Survey,                                                 Belfast audiences for 50 years.                                                                                            you maximise university life
                                                                                                                                                    it will transform the provision of University                                                         a prescription, this General Practice
establishing Queen’s among the best
                                                                                                                                                    and Union services, pulling these together                                                            provides NHS (and non-NHS)
UK universities in these categories.
                                                                                                                                                    into one central, state of the art facility.                                                          services for Queen’s students.

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The world is coming to Northern Ireland to live,                                                                                        DYNAMIC STUDENT LIFE                      INTERNATIONAL
                                                                                                                                                                                  STUDENT SUPPORT
work and learn. We are proud to play a leading role                                                                                     Student life at Queen’s is dynamic
in our country’s growing internationalisation.                                                                                          and challenging. We examine               The International Student Support
                                                                                                                                        preconceived ideas about the              team are committed to looking
                                                                                                                                        world and tackle global issues            after and supporting international
                                                                                                                                        through interdisciplinary thinking.       students when they arrive in the
                                     QUEEN’S QUARTER                        PREPARING THE PATH TO
Queen’s is a truly international                                                                                                                                                  UK. They offer specialist visa and
                                                                            SUCCESSFUL STUDY                                            We are developing global leaders.         immigration advice, orientation
university, ranked 25th in the       This is one of the most culturally
                                     diverse and cosmopolitan corners                                                                   Our Graduate School provides              programmes and a ‘welcome’
world for global outlook.                                                   INTO Queen’s University Belfast is
                                     of Northern Ireland. Within ten                                                                    an environment that encourages            service – including tours of the
                                                                            a college of the University which
We currently have 2,200              minutes of our main campus,                                                                        student-led initiatives. It is an         campus facilities and the city of
                                                                            provides a range of specialist academic
international students from over     there are restaurants for all tastes                                                               interactive and international             Belfast. They can also advise on
                                                                            programmes in Finance, Management
80 countries. We have more           and traditions, side by side with                                                                  microclimate where your                   adjusting to academic study and life
                                                                            and Social Science as well as English
than 600 international staff         halal grocers and international                                                                    opinions and ideas are valued             in university accommodation, or
                                                                            Language Courses to prepare international
from over 70 nationalities.          supermarkets, as well as local                                                                     and nurtured and where you                answer queries on living expenses
                                                                            students for future study at Queen’s.
                                                                                                                                        can engage with fellow students
We have international links with     shops and entertainment venues.
                                                                                                                                        and academics as equals.
                                                                                                                                                                                  and local immigration requirements.    "Looking back on my time at Queen’s,
                                                                            Located on the Queen’s campus, INTO                                                                   Find out more at
over 250 partner institutions        Throughout the year, there are                                                                                                                                                      one of the most interesting aspects of my
                                                                            Queen’s students have access to all Queen’s                 STUDENT WELLBEING
and we collaborate with 3,000        significant multicultural events                                                                                                             ASK US ANYTHING
local, national and international    for all our students, marking
                                                                            facilities whilst studying at the Centre and                                                                                                 experience was the intersection of cultures.
                                                                            are taught to the highest standards by                      Queen’s has a team of academics           Our International Student Support
employers. These links will help     key dates such as the Chinese          experienced, qualified teaching staff. Students             and students working together                                                    I was able to learn from – and alongside –
you develop your skills and                                                                                                                                                       team will be delighted to hear
                                     New Year, Eid and Diwali.              can also avail of excellent support services                with your well-being in mind.                                                    students from all around the world."
make an impact on the world.                                                                                                                                                      from you before you arrive and
                                                                            from the INTO Student Services team                         Whatever the query or problem,            will be happy to answer any
Our partnerships are worldwide                                              based in the Centre, dedicated to helping                   no matter how big or small, the           questions you may have. Get in         Whitney Wall-Bortz,
– with institutions like Dubai                                              support students during their studies.                      support team will do their best           touch with them at xxx@xxx.xx.xx       California, PhD Education
Healthcare City, where we have       “Not only does Queen’s       
                                                                                                                                        to help you by exploring options,
helped to develop the Mohammed                                                                                                          providing information and making
Bin Rashid University for Medicine   provide great academic                                                                             you aware of sources of support.
and Health Sciences; or with         resources but also a unique,
the China Medical University
in Shenyang, establishing the
                                     human environment that                 THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA
China Queen’s College, where         motivated me to achieve.
Chinese students are studying                                               The Graduate Diploma is designed to provide
in China for a degree from
                                     Without this support, I                international students, who do not qualify
Queen’s University Belfast.          would never be able to                 for direct entry to the University, with a
                                                                            pathway to selected master’s programmes
Our connections create               engage in conversations                at Queen’s University Belfast. Three
opportunities for you to receive     with world-class academics.”           Graduate Diploma pathways are available:
an outstanding international
                                                                            • Graduate Diploma in Finance
experience that is designed          Claire Zhao,
to help you compete in the           PGR Doctoral Student                   • Graduate Diploma in Management
global job market – to be a
success wherever in the world                                               • Graduate Diploma in Social Science
your career may take you.
                                                                            Students who successfully complete the
                                                                            Graduate Diploma programme and meet the
                                                                            specific grades for entry will be guaranteed
                                                                            entry to a designated postgraduate degree
                                                                            programme at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Building a better society through a spirit of
innovation and collaboration

AND POSTDOCTORAL                                                                PARTNERS IN DUBAI
COMMUNITY                               Queen’s and the Northern Ireland
                                        company Wrightbus, which supplies       Queen’s is partnered with Dubai
We are committed to the growth          London’s new Routemaster                Healthcare City, the world’s
of an environment where ideas           bus, are leading the way in the         largest healthcare free-trade zone,
and innovation can flourish, where      development of some of the              to develop the Mohammed Bin
our students and researchers            world’s most advanced hybrid            Rashid University of Medicine and
can develop their talents and           engines. This is one of our most        Health Sciences and its College
fulfill their ambitions.                enduring research collaborations        of Medicine. It is a long-term
                                        with industry and has led to the        partnership and collaboration to
Flagship programmes are bringing                                                address the healthcare education,
                                        establishment of the William Wright
together researchers working                                                    training and research needs of Dubai
                                        Technology Centre at Queen’s,
across disciplines to address                                                   and other regional communities.
                                        promoting research and advanced
some of the greatest global
                                        engineering for today’s bus industry.
challenges of our time. How do                                                  FROM RESEARCH
we tackle cancer, respiratory           PROVIDING A NEW STREAM                  TO ENTERPRISE
conditions, eye disease? How            OF TALENT
                                                                                Every day our talented researchers
do we help societies recovering
                                        Seagate Technology, one of the          work on new ideas and new
from conflict? How do our lives
                                        world’s largest manufacturers           concepts, making exciting
stay secure in the midst of the
                                        of hard disc drives, collaborated       discoveries that expand knowledge
expanding information explosion?
                                        with Queen’s to set up ANSIN, a         that can advance global society.
We’re answering the big questions       new research centre at the School
                                                                                QUBIS, our venture spin-out arm,
– and we’re doing it here in Belfast.   of Mathematics and Physics. It
                                                                                is translating much of that research
                                        has become a source of highly-
OUR WORLD-RANKING                                                               into impact. QUBIS companies
                                        educated and employable PhD
RESEARCH REPUTATION                                                             have an annual turnover of £215m
                                        students in Science and Technology.
                                                                                and sustain 1800 high-value jobs in
Queen’s University is in the top        It has also led to the establishment
                                                                                Northern Ireland. These companies
one per cent of global universities,    of an £8m Centre for Doctoral
                                                                                include Andor Technology,
ranked 8th in the UK for research       Training, supported by Seagate
                                                                                developer of scientific cameras,
intensity and 9th in the world for      and other industry partners
                                                                                and Kainos, the digital technology
international research collaboration.
                                        GROUNDBREAKING                          company. Both are now highly
We have established global              GREEN CHEMISTRY                         successful global enterprises.
networks, working with more than
250 institutions and partners.          Our partnership with the Malaysian
                                        oil and gas giant PETRONAS has
Our research reputation is              led to the development of ionic
attracting major international          liquids – green chemistry – hailed
investment. For example, California-    as the most important British
based CV6 Therapeutics has chosen       innovation of the 21st century. The
to partner with our Centre for          technology developed by Queen’s
Cancer Research and Cell Biology,       University Ionic Liquids Laboratories
with an initial investment of £5.5m,    (QUILL) and PETRONAS is being
on the development of a new             used to produce mercury-free
drug with the potential to make         natural gas at plants in Malaysia.
chemotherapy more effective.

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INSTITUTES                                                                                                                                                           Professor Jose Bengoechea,               The Centre for Cancer Research         Professor Jayne Woodside, Centre
Working to ensure a healthy global population,                                                                                                                       Centre Director, Wellcome-               and Cell Biology is working with       for Public Health and the Institute
                                                                                                                                                                     Wolfson Institute for                    partners around the world in           for Global Food Security.
and an inclusive, secure and enriched society.                                                                                                                       Experimental Medicine.                   developing cancer treatments and
Tackling the familiar problems of disease, the new                                                                                                                                                            pioneering advances in patient care.
challenges of the digital age – and more.
THE INSTITUTE FOR                        the independent review of the                                                                                               THE INSTITUTE FOR                        through global networks to develop     experts in the fields of immunology,
GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY                     UK’s food system, following the                                                                                             HEALTH SCIENCES                          cancer treatments and pioneering       microbiology, molecular and cell
                                         horsemeat scandal in 2013.                                                                                                                                           advances in patient care. Major        biology and clinical trials. We are
Queen’s University was rated No.1                                                                                                                                    The Institute for Health Sciences        programmatic awards in colorectal      focused on understanding why
for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary     The Institute has gained a worldwide                                                                                        at Queen’s University is focused on      and prostate cancer, digital and       patients develop diseases and
Sciences (REF 2014), based on            reputation for research in several                                                                                          addressing major global challenges       molecular pathology underpin           making the discoveries which
research intensity. We are leading       areas of food safety, including                                                                                             in the areas of cancer, respiratory      the focus on Precision Medicine.       will lead to new therapies and
the world in addressing one of           uncovering high levels of toxic                                                                                             conditions, eye disease and              Recent advances at CCRCB include       improvements in their quality of life.
the greatest global challenges –         arsenic in rice, the staple diet of half                                                                                    diabetic vascular complications.         the discovery of how a genomic
how to ensure the integrity and          the world’s population. Researchers                                                                                                                                                                         Globally recognised research
                                                                                                                                                                     The Institute promotes                   approach to understanding bowel
sustainability of our food systems.      have also found that almost half                                                                                                                                                                            includes the recent discovery
                                                                                                                                                                     interdisciplinary research in each       cancer could improve the prognosis
                                         of baby rice products contain                                                                                                                                                                               about why Klebsiella pneumonia,
Led by Professor Nigel Scollan,                                                                                                                                      of these areas through integration       and quality of life for patients.
                                         high levels of inorganic arsenic,                                                                                                                                                                           one of the hospital superbugs,
a world expert in animal                                                                                                                                             of basic scientific and population-
                                         despite new limits set by the EU.                                                                                                                                    The Centre for Public Health is        is so resistant to the last line
agriculture and associated supply                                                                                                                                    based research, translational            working to identify risk factors       antibiotic. This means potential
chains, the Institute’s work is          It is also playing a key role in a                                                                                          platforms and delivery of innovative     that impact on the health of the       treatments can now be developed
conducted around three main              major partnership tackling the                                                                                              clinical trials and clinical research.   individual and the population, to      to fight this killer infection. There
themes – the development of              challenge of feeding the world’s
                                                                                                                                                                     The Institute has three operational      understand the causes of the major     is also a direct focus on addressing
future farming systems, food             growing population. Through the
                                                                                                                                                                     divisions: the Centre for Cancer         global health problems today.We        global issues such as diabetes,
safety and authenticity and              European Institute of Innovation
                                                                                                                                                                     Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB),       are working to develop screening       asthma, acute respiratory distress
traceability, and human nutrition.       and Technology, a Knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                     the Centre for Public Health             programmes and interventions           syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
                                         and Innovation Community on
Currently it is leading one of the                                                                                                                                   (CPH) and, the latest addition,          to reduce the burden of chronic
                                         Food has been formed, involving                                                                                                                                                                             Together the three divisions are
world’s largest food safety projects,                                                                                                                                the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute           disease. The need to improve human
                                         50 major companies, universities                                                                                                                                                                            exploiting advanced technologies
a Europe-China partnership to                                                                                                                                        for Experimental Medicine. The           nutrition in both the developed
                                         and scientific partners.                                                                                                                                                                                    and state-of-the-art facilities
tackle food fraud, through an award                                                                                                                                  state-of the-art facilities developed    and developing world is also a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              major research focus. Recent           to promote interdisciplinary
of 10m euro by the EU Horizon            From 2018, the Institute will have                                                                                          at the Institute are part of an
                                                                                                                                                                                                              research from CPH informed             collaboration and drive competitive
2020 programme and the Chinese           a new home. It will be a core                                                                                               investment of over £100m over
                                                                                                                                                                                                              World Health Organisation              research programmes in
Ministry of Science and Technology.      component of the University’s                                                                                               the past decade in laboratory and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Europe) guidance on green             partnership with the health and
                                         new £39m School of Biological                                                                                               clinical research infrastructure.
The project will involve key players                                                                                                                                                                          space interventions for health.        social care sector and local,
                                         Sciences building which will
in the food industry, research                                                                                                                                       The Centre for Cancer Research and                                              national and global pharmaceutical
                                         offer the most modern teaching
organisations and governments                                                                                                                                        Cell Biology focuses on accelerating     The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute         and biotech industries.
                                         and research facilities for 750
and is being coordinated by                                                                                                                                          the delivery of scientific discovery     for Experimental Medicine houses
                                         students and 170 staff.                                                                                                                                                                           
Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice-                                                                                                                                   to clinical application, working         50 research groups including
Chancellor of Queen’s, who led 

The Institute for Global Food Security is at the forefront
of tackling one of the greatest global challenges –
how to ensure a sufficient, safe and nutritious supply of
food for the world’s population.

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We are working to help peace-building in conflict and post-conflict societies, informing and advising                                            Dr Godfrey Gaston, Operations Director, Institute of                               Dr Gareth Conway, Lecturer, Institute of Electronics,
some of the highest diplomatic decision and policy-makers, politicians and activists throughout the world.                                       Electronics, Communications and Information Technology.                            Communications and Information Technology.

THE SENATOR GEORGE                      It brings together the University’s       The Institute’s key research                                   THE INSTITUTE OF                          ECIT is answering these questions        ECIT’s continued success has been
J. MITCHELL INSTITUTE                   unparalleled expertise, linking           themes include:                                                ELECTRONICS,                              by developing the next generation        highlighted in three recent events:
FOR GLOBAL PEACE,                       peace-making with social                                                                                 COMMUNICATIONS AND                        of secure – connected – intelligence
SECURITY AND JUSTICE                                                              • Legacy Issues – How do                                       INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY                                                             The award of a Queen’s
                                        transformation and pointing                                                                                                                        technologies and industry leaders.
                                                                                    peace processes become                                                                                                                          Anniversary Prize to CSIT for its
Questions about peace, security and     out the need for governance                                                                              ECIT is transforming Northern
                                                                                    a part of everyday life?                                                                                            work in protecting the online
justice dominate the discourse of       reform of state institutions                                                                             Ireland into a world-leading centre                                                activity of billions of internet
governments, international agencies     alongside cultural and social             • Justice and Rights – How to                                  for enterprise and innovation. It is      The Institute has three pillars:         users around the world:
and civil society. As it emerges        processes for healing in society.           embed international human                                    based at Catalyst Inc – formerly          • The Centre for Secure Information      The granting of a Regius
from conflict, Northern Ireland         To answer questions that are not            rights norms into local cultures?                            the Northern Ireland Science                Technologies (CSIT)                    Professorship to Queen’s,
can help to answer these questions      immediately answerable from               • Security – How do we secure                                  Park – where it became the anchor
and offer valuable comparative                                                                                                                   tenant in 2004. Now there are               The UK’s Innovation and Knowledge      celebrating research that is
                                        a single perspective, there is an           ‘just’ and ethical responses to
insights, and it is doing so through                                                                                                             more than 200 companies on the                                                     internationally excellent and
                                        emphasis on multidisciplinarity             a range of security risks?                                                                               Centre for cyber security,
the work of the Mitchell Institute.                                                                                                              site, employing 3,000 people.                                                      has a major impact on wider
                                        and interdisciplinarity, with                                                                                                                        responsible for delivering some of
                                                                                  • Ideology and Beliefs – How do                                                                                                                   society and the economy.
Named after the distinguished US        international researchers from                                                                           Our world has become increasingly           the nation’s flagship cyber security
                                        fields as diverse as Politics, History,     values and beliefs in different                                                                                                                 The award of a Knighthood
diplomat who was a major influence                                                                                                               digitised, affecting how we                 innovation programmes such as
                                        Mental Health, Management and               cultures shape approaches                                                                                                                       to Professor John McCanny,
in bringing peace to Northern                                                                                                                    communicate, manage our finances,           HutZero, Cyber 1010 and London
                                        Planning working together. This             to peace-building?                                                                                                                              ECIT’s head and founder.
Ireland (later serving as Queen’s                                                                                                                access healthcare, and even                 Office of Rapid Cybersecurity
Chancellor), the Institute’s role is    collaborative research also includes      Among major collaborative                                      how we interact with household              Advancement (LORCA).
                                        a shared grant with the Centre for                                                                                                                                                          At CSIT, multinational partners
to respond to the unprecedented                                                   projects is an £800,000 award                                  devices. But with this digital                                                     include Allstate, BAE Systems,
                                        Secure Information Technologies                                                                                                                    • The Centre for Wireless
challenge of building a peaceful,                                                 from the Arts and Humanities                                   growth, new challenges arise: how                                                  Direct Line, Equiniti, Infosys, and
                                        (CSIT) looking at cyber security and                                                                                                                 Innovation – Developing
secure and inclusive world.                                                       Research Council with investigators                            to process, transmit and secure                                                    Thales. It is the UK’s largest academic
                                        issues of trust, privacy and ethics.                                                                                                                 underpinning technologies for
                                                                                  examining the role of sound,                                   large volumes of information                                                       research and innovation centre in
                                                                                                                                                                                             mobile, medical and space.
                                                                                  narrative, music-making and digital                            and how to accelerate the global                                                   cyber security and one of the largest
                                                                                  media in conflict transformation.                              adoption of technical innovations         • The Centre for Data Sciences           in Europe. It has also retained its
                                                                                                                                                 for greatest economic impact.               and Scalable Computing                 ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in
                                                                                                                                                                                           • Computing systems for the              Cyber Security Research’ status,
                                                                                                                                                                                             data-driven society.                   first awarded in 2012 by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    National Cyber Security Centre.

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                                                                         A place that has produced poets,
                                                                         scientists, historians, musicians, engineers,
                                                                         writers, leaders of society... We’re building               BELFAST AND
                                                                         on a rich heritage of culture and creativity,               THE CAUSEWAY

                                                                         supporting new generations of thinkers
                                                                         and innovators who will make their mark in                  COAST NAMED THE
                                                                         the world. People like you.
                                                                                                                                     NUMBER 1 REGION
                                                                         This is a place of rugged, natural beauty,                  IN THE WORLD TO
                                                                         where every day there’s something new to
                                                                                                                                     VISIT IN 2018
BIG HEART                                                                discover. Breathtaking landscapes, lakes
                                                                         and forests. A dramatic coastline. Exciting
                                                                         cities. And the friends you haven’t met yet.
                                                                                                                                     (Lonely Planet, 2017)


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IRELAND                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2 City Hall

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3 Titanic Quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         4 Marble Arch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5 Mourne Mountains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         6 The Dark Hedges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7 The Spirit of Belfast Sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         8 City Hall Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         9 Portrush Strand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         10 Jungle NI
                                                                                                                                                     1                                                             2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         11 Rise Sculpture

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                                   YOUR DOORSTEP
The world is catching on to the                                                                                                                                                                   6
secret that locals have always     You’re never more than a
known: Northern Ireland is one     short distance away from a
                                                                                                                                                           SWEEPING TO THE SEA                        GAME OF THRONES                               GATEWAY TO EUROPE
of the most beautiful places       beach, a hillside, a river, or a
on the planet. Just ask the        landmark to our history.                                                                                                Our tallest peak, Slieve Donard,           The most popular TV series in                 Uniquely and perfectly positioned
experts at Lonely Planet who                                                                                                                               dominates the Mourne Mountains,            the world is filmed throughout                within easy reach of the Republic
                                   Take an exciting road trip along
recently lauded Belfast and the                                                                                                                            an Area of Outstanding Natural             Northern Ireland and at the Titanic           of Ireland, the rest of the UK
                                   the twisting, turning North Coast
Causeway Coast as the number                                                                                                                               Beauty, and the inspiration for C.S.       studios in Belfast. Tour the real             and mainland Europe, this is the
                                   road and marvel at the spectacular
one region in the world to visit                                                                                                                           Lewis’ magical world of Narnia. Soak       locations – both spectacular and              perfect UK student destination for
                                   views. See the Giant’s Causeway,
in 2018. From golden beaches to                                                                                                                            up the rich culture, heritage and          mysterious, such as the Dark                  exploration and adventure. It’s a
                                   a UNESCO World Heritage Site,                                                                8
lush forests, as a postgraduate                                                                                                                            mythology of the region, and enjoy         Hedges – that have helped to create           short hop from Belfast to other UK
                                   plunge into the Atlantic surf near
student in Belfast, the region’s                                                                                                                           sweeping views down to the sea             the legend and have fuelled the               major cities, less than a couple of
                                   Royal Portrush Golf Club where The
most breath-taking landscapes                                                                                                                              as you scale the fantastical soaring       growth of our local film industry.            hours to Paris, while Dublin is just
                                   Open will be played in 2019, or
will be right on your doorstep.                                                                                                                            mountains in search of Aslan.                                                            100 miles down the road.
                                   steel your nerves to cross the
                                   famous Carrick-a-Rede rope                                                                                        7
                                   bridge. And all in one day.

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                                                                          You’re going to like it here. So make
                                                                          yourself at home. Belfast is a modern
                                                                          capital city, welcoming, easy to get around
                                                                          and an inexpensive place in which to live
                                                                          and study. It is also a learning city. It has a             NORTHERN IRELAND
FRIENDLY,                                                                 passion for progress – a passion shared by
                                                                          Queen’s University.                                         IS THE HAPPIEST
                                                                                                                                      PLACE IN THE UK
AFFORDABLE,                                                               As Belfast flourishes as a global food,
                                                                          culture, arts and shopping destination,
                                                                          Queen’s is positioned in the beating heart
                                                                                                                                      (Office for National Statistics, 2016)

AMBITIOUS                                                                 of the city’s social and economic pulse,
                                                                          sharing a commitment to excellence,
                                                                          innovation and prosperity.

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INNOVATION AT ITS HEART                 It is also the home of Queen’s       At an average of £90 per                                                                                                   GETTING AROUND
                                        globally-renowned Centre for         week, Belfast was found to
Belfast’s young, dynamic                Secure Information Technologies      have the cheapest weekly rent                                                                                              Belfast is a compact city, best
population translates into a            which has helped to create 1,100     than anywhere else in the UK                                                                                               explored by foot or by bicycle. The
thriving business community with        new jobs in cyber security in        in 2018 (                                                                                                     city’s popular Belfast Bikes scheme
a determination to succeed.             Belfast over the past three years.                                                                                                                              has cycle racks located all over
                                                                             The average student’s cinema                                                                                               the city. There are good bus and
This is a place where innovators and    A LOW COST OF LIVING                 ticket costs £4.95 and just £4                                                                                             train services, with student travel
entrepreneurs can find the support                                           in Queen’s Film Theatre – less                                                                                             discounts widely available.
network and urban workspaces            Northern Ireland has the lowest
                                                                             than half the price of London.
they need to nurture success.           student cost of living in the UK.                                                                                                                               A CITY OF CULTURE
                                        In fact, it’s over £5000 per year    More pennies and pounds in
A city with innovation at its heart,    cheaper for students to live in                                                                                                                                 Beautiful architecture, art galleries
                                                                             your pocket to enjoy everything
technological advances infiltrate       Northern Ireland compared to                                                                                                                                    and museums, such as the Ulster
                                                                             the city has to offer.
every sector helping to build our       London (Which? University, 2018).                                                                                                                               and Titanic Museums, speak to our
competitiveness on the global stage.                                                                                                                                                                    rich history, which has shaped the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        city’s unique character, while the
HOME TO THE WORLD’S                                                                                                                                                                                     thriving music and arts scene has
                                                                                                                                                                                                        created a modern cultural landscape
The prevalence of venture                                                                                                                                                                               of effortlessly cool gig venues, pop-
capitalists, business angels and                                                                                                                                                                        up theatres and urban festivals.
private investors mean that
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Queen’s University is at the heart
young high potential companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of a city of artists, poets, writers
are booming in the city.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and musicians who are celebrated in
In fact, Northern Ireland has the                                                                                                                                                                       areas such as the Cathedral Quarter,
highest proportion of start-ups                                                                                                                                                                         with its busy restaurants, pubs and
reaching £1 million in revenue                                                                                                                                                                          arts venues, such as the MAC and
within three years (Enterprise                                                                                                                                                                          the Black Box. The energy of the
Research Council, 2016).                                                                                                                                                                                city is tangible in the legendary
                                                                                                                                                                                                        nightclubs, artisan cafés and
There are almost 900 international                                                                                                                                                                      cloth-cap bars that line the cobbled
companies located in Northern                                                                                                                                                                           streets, where street art, street
Ireland, making Belfast the second                                                                                                                                                                      food and street markets deliver a
most successful city in the UK (after                                                                                                                                                                   colourful punch at every turn.
London) for attracting US trade.
Belfast is also one of Europe’s
top 10 small cities for Foreign
Direct Investment strategy
(Financial Times, FDI European
Cities of the Future, 2018).
The Titanic Quarter has become                                                                                                                                                                                  BELFAST HAS THE
an economic and technological                                                                                                                                                                                   LOWEST COST OF
powerhouse, hosting global                                                                                                                                                                                      LIVING IN THE UK
companies such as Citi, Microsoft,                                                                                                                                                                                  (WHICH?
IBM and HBO. Catalyst Inc,                                                                                                                                                                                      UNIVERSITY, 2018)
formerly the NI Science Park,
houses 200 companies which are
spearheading tech innovation.

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                                                                                                                                           CONTEMPORARY APARTMENTS                ROOM TYPES AND COSTS                   Our Residential Life Co-ordinators
                                                                                                                                           TAILORED TO POSTGRADUATE                                                      also offer support, help and
                                                                                                                                           AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS             Mount Charles has a number of          guidance on settling into student
                                                                                                                                                                                  room options including a twin,         life in Belfast. And now you can
Studying in Belfast is a fantastic experience.                                                                                             Located a short walk from the          standard, premium standard,            also benefit from free off-peak
It’s even better when you know you’re living                                                                                               main campus, our purpose-built         en suite and premium en suite          membership of Queen’s Sport.
somewhere safe, comfortable and affordable.                                                                                                postgraduate accommodation,            for you to choose from.
                                                                                                                                           Willow Walk, offers a mix of studio,                                          COUPLES AND FAMILIES
                                                                                                                                           one, two, three, and four-bedroom      As a guide, our accommodation
Queen’s is Belfast’s largest provider                                                                                                      apartments, each with a modern         prices in 2017/18 range from £75       We have a wide range of
of student accommodation                                                                                                                   contemporary design. Apartments        per week if sharing a twin room and    accommodation options for students
with over 3,500 rooms.                                                                                                                     are light and spacious, and each       up to £175 for an exclusive one-       travelling with family members or
                                                                                                                                           study bedroom has a double bed         bedroom apartment in Willow Walk.      dependants. Please contact us to
That includes an investment of                                                                                                                                                                                           discuss requirements for suitable
                                                                                                                                           and shared bathroom facilities.        This makes us one of the cheapest
£72m in the city centre which                                                                                                                                                                                            housing before you apply.
                                                                                                                                                                                  places to rent in Belfast. For your
saw 1,200 student rooms opening                                                                                                            OPTIONS TO SUIT ALL                    convenience we also have a variety
their doors in September 2018.                                                                                                             BUDGETS AND LIFESTYLES                                                        OPTIONS SUMMARY:
                                                                                                                                                                                  of payment plans to help you decide
Accommodation for our                                                                                                                      By choosing Queen’s                    which best suits your situation.       • Single or mixed gender
postgraduate students                                                                                                                      Accommodation, students benefit                                                 accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                  ADDED EXTRAS INCLUDED
is offered on a self-catering                                                                                                              from the advantages of the             IN YOUR RENT                           • Residences suitable for couples,
basis and is within a short walk                                                                                                           University managing and supporting
                                                                                                                                                                                  Our all-inclusive residential            families and dependents
of university facilities including                                                                                                         their living needs. This includes a
the sports centre, library and                                                                                                             residential life programme with        fees include rent, all utility bills   • Private or shared bathrooms
most key campus buildings.                                                                                                                 over 350 annual events, pastoral       (electricity, heating and hot
And there are plenty of local                                                                                                                                                     water), contents insurance,            • Studio, one - six bedroom
                                                                                                                                           care, 24/7 safety and security, as
bars, shops and cafes nearby.                                                                                                                                                     maintenance repairs, TV licence          apartments
                                                                                                                                           well as regular maintenance.
                                                                                                                                                                                  for communal areas, weekly clean       • Twin, standard, premium
                                                                                                                                           Alternatively, for more independent    of communal areas and high speed         standard, en suite and premium
                                                                                                                                           living, Mount Charles is located       broadband with high speed Wi-Fi          en suite room options
                                                                                                                                           just off Botanic Avenue, two           throughout all accommodation.
                                                                                                                                           minutes from the main campus
                                                                                                                                           and right in the heart of one of
                                                                                                                                           Belfast’s most vibrant areas.

Queen’s new city centre accommodation
opened in September 2018.
The new Queen’s accommodation has over
1,200 bed spaces and is just a 15 minute
walk to Queen’s main campus.
Students living here avail of frequent Metro
links and secure bike stores in a location close to
Belfast Bikes and public cycle rental points.
The new city centre accommodation is just a short
walk to city retail areas and the vibrant social scene,
with cafes and restaurants on your doorstep.
Described by Lonely Planet as ‘a must see destination’,
Belfast is a top European destination and is one of
Europe’s most friendly and fashionable capitals. It
is a compact city that is easy and safe to explore.

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International postgraduate students
are given priority for a place in
University accommodation for at
least their first year at Queen’s.
You should submit an application
as soon as you can in order to be
allocated the room type you need.
Register online and complete
an application form as soon
as you have received a
conditional or unconditional
offer to study at Queen’s.
Information on how to apply
will be sent automatically to
all offer holders, and you are
advised to apply even if Queen’s
is your insurance choice.
Applications open in January.
Private rent in Belfast is lower
than in other UK cities and there
is plenty of accommodation in
the Queen’s Quarter, within a
10-minute walk of the campus.          ELMS BT1 AND BT2                  QUEEN’S HOUSES                                                                     GRANT HOUSE                           WILLOW WALK                     ELMS BT9
The website           City centre, close to city         76 Malone Road,                                                                      Standard premium                   Studios, one to four bed        Standard, premium and
is recommended by the Students’            retail areas, cafes and            College Gardens,                                                                     rooms                              apartments and two-bed          majority (70%) en suite
Union to help students search for          restaurants.                       Mount Charles                                                                                                           premium apartments              rooms
private rental accommodation.                                                                                                                                      10 minutes walk
                                                                              Guthrie House                                                                                                           (family apartments
                                           Single en suite bedrooms in                                                                                             to campus                                                          Residential (modern,
To assess the location of private                                                                                                                                                                     available)
                                           three-six-bed apartments           In the heart of Belfast’s                                                                                                                               comfortable and secure)
                                                                                                                                                                   20 minute walk to
sector accommodation in relation           and studios.                       most ethnically-diverse                                                                                                 Enclosed development, on
                                                                                                                                                                   City Centre                                                        50 three-storeyed
to the University, you can enter the                                          and culturally-rich areas.                                                                                              the perimeter of Elms BT9
                                           15 minutes walk                                                                                                                                                                            purpose-built blocks; 10-11
University postcode                                                                                                                                                From £110pw
                                           to campus                          Twin rooms, standard,                                                                                                   Purpose-built, ideal            bedrooms per floor with
(BT7 1NN) into an online                                                                                                                                           No-alcohol
                                                                              double, premium and                                                                                                     for international and           shared common room
map search.                                Less than five minutes
                                                                              en suite rooms. (Please                                                              accommodation                      postgraduate students           and kitchen
                                           from city centre
FIND OUT MORE                                                                 note, 76 Malone Road is                                                                                                 15 minutes walk to campus       Quiet living, no alcohol and
                                           From £130pw                        reserved for students from
T: +44 (0)28 9097 4525                                                                                                                                                                                                                single sex options
                                           Brand new!                         outside Northern Ireland).                                                                                              25 minutes walk to                                                                                                                                                                              city centre                     15 minutes walk to campus
                                                                              5-10 minutes walk to campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                      From £125pw                     25 minutes walk to
                                                                              10-20 minutes walk to                                                                                                                                   city centre
                                                                              city centre                                                                                                             Safe and welcoming!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From £100pw
                                                                              From £75pw
                                                                              Best for independent living

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Applications for admission to            There is no standard closing date for   qualification, you should refer                                                     ENGLISH LANGUAGE                         Support office is here to help you       primary selection criteria for
the majority of postgraduate             postgraduate research programmes        to the ‘Your Country’ section of                                                    REQUIREMENTS                             make a smooth transition from your       the programme have been met.
programmes are submitted online          however you should check the            the University’s website (go.qub.                                                                                            home country to life in Belfast.         The University acknowledges
                                                                                                                                                                     If your first language is not English,
via the Postgraduate Applications        website of the School/Institute for advice on                                                                                                                                      the key role of education in
                                                                                                                                                                     evidence of an acceptable level          For information on how visa
Portal ( The       in which you hope to conduct            comparability with UK qualifications.                                                                                                                                 the rehabilitative process and a
                                                                                                                                                                     of proficiency will be required.         requirements are calculated, as well
online system also allows application    your research for information                                                                                                                                                                                 criminal record will not debar an
                                                                                 A guide to the general entry                                                        In addition, applicants who are          as Points Based System (PBS) and
for funding where appropriate.           on deadline dates (and eligibility                                                                                                                                                                            applicant unless the nature and
                                                                                 requirements for postgraduate                                                       non-EEA nationals must satisfy the       your Confirmation of Acceptance
                                         requirements) for postgraduate                                                                                                                                                                                seriousness of the offence in
The following programmes have                                                    taught programmes, expressed                                                        UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)          for Studies (CAS) number, please
                                         funding applications. This will also                                                                                                                                                                          question are incompatible with:
separate application procedures,                                                 in terms of UK Honours degree                                                       immigration requirements for             see:
                                         determine when your application
so please refer to the appropriate                                               classifications, is provided in                                                     English language for visa purposes.                                               • the study programme applied for
                                         for a place should be submitted.                                                                                                                                     Further information is also available
School/Institute web page:                                                       each subject section within                                                         This evidence should be in the form
                                         Closing dates apply for                 this Prospectus. Detailed entry                                                     of a Secure English Language Test        at:             • the ultimate professional or
• Postgraduate Diploma in                admission to the following              requirements and further                                                            (SELT), normally the IELTS Academic                                                 vocational goal
                                                                                                                                                                                                              APPLICANTS WITH A DISABILITY
  Professional Legal Studies             postgraduate programmes:                information on individual                                                           for UKVI Purposes test, or another       OR LONG-TERM CONDITION                   • participation in an academic and
  (Institute of Professional Legal                                               programmes is available on the                                                      English language qualification
  Studies:               • Postgraduate Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                      social setting and the University’s
                                                                                 University’s online Course Finder                                                   acceptable to the University             If you have declared a disability or
                                           in Education (PGCE)                                                                                                                                                                                           responsibility to ensure a safe
                                                                                 at                                                        which examines all four elements         long- term condition at the time
• Doctorate in Educational,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and neutral environment.
                                                                                                                                                                     of language learning – Listening,        of application and you receive
  Child and Adolescent                   • Postgraduate Diploma in               RECOGNITION OF PRIOR                                                                Reading, Writing and Speaking.           an offer, you will be directed           Regulations concerning admission
  Psychology (School of                    Professional Legal Studies            LEARNING (RPL)                                                                                                               to a questionnaire, which you            of applicants who have a criminal
  Psychology:                                                                                                                                         Within this Prospectus, the English
                                         • Professional Doctorates               The University operates a                                                                                                    should complete and return to            record are available at
A step-by-step guide on the                in Psychology                                                                                                             language requirement for entry           the Disability Services unit.  
                                                                                 Recognition of Prior Learning
application and admissions                                                                                                                                           to each postgraduate taught and
                                         • MA Global Security and Borders        (RPL) scheme which recognises                                                                                                The information you provide will be      ADMISSIONS APPEALS AND
process is available at                                                                                                                                              research programme is expressed
                                                                                 relevant prior learning for                                                                                                  treated as sensitive and kept strictly   COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE                                                                                                                                     in terms of IELTS Academic test
                                         • MA Public History                     admission and/or credit purposes.                                                                                            confidential. It will only be used
If you need further advice,                                                                                                                                          scores. The IELTS Academic scores                                                 If you consider that your application
                                         • MSc Psychological Sciences            For some programmes, admission                                                      listed are the minimum overall score     to plan for your individual support
please contact:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has not been dealt with fairly, you
                                                                                 under Recognition of Prior                                                          requirements. For each individual        requirements, ensuring that your
                                         Please check our online                                                                                                                                              transition to Queen’s is as smooth       should contact the Admissions and
Admissions and Access Service                                                    Experiential Learning (RPEL) may                                                    test component, the minimum
                                         Course Finder for full details                                                                                                                                       as possible (see also page 10).          Access Service in the first instance.
Queen’s University Belfast                                                       be permitted and, if applicable, this                                               score required is normally 5.5,
Belfast BT7 1NN                          of application closing dates                                                                                                however for some programmes                                                       REGISTRATION
                                                                                 will be indicated under the individual                                                                                       If you need any advice about
                                         (                                                                                                the component scores necessary
T +44 (0)28 9097 3004                                                            programme entry in the online                                                                                                disclosing a disability, or the          If you are accepted for a
                                         ACCEPTABILITY OF                        Course Finder. Please visit go.qub.                                                 may be higher. Please refer to           arrangements which we can
F +44 (0)28 9097 5151                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  programme of study, you must
                                         QUALIFICATIONS                 for the University’s                                                the University’s online Course           make, please contact:
E postgrxx.xxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xx.xx                                                                                                                                                                                                                        provide original documentary proof
                                         FOR ADMISSION                           RPL Policy and information                                                          Finder for individual programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of your academic qualifications (and
WHEN TO APPLY                                                                    on application procedures.                                                          requirements at            Disability Services
                                         For admission, an Honours degree                                                                                                                                                                              English language qualifications and/
                                                                                                                                                                     coursefinder. For details of other       T: +44 (0)28 9097 5250
Where a closing date does not            from a UK or Republic of Ireland                                                                                                                                                                              or certified English translations
                                                                                                                                                                     English language qualifications          E: disability.officx@xxx.xx.xx
apply, we do recommend that you          Higher Education Provider,                                                                                                                                                                                    where appropriate). You will
                                                                                                                                                                     which may be accepted by the
apply as early as possible, ideally no   or an equivalent qualification                                                                                                                                       APPLICANTS WITH A                        also need to bring photographic
                                                                                                                                                                     University please visit go.qub.
later than 31 July, for courses which    acceptable to the University is                                                                                                                                      CRIMINAL RECORD                          identification (Current UK/EU
commence in late September. If           normally required. Professional                                                                                                                                                                               passport, EU National Identity
                                                                                                                                                                                                              It is the policy of the University to    Card or Driving License issued
demand for a course is high, it may      qualifications and/or experience                                                                                            VISA AND IMMIGRATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                              consider applications for admission      in the UK or Ireland) with you to
be necessary for us to introduce         may be considered in combination
                                                                                                                                                                     Visa and Immigration requirements        on their individual merit in the light   registration. International students
an earlier closing date, and this will   with academic qualifications for
                                                                                                                                                                     can sometimes seem intimidating;         of all available information. The        will be required to provide passport
be advertised in the online Course       entry to some programmes.
                                                                                                                                                                     Queen’s provides a high-level of         primary selection criteria are those     and visa information. Details of
Finder. Early application is also
                                         Only qualifications that have been                                                                                          support and advice on UK student         related to the qualifications, skills,   arrangements for enrolment
recommenced, as, for a number
                                         awarded by accredited Higher                                                                                                visas directly for you. Working within   abilities and personal qualities of      and registration will be provided
of our courses, arrangements may
                                         Education Providers, recognised                                                                                             Office of the Immigration Services       an applicant. The University will        in your Welcome Guide.
have to be made for interviews. In
                                         by the University, will be accepted.                                                                                        Commissioner’s code of standards         investigate the criminal record
addition, international applicants
                                         If you are an international                                                                                                 (OISC), the International Student        of a new applicant only if the           Find out more
need to allow sufficient time to
obtain a student entry visa.             student with a query about the
                                         acceptability of your academic

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