POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2020 - Queen's University Belfast

 
POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2020 - Queen's University Belfast
POSTGRADUATE
PROSPECTUS
2020
POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2020 - Queen's University Belfast
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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POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2020 - Queen's University Belfast
WELCOME                                                                                                                                                 CONTENTS
Thank you for considering joining us at Queen’s
University Belfast for your postgraduate studies.                                                                                                       4     Why Postgraduate Study
                                                                                                                                                              at Queen’s?
Queen’s is an exciting place. A place that delivers both local and                                                                                      5     The Graduate School
international impact. A global university, Queen’s is ranked 173* in
                                                                                                                                                        8     Your Future Career
the world, and is based in Belfast, a modern capital city known for its
welcome, accessibility and affordability as well as being a vibrant hub                                                                                 10    World-Class Facilities
for the creative and tech sectors. It is a great place to live and work. We                                                                             11    Support Services
are immensely proud of what our city and our university will offer you.
                                                                                                                                                        12    A Global Experience
From the day you arrive at Queen’s, you will be part of a world-class                                                                                   14    Research with Global Impact
international university with a thriving postgraduate culture built on
                                                                                                                                                        16    Global Research Institutes
teaching excellence, leading-edge research, innovation, collaboration
and engagement. These components are woven together in our                                                                                              20    Northern Ireland: Big Heart | Big Vision
Graduate School to deliver a truly integrated experience.                                                                                               24    Belfast: Friendly, Affordable, Ambitious
You will receive an educational experience that is research-led,                                                                                        28    Accommodation
learning from academics who are global leaders in their field,                                                                                          34    Applying to Queen's
and you will benefit from a range of academic and professional
                                                                                                                                                        38    Student Finance and Funding
opportunities available through our global connections.
                                                                                                                                                        40    Funding for Postgraduate Study
You will also experience our world-class campus, including                                                                                              42    Your Postgraduate Taught Journey
our state-of-the-art Graduate School which supports our
                                                                                                                                                              to Queen's
postgraduate community to become thinkers, communicators,
innovators and leaders who are future-ready.                                                                                                            44    Postgraduate Taught Programmes
                                                                                                                                                        54    Your Postgraduate Research Journey
For all these reasons I do hope you choose Queen’s for an                                                                                                     to Queen's
outstanding postgraduate experience – we look forward to
welcoming you and ensuring that your time here becomes the                                                                                              58    Postgraduate Research Programmes
platform for a truly wonderful, exciting and fulfilling career.                                                                                         62    Professional Doctorates
                                                                                                                                                        64    Campus Map
                                                                                                                                                        66    Getting here
                                                                                                                                                        68    Get In Touch

Professor Ian Greer
President and Vice-Chancellor

* QS World University Rankings 2020

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WHY POSTGRADUATE                                                                                                                                       THE                                      YOUR GRADUATE SCHOOL:
                                                                                                                                                                                                A STATE-OF-THE-ART HUB

STUDY AT QUEEN’S?                                                                                                                                      GRADUATE                                 We are located in the beautifully restored

WELCOME FROM PROFESSOR MARGARET TOPPING                                                                                                                SCHOOL                                   and remodelled Victorian Lynn library,
                                                                                                                                                                                                where distinguished heritage meets
                                                                                                                                                                                                21st-century vision. This fully accessible
                                                                                                                                                       THE GATEWAY TO YOUR                      space has modern, hi-tech meeting and
The Graduate School is the gateway to your postgraduate                                                                                                POSTGRADUATE                             group study rooms, a silent study area and
                                                                                                                                                       EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN’S                    social spaces. It's a vibrant hub, inspiring
experience. It's not just about what comes next. It’s about
                                                                                                                                                                                                intellectual exchange and collaboration.
something much more dynamic and challenging.
                                                                                                                                                                                                MAKE VALUABLE CONNECTIONS

Being a postgraduate student at Queen’s       The Graduate School is about                                                                                                                      We have strong links and collaborations
is about going beyond – beyond current        intellectual challenge beyond borders.                                                                                                            with leaders in business, government and
conceptions and categories, redefining        It’s about developing new skills and                                                                                                              the voluntary sector, both locally and
and rethinking assumptions, being             increased personal effectiveness.                                                                                                                 globally. This means you'll benefit from
flexible and adaptive.                        It’s about opportunity, innovation                                                                                                                mentoring relationships and networks,
                                              and enterprise, and a rich, diverse                                                                                                               and from our international partnerships
It’s what we call ‘What’s Next’ thinking.     and inclusive social community.                                                                                                                   with other graduate schools.
We train our postgraduates to become          The Queen’s postgraduate experience                                                                                                               CMI LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
Thinkers, Communicators, Innovators           is about the whole person; helping
and Leaders who are Future-ready.             you to achieve personal and academic                                                                                                              The Graduate School is offering postgraduate
Key to this is disciplinary excellence,       goals that will enable you to stand                                                                                                               students the opportunity to participate in
and transdisciplinary collaboration.          out in the crowded and increasingly                                                                                                               Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and
                                              competitive local and global job market.                                                                                                          Management accredited by CMI (Chartered
A partnership involving academic Schools,                                                                                                                                                       Management Institute). This programme is
Global Research Institutes and The
                                                                                                                                                                                                available to eligible students and a number
Graduate School will enable you to stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                of scholarships are available each year.
out as a ‘What’s Next’ thinker. You’ll have
the support of internationally-recognised                                                                                                                                                       The Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership
leaders in your field of study. Meanwhile,                                                                                                                                                      and Management is designed to enhance
The Graduate School is a world-class                                                                                                                                                            and improve leadership and management
intellectual and social hub, connecting                                                                                                                                                         skills in preparation for the workplace.
students from all disciplines to each
other and to mentors and employers                                                                                                                                                              The programme is currently being
within the University and beyond.                                                                                                                                                               offered to Master’s and PhD students
                                                                                                                                                                                                from all disciplinary backgrounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Queen’s is the first university in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                to offer this programme as a stand-alone
                                              Professor Margaret Topping,
                                                                                                                                                                                                qualification for postgraduate students.
                                              Dean of The Graduate School

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THE                                                        OUR PILLARS
                                                                                                                                           OUR TAILORED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

GRADUATE                                                   These five pillars guide your journey                                           DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP                  Develop creative confidence         CMI

SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                                                                    and explore ways of being
                                                           through The Graduate School. They                                               Our research students                                                        Earn a Level 7 Certificate in
                                                                                                                                                                                    entrepreneurial, including:
                                                           will form the basis of the development                                          communicate across disciplinary                                              Strategic Management and
                                                           of your knowledge-base and key                                                  boundaries and are challenged            • ‘Kick-start’ Business Incubator   Leadership, accredited by the
'WHAT'S NEXT' THINKING                                     competencies, allowing you to test                                              to translate design thinking               – The programme supports          Chartered Management Institute.
                                                           your ideas and communicate them                                                 into innovation. Research                  student entrepreneurs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The certificate will help you to
                                                           to your audience with impact.                                                   skills are honed through                   social entrepreneurs with early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        develop practical leadership
As a member of our postgraduate community,                                                                                                 working with stakeholders.                 stage ideas to incubate their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        skills as well as theoretical
you will become one of the exceptional local,                                                                                                                                         idea into a viable business.
                                                                                                                                           MASTER YOUR LEADERSHIP                                                       understanding. You will also
national and international students who join                                                                                                                                        • Accelerating Social               choose to study either Project
us each year. The Graduate School will assist                                                                                              Master Your Leadership takes a
                                                                                                                                                                                      Transformation Programme –        Management or Entrepreneurial
you to be a Thinker, Innovator, Leader and                                                                                                 ‘whole person’ approach to the
                                                                                                                                                                                      The programme tackles             Practice as a second unit.
                                                                                                                                           Postgraduate Taught student
Communicator who is Future-Ready.                                                                                                                                                     real local and global
                                                               THINKER             FUTURE-READY                                            (Master’s level) experience                                                  • Once registered you will be
                                                                                                                                                                                      social challenges with
                                                               Reflective            Confident                                             through a programme of                                                         given Associate membership
                                                                                                                                                                                      students working across
                                                                Critical              Resilient                                            training and development                                                       to the CMI valid for 12 months
                                                                Flexible          Employer-focused                                                                                    multidisciplinary teams to
YOUR JOURNEY                                                                                                                               which complements disciplinary                                                 after successful completion of
                                                               Disruptive            Networked                                                                                        design innovative solutions.
STARTS HERE                                                                                                                                excellence and develops                                                        the qualification.
                                                                                                                                           employability skills.                    • A range of Innovation
The Graduate School offers                                                                                                                                                                                              • You will have free access to
                                                                                                                                                                                      workshops, masterclasses and
a tailored development                                                                                                                     THE INNOVATION HUB                                                             Management Direct, which
                                                                                                                                                                                      networking events connecting
programme to help inspire                                                                                                                                                                                                 includes a vast array of online
                                                                                                                                           We are committed to                        our student community to
and empower you to                                                                                                                                                                                                        resources to help you complete
                                                                                                                                           encouraging and supporting                 external partners.
reach your full potential.                                                                                                                                                                                                your certificate and develop
                                   Welcome and                                                                                             innovation, entrepreneurship
It is embedded within               Induction
                                                           COMMUNICATOR                LEADER                                                                                       • One-to-one Enterprise and           your leadership skills.
                                                            Academic writers          Visionary                                            and enterprise. From Design
a continuous process                                                                                                                                                                  Innovation appointments.
                                                            Publicly engaged           Strategic                                           Thinking, harnessing the                                                     • You can choose to study 2
of reflection and self-           Individual needs         Socially networked         Self-aware                                           collective expertise of students                                               of the 3 options available:
evaluation.                         assessment                Professional           Collaborative                                         to collaborative solutions,                                                    Strategic Leadership,
                                                               presenters
                                                                                                                                           to individual one-to-one                                                       Project Management and
INSPIRE you through           Create your own tailored                                                                                     business mentoring support for                                                 Entrepreneurial Practice.
access to thought leaders.    programme which meets                                                                                        students who have ideas they
                              your development needs                                                                                                                                                                    go.qub.ac.uk/managers
DEVELOP your skills                                                                                                                        want to grow into a business,
                                                                                                                                           we deliver a wide range of
through an individual           Ongoing, specialist                                                                                        creative support in our hub.
training programme.          support to help you realise
                                what’s next for you          INNOVATOR
APPLY these skills and                                          Creative
knowledge through                                            Business aware
                                    All within an             Risk manager
real-world challenges.           engaging, vibrant,          Insight driven
                               inclusive postgraduate
                                     community

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YOUR
FUTURE
CAREER
The Graduate School is a community of creative thinkers and world changers,
tackling global challenges, searching for solutions for a better tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                  WITH YOU ON
                                                                                                                                  YOUR JOURNEY
STAND OUT FROM                    GRADUATE PLUS AWARD                  ACCESSIBILITY TO WORK-
THE CROWD                         (POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT)                BASED LEARNING PROJECTS
                                                                                                                                  One-to-one careers and
                                                                                                                                  enterprise guidance
High-quality, transdisciplinary   Queen’s Graduate Plus award          Access real-life, work-based
training and development          is a vehicle for accrediting         projects by supporting                                     Career events and
will make you stand out in a      work-related learning and skills     collaborations with external                               employer fairs
fast-paced, changing global job   that current postgraduate            organisations, providing
market. We’ll help you become     taught students develop through      opportunities for some Master’s                            Academic skills
                                                                                                                                  development
future leaders by letting you     extra-curricular activities,         students to undertake a work-
apply your knowledge to real-     including the range of skills        based project in place of a more                           Peer mentoring support
world challenges, giving you      development workshops                traditional Master’s dissertation.
the confidence and skills to      offered by The Graduate                                                                         Graduate and Researcher
gain an edge in your career.      School. The Graduate Plus is         INDUSTRY INSIGHTS                                          Plus awards
                                  a specific award for Master's        Gain insights in a range of
POSTGRADUATE
                                                                                                                                  Postgraduate-led
                                  students and is recognised           industries through onsite                                  initiatives funding
CAREERS EVENTS
                                  by a range of employers.             visits, hearing from employees
Develop readiness for the                                              directly and getting a                                     Community events
future and manage your own        RESEARCHER PLUS AWARD                chance to ‘prototype’ their                                and social gatherings
career, whether in academia       (POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH)
                                                                       chosen career pathway.
or beyond. As well as central     As well as developing research                                                                  Space for group working
career and employer events,       expertise in your subject                                                                       and silent study
we offer career development       discipline, postgraduate research
programmes to support you as      students have opportunities
                                                                                                                                  High-quality, transdisciplinary
you embark on your next steps.    to develop a range of skills                                                                    training and development
                                  transferable beyond research                                                                    that will make you stand out.
                                  degrees to both academic
                                  and non-academic careers.
                                  Researcher Plus provides official
                                  recognition of skills and assists
                                  researchers in demonstrating         Visit our online Course Finder
                                  them to employers.                   qub.ac.uk/courses

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WORLD-CLASS                              THE MCCLAY LIBRARY                          QUEEN’S SPORT
                                                                                                                                   SUPPORT SERVICES
FACILITIES                               We’ve invested over £50m in the
                                         McClay Library, combining the best
                                         features of a traditional library with
                                                                                     There is a thriving sports culture at
                                                                                     Queen’s with over 50 sports clubs.
                                                                                     The Physical Education Centre
                                                                                                                                   Queen’s has a network of support services to look after your health,
                                                                                                                                   wellbeing, education, study needs, financial security and career prospects.
We are a beacon of learning              the latest technology. The newly            (PEC) includes state-of-the-art
                                                                                                                                   STUDENT GUIDANCE                          RESILIENCE, WELLBEING
and innovation, investing                extended facilities support reading         fitness training and weights areas,           CENTRE (SGC)                              AND COUNSELLING
in the future, providing                 spaces for over 2,500 students,             four studios, 25m swimming and                The SGC offers information, support,      Qualified and experienced
outstanding facilities for our           together with computing and                 diving pool, two multipurpose                 advice and guidance including:            counsellors can help you work
exceptional students and staff.          media services, IT training rooms,          sports halls, a martial arts area,            • Careers Service                         through any personal, academic
                                         quiet study and group work areas,           two climbing walls, eight squash              • Resilience, Wellbeing                   and emotional difficulties.
NEW CENTRES OF LEARNING                  a cafe, a Language Centre, and              courts and two handball courts.                 and Counselling                                                                ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT
                                         a vast array of printed works.                                                            • Disability Services                     SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS                   In-sessional English
Over the past decade Queen’s has                                                     ARTS AT QUEEN’S                                                                         WITH DISABILITIES
                                                                                                                                   • Student Finance                                                                The In-sessional English classes are
invested £350m in developing our         WI-FI AND TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                                School and exam support,
                                                                                     The award-winning Naughton                    • International Student Support                                                  here to help you achieve your full
world-class, award-winning facilities.                                                                                                                                       accommodation requirements and
                                         The Wireless Campus Project is a            Gallery is one of Belfast’s                   • Learning Development Service                                                   potential in your academic subject.
The recently expanded Computer                                                                                                                                               assistance with applications for
                                         £1.93m investment programme                 most exciting art spaces.                     • Student Administration                                                         The purpose of the in-sessional
Science Building features a new                                                                                                                                              Disabled Students’ Allowance.
flexible postgraduate computer           providing a world-class service of                                                        IT TRAINING AND SUPPORT                                                          English language support classes is
                                         connectivity across the University,         The Seamus Heaney Centre for                                                            STUDENTS’ UNION                        to help you use the English language
laboratory, project spaces, breakout                                                                                               We provide an introduction to our         ADVICE CENTRE
                                         through more than 2,000 access              Poetry reinforces our reputation                                                                                               to effectively communicate
rooms, and a student hub spanning                                                                                                  virtual learning and email services,      Free, confidential, independent,
                                         points. It enables you to have anytime,     as a world literary power, while                                                                                               knowledge in your academic studies.
three floors. Our investment in state-                                                                                             and IT advice and support.                accurate and non-judgemental
                                         anywhere access to the resources            the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre
of-the-art postgraduate teaching                                                                                                                                             advice and representation on
                                         you need. Our library resources             Research is a world-class studio              CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY                                                           Currently there are four different
and research facilities also includes                                                                                              AND SKILLS                                issues like money, education,
                                         had a 91% satisfaction rate in the          theatre for performing arts students.                                                                                          lecture-style, workshop-format
a new School of Biological Sciences,                                                                                               Develop and achieve your career           accommodation, course funding,
                                         National Student Survey (NSS) 2019,                                                                                                                                        classes covering reading, writing,
the School of Law building (featuring                                                OUR BOUTIQUE CINEMA                           potential, connecting students            and health and wellbeing.
                                         establishing Queen’s among the best                                                                                                                                        listening and speaking.
a pioneering Moot Court Room),                                                                                                     with employers, careers guidance,
a growing Management School at           UK universities in these categories.        Queen’s very own, full-time cinema,                                                     CHILDCARE                              • Seminar, Communication
                                                                                                                                   information, development
Riddel Hall, the Centre for Cancer                                                   The Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT),                                                         A range of childcare support,            and Presentation Skills
                                         LANGUAGE CENTRE                                                                           programmes, work (local and
Research and Cell Biology, the                                                       presents the best in classic and new                                                    including full-time daycare,           • Accuracy in Academic English
                                                                                                                                   international) and study opportunities.
interdisciplinary Wellcome-Wolfson                                                   world cinema. The QFT has been                                                          out-of-school care and a               • Academic Writing & Referencing
                                         Acquire skills in a foreign                                                               Find out more at qub.ac.uk/careers
Institute for Experimental Medicine,                                                 bringing a high-quality film experience                                                 summer activities scheme.              • Dissertation Workshops
                                         language and improve your
and innovative engineering hubs.         career prospects through our                to Belfast audiences for over 50 years.       SUPPORT FOR
                                                                                                                                   INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS                    FAITH PROVISION                        These English language support
                                         advanced multimedia facilities.                                                                                                     Our chaplains and religious            classes are free to all international
The preservation and regeneration                                                                                                  Queen’s supports international
                                                                                                                                   students before arrival, with             representatives serve across 12        fee paying students at Queen's.
of The Graduate School, alongside        Undertake short courses, or more
                                                                                                                                   specialist visa and immigration           faiths and denominations.              For more information, please see:
the recent restoration of the historic   intensive courses to enhance your                   £350M INVESTED IN                     advice, and welcome and                                                          go.qub.ac.uk/INTOEnglishlang
Lanyon Building, underscores             career. The centre has classes in 17                 THE LAST DECADE                                                                HEALTH
Queen’s’ ability to blend together                                                             FOR FACILITIES                      orientation programmes.                   Healthcare and prescriptions are
                                         languages and self-study courses in
history and heritage with cutting-       more than 80 languages. Translation                                                                                                 free in Northern Ireland through the
edge teaching and research.              services are also available, along with                                                                                             NHS. If you need to see a doctor or
                                         a large library of resources including                                                                                              order a prescription, this General
                                         books, tapes, dictionaries and DVDs.                                                                                                Practice provides NHS (and non-
                                                                                                                                                                             NHS) services for Queen’s students.

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A GLOBAL                                                                                                                              DYNAMIC STUDENT LIFE
                                                                                                                                      Student life at Queen’s is
                                                                                                                                                                            INTERNATIONAL
                                                                                                                                                                            STUDENT SUPPORT

EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                            dynamic and challenging. We
                                                                                                                                      examine ideas about the world
                                                                                                                                                                            The International Student Support
                                                                                                                                                                            team support international
                                                                                                                                      and tackle global issues through      students when they arrive in
The world is coming to Northern Ireland                                      PREPARING THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL STUDY                   interdisciplinary thinking.           the UK. They offer specialist
to live, work and learn.                                                                                                                                                    visa and immigration advice,
                                                                             INTO Queen’s University Belfast provides a               Our Graduate School provides          orientation programmes and a
                                                                             range of specialist academic programmes in               an environment that encourages
OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY                At Queen’s you will receive                                                                                                             ‘welcome’ service – including
                                                                             Finance, Management, Engineering, Architecture           student-led initiatives. It is an
Queen’s is a truly international    an outstanding international                                                                                                            tours of the campus facilities and
                                                                             and Social Sciences as well as English                   interactive and international
university, ranked 22nd in the      experience to help you compete                                                                                                          the city of Belfast. They can also
                                                                             Language courses to prepare international                microclimate where you can
world for international outlook     in the global job market – to be                                                                                                        advise on adjusting to academic
                                                                             students for future study at Queen’s.                    engage with fellow students
(Times Higher Education World       a success wherever in the world                                                                                                         study and life in university
                                    your career may take you.                Located on the Queen’s campus, INTO Queen’s              and academics as equals.              accommodation, or answer
University Rankings 2020).
                                                                             students have access to all Queen’s facilities                                                 queries on living expenses and
We currently have over 2,550        THE EXCITING                             and are taught to the highest standards by               STUDENT WELLBEING                     local immigration requirements.
international students from over    QUEEN’S QUARTER                          experienced, qualified teaching staff. Students          Whatever the query or problem,        Find out more at qub.ac.uk/isso
80 countries. We have more          This is one of the most culturally       can also avail of excellent support services from        no matter how big or small, the
than 650 international staff        diverse and cosmopolitan                 the INTO Student Services team, dedicated to             support team will do their best       ASK US ANYTHING
from over 70 nationalities.         corners of Northern Ireland.             helping support students during their studies.           to help you by exploring options,     Our International Student
                                    Within 10 minutes of our main                                                                     providing information and making      Support team will be delighted to
We have international links with    campus, there are restaurants           PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH                                     you aware of sources of support.      hear from you. Get in touch at
over 250 partner institutions       for all tastes and traditions, side     This course provides students with short and                                                    iss@qub.ac.uk
and we collaborate with 3,000       by side with halal grocers and          intensive preparation in academic English. It’s
local, national and international   international supermarkets,             suitable for those students already holding an offer
employers. These links will help    as well as local shops and              for a postgraduate degree at Queen’s, conditional                                                                                    THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA
you develop your skills and make    entertainment venues.                   on obtaining the required English language level.
an impact on the world.                                                                                                                                                                                          Designed to provide international students
                                    Throughout the year, there are          COURSE FEATURES                                                                                                                      who do not qualify for direct entry to the
Our partnerships are worldwide      significant multicultural events                                                                                                                                             University with a selected postgraduate
– with institutions like Dubai                                              • Designed to improve your English
                                    for all our students, marking             language skills to the level required                                                                                              programme at Queen’s University Belfast.
Healthcare City, where we           key dates such as the Chinese
have helped to develop                                                      • Adjust to the demands, challenges and                                                                                              Three Graduate Diploma
                                    New Year, Eid and Diwali.                 expectations of UK higher education
the Mohammed Bin Rashid                                                                                                                                                                                          pathways are available:
                                                                            • How to give presentations on different
University for Medicine and         “Queen’s is a great academic                                                                                                                                                 • Graduate Diploma in Finance
Health Sciences; or with                                                      areas of academic interest
                                    resource and a unique, human            • Adapt to living and studying in the                                                                                                • Graduate Diploma in Management
China Medical University in         environment that motivated                UK prior to beginning studies                                                                                                      • Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences
Shenyang, establishing the          me to achieve, and engage
China Queen’s College, where                                                 Find out full details of the courses available by                                                                                   Students who successfully complete the
Chinese students are studying
                                    with world-class academics.”
                                                                             visiting go.qub.ac.uk/INTOpre-sessional-english                                                                                     Graduate Diploma programme and meet the
in China for a degree from          Claire Zhao,                                                                                                                                                                 specific grades for entry will be guaranteed
Queen’s University Belfast.         PGR Doctoral student                                                                                                                                                         entry to a designated postgraduate degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 programme at Queen’s University Belfast.

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RESEARCH WITH                                                                                                                                                                                    OUR WORLD-
GLOBAL IMPACT                                                                                                                                                                                    RANKING
We’re answering the big questions and we’re doing it here in Belfast.                                                                                                                            RESEARCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                 REPUTATION
OUR LEADING                          A NEW STREAM OF TALENT               DUBAI HEALTHCARE
POSTGRADUATE                         Seagate Technology, one of the       PARTNERS
AND POSTDOCTORAL                                                          Queen’s is partnered with Dubai                                                                                        Queen’s University is in the
COMMUNITY                            world’s largest manufacturers
                                     of hard disk drives, collaborated    Healthcare City, the world’s                                                                                           top 200 global universities*,
We're committed to an                                                     largest healthcare free-trade                                                                                          ranked 8th in the UK for
                                     with Queen’s to set up ANSIN,
environment where ideas and                                               zone, to develop the Mohammed                                                                                          research intensity and 9th in
                                     a new research centre at
innovation flourish, where                                                Bin Rashid University of                                                                                               the world for international
                                     the School of Mathematics
students and researchers                                                  Medicine and Health Sciences                                                                                           research collaboration.
                                     and Physics. It has become a
develop their talents and                                                 and its College of Medicine. It
                                     source of highly-educated and                                                                                                                               We have established
fulfil their ambitions.                                                   is a long-term partnership and
                                     employable PhD students in                                                                                                                                  global networks, working
Flagship programmes and              Science and Technology. It has       collaboration to address the
                                                                          healthcare education, training                                                                                         with more than 250
researchers across disciplines       also led to the establishment                                                                                                                               institutions and partners.
address the biggest global           of an £8m Centre for Doctoral        and research needs of Dubai and
challenges of our time. How do       Training, supported by Seagate       other regional communities.                                                                                            Our research reputation
we tackle cancer? How do we          and other industry partners.                                                                                                                                is attracting major
                                                                          FROM RESEARCH                                                                                                          international investment.
help societies recovering from       GROUNDBREAKING                       TO ENTERPRISE
conflict? How to stay secure in      GREEN CHEMISTRY                                                                                                                                             For example, California-based
                                                                          Every dayv our talented
the information explosion?                                                                                                                                                                       CV6 Therapeutics has chosen
                                     Our partnership with the             researchers work on new
                                                                          ideas and new concepts,                                                                                                to partner with our Centre
DRIVING CLEAN TRANSPORT              Malaysian oil and gas giant
                                                                          making exciting discoveries to                                                                                         for Cancer Research and
Queen’s has been at the              PETRONAS has led to the
                                                                          advance our global society.                                                                                            Cell Biology, with an initial
forefront of developing new          development of ionic liquids
                                     – green chemistry – hailed as                                                                                                                               investment of £5.5m, on the
clean transport solutions over                                            QUBIS, our venture spin-out
                                     the most important British                                                                                                                                  development of a new drug
the last 20 years. Through                                                arm, translates this into impact.
                                     innovation of the 21st century.                                                                                                                             with the potential to make
industrial partnerships across the                                        QUBIS companies have an annual
                                     The technology developed by                                                                                                                                 chemotherapy more effective.
automotive sector, the University                                         turnover of £215m and sustain
has led innovations in new heavy     Queen’s University Ionic Liquid      1,800 high-value jobs in Northern                                                                                      * QS World University Rankings 2020
duty electrified powertrains,        Laboratories (QUILL) and             Ireland. These companies include
after-treatment technologies         PETRONAS is being used to            Andor Technology, developer
and innovative turbocharger          produce mercury-free natural         of scientific cameras, and
design. Queen’s has also focused     gas at plants in Malaysia.           Kainos, the digital technology
on the opportunities for bio-                                             company. Both are now highly
fuel and hydrogen adoption                                                successful global enterprises.
in future transport systems.

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POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2020 - Queen's University Belfast
GLOBAL RESEARCH
INSTITUTES
Working to ensure a healthy global population that's
digitially secure, socially enriched and disease-free.
                                                                                                                                                            Professor Jose Bengoechea,               The Centre for Cancer                Professor Jayne Woodside,
THE INSTITUTE FOR                   UK’s food system, following the                                                                                         Centre Director, Wellcome-               Research and Cell Biology            Centre for Public Health
GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY                horsemeat scandal in 2013.                                                                                              Wolfson Institute for                    is developing cancer                 and the Institute for
Queen’s University was rated                                                                                                                                Experimental Medicine.                   treatments and pioneering            Global Food Security.
No 1 in the UK for Agriculture,     IGFS has gained an international                                                                                                                                 advances in patient care.
Food and Veterinary Sciences        reputation in several areas
in the most recent REF              of food integrity, including                                                                                            THE INSTITUTE FOR                        investment of over £100m over        Organisation (Europe)
assessment of research intensity    uncovering high levels of                                                                                               HEALTH SCIENCES                          the past decade in laboratory and    guidance on green space
(2014). Since then, The Institute   natural, toxic arsenic in rice, the                                                                                     The Institute for Health                 clinical research infrastructure.    interventions for health.
for Global Food Security            staple diet of half the world’s                                                                                         Sciences at Queen’s University
                                    population; and evidencing a                                                                                            is focused on addressing                 The Centre for Cancer Research       The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute
(IGFS) has been engaged in                                                                                                                                                                                                                for Experimental Medicine
                                    link between certain diets and                                                                                          major global challenges in the           and Cell Biology focuses on
specialist research around the                                                                                                                                                                                                            houses 50 research groups
                                    brain function in middle age. Its                                                                                       areas of cancer, respiratory             accelerating the delivery of
integrity and sustainability                                                                                                                                                                                                              focusing on developing new
                                    many international partnerships                                                                                         conditions, eye disease and              scientific discovery to clinical
of food systems across the                                                                                                                                                                                                                therapeutics to tackle global
                                    include membership of                                                                                                   diabetic vascular complications          application, working through
world, from soil to society.                                                                                                                                                                                                              health problems: asthma,
                                    EIT Food, a knowledge                                                                                                   and antimicrobial resistance.            global networks to develop
Led by Professor Nigel              and innovation community                                                                                                                                         cancer treatments and                COPD, cystic fibrosis, diabetic
Scollan, an expert in animal        involving 50 companies,                                                                                                 The Institute promotes                   pioneering advances in patient       retinopathy, heart disease,
agriculture, the Institute’s        universities and scientific                                                                                             interdisciplinary research in            care. Major programmatic awards      and infectious diseases.
work is guided by three main        partners across the world.                                                                                              each of these areas through              in colorectal and prostate cancer,
                                                                                                                                                            integration of basic scientific          digital and molecular pathology      Globally recognised research
themes – the development of                                                                                                                                                                                                               includes why Klebsiella
future farming systems; food        Earlier this year, IGFS moved                                                                                           and population-based research,           underpin the focus on Precision
                                    into the new, purpose-built                                                                                             translational platforms and              Medicine. Recent advances at         pneumoniae, one of the hospital
safety and traceability; and                                                                                                                                                                                                              superbugs, is so resistant
human nutrition. Currently it       £40m Biological Sciences                                                                                                delivery of innovative clinical          CCRCB include the discovery
                                    building at Queen’s, which                                                                                              trials and clinical research.            of how a genomic approach to         to last-line antibiotics.
is leading one of the world’s
largest food-safety projects,       provides teaching/research                                                                                                                                       understanding bowel cancer           Together the three divisions are
                                    facilities for 750 students                                                                                             The Institute has three                  could improve the prognosis
a Europe-China partnership                                                                                                                                                                                                                exploiting advanced technologies
                                    and 170 staff. This building                                                                                            operational divisions: the               and quality of life for patients.
to tackle food fraud, through                                                                                                                                                                                                             and facilities to promote
                                    also houses some of the most                                                                                            Centre for Cancer Research
an award of €10m by the EU                                                                                                                                                                                                                interdisciplinary collaboration
                                    specialist lab equipment of any                                                                                         and Cell Biology (CCRCB), the            The Centre for Public Health
Horizon 2020 programme                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and competitive research
                                    UK university including the                                                                                             Centre for Public Health (CPH)           is working to understand the
and the Chinese Ministry of                                                                                                                                                                                                               programmes in partnership
                                    latest mass spectrometry kit,                                                                                           and, the latest addition, the            causes of the major global health
Science and Technology. The                                                                                                                                                                                                               with the health and social
                                    used by IGFS researchers for                                                                                            Wellcome-Wolfson Institute               problems today from screening
project is being coordinated by                                                                                                                                                                                                           care sector and local, national
                                    diagnosing food contamination.                                                                                          for Experimental Medicine                programmes to reducing the
Professor Chris Elliott who led                                                                                                                                                                                                           and global pharmaceutical
                                                                                                                                                            (WWIEM). The state-of                    burden of chronic disease.
the independent review of the                                              The Institute for Global Food Security, tackling one of the                                                                                                    and biotech industries.
                                    go.qub.ac.uk/gri-igfs                                                                                                   the-art facilities developed             Recent research from the
                                                                           greatest global challenges – a safe and nutritious supply
                                                                           of food for the world’s population.
                                                                                                                                                            at the Institute are part of an          CPH informed World Health            go.qub.ac.uk/gri-ihs

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We are working to help peace-building in conflict and post-conflict societies, informing and advising                                 Professor Máire O'Neill, Acting Director, Institute of Electronics,                   CWI - Developing truly disruptive,
some of the highest diplomatic decision and policy-makers, politicians and activists throughout the world.                            Communications and Information Technology.                                            end-to-end physical layer wireless
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            technologies and techniques.

THE SENATOR GEORGE J.                      It brings together the University’s          The Institute’s key research                  THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRONICS,                The Institute has three pillars:         ECIT’s continued success:
MITCHELL INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL              unparalleled expertise, linking peace-       themes include:                               COMMUNICATIONS
PEACE, SECURITY AND JUSTICE                                                                                                           AND INFORMATION                              • The Centre for Secure Information      • The award of a Queen’s Anniversary
                                           making with social transformation
Questions about peace, security and                                                     • How do peace processes become               TECHNOLOGY (ECIT)                              Technologies (CSIT) – the UK’s           Prize to CSIT for its work in
                                           and pointing out the need for
justice dominate the discourse of                                                         a part of everyday life?                    ECIT is transforming Northern                  Innovation and Knowledge Centre          protecting the online activity
                                           governance reform of state
governments, international agencies                                                                                                   Ireland into a world-leading centre            for cyber security, responsible          of billions of internet users
                                           institutions alongside cultural and          • How to embed international human
and civil society. As it emerges from                                                                                                 for enterprise and innovation. It is           for delivering some of the
                                           social processes for healing in society.       rights norms into local cultures?                                                                                                 • The granting of a Regius
conflict, Northern Ireland can help                                                                                                   based at Catalyst Inc – formerly the           nation’s flagship cyber security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Professorship to Queen’s
to answer these questions through          There is an emphasis on                      • How do we secure ‘just’ and ethical         Northern Ireland Science Park – where          innovation programmes such as
the work of the Mitchell Institute.        multidisciplinarity and                        responses to a range of security risks?     it became the anchor tenant in 2004.           HutZero, Cyber 101 and London          • A Knighthood to Professor
                                           interdisciplinarity, with international                                                                                                   Office of Rapid Cybersecurity            John McCanny, ECIT’s first
Senator George J. Mitchell was a major                                                  • How do values and beliefs                   Our world has become increasingly
                                           researchers from fields as diverse                                                                                                        Advancement (LORCA).                     head and founder
influence in bringing peace to                                                            in different cultures shape                 digitised. But with this digital growth,
                                           as Politics, History, Mental Health,
Northern Ireland (and was a Queen’s                                                       approaches to peace-building?               new challenges arise: how to process,        • The Centre for Wireless Innovation     At CSIT, multinational partners include
                                           Management and Planning working
Chancellor). The Institute’s role is to                                                                                               transmit and secure large volumes of           (CWI) – Developing underpinning        Allstate, BAE Systems, Direct Line,
                                           together. This collaborative                 An £800,000 award from the Arts
respond to the unprecedented                                                                                                          information and how to accelerate the          technologies for mobile, medical       Seagate, First Derivatives and Thales. It
                                           research also includes a shared              and Humanities Research Council
challenge of building a peaceful, secure                                                                                              global adoption of technical innovations       and space. CWI is ranked 28th          is the UK’s largest academic research
                                           grant with the Centre for Secure             is examining the role of sound,
and inclusive world.                                                                                                                  for greatest economic impact.                  in the 2019 Shanghai Ranking's         and innovation centre in cyber security
                                           Information Technologies (CSIT)              narrative, music-making and digital
                                                                                                                                                                                     Global Ranking of Academic             and one of the largest in Europe. It
                                           looking at cyber security and issues         media in conflict transformation.             ECIT is answering these questions              Subjects for telecoms engineering      has been recognised as an ‘Academic
                                           of trust, privacy and ethics.                                                              by developing next-generation
                                                                                        go.qub.ac.uk/gri-mitchell                                                                    / wireless communications (2nd         Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security
                                                                                                                                      technologies under the research theme          in the UK and 5th in Europe).          Research’ by the UK's NCSC, since 2012.
                                                                                                                                      of secure connected intelligence.
                                                                                                                                                                                   • The Centre for Data Sciences and       qub.ac.uk/ecit
                                                                                                                                                                                     Scalable Computing - Developing
                                                                                                                                                                                     systems for the data-driven society.

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NORTHERN
                                                                                     A place that has produced poets,                This is a place of rugged, natural
                                                                                     scientists, historians, musicians,              beauty, where every day there’s
                                                 Belfast and the                     engineers, writers, leaders of                  something new to discover.

IRELAND
                                                 Causeway Coast                      society... We’re building on a rich             Breathtaking landscapes,
                                                 named the Number                    heritage of culture and creativity,             lakes and forests. A dramatic
                                                 1 region in the world               supporting new generations                      coastline. Exciting cities. And the
                                                 to visit in 2018                    of thinkers and innovators                      friends you haven’t met yet.
                                                                                     who will make their mark in

Big Heart | Big Vision
                                                 (Lonely Planet, 2017)               the world. People like you.

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THE NORTHERN                                                                                                                                                                                                       1.   Carrick-a-Rede rope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7.    The Spirit of Belfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sculpture

IRELAND                                                                                                                                                                                                           2.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        City Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Titanic Quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              8.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    City Hall Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Portrush Strand

EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                                                                                                        4.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marble Arch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mourne Mountains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jungle NI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rise Sculpture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  6.    The Dark Hedges

                                                                                                                                                   1                                                          2

A GLOBAL DESTINATION
The world is catching on to the
secret that locals have always
known: Northern Ireland is one
of the most beautiful places on
the planet. Just ask the experts                                                        10    11
at Lonely Planet (Belfast and the
Causeway Coast named No.1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3
region in the world to visit in
2018). From golden beaches to
lush forests, as a postgraduate
student in Belfast, the region’s
most breathtaking landscapes
are right on your doorstep.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE                                                  9

You’re never more than a
short distance away from a           SWEEPING TO THE SEA
                                                                                                                                                                                          6                                      5                                      4
beach, a hillside, a river, or a     Our tallest peak, Slieve Donard,
landmark to our history.             dominates the Mourne Mountains,                                                                                                                             GAME OF THRONES                     GATEWAY TO EUROPE
                                     an Area of Outstanding Natural                                                                                                                              The most popular TV series in       Uniquely and perfectly positioned
Take an exciting road trip along     Beauty, and the inspiration                                                                                                                                 the world was filmed throughout     within easy reach of the Republic
the twisting, turning North Coast.   for CS Lewis’ magical world of                                                                                                                              Northern Ireland and at the         of Ireland, the rest of the UK
See the Giant’s Causeway, a          Narnia. Soak up the rich culture,                                                                                                                           Titanic studios in Belfast.         and mainland Europe, this is the
UNESCO World Heritage Site,          heritage and mythology of the                                                                                                                               Tour the real locations – both      perfect UK student destination
plunge into the Atlantic surf near   region, and enjoy sweeping                                                                                                                                  spectacular and mysterious, such    for exploration and adventure. It’s
Royal Portrush Golf Club where       views down to the sea as you                                                                                                                                as the Dark Hedges – that have      a short hop from Belfast to other
The Open was held in 2019, or        scale the fantastical soaring                                                                                                                               helped to create the legend         UK major cities, less than a couple
steel your nerves to cross the       mountains in search of Aslan.                                                                                                                               and have fuelled the growth         of hours to Paris, while Dublin is
famous Carrick-a-Rede rope
                                                                           8                                                                                                              7      of our local film industry.         just 100 miles down the road.
bridge. And all in one day.

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Northern Ireland is the
     happiest place in the UK
     (Office for National
     Statistics, 2016)

BELFAST:
Friendly, Affordable, Ambitious
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 passion for progress – a
passion shared by Queen’s University.

As Belfast flourishes as a global
food, culture, arts and shopping
destination, Queen’s is on the pulse of
the city’s social and economic heart,
sharing a commitment to excellence,
innovation and prosperity.

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BELFAST:                                                                                                                                                                                         GETTING AROUND
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Belfast is a compact city, best
A PROFESSIONAL CITY                                                                                                                                                                              explored by foot or by bicycle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The city’s popular Belfast Bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                 scheme has cycle racks located all
INNOVATION AT ITS HEART             Belfast is also one of Europe’s                                                                                                                              over the city. There are good bus
Belfast’s young, dynamic            top 10 small cities for Foreign                                                                                                                              and train services, with student
population translates into a        Direct Investment strategy                                                                                                                                   travel discounts widely available.
thriving business community         (Financial Times, FDI European
                                    Cities of the Future, 2018).                                                                                                                                 A CITY OF CULTURE
with a determination to succeed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Beautiful architecture, art
This is a place where innovators    The Titanic Quarter has become                                                                                                                               galleries and museums, such as
and entrepreneurs can find          an economic and technological                                                                                                                                the Ulster and Titanic Museums,
the support network and             powerhouse, hosting global                                                                                                                                   shape the city’s unique character.
urban workspaces they               companies such as Citi, Microsoft,                                                                                                                           There's a thriving music and
need to nurture success.            IBM and HBO. Catalyst Inc,                                                                                                                                   arts scene in a modern cultural
                                    formerly the NI Science Park,                                                                                                                                landscape of cool gig venues, pop-
A city with innovation at its       houses 200 companies which are                                                                                                                               up theatres and urban festivals.
heart, technological advances       spearheading tech innovation.
infiltrate every sector, helping    It is also the home of Queen’s         1                                                                                                                     Queen’s University is at the
to build our competitiveness        globally-renowned Centre for                                                                                                                                 heart of a city of artists, poets,
on the global stage.                Secure Information Technologies                                               2                                                          3                   writers and musicians celebrated
                                    which has helped to create 1,100                                                                                                                             in the Cathedral Quarter, with
HOME TO THE WORLD’S                 new jobs in cyber security in                                                                                                                                its busy restaurants, pubs and
BIGGEST COMPANIES                                                                                                                                                                                arts venues, such as The MAC
                                    Belfast over the past three years.
The prevalence of venture                                                                                                                                                                        and the Black Box. The energy
capitalists, business angels and    A LOW COST OF LIVING                                                                                                                                         of the city is tangible in the
private investors mean that         Northern Ireland has the lowest                                                                                                                              legendary nightclubs, artisan
young, high potential companies     student cost of living in the UK.                                                                                                                            cafes, cloth-cap bars and cobbled
are booming in the city.            In fact, it’s over £5,000 per                                                                                                                                streets, where street art, street
                                    year cheaper for students to live                                                                                                                            food and street markets deliver
In fact, Belfast is ranked in                                                                                                                                                                    a colourful punch at every turn.
the top 10 cities in the UK         in Northern Ireland compared
to develop a digital career         to London (Which? University,
(Monster’s Digital Cities, 2019).   2018). At an average of £90
                                    per week, Belfast was found to
There are almost 900                have the cheapest weekly rent
international companies located     compared to anywhere else in          1. Belfast City Hall                                                                                                        Northern Ireland,
in Northern Ireland, making         the UK in 2018 (Marbles.com).         2. Victoria Square                                                                                                          Lowest Cost
Belfast the second most
                                    The average student’s cinema          3. Albert Memorial Clock                                                                                                    of Living in the UK
successful city in the UK (after
London) for attracting US trade.    ticket costs £4.95 and just £4 in                                                                                                                                 (Which? University, 2018)
                                    Queen’s Film Theatre – less than
                                    half the price of London.

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ACCOMMODATION                                                                                                                   CONTEMPORARY
                                                                                                                                APARTMENTS TAILORED
                                                                                                                                TO POSTGRADUATE AND
                                                                                                                                                                         For more independent
                                                                                                                                                                         living, Queen's Houses offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ADDED EXTRAS INCLUDED
                                                                                                                                                                                                             IN YOUR RENT
                                                                                                                                                                         postgraduate students all-          Our all-inclusive residential
                                                                                                                                INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Studying in Belfast is a fantastic experience.                                                                                                                           important flexibility. Mount        fees include rent, all utility bills
                                                                                                                                Our purpose-built postgraduate           Charles is located just off         (electricity, heating and hot
It’s even better when you know you’re living                                                                                    accommodation, Willow Walk,
somewhere safe, comfortable and affordable.                                                                                                                              Botanic Avenue, two minutes         water), free off-peak membership
                                                                                                                                offers a mix of studio, one, two,        from the main campus and            of Queen's Sport, contents
                                                                                                                                three, and four-bedroom                  right in the heart of one of        insurance, maintenance repairs,
A SAFE, FRIENDLY PLACE TO                                                                                                       apartments, each with a modern           Belfast’s most vibrant areas.       TV licence for communal areas,
LIVE – GUARANTEED!                                                                                                              contemporary design.                                                         weekly clean of communal areas
All our postgraduate students are guaranteed                                                                                    Apartments are light and                 ROOM TYPES AND COSTS                and high-speed broadband with
a place at Queen's Accommodation.                                                                                               spacious, and each study bedroom         Mount Charles and all Queen's       high speed Wi-Fi throughout
                                                                                                                                has a double bed and shared              Houses have a number of             all accommodation.
We offer a range of campus and city-                                                                                            bathroom facilities.                     room options including twin,
based accommodation that includes an                                                                                                                                                                         Our Residential Life
                                                                                                                                                                         standard and premium standard
investment of £72m in the last two years.                                                                                       OPTIONS TO SUIT ALL                                                          Coordinators also offer support,
                                                                                                                                BUDGETS AND LIFESTYLES                   for you to choose from.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             help and guidance on settling
You’ll find it’s some of the best value                                                                                         By choosing Queen’s                      As a guide, our accommodation       into student life in Belfast.
student accommodation anywhere in the                                                                                           Accommodation, students                  prices in 2019/20 ranged from £75
UK, as well as being located within easy                                                                                        benefit from the advantages of                                               COUPLES AND FAMILIES
                                                                                                                                                                         per week if sharing a twin room
walking distance of the University.                                                                                             the University managing and              and up to £175 for an exclusive     We have a wide range of
                                                                                                                                supporting their living needs.           one-bedroom apartment in            accommodation options for
                                                                                                                                This includes a residential life         Willow Walk. This makes us one      students travelling with family
                                                                                                                                programme with over 400                  of the cheapest places to stay in   members or dependants.
                                                                                                                                annual events, pastoral care,            Belfast. For your convenience we    Please contact us to discuss.
     ELMS BT1 AND ELMS BT2                                                                                                      24/7 safety and security team,           also have a variety of payment
                                                                                                                                as well as regular maintenance.          plans to help you decide which      OPTIONS SUMMARY:
     • City centre locations,
                                                                                                                                                                         best suits your situation.          • Single or mixed gender
       opened September 2018.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               accommodation
     • 1,200 bed spaces, just a 15-minute
       walk from Queen’s main campus.                                                                                                                                                                        • Residences suitable for couples,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               families and dependants
     • Frequent Metro links and secure bike
       stores in a location close to Belfast                                                                                                                                                                 • Private or shared bathrooms
       Bikes and public cycle rental points.                                                                                                                                                                 • Studio, one-six bedroom
     • Short walk to city retail areas and                                                                                                                                                                     apartments
       the vibrant social scene, with cafes                                                                                                                                                                  • Twin, standard, premium
       and restaurants on your doorstep.                                                                                                                                                                       standard and en suite
     • In a compact city that is                                                                                                                                                                               room options
       easy and safe to explore.

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ACCOMMODATION
IS GUARANTEED FOR
POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
Postgraduate students are
guaranteed 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 secure one of
your preferred room options.
HOW TO APPLY FOR
ACCOMMODATION
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.            ROOM OPTIONS                                                                                  GRANT HOUSE                                    WILLOW WALK
                                                                                    QUEEN’S HOUSES
                                     AND SUMMARY
PRIVATE RENTED                                                                            76 Malone Road,                                 Standard premium                               Studios, one to four bed
ACCOMMODATION                                                                                                                             rooms                                          apartments and two-bed
                                                                                          College Gardens,
Private rent in Belfast is lower     ELMS BT1 AND BT2                                     Mount Charles                                                                                  premium apartments (family
                                                                                                                                          10-minute walk
than in other UK cities and there                                                                                                                                                        apartments available)
                                          City centre, close to city retail               In the heart of Belfast’s most                  to campus
is plenty of accommodation in
                                          areas, cafes and restaurants                    ethnically-diverse and culturally-                                                             Enclosed development, on
the Queen’s Quarter, within a                                                                                                             20 minute walk to
                                                                                          rich areas                                                                                     the perimeter of Elms BT9
10-minute walk of the campus.             Single en suite bedrooms in three-                                                              City Centre
                                          six-bed apartments and studios                  Twin rooms, standard rooms and                                                                 Purpose-built, ideal for
The website nihestudentpad.                                                                                                               From £110pw                                    international and
                                                                                          en suite rooms
co.uk is recommended by                   15-minute walk                                                                                                                                 postgraduate students
the Students’ Union to help               to campus                                                                                       No-alcohol accommodation
                                                                                          5-10 minutes walk to campus
students search for private rental        Less than five minutes from city                                                                                                               15-minute walk to campus
accommodation.                            centre                                          10-20 minutes walk to
To assess the location of                                                                 city centre                                                                                    25-minute walk to
                                          From £124pw                                                                                                                                    city centre
private sector accommodation                                                              From £75pw                                                                                                                  FIND OUT MORE
in relation to the University,                                                                                                                                                           From £125pw
                                          Opened September 2018                                                                                                                                                       T: +44 (0)28 9097 4525
you can enter the University                                                              Best for independent living                                                                                                 qub.ac.uk/accommodation
postcode (BT7 1NN) into an
                                                                                                                                                                                         Safe and welcoming!
online map search.

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POSTGRADUATE
STUDY AT QUEEN'S
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APPLYING TO QUEEN'S
Applications for admission to              If demand for a course is high, it may       ACCEPTABILITY OF                              RECOGNITION OF PRIOR
the majority of postgraduate               be necessary for us to introduce an          QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION                  LEARNING (RPL)
programmes are submitted online            earlier closing date, and this will be
via the Postgraduate Applications          advertised in the online Course Finder.      For admission, an Honours degree              The University operates a Recognition
Portal (go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply). The         Early application is also recommended,       from a UK or Republic of Ireland              of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme which
online system also allows application      as, for a number of our courses,             Higher Education Provider,                    recognises relevant prior learning for                      INTO has helped many thousands of international students
for funding where appropriate.             arrangements may have to be made             or an equivalent qualification                admission and/or credit purposes.                           to study abroad and achieve their academic ambitions.
                                           for interviews. In addition, international   acceptable to the University is
                                                                                                                                      For some programmes, admission                              We believe no one does it better.
The following programmes have              applicants need to allow sufficient          normally required. Professional
separate application procedures,                                                        qualifications and/or experience              under Recognition of Prior Experiential                     APPLY NOW FOR 2020 START DATES
                                           time to obtain a student entry visa.                                                       Learning (RPEL) may be permitted
so please refer to the appropriate                                                      may be considered in combination
                                                                                                                                      and, if applicable, this will be indicated                  The application process to study with INTO Queen’s is simple,
School/Institute web page:                 There is no standard closing date for        with academic qualifications for
                                                                                                                                      under the individual programme                              here’s how it works:
                                           postgraduate research programmes             entry to some programmes.
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional       however you should check the                                                               entry in the online Course Finder.
Legal Studies (Institute of Professional                                                Only qualifications that have been            Please visit go.qub. ac.uk/RPLpolicy                        YOUR APPLICATION IN SEVEN EASY STEPS
                                           website of the School/Institute
Legal Studies: qub.ac.uk/ipls)             in which you hope to conduct                 awarded by accredited Higher                  for the University’s RPL Policy and                          1 Fill in your online application
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5 You'll receive an offer letter,
                                           your research for information                Education Providers, recognised by            information on application procedures.                         form with your chosen                with information on tuition
Doctorate in Educational, Child and                                                     the University, will be accepted. If you
                                           on deadline dates (and eligibility                                                                                                                        course and university here:          fees and accommodation
Adolescent Psychology (School                                                           are an international student with a
                                           requirements) for postgraduate                                                                                                                            intostudy.com/en-gb/apply            deposit.
of Psychology: qub.ac.uk/psy)                                                           query about the acceptability of your
                                           funding applications. This will also
                                                                                        academic qualification, you should                                                                         2 You'll receive a confirmation     6 Once you have paid your fees,
A step-by-step guide on the application    determine when your application                                                                                                                           email to let you know that           we'll send you the documents
and admissions process is available at     for a place should be submitted.             refer to the ‘Your Country’ section
                                                                                        of the University’s website (go.qub.                                                                         we've received your                  you need to apply
go.qub.ac.uk/pgapplicationguide. If you                                                                                                                                                              application.                         for your visa.
need further advice, please contact:       Closing dates apply for admission to the     ac.uk/YourCountry) for advice on
                                           following postgraduate programmes:           comparability with UK qualifications.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   3 You'll receive a reply from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       7 Apply for a visa. If you have
Admissions and Access Service                                                                                                                                                                        one of our enrolment                 any questions about your visa,
Queen’s University Belfast                 • Postgraduate Certificate                   A guide to the general entry
                                                                                                                                                                                                     services team within                 please get in touch - our
Belfast                                      in Education (PGCE)                        requirements for postgraduate taught
                                                                                                                                                                                                     two working days.                    support team are
BT7 1NN                                                                                 programmes, expressed in terms of
                                           • Postgraduate Diploma in                                                                                                                                                                      happy to help!
T +44 (0)28 9097 3004                                                                   UK Honours degree classifications,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 You'll be asked to
                                             Professional Legal Studies                 is provided in each subject section                                                                          provide the following
F +44 (0)28 9097 5151
E postgrad.admissions@qub.ac.uk            • Professional Doctorates                    within this Prospectus. Detailed entry                                                                       supporting documents:
                                             in Psychology                              requirements and further information
                                                                                                                                                                                                      -- a copy of your passport
WHEN TO APPLY                                                                           on individual programmes is available
                                           • MA Global Security and Borders             on the University’s online Course                                                                             -- a copy of your latest
Where a closing date does not apply,                                                    Finder at go.qub.ac.uk/coursefinder.                                                                             academic transcript
we do recommend that you apply             Please check our online Course Finder                                                                                                                         (or mid-term report if
as early as possible, ideally no later     for full details of application closing                                                                                                                       you are still studying)
than mid-late July, for courses which      dates (go.qub.ac.uk/coursefinder).
commence in mid-late September.                                                                                                                                                                       -- an English language
                                                                                                                                                                                                         certificate, eg IELTS

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APPLYING TO QUEEN'S
ENGLISH LANGUAGE                             VISA AND IMMIGRATION                        If you need any advice about disclosing       APPLICANTS WITH A                            ADMISSIONS APPEALS AND
REQUIREMENTS                                                                             a disability, or the arrangements             CRIMINAL RECORD                              COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
                                             Visa and Immigration requirements           which we can make, please contact:
If your first language is not English,       can sometimes seem intimidating;                                                          It is the policy of the University to        If you consider that your application
evidence of an acceptable level              Queen’s provides a high-level of            Disability Services                           consider applications for admission          has not been dealt with fairly, you
of proficiency will be required.             support and advice on UK student            T: +44 (0)28 9097 5250                        on their individual merit in the light of    should contact the Admissions and
In addition, applicants who are              visas directly for you. Working within      E: disability.office@qub.ac.uk                all available information. The primary       Access Service in the first instance.
non-EEA nationals must satisfy the           Office of the Immigration Services                                                        selection criteria are those related to
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)              Commissioner’s code of standards                                                          the qualifications, skills, abilities and    REGISTRATION
immigration requirements for                 (OISC), the International Student                                                         personal qualities of an applicant. The      If you are accepted for a programme
English language for visa purposes.          Support office is here to help you                                                        University will investigate the criminal     of study, you must provide original
This evidence should be in the form          make a smooth transition from your                                                        record of a new applicant only if the        documentary proof of your academic
of a Secure English Language Test            home country to life in Belfast.                                                          primary selection criteria for the           qualifications, eg. degree award
(SELT), normally the IELTS Academic                                                                                                    programme have been met and if it            certificate (and English language
for UKVI Purposes test, or another           For information on how visa                                                               is a requirement of the programme
                                             requirements are calculated, as                                                                                                        qualifications and/ or certified English
English language qualification                                                                                                         that this information is sought. The         translations where appropriate). You
acceptable to the University                 well as the Points Based System                                                           University acknowledges the key
                                             (PBS) and your Confirmation of                                                                                                         will also need to bring photographic
which examines all four elements                                                                                                       role of education in the rehabilitative      identification (Current UK/EU passport,
of language learning – Listening,            Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number,                                                      process and a criminal record will not
                                             please see: go.qub.ac.uk/intvisa                                                                                                       EU National Identity Card or Driving
Reading, Writing and Speaking.                                                                                                         debar an applicant unless the nature         License issued in the UK or Ireland) with
                                             Further information is also available                                                     and seriousness of the offence in            you to registration. Please note that
Within this Prospectus, the English                                                                                                    question are incompatible with:
language requirement for entry to            at: gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration.                                                                                                   scans/copies/photographs will not be
each postgraduate taught and research                                                                                                  • the study programme applied for            accepted. International students will be
                                             APPLICANTS WITH A DISABILITY                                                                                                           required to provide passport and visa
programme is expressed in terms of           OR LONG-TERM CONDITION
IELTS Academic test scores. The IELTS                                                                                                  • the ultimate professional                  information. Details of arrangements
Academic scores listed are the minimum       If you have declared a disability or                                                        or vocational goal                         for enrolment and registration will be
overall score requirements. For each         long- term condition at the time of                                                                                                    provided in your Welcome Guide.
                                                                                                                                       • participation in an academic and
individual test component, the minimum       application and you receive an offer,                                                       social setting and the University’s        Find out more go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply
score required is normally 5.5, however      you will be directed to a questionnaire,                                                    responsibility to ensure a safe
for some programmes the component            which you should complete and                                                               and neutral environment.
scores necessary may be higher. Please       submit to the Disability Services unit.
refer to the University’s online Course                                                                                                Regulations concerning admission
Finder for individual programme              The information you provide will be                                                       of applicants who have a criminal
requirements at go.qub.ac.uk/                treated as sensitive and kept strictly                                                    record are available at
coursefinder. For details of other English   confidential. It will only be used                                                        go.qub.ac.uk/PGAdmissionsPolicy
language qualifications which may be         to plan for your individual support
accepted by the University please visit      requirements, ensuring that your
go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.            transition to Queen’s is as smooth
                                             as possible (see also page 11).

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