POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2021 - Queen's University Belfast

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POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2021 - Queen's University Belfast
POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2021 - 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 2021 - Queen's University Belfast
WELCOME                                                                                                                                   CONTENTS                                                 COVID-19:
Thank you for considering joining
us at Queen’s University Belfast
                                             every opportunity to develop their
                                             personal, professional and academic                                                          4    Why Postgraduate Study at Queen’s?
                                                                                                                                                                                                   STUDYING AT
for your postgraduate studies.               skills, in spite of the challenges.                                                          5    The Graduate School                                 QUEEN'S
Queen’s is in the top 200 universities       At Queen’s, you will receive an                                                              8    Your Future Career
in the world* and situated in the heart      educational experience that is research-                                                                                                              This prospectus, at the time        Queen's has adapted fully to
of one of the best loved capital cities in   led, learning from academics who are                                                         10   World-Class Facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                   of going to press, is the           the pandemic, and student-
Europe. While Queen’s is renowned for        global leaders in their field, and you will                                                  11   Support Services                                    most-up-to-date information         teacher interaction is still a
its teaching excellence and international    benefit from a range of academic and                                                                                                                  Queen's can provide about           key part of Queen's learning
                                                                                                                                          12   A Global Experience
research, Belfast is known for its warm      professional opportunities available                                                                                                                  our postgraduate courses and        model. Through Connected
welcome, rich culture and being a vibrant    through our global connections.                                                              14   Research with Global Impact
                                                                                                                                                                                                   campus life, contingent on          Learning, you will receive
hub for the creative and tech sectors.                                                                                                    16   Global Research Institutes                          current Government restrictions     a blend of face-to-face
                                             As we find ourselves in the midst of a
A perfect combination to ensure a                                                                                                                                                                  and guidelines on COVID-19.         teaching and virtual learning.
                                             global pandemic, may I assure you that                                                       20 Northern Ireland: Big Heart | Big Vision
memorable postgraduate experience.
                                             the safety and wellbeing of our staff and                                                                                                             Queen's has taken every             If you are a researcher, your
                                                                                                                                          24 Belfast: Friendly, Affordable, Ambitious
From the day you arrive at Queen’s,          students is the University’s first priority.                                                                                                          precaution to ensure the safety     supervisor will be in touch
you will be part of a world-class            While some aspects of how we do                                                              28 Accommodation                                         of all our students and that        with you directly to talk
international university with a              things may have changed, we are no less                                                      34 Applying to Queen's                                   all information is up-to-date.      through the approach that
thriving multi-cultural postgraduate         committed to helping our postgraduates                                                                                                                These measures are outlined         best suits your needs and to
culture built on teaching excellence,        become thinkers, communicators,                                                              38 Student Finance and Funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                   in our 'Campus Commitment'.         identify how your research
leading-edge research, innovation,           innovators and leaders who are future-                                                       40 Funding for Postgraduate Study                                                            can be undertaken, safely.
collaboration and engagement.                ready and can rise to the challenges                                                                                                                  It offers clarity and reassurance
                                             of these unprecedented times.                                                                44 Your Postgraduate Taught Journey                      on the type of learning and         You'll talk to lecturers and
In many ways, The Graduate School                                                                                                            to Queen's                                            student experience you              fellow students regularly, still
at Queen’s embodies the outstanding          I do hope you choose Queen’s for an                                                                                                                   can expect. Visit        undertake group/lab work and
quality of the University. The beautiful     outstanding postgraduate experience                                                          46 Postgraduate Taught Programmes
                                                                                                                                                                                                   our-campus-commitment               receive the world-class teaching
state-of-the-art building reflects our       – we look forward to welcoming you                                                           48 Your Postgraduate Research Journey                                                        and guidance you would expect
rich history and academic heritage,          and ensuring that your time here                                                                to Queen's                                            Northern Ireland is the least
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from a Russell Group University.
and also speaks of modernity and             becomes the platform for a wonderful,                                                                                                                 populated country in the UK
                                                                                                                                          50 Postgraduate Research Programmes
thriving community. Earlier this year,       exciting and rewarding career.                                                                                                                        (1.8 million) and the first to      Our Student Support and
The Graduate School won a UK-                                                                                                             52 Campus Map                                            introduce contact tracing,          Accommodation teams are on
wide award for Best Postgraduate                                                                                                          54 Getting here                                          making it one of the safest         hand to help and support you,
Student Experience Initiative.* This                                                                                                                                                               places to study in the UK.          or if you have any questions
award was in recognition of the                                                                                                           56 Get in Touch                                                                              about how your course/research
School’s agile response to COVID-19,                                                                                                                                                                                                   might be effected during the
dynamic approach and its unwavering          Professor Ian Greer                                                                                                                                                                       pandemic, a full list of FAQs
commitment and to the wellbeing,             President and Vice-Chancellor                                                                                                                                                             is available here:
training and development for its                                                                                                                                                                                                       home/coronavirus-faqs.
postgraduate students. Such is the spirit    *Times Higher Education World
of Queen’s and our desire to ensure          University Rankings 2020
students are supported and given
                                             *Find a University’s Postgrad Awards

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POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2021 - Queen's University Belfast
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. It's not just about what comes next. It’s about                                                                                                                                    social spaces. It's a vibrant hub, inspiring
something much more dynamic and challenging.
                                                                                                                                                      EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN’S
                                                                                                                                                                                               intellectual exchange and collaboration.

                                                                                                                                                                                               MAKE VALUABLE CONNECTIONS
Being a postgraduate student at Queen’s       The Graduate School is about
is about going beyond – beyond current        intellectual challenge beyond borders.                                                                                                           We have strong links and collaborations
conceptions and categories, redefining        It’s about developing new skills and                                                                                                             with leaders in business, government and
and rethinking assumptions, being             increased personal effectiveness.                                                                                                                the voluntary sector, both locally and
flexible and adaptive.                        It’s about opportunity, innovation                                                                                                               globally. This means you'll benefit from
                                              and enterprise, and a rich, diverse                                                                                                              mentoring relationships and networks,
It’s what we call ‘What’s Next’ thinking.     and inclusive social community.                                                                                                                  and from our international partnerships
We train our postgraduates to become          The Queen’s postgraduate experience                                                                                                              with other graduate schools.
Thinkers, Communicators, Innovators           is about the whole person; helping
and Leaders who are Future-ready.                                                                                                                                                              OUR VIBRANT POSTGRADUATE
                                              you to achieve personal and academic
Key to this is disciplinary excellence,                                                                                                                                                        COMMUNITY
                                              goals that will enable you to stand
and transdisciplinary collaboration.          out in the crowded and increasingly                                                                                                              The Graduate School is a core part of the
A partnership involving academic Schools,     competitive local and global job market.                                                                                                         postgraduate student experience at Queen’s;
Global Research Institutes and The                                                                                                                                                             it’s a community where students from all
Graduate School will enable you to stand                                                                                                                                                       cultures and all disciplines come together to
out as a ‘What’s Next’ thinker. You’ll have                                                                                                                                                    connect and socialise, to develop their personal,
the support of internationally-recognised                                                                                                                                                      professional and academic skills, and to be
leaders in your field of study. Meanwhile,                                                                                                                                                     supported by one another and by our team.
The Graduate School is a world-class
intellectual and social hub, connecting                                                                                                                                                        Recently awarded the ‘Best Postgraduate
students from all disciplines to each                                                                                                                                                          Student Experience Initiative’ in the UK-wide
other and to mentors and employers                                                                                                                                                             Postgrad Awards 2020, The Graduate School
within the University and beyond.                                                                                                                                                              was recognised for its agile response to
                                                                                                                                                                                               the COVID-19 crisis, which saw it quickly
                                                                                                                                                                                               introduce a new virtual programme of
                                                                                                                                                                                               wellbeing, training and development events
                                                                                                                                                                                               for postgraduate students. Testament to
                                              Professor Margaret Topping,                                                                                                                      its commitment to postgraduate students,
                                              Dean of The Graduate School
                                                                                                                                                                                               The Graduate School strives to add an extra
                                                                                                                                                                                               dimension to the postgraduate experience.

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THE                                                        OUR PILLARS
                                                                                                                                            OUR TAILORED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

GRADUATE                                                   These five pillars guide your journey                                            FUTURE READY PROGRAMME FOR               Develop creative confidence        CMI

                                                                                                                                            POSTGRADUATE RESEARCHERS                 and explore ways of being
                                                           through The Graduate School. They                                                                                                                            The Graduate School offers
                                                                                                                                                                                     entrepreneurial, including:
                                                           will form the basis of the development                                           Our Future Ready programme                                                  postgraduate students the
                                                           of your knowledge-base and key                                                   provides postgraduate research           •   Commercialising Your Research opportunity to participate in a
                                                                                                                                            students with employability                  Explore how to make money      Level 7 Certificate in Strategic
'WHAT'S NEXT' THINKING                                     competencies, allowing you to test
                                                                                                                                            and careers support and
                                                           your ideas and communicate them                                                                                               from your big ideas as we help Leadership and Management
                                                                                                                                            prepares them to put their                   you to turn your research into accredited by CMI (Chartered
                                                           to your audience with impact.
As a member of our postgraduate community,                                                                                                  best foot forward in the job                 real-life commercial projects. Management Institute), at a
you will become one of the exceptional local,                                                                                               market. By completing all 12                                                reduced course fee of £995.
                                                                                                                                            workshops on the programme,              •   IMPACT Social Innovation
national and international students who join                                                                                                                                                                            This programme is available to
                                                                                                                                            students are eligible for the                Challenges
us each year. The Graduate School will assist                                                                                                                                                                           Master’s and PhD students from
                                                                                                                                            Researcher Plus award.                       This programme tackles
you to be a Thinker, Innovator, Leader and                                                                                                                                                                              all disciplinary backgrounds,
                                                                                                                                                                                         real local and global
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and a number of scholarships
Communicator who is Future-Ready.                                                                                                           MASTER YOUR LEADERSHIP                       social challenges with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        are available each year.
                                                               THINKER              FUTURE-READY                                                                                         students working across
                                                               Reflective             Confident                                             Master Your Leadership takes a
                                                                                                                                                                                         multidisciplinary teams to     This programme is designed
YOUR JOURNEY                                                    Critical               Resilient                                            ‘whole person’ approach to the
STARTS HERE                                                     Flexible           Employer-focused                                                                                      design innovative solutions.   to enhance and improve
                                                                                                                                            Postgraduate Taught (student
                                                               Disruptive             Networked                                                                                                                         leadership and management
                                                                                                                                            Master’s level) experience               •   A range of Innovation
The Graduate School offers                                                                                                                                                                                              skills in preparation for the
                                                                                                                                            through a programme of                       workshops, masterclasses and
a tailored development                                                                                                                                                                                                  workplace and will help you to
                                                                                                                                            training and development                     networking events connecting
programme to help inspire                                                                                                                                                                                               develop practical leadership
                                                                                                                                            which complements disciplinary               our student community to
and empower you to                                                                                                                                                                                                      skills as well as theoretical
                                                                                                                                            excellence and develops                      external partners.
reach your full potential.                                                                                                                                                                                              understanding. You can choose
                                   Welcome and                                                                                              employability skills.
It is embedded within               Induction                                                                                                                                        •   One-to-one Enterprise and      to study 2 of the 3 module
a continuous process                                       COMMUNICATOR                 LEADER                                              THE INNOVATION HUB                           Innovation appointments.       options available: Strategic
of reflection and self-                                     Academic writers           Visionary                                                                                                                        Leadership; Project Management;
                                  Individual needs          Publicly engaged            Strategic                                           We are committed to
evaluation.                         assessment                                                                                                                                                                          and Entrepreneurial Practice.
                                                           Socially networked          Self-aware                                           encouraging and supporting
                                                              Professional            Collaborative                                         innovation, entrepreneurship                                                Queen’s is the first university in
INSPIRE you through           Create your own tailored         presenters                                                                   and enterprise. From Design                                                 the UK to offer this programme
access to thought leaders.    programme which meets
                              your development needs
                                                                                                                                            Thinking, harnessing the                                                    as a stand-alone qualification
DEVELOP your skills                                                                                                                         collective expertise of students                                            for postgraduate students.
through an individual                                                                                                                       to collaborative solutions,
                                Ongoing, specialist
training programme.          support to help you realise
                                                                                                                                            to individual one-to-one
                                what’s next for you                                                                                         business mentoring support for
APPLY these skills and                                       INNOVATOR                                                                      students who have ideas they
knowledge through                   All within an               Creative                                                                    want to grow into a business,
real-world challenges.           engaging, vibrant,          Business aware                                                                 we deliver a wide range of
                               inclusive postgraduate         Risk manager                                                                  creative support in our hub.
                                     community               Insight driven

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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
THE CROWD                         (POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT)
                                                                                                                                                                                               One-to-one careers and
                                                                       The Graduate School supports                                                                                            enterprise guidance
High-quality, transdisciplinary   Queen’s Graduate Plus award          partnerships between
training and development          is a vehicle for accrediting         postgraduates, local businesses,                                                                                        Career events and
will make you stand out in a      work-related learning and skills     enterprises and research                                                                                                employer fairs
fast-paced, changing global job   that current postgraduate            stakeholders. There is a range of
market. We’ll help you become     Taught students develop                                                                                                                                      Academic skills
                                                                       bespoke networking, employer                                                                                            development
future leaders by letting you     through extra-curricular             and community challenges
apply your knowledge to real-     activities, including the range of   to help postgraduates realise                                                                                           Peer mentoring support
world challenges, giving you      skills development workshops         their research impact and to
the confidence and skills to      offered by The Graduate                                                                                                                                      Graduate and Researcher
                                                                       contribute in a practical way
gain an edge in your career.      School. The Graduate Plus is                                                                                                                                 Plus awards
                                                                       to shaping a better world.
                                  a specific award for Master's
                                  students and is recognised           WE INVEST IN YOUR IDEAS                                                                                                 initiatives funding
                                  by a range of employers.             The Graduate School offers
Develop readiness for the                                                                                                                                                                      Community events
                                                                       funding to assist postgraduate
future and manage your own        RESEARCHER PLUS AWARD                                                                                                                                        and social gatherings
                                  (POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH)              students in organising academic
career, whether in academia
                                                                       events and cultural interventions                                                                                       Space for group working
or beyond. As well as central     As well as developing research
                                                                       which work to bring together                                                                                            and silent study
career and employer events,       expertise in your subject
                                                                       the wider communities within
we offer career development       discipline, postgraduate Research
programmes to support you as      students have opportunities
                                                                       both postgraduate Taught                                                                                                High-quality, transdisciplinary
                                                                       and Research student bodies                                                                                             training and development
you embark on your next steps.    to develop a range of skills
                                                                       at Queen’s. Develop your                                                                                                that will make you stand out.
                                  transferable beyond research
                                                                       leadership, communication and
                                  degrees to both academic
                                                                       project management skills by
                                  and non-academic careers.
                                                                       managing events and budgets
                                  Researcher Plus provides official
                                                                       through first-hand experience.
                                  recognition of skills and assists
                                  researchers in demonstrating         Visit our online Course Finder
                                  them to employers.         

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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                                                                                                    and IT advice and support.                 accurate and non-judgemental
                                         anywhere access to the resources           the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre
state-of-the-art postgraduate                                                                                                                                                 advice and representation on
                                         you need. Our library resources            Research is a world-class studio               CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY                                                            Currently there are four different
teaching and research facilities also                                                                                              AND SKILLS                                 issues like money, education,
                                         had a 91% satisfaction rate in the         theatre for performing arts students.                                                                                            lecture-style, workshop-format
includes a new School of Biological                                                                                                Develop and achieve your career            accommodation, course funding,
                                         National Student Survey (NSS) 2019,                                                                                                                                         classes covering reading, writing,
Sciences, the new interdisciplinary                                                 OUR BOUTIQUE CINEMA                            potential, connecting students             and health and wellbeing.
                                         establishing Queen’s among the best                                                                                                                                         listening and speaking.
KN Cheung SK Chin Intersim Centre,                                                                                                 with employers, careers guidance,
the School of Law building (featuring    UK universities in these categories.       Queen’s very own, full-time cinema,                                                       CHILDCARE                              • Seminar, Communication
                                                                                                                                   information, development
a pioneering Moot Court Room),                                                      Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), presents                                                      A range of childcare support,            and Presentation Skills
                                         LANGUAGE CENTRE                                                                           programmes, work (local and
a growing Management School at                                                      the best in classic and new world                                                         including full-time daycare,           • Accuracy in Academic English
                                                                                                                                   international) and study opportunities.
Riddel Hall, the Wellcome-Wolfson                                                   cinema. The QFT has been bringing                                                         out-of-school care and a               • Academic Writing and Referencing
                                         Acquire skills in a foreign                                                               Find out more at
Institute for Experimental Medicine,                                                a high-quality film experience to                                                         summer activities scheme.              • Dissertation Workshops
                                         language and improve your
and innovative engineering hubs.         career prospects through our               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
                                                                                                                                   advice, and welcome and                                                 
Lanyon Building, underscores             career. The centre has classes in 17                £350M INVESTED IN                                                                HEALTH
Queen’s University's ability to blend                                                         THE LAST DECADE                      orientation programmes.                    Healthcare and prescriptions are
                                         languages and self-study courses in                   FOR FACILITIES
together history and heritage with       more than 80 languages. Translation                                                                                                  free in Northern Ireland through the
cutting-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
                                                                                                                                                                             STUDENT SUPPORT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  THE GRADUATE DIPLOMA

EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                                                                   The International Student Support    Designed to provide international students
                                                                                                                                      dynamic and challenging. We
                                                                                                                                      examine ideas about the world          team support international           who do not qualify for direct entry to the
                                                                                                                                      and tackle global issues through       students when they arrive in         University with a selected postgraduate
The world is coming to Northern Ireland                                     PREPARING THE PATH TO SUCCESSFUL STUDY                    interdisciplinary thinking.            the UK. They offer specialist        programme at Queen’s University Belfast.
to live, work and learn.                                                                                                                                                     visa and immigration advice,
                                                                            INTO Queen’s University Belfast provides a range          Our Graduate School provides                                                There are two intakes for students,
                                                                                                                                                                             orientation programmes and a
                                                                            of specialist academic programmes in Finance,             an environment that encourages                                              September and January, with three
OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY                At Queen’s you will receive                                                                                                              ‘welcome’ service – including
                                                                            Management, Business, Humanities, Social                  student-led initiatives. It is an                                           Graduate Diploma pathways available:
Queen’s ranked 21st in the          an outstanding international                                                                                                             tours of the campus facilities and
                                                                            Sciences, Architecture, Engineering and Science,          interactive and international
world for international outlook     experience to help you compete                                                                                                           the city of Belfast. They can also   • Graduate Diploma in Finance
                                                                            as well as English Language courses, to prepare           microclimate where you can
(Times Higher Education World       in the global job market – to be                                                                                                         advise on adjusting to academic      • Graduate Diploma in Management
                                                                            international students for future study at Queen’s.       engage with fellow students
University Rankings 2021).          a success wherever in the world                                                                                                          study and life in university         • Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences
                                    your career may take you.               Located on the Queen’s campus, INTO Queen’s               and academics as equals.               accommodation, or answer
We currently have over 3,000                                                students have access to all Queen’s facilities                                                   queries on living expenses and       Students who successfully complete the
international students from over    THE EXCITING                            and are taught to the highest standards by                STUDENT WELLBEING                      local immigration requirements.      Graduate Diploma programme and meet the
80 countries. We have more          QUEEN’S QUARTER                         experienced, qualified teaching staff. Students           Whatever the query or problem,         Find out more at      specific grades for entry will be guaranteed
than 650 international staff        This is one of the most culturally      can also avail of excellent support services from         no matter how big or small, the                                             entry to a designated postgraduate degree
from over 70 nationalities.         diverse and cosmopolitan                the INTO Student Services team, dedicated to              support team will do their best        ASK US ANYTHING                      programme at Queen’s University Belfast.
                                    corners of Northern Ireland.            helping support students during their studies.            to help you by exploring options,      Our International Student
We have international links with                                                                                                                                                                                  Visit:
                                    Within 10 minutes of our main                                                                     providing information and making       Support team will be delighted to
over 250 partner institutions                                               Visit:                                                                                                       International-students/Applying/
                                    campus, there are restaurants                                                                     you aware of sources of support.       hear from you. Get in touch at
and we collaborate with 3,000                                               International-students/Applying/                                                                                                      University-Preparation-Courses
                                    for all tastes and traditions, side                                                                                            
local, national and international   by side with halal grocers and          University-Preparation-Courses
employers. These links will help    international supermarkets,
you develop your skills and make                                            PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH
                                    as well as local shops and
an impact on the world.             entertainment venues.                   This course provides students with short and
                                                                            intensive preparation in academic English. It’s
Our partnerships are worldwide      Throughout the year, there are          suitable for those students already holding an offer
– with institutions like Dubai      significant multicultural events        for a postgraduate degree at Queen’s, conditional
Healthcare City, where we           for all our students, marking           on obtaining the required English language level.
have helped to develop              key dates such as the Chinese
the Mohammed Bin Rashid             New Year, Eid and Diwali.               COURSE FEATURES
University for Medicine and                                                 • Designed to improve your English
Health Sciences; or with China      “Queen’s is a great academic              language skills to the level required
Medical University in Shenyang,     resource and a unique, human            • Adjust to the demands, challenges and
establishing the China Queen’s      environment that motivated                expectations of UK higher education
College, where Chinese students     me to achieve, and engage               • How to give presentations on different
are studying in their home                                                    areas of academic interest
country for a degree from
                                    with world-class academics.”
                                                                            • Adapt to living and studying in the
Queen’s University Belfast.         Claire Zhao,                              UK prior to beginning studies
                                    PGR Doctoral student
                                                                            Find out full details of the courses available by

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POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2021 - Queen's University Belfast
RESEARCH WITH                                                                                                                                                                                    OUR WORLD-
GLOBAL IMPACT                                                                                                                                                                                    RANKING
We’re answering the big questions and we’re doing it here in Belfast.                                                                                                                            RESEARCH
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 209 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 day 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 Patrick G
DRIVING CLEAN TRANSPORT              Malaysian oil and gas giant
                                                                         making exciting discoveries to                                                                                          Johnston Centre for Cancer
Queen’s has been at the              PETRONAS has led to the
                                                                         advance our global society.                                                                                             Research, 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 2021
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 2021 - Queen's University Belfast
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,
                                                                                                                                                           Centre Director, Wellcome-               Research and Cell Biology           Centre for Public Health
THE INSTITUTE FOR                   2013. The IGFS has gained an                                                                                           Wolfson Institute for                    is developing cancer                and the Institute for
GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY                international reputation in                                                                                            Experimental Medicine.                   treatments and pioneering           Global Food Security.
Queen’s University was rated No     several areas of food integrity,                                                                                                                                advances in patient care.
1 in the UK for Agriculture, Food   including uncovering high levels                                                                                       THE INSTITUTE FOR                        The Patrick G Johnston Centre       The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute
and Veterinary Sciences in the      of natural, toxic arsenic in rice,                                                                                     HEALTH SCIENCES                          for Cancer Research focuses         for Experimental Medicine
most recent REF assessment of       the staple diet of half the world’s                                                                                    The Institute for Health                 on accelerating the delivery        houses 50 research groups
research intensity (2014). Since    population; and evidencing a                                                                                           Sciences at Queen’s University           of scientific discovery to          focusing on translating blue-sky
then, the Institute for Global      link between certain diets and                                                                                         is focused on addressing                 clinical application, working       discovery science to solve global
Food Security (IGFS) has been       brain function in middle age.                                                                                          major global challenges in the           through global networks to          health problems of the lung
engaged in specialist research                                                                                                                             areas of cancer, respiratory             develop cancer treatments and       (asthma and cystic fibrosis), the
around the integrity and            The relationships between food,
                                                                                                                                                           conditions, eye disease and              pioneering advances in patient      eye (diabetic retinopathy), the
sustainability of food systems      nutrition and health is a large
                                                                                                                                                           diabetic vascular complications          care. Major programmatic            heart (vascular dysfunction),
across the world, from soil to      aspect of research in IGFS. Its
                                                                                                                                                           and antimicrobial resistance.            awards in colorectal and prostate   and infectious pandemic.
society. Led by Professor Nigel     many international partnerships
                                                                                                                                                                                                    cancer, digital and molecular
Scollan, an expert in animal        include membership of EIT Food,                                                                                        The Institute promotes                                                       We are globally recognised by our
                                                                                                                                                                                                    pathology underpin the focus
agriculture, the Institute’s work   a knowledge and innovation                                                                                             interdisciplinary research in                                                research on microbes resistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                    on Precision Medicine. Recent
is guided by three main themes      community involving 50 plus                                                                                            each of these areas through                                                  to all antibiotics, and we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                    advances at The Patrick G
– the development of future         companies, universities and                                                                                            integration of basic scientific                                              embarked on a programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Johnston Centre for Cancer
farming and food systems;           scientific partners across the                                                                                         and population-based research,                                               to find new treatments for
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Research include the discovery
food safety and traceability;       world. The IGFS is positioned                                                                                          translational platforms and                                                  COVID-19. The Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of how a genomic approach to
and human nutrition.                within a new, purpose-built                                                                                            delivery of innovative clinical                                              embraces the work in humans as
                                                                                                                                                                                                    understanding bowel cancer
                                    £40m Biological Sciences                                                                                               trials and clinical research.                                                a core strategy to fast track our
Currently it is leading one of                                                                                                                                                                      could improve the prognosis
                                    building at Queen’s, which                                                                                                                                                                          discoveries into the clinical use.
the world’s largest food-safety                                                                                                                            The Institute has three                  and quality of life for patients.
                                    provides teaching/research
projects, a Europe-China            facilities for 750 students                                                                                            operational divisions: The Patrick       The Centre for Public Health        Together the three divisions are
partnership to tackle food fraud,   and 250 staff. This building                                                                                           G Johnston Centre for Cancer             is working to understand the        exploiting advanced technologies
through an award of €10m by the     also houses some of the most                                                                                           Research, the Centre for Public          causes of the major local and       and facilities to promote
EU Horizon 2020 programme           specialist lab equipment of any                                                                                        Health (CPH) and, our latest             global health problems today        interdisciplinary collaboration
and the Chinese Ministry of         UK university including advanced                                                                                       addition, the Wellcome-Wolfson           from screening programmes to        and competitive research
Science and Technology. The         mass spectrometry kit, used by                                                                                         Institute for Experimental               reducing the burden of chronic      programmes in partnership
project is being coordinated        the IGFS researchers to underpin                                                                                       Medicine (WWIEM). The state-of           disease. Recent research from       with the health and social
by Professor Chris Elliott who      and advance knowledge to                                                                                               the-art facilities developed             the CPH informed World              care sector and local, national
led the independent review of       help provide solutions to major                                                                                        at the Institute are part of an          Health Organisation (Europe)        and global pharmaceutical
the UK’s food system, following     challenges in our food system.        The Institute for Global Food Security, tackling one of the                      investment of over £100m over            guidance on green space             and biotech industries.
the horsemeat scandal in                                                  greatest global challenges – a safe and nutritious supply                        the past decade in laboratory and        interventions for health.
                                           of food for the world’s population.                                              clinical research infrastructure.                                  

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We are working to help peace-building in conflict and post-conflict societies, informing and advising                                 Professor Máire O'Neill, Director, Institute of Electronics,                          CWI - Developing truly disruptive,
some of the highest level diplomatic decision making 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 Ireland          Innovation and Knowledge Centre          protecting the online activity
                                           governance reform of state
governments, international agencies                                                                                                   into a world-leading centre for                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                                                                                                 enterprise and innovation. It is based         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                                                                                                   at Catalyst – formerly the Northern            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          Ireland Science Park – where it                innovation programmes such as
the work of the Mitchell Institute.        multidisciplinarity and                       responses to a range of security risks?      became the anchor tenant in 2004.              HutZero, Cyber 101 and London          • Professor Máire O'Neill appointed
                                           interdisciplinarity, with international                                                                                                   Office of Rapid Cybersecurity            to the UK AI Council
Senator George J. Mitchell was a major                                                 • How do values and beliefs                    Our world has become increasingly
                                           researchers from fields as diverse                                                                                                        Advancement (LORCA).
influence in bringing peace to                                                           in different cultures shape                  digitised. But with this digital growth,                                              At CSIT, multinational partners include
                                           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     Allstate, BAE Systems, eBay, Seagate,
                                           Management and Planning working
Chancellor). The Institute’s role is to                                                                                               transmit and secure large volumes of           (CWI) – Developing underpinning        First Derivatives and Thales. It is the
                                           together. This collaborative                An £800,000 award from the Arts
respond to the unprecedented                                                                                                          information and how to accelerate the          technologies for mobile, medical       UK’s largest academic research and
                                           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          innovation centre in cyber security
                                           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 one of the largest in Europe. It
                                           Information Technologies (CSIT)             narrative, music-making and digital
                                                                                                                                                                                     Global Ranking of Academic             has been recognised as an ‘Academic
                                           looking at cyber security and issues        media in conflict transformation.              ECIT is answering these questions              Subjects for telecoms engineering      Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security
                                           of trust, privacy and ethics.                                                              by developing next-generation
                                                                                                                                                  / wireless communications (2nd         Research’ by the UK's NCSC since 2012.
                                                                                                                                      technologies under the research theme          in the UK and 5th in Europe).
                                                                                                                                      of secure connected intelligence.                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                   • The Centre for Data Sciences and
                                                                                                                                                                                     Scalable Computing - Developing
                                                                                                                                                                                     systems for the data-driven society.

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                                                                                     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.

                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7.    The Spirit of Belfast

IRELAND                                                                                                                                                                                                           2.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        City Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Titanic Quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    City Hall Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Portrush Strand

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

                                                                                                                                                   1                                                          2

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
     happiest place to
     live in the UK,
     (Lloyds Bank Happiness
     Index 2020)

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:                                                                                                                                                                                         A LOW COST OF LIVING
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Northern Ireland has the lowest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     GETTING AROUND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Belfast is a compact city, best

A PROFESSIONAL CITY                                                                                                                                                                              student cost of living in the UK.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 In fact, it’s over £5,000 per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     explored by foot or by bicycle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The city’s popular Belfast Bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                 year cheaper for students to live   scheme has cycle racks located all
INNOVATION AT ITS HEART             world’s most business friendly                                                                                                                               in Northern Ireland compared        over the city. There are good bus
Belfast has a long and proud        small-medium sized city (Financial                                                                                                                           to London (Which? University,       and train services, with student
history of industry and             Times’ fDi Intelligence, 2018).                                                                                                                              2018). At an average of £90         travel discounts widely available.
innovation, from ship building                                                                                                                                                                   per week, Belfast was found to
to linen manufacturing. In          The prevalence of venture                                                                                                                                    have the cheapest weekly rent       A CITY OF CULTURE

the 18th century, Belfast had       capitalists, business angels and                                                                                                                             compared to anywhere else in        Beautiful architecture, art
a strong pro-abolition and          private investors mean that                                                                                                                                  the UK in 2018 (       galleries and museums, such
antislavery movement ahead          young, high potential companies                                                                                                                              The average student’s cinema        as the Ulster and Titanic
of most UK cities. The Good         are booming in the city.                                                                                                                                     ticket costs £4.95 and just £4      Museums, shape the city’s
Friday Agreement of 2018                                                                                                                                                                         in Queen’s Film Theatre – less      unique character. There’s a
                                    There are almost 1,100                                                                                                                                       than half the price of London.      thriving music and arts scene
pointed to Northern Ireland as      international companies located
a global role model for peace                                                                                                                                                                                                        in a modern cultural landscape
                                    in Northern Ireland, employing                                                                                                                                                                   of cool gig venues, popup
and Northern Ireland happiest       nearly 100,000 people, and
place to live in the UK, (Lloyds                                                                                                                                                                                                     theatres and urban festivals.
                                    Belfast is the second most
Bank Happiness Index 2020).         successful city in the UK (after                                                                                                                                                                 Queen’s University is at the
Technological advances infiltrate   London) for attracting US trade.                                                                                                                                                                 heart of a city of artists, poets,
every sector, helping to build      Belfast is also one of Europe’s                                                                                                                                                                  writers and musicians celebrated
our competitiveness on the          top 10 small cities for Foreign                                                                                                                                                                  in the Cathedral Quarter, with
global stage. In fact, Belfast is   Direct Investment strategy                                                                                                                                                                       its busy restaurants, pubs and
Europe’s leading FDI destination    (Financial Times, fDi European                                                                                                                                                                   arts venues, such as The MAC
for new software development        Cities of the Future, 2018).                                                                                                                                                                     and the Black Box. The energy
by job creation (fDi Markets                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the city is tangible in the
                                    The Titanic Quarter has become                                                                                                                                                                   legendary nightclubs, artisan
FT 2020) 2014-2020.                 an economic and technological                                                                                                                                                                    cafes, cloth-cap bars and cobbled
                                    powerhouse, hosting global                                                                                                                                                                       streets, where street art, street
                                    companies such as Citi, Microsoft,                                                                                                                                                               food and street markets deliver
                                    IBM and HBO. Catalyst, formerly                                                                                                                                                                  a colourful punch at every turn.
Today, Belfast is an inward         the NI Science Park, houses
magnet for investment. The          200 companies which are
number of international             spearheading tech innovation.
businesses operating in Northern    It is also the home of Queen’s
Ireland has risen by 61 per         globally-renowned Centre for                                                                                                                                                                          Northern Ireland,
cent (Source: NISRA - Inter                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lowest Cost of
                                    Secure Information Technologies
Departmental Business Register      which has helped to create 1,100                                                                                                                                                                      Living in the UK
2020). Its young, dynamic           new jobs in cyber security in
population is a thriving business                                                                                                                                                                                                         (Which? University, 2018)
                                    Belfast over the past three years.
community with a determination
to succeed and is ranked as the

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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 2020/21 ranged from
UK, as well as being located within easy                                                                                        benefit from the advantages of                                               COUPLES AND FAMILIES
                                                                                                                                                                         £75* per week if sharing a twin
walking distance of the University.                                                                                             the University managing and              room and up to £175* for an         We have a wide range of
                                                                                                                                supporting their living needs.           exclusive one-bedroom apartment     accommodation options for
                                                                                                                                This includes a residential life         in 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.
     • 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             *prices are based on 2020-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             21 Academic Year.

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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.
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
                                      ELMS BT1 AND BT2                                        College Gardens,
Private rent in Belfast is lower                                                              Mount Charles                                                                                   premium apartments (family
                                                                                                                                              10-minute walk
than in other UK cities and there            City centre, close to city retail                                                                                                                apartments available)
                                                                                              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
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                                             six-bed apartments and studios
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     Detailed entry requirements and
     further information on individual
     programmes is available on the
     University’s online Course Finder at

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Applications for admission to                If demand for a course is high, it may        ACCEPTABILITY OF QUALIFICATIONS               RECOGNITION OF PRIOR
the majority of postgraduate                 be necessary for us to introduce an           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 from         The University operates a Recognition
Portal ( The           Early application is also recommended,        a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher            of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme which
online system also allows application        as, for a number of our courses,              Education Provider, or an equivalent          recognises relevant prior learning for                      INTO has helped many thousands of international students
for funding where appropriate.               arrangements may have to be made              qualification acceptable to the University    admission and/or credit purposes.                           to study abroad and achieve their academic ambitions.
                                                                                           is normally required. Professional
                                             for interviews. In addition, international                                                  For some programmes, admission                              We believe no one does it better.
The following programmes have                applicants need to allow sufficient           qualifications and/or experience
separate application procedures,                                                           may be considered in combination              under Recognition of Prior Experiential                     APPLY NOW FOR 2021 START DATES
                                             time to obtain a student entry visa.                                                        Learning (RPEL) may be permitted
so please refer to the appropriate                                                         with academic qualifications for
                                                                                                                                         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         entry to some programmes.
                                                                                                                                         under the individual programme                              here’s how it works:
                                             postgraduate research programmes
• Postgraduate Diploma in Professional                                                     Only qualifications that have been            entry in the online Course Finder.
  Legal Studies (Institute of Professional
                                             however you should check the website
                                                                                           awarded by accredited Higher                  Please visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                     YOUR APPLICATION IN SEVEN EASY STEPS
                                             of the School/Institute in which you
  Legal Studies:             hope to conduct your research for             Education Providers, recognised by            for the University’s RPL Policy and                          1 Fill in your online application       - an English language
                                             information on deadline dates (and            the University, will be accepted. If you      information on application procedures.                         form with your chosen                   certificate, eg IELTS
• Doctorate in Educational, Child                                                          are an international student with a                                                                          course and university here:
  and Adolescent Psychology                  eligibility requirements) for postgraduate                                                                                                                                                   5 You'll receive an offer letter,
                                             funding applications. This will also          query about the acceptability of your                                                              
  (School of Psychology: go.qub.                                                                                                                                                                                                            with information on tuition
                                             determine when your application               academic qualification, you should                                                                           to/university/queens-                                                                                                                                                                                                                         fees and accommodation
                                             for a place should be submitted.              refer to the ‘Your Country’ section                                                                          university-belfast
A step-by-step guide on the application                                                    of the University’s website (go.qub.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 You'll receive a confirmation
and admissions process is available at       Closing dates apply for admission to the for advice on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 Once you have paid your fees,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        email to let you know that If you      following postgraduate programmes:            comparability with UK qualifications.                                                                                                             we'll send you the documents
                                                                                                                                                                                                        we've received your
need further advice, please contact:                                                                                                                                                                                                         you need to apply
                                             • Postgraduate Certificate                    A guide to the general entry                                                                                 application.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for your visa.
Admissions and Access Service                  in Education (PGCE)                         requirements for postgraduate taught
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 You'll receive a reply from
                                                                                           programmes, expressed in terms of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7 Apply for a visa. If you have
Queen’s University Belfast                   • Postgraduate Diploma in                                                                                                                                  one of our enrolment
                                                                                           UK Honours degree classifications,                                                                                                                any questions about your visa,
Belfast                                        Professional Legal Studies                                                                                                                               services team within
                                                                                           is provided in each subject section                                                                                                               please get in touch - our
BT7 1NN                                                                                                                                                                                                 two working days.
                                                                                           within this Prospectus. Detailed entry                                                                                                            support team are
T +44 (0)28 9097 3004                        • Professional Doctorates in Psychology
                                                                                           requirements and further information
                                                                                                                                                                                                     4 You'll be asked to                    happy to help!
F +44 (0)28 9097 5151
                                             • MA Global Security and Borders              on individual programmes is available                                                                        provide the following
                                                                                           on the University’s online Course                                                                            supporting documents:
WHEN TO APPLY                                • PGT courses within the                      Finder at
                                               School of Social Sciences,                                                                                                                                - a copy of your passport
Where a closing date does not apply,           Education and Social Work                                                                                                                                 - a copy of your latest
we do recommend that you apply                                                                                                                                                                             academic transcript
as early as possible, ideally no later       Please check our online Course Finder
                                                                                                                                                                                                           (or mid-term report if
than mid-late July, for courses which        for full details of application closing
                                                                                                                                                                                                           you are still studying)
commence in mid-late September.              dates (

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