QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST - POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2022

 
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST - POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2022
POSTGRADUATE
PROSPECTUS
2022
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST - POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2022
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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QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST - POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2022
CONTENTS                                                                                                  WELCOME
    4    Why Postgraduate Study at Queen’s?                                                                   Thank you for considering joining            At Queen’s, we want to ensure              with the Graduate School and we
                                                                                                              us at Queen’s University Belfast             students are supported and given           believe that as Queen's postgraduate
    5    The Graduate School                                                                                  for your postgraduate studies.               every opportunity to develop their         students, you’ll reap many rewards.
    8    Your Future Career                                                                                                                                personal, professional and academic
                                                                                                              Queen’s is ranked 43 in the world in                                                    Our Leadership Institute provides
                                                                                                                                                           skills and we are proud that we are
    10   World-Class Facilities                                                                               the Times Higher Education Impact                                                       executive programmes through its
                                                                                                                                                           in the top 170 universities in the
                                                                                                              Rankings 2021 and situated in the                                                       relationships with business experts
    11   Support Services                                                                                                                                  world for graduate prospects.*
                                                                                                              heart of one of the capital cities in                                                   and Our Degree Plus and Researcher
    12   A Global Experience                                                                                  Europe. While Queen’s is renowned            We recently launched Strategy              Plus initiatives help our students
                                                                                                              for its teaching excellence and              2030 to set out our ambition               gain key leadership positions both
    14   Research That Changes Lives                                                                          international research, Belfast is           for the next ten years to shape a          nationally and internationally.
                                                                                                              known for its warm welcome, rich             better world through life-changing
    22 Northern Ireland: Big Heart | Big Vision                                                                                                                                                       I do hope you choose Queen’s, where
                                                                                                              culture and being a vibrant hub              education and research across
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know you will enjoy an outstanding
    26 Belfast: Friendly, Affordable, Ambitious                                                               for the creative and tech sectors;           our disciplines, investing in our
                                                                                                                                                                                                      postgraduate experience – we look
                                                                                                              a perfect combination to ensure a            people, both students and staff, to
    30 One Elmwood: The Heartbeat                                                                                                                                                                     forward to welcoming you and
                                                                                                              memorable postgraduate experience.           ensure excellence and impact.
       for Life at Queen's                                                                                                                                                                            ensuring that your time here becomes
                                                                                                              A perfect combination to ensure a            Our vision is that of a global research-   the platform for a wonderful,
    32 The New Home of the SU                                                                                 memorable postgraduate experience.           intensive university, generating           exciting and rewarding career.
    34 Accommodation                                                                                                                                       internationally leading research
                                                                                                              From the day you arrive at Queen’s,
                                                                                                                                                           coupled with outstanding teaching
    40 Applying to Queen's                                                                                    you will be part of a world-class
                                                                                                                                                           and learning, focused on the needs
                                                                                                              international university with a
    44 Student Finance and Funding                                                                                                                         of our society, locally and globally.
                                                                                                              thriving multi-cultural postgraduate
    46 Funding for Postgraduate Study                                                                         culture built on teaching excellence,        Our university is ranked 17 in the
                                                                                                              cutting-edge research, innovation,           world for international outlook** and      Professor Ian Greer
    50 Your Postgraduate Taught Journey                                                                       collaboration and engagement.                as part of our new strategy we will        President and Vice-Chancellor
       to Queen's                                                                                                                                          build on that success, by identifying
                                                                                                              In many ways, The Graduate
                                                                                                                                                           and investing in opportunities that        * QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022
    52 Postgraduate Taught Programmes                                                                         School at Queen’s embodies the
                                                                                                                                                           promote global mobility for our
                                                                                                              outstanding quality of the University                                                   ** Times Higher Education World
    62 Your Postgraduate Research Journey                                                                                                                  staff and students, sustained and          University Rankings 2022
                                                                                                              and delivers much added value
       to Queen's                                                                                                                                          sustainable research programmes
                                                                                                              to our postgraduate courses.
                                                                                                                                                           and postgraduate collaborations.
    64 Postgraduate Research Programmes                                                                       The beautiful state-of-the-art
                                                                                                                                                           We are delighted that 94 per cent of
    70 Campus Map                                                                                             building reflects our rich history and
                                                                                                                                                           our current international postgraduate
                                                                                                              academic heritage, and also speaks of
    72 Getting here                                                                                                                                        students say that they are satisfied
                                                                                                              modernity and a thriving community.
    74 Get in Touch

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

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

WELCOME FROM PROFESSOR MARGARET TOPPING                                                                                                                 SCHOOL                                   and remodelled Victorian Lynn library,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 where distinguished heritage meets
                                                                                                                                                                                                 21st-century vision. This fully accessible
                                                                                                                                                        THE GATEWAY TO YOUR                      space has modern, hi-tech meeting and
The Graduate School is the gateway to your postgraduate                                                                                                 POSTGRADUATE                             group study rooms, a silent study area and
experience. 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
                                              Pro Vice-Chancellor for                                                                                                                            its commitment to postgraduate students,
                                              Internationalisation and Engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Graduate School strives to add an extra
                                                                                                                                                                                                 dimension to the postgraduate experience.

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THE                                                                   OUR PILLARS
                                                                                                                                                YOUR DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIALIST SUPPORT

GRADUATE                                                              These five pillars guide your journey                                     The Graduate School’s                    postgraduate students to help        to study 2 of the 3 module

SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                                postgraduate development                 their organisations uncover          options available: Strategic
                                                                      through The Graduate School. They
                                                                                                                                                programme has been prepared              solutions and overcome               Leadership; Project Management;
                                                                      will form the basis of the development
                                                                                                                                                with you in mind. We will help           barriers. Employers call on the      and Entrepreneurial Practice.
                                                                      of your knowledge-base and key                                            you to navigate the many                 expertise of Queen’s students        Queen’s is the first university in
'WHAT'S NEXT' THINKING                                                competencies, allowing you to test                                        opportunities available to you as a      who create solutions. Students       the UK to offer this programme
                                                                      your ideas and communicate them                                           postgraduate student at Queen’s,         can pitch their ideas back to        as a stand-alone qualification for
                                                                      to your audience with impact.                                             providing guidance and support           the employer directly. Taking        postgraduate students.
As a member of our postgraduate community,
                                                                                                                                                for whatever stage you are at on         part in an employer challenge
you will become one of the exceptional local,                                                                                                                                                                                 MASTER YOUR LEADERSHIP
                                                                                                                                                your postgraduate journey.               will help you to experience and
national and international students who join                                                                                                                                                                                  Master Your Leadership takes
                                                                                                                                                ACADEMIC ESSENTIALS                      apply personal leadership skills
us each year. The Graduate School will assist                                                                                                                                            in a simulated reality of ‘work’     a ‘whole person’ approach
you to be a Thinker, Innovator, Leader and                                                                                                      The Graduate School can help             that builds confidence, empathy,     to the postgraduate taught
Communicator who is Future-Ready.                                                                                                               you to demystify, prepare for, and       communication and team-working       experience through a programme
                                                                           THINKER              FUTURE-READY                                    navigate your academic training.                                              of training and development
                                                                           Reflective             Confident                                                                              skills and competences.
YOUR JOURNEY                                                                Critical               Resilient                                    Academic support workshops will                                               which complements disciplinary
                                                                                                                                                                                         CHARTERED MANAGEMENT
STARTS HERE                                                                 Flexible           Employer-focused                                 enable you to understand what is                                              excellence and develops
                                                                                                                                                                                         INSTITUTE ACCREDITED
                                                                           Disruptive             Networked                                     required of you as a postgraduate                                             employability skills. Leadership
The Graduate School offers                                                                                                                                                               LEVEL 7 QUALIFICATION
                                                                                                                                                student and support you to                                                    in this new virtual world is about
a tailored development                                                                                                                          develop the skills you will need to      The Graduate School offers           promoting collaboration and
programme to help inspire and                                                                                                                   succeed. Perfect your academic           postgraduate students the            motivating yourself and others.
empower you to reach your                                                                                                                       writing style, produce high-quality      opportunity to participate in a      This programme will help you to
full potential. It is embedded           Welcome and                                                                                            research and learn how to project        Level 7 Certificate in Strategic     develop the skills and behaviours
within a continuous process of            Induction                                                                                             manage your studies.                     Leadership and Management            needed to take on these new
reflection and self-evaluation.                                       COMMUNICATOR                  LEADER                                                                               accredited by CMI (Chartered         leadership challenges.
                                                                       Academic writers            Visionary                                    PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL
                                        Individual needs               Publicly engaged             Strategic                                   DEVELOPMENT                              Management Institute), at a          COMMUNICATION AND IMPACT
INSPIRE you through                       assessment                  Socially networked           Self-aware                                                                            reduced course fee of £995.
access to thought leaders.                                               Professional             Collaborative                                 Developing ourselves to be the                                                The Graduate School can help
                                                                                                                                                                                         This programme is available to
                                    Create your own tailored              presenters                                                            best we can be is an ongoing             Master’s and PhD students from       you learn how to talk about
DEVELOP your skills through an      programme which meets                                                                                       process. The Graduate School             all disciplinary backgrounds.        your research and its impact,
individual training programme.      your development needs
                                                                                                                                                can help you to increase your            A number of scholarships             challenging you to think more
APPLY these skills and knowledge                                                                                                                awareness of how you make                are available each year. This        innovatively, to grow your
                                      Ongoing, specialist                                                                                       decisions, manage and express                                                 entrepreneurial mindset and to
through real-world challenges.     support to help you realise                                                                                                                           programme is designed to
                                      what’s next for you                                                                                       emotions and work as part of a           enhance and improve leadership       start to apply your creative skills
                                                                        INNOVATOR                                                               team. Graduate School training           and management skills in             to all areas of your work and life.
                                          All within an                    Creative                                                             will enable you to apply your            preparation for the workplace and
                                       engaging, vibrant,               Business aware                                                          skills to real-world challenges.         will help you to develop practical
                                     inclusive postgraduate              Risk manager                                                           We partner with local employers          skills as well as theoretical
                                           community                    Insight driven                                                          who design challenges for                understanding. You can choose

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER
The Graduate School is a community of creative thinkers and world changers,
tackling global challenges, searching for solutions for a better tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                WITH YOU ON
YOUR FUTURE CAREER                 GRADUATE PLUS AWARD                   BUILDING LASTING PARTNERSHIPS
                                   (POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT)
The Graduate School is a                                                 The Graduate School supports
community of creative thinkers
and world changers, tackling
                                   Queen’s Graduate Plus award
                                   is a vehicle for accrediting
                                                                         partnerships between
                                                                         postgraduates, local businesses,
                                                                                                                                                                                                YOUR JOURNEY
global challenges, searching for   work-related learning and skills      enterprises and research                                                                                               One-to-one careers and
solutions for a better tomorrow.   that current postgraduate             stakeholders. There is a range of                                                                                      enterprise guidance
                                   taught students develop through       bespoke networking, employer
POSTGRADUATE CAREERS               extra-curricular activities,          and community challenges                                                                                               Career events and
AND EMPLOYABILITY EVENTS           including the range of skills                                                                                                                                employer fairs
                                                                         to help postgraduates realise
Postgraduates can develop          development workshops                 their research impact and to
readiness for the future and       offered by the Graduate                                                                                                                                      Academic skills
                                                                         contribute in a practical way
be confident in their ability      School. The Graduate Plus is                                                                                                                                 development
                                                                         to shaping a better world.
to manage their own career,        a specific award for Master's                                                                                                                                Peer mentoring support
whether in academia or             students and is recognised            WE INVEST IN YOUR IDEAS
beyond. As well as central         by a range of employers.              The Graduate School offers                                                                                             Graduate and Researcher
career and employer events,                                              funding to assist postgraduate                                                                                         Plus awards
Graduate School employability      RESEARCHER PLUS AWARD
                                                                         students in organising academic                                                                                        Postgraduate-led
                                   (POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH)
programmes, ‘Future Ready’                                               events and cultural interventions
                                   As well as developing research                                                                                                                               initiatives funding
and ‘Master Your Future                                                  which work to bring together
Success’ prepares postgraduate     expertise in a subject discipline,    the wider communities within                                                                                           Community events
students for their next steps.     postgraduate research                 both postgraduate taught                                                                                               and social gatherings
                                   students have opportunities           and research student bodies
                                   to develop a range of skills                                                                                                                                 Space for group working
                                                                         at Queen’s. Develop your
                                   transferable beyond research                                                                                                                                 and silent study
                                                                         leadership, communication and
                                   degrees to both academic              project management skills by
                                   and non-academic careers.                                                                                                                                    High-quality, transdisciplinary
                                                                         managing events and budgets                                                                                            training and development
                                   Researcher Plus provides official     through first-hand experience.
                                   recognition of skills and assists                                                                                                                            that will make you stand out.
                                   researchers in demonstrating          Visit our online Course Finder
                                   them to employers.                    qub.ac.uk/courses

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WORLD-CLASS                              THE MCCLAY LIBRARY                          QUEEN’S SPORT

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
We are a beacon of learning              the latest technology. The newly            (PEC) includes state-of-the-art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT
and innovation, investing                extended facilities support reading         fitness training and weights areas,
                                         spaces for over 2,500 students,             four studios, 25m swimming and                                                                                                      In-sessional English
in the future, providing
outstanding facilities for our           together with computing and                 diving pool, two multipurpose                                                                                                       The In-sessional English Programme
exceptional students and staff.          media services, IT training rooms,          sports halls, a martial arts area,                                                                                                  provides embedded courses on English
                                         quiet study and group work areas,           two climbing walls, eight squash                                                                                                    and Academic Skills for international
NEW CENTRES OF LEARNING                  a cafe, a Language Centre, and              courts and two handball courts.                                                                                                     students in every school in the
                                         a vast array of printed works.                                                                                                                                                  university. These courses are tailored
Over the past decade Queen’s has                                                     ARTS AT QUEEN’S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and timed to ensure all students have
invested £350m in developing our         WI-FI AND TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                     The award-winning Naughton                                                                                                          the opportunity to reach their full
world-class, award-winning facilities.
                                         The Wireless Campus Project is a            Gallery is one of Belfast’s                                                                                                         potential on their university courses.
The recently expanded Computer
Science Building features a new          £1.93m investment programme                 most exciting art spaces.                                                                                                           The courses are designed by students
flexible postgraduate computer           providing a world-class service of                                                                                                                                              and staff at Queens and INTO
                                                                                     The Seamus Heaney Centre for
                                                                                                                                   SUPPORT SERVICES
laboratory, project spaces, breakout     connectivity across the University,                                                                                                                                             Queen’s, whose teachers of English
                                         through more than 2,000 access              Poetry reinforces our reputation
rooms, and a student hub spanning                                                                                                                                                                                        for Academic Purposes deliver the
                                         points. It enables you to have anytime,     as a world literary power, while
three floors. Our investment in                                                                                                                                                                                          courses. In 2020/21, the courses gained
                                         anywhere access to the resources            the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre            Queen's has a network of support services to look after your health,
state-of-the-art postgraduate                                                                                                                                                                                            92% satisfaction from students.
                                         you need. Our library resources             Research is a world-class studio              wellbeing, education, study needs, financial security and career prospects.
teaching and research facilities also
                                         had a 91% satisfaction rate in the          theatre for performing arts students.                                                                                               Currently there are four different lecture-
includes a new School of Biological
Sciences, the new interdisciplinary      National Student Survey (NSS) 2019,                                                       STUDENT GUIDANCE                          FAITH PROVISION                             style, workshop-format classes covering
                                                                                     OUR BOUTIQUE CINEMA
KN Cheung SK Chin Intersim Centre,       establishing Queen’s among the best                                                       CENTRE (SGC)                              Our chaplains and religious                 reading, writing, listening and speaking.
the School of Law building (featuring    UK universities in these categories.        Queen’s very own, full-time cinema,           The SGC offers information, support,      representatives serve across 12
                                                                                                                                   advice, and guidance including:           faiths and denominations.                   • Seminar, Communication
a pioneering Moot Court Room),                                                       Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), presents                                                                                                  and Presentation Skills
                                         LANGUAGE CENTRE                                                                           • Careers, Employability and Skills
a growing Management School at                                                       the best in classic and new world                                                       HEALTH                                      • Accuracy in Academic English
Riddel Hall, the Wellcome-Wolfson                                                                                                  • Student Disability and Wellbeing
                                         Acquire skills in a foreign                 cinema. The QFT has been bringing                                                       Healthcare is generally dispensed           • Academic Writing and Referencing
Institute for Experimental Medicine,                                                                                               • Student Finance
                                         language and improve your                   a high-quality film experience to                                                       through the NHS in Northern Ireland,        • Dissertation Workshops
                                                                                                                                   • International Student Support
and innovative engineering hubs.         career prospects through our                Belfast audiences for over 50 years.                                                    as with other parts of the United
                                                                                                                                   • Learning Development Service                                                        These English language support classes
                                         advanced multimedia facilities.                                                           • Student Administration                  Kingdom. To avail of healthcare
The preservation and regeneration                                                                                                                                                                                        are free to all international fee paying
                                                                                                                                                                             through the NHS you must register
of The Graduate School, alongside                                                                                                                                                                                        students at Queen's. For more information,
                                         Undertake short courses, or more                                                          IT TRAINING AND SUPPORT                   with an NHS GP Service. Information
the recent restoration of the historic                                                                                             We provide an introduction to our         on how to register with an NHS GP           please see: go.qub.ac.uk/INTOEnglishlang
                                         intensive courses to enhance your
Lanyon Building, underscores             career. The centre has classes in 17                £350M INVESTED IN                     virtual learning and email services,      Practice is available on nidirect.gov.uk.
                                                                                              THE LAST DECADE                                                                                                            There is also a programme of Generic
Queen’s University's ability to blend    languages and self-study courses in                                                       and IT advice and support.                Please note: private medical
                                                                                               FOR FACILITIES                                                                                                            English and Academic Skills with courses
together history and heritage with       more than 80 languages. Translation                                                                                                 care is also available in Northern
                                                                                                                                   CHILDCARE                                                                             on Academic Writing, Seminar and
cutting-edge teaching and research.      services are also available, along with                                                                                             Ireland if this is preferred.
                                                                                                                                   A range of childcare support, including                                               Presentation Skills, Accuracy in Academic
                                         a large library of resources including                                                                                                                                          English and Dissertation Workshops.
                                                                                                                                   full-time day-care, out-of-school care,   See page 30 for more
                                         books, tapes, dictionaries and DVDs.
                                                                                                                                   and a summer activities scheme.           support services.

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A GLOBAL                                                                                                                              DYNAMIC STUDENT LIFE
                                                                                                                                      Student life at Queen’s is
                                                                                                                                                                            INTERNATIONAL
                                                                                                                                                                            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,         There are three intakes for students,
                                                                            INTO Queen’s University Belfast provides a range          Our Graduate School provides          orientation programmes and a         September, January and March, with three
                                                                            of specialist academic programmes in Finance,             an environment that encourages
OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY                At Queen’s you will receive                                                                                                             ‘welcome’ service – including        Graduate Diploma pathways available:
                                                                            Management, Business, Humanities, Social                  student-led initiatives. It is an
Queen’s ranked 21st in the          an outstanding international                                                                                                            tours of the campus facilities and
                                                                            Sciences, Architecture, Engineering and Science,          interactive and international                                              • Graduate Diploma in Finance
world for international outlook     experience to help you compete                                                                                                          the city of Belfast. They can also
                                                                            as well as English Language courses, to prepare           microclimate where you can                                                   (September and January intakes only)
(Times Higher Education World       in the global job market – to be                                                                                                        advise on adjusting to academic
                                                                            international students for future study at Queen’s.       engage with fellow students
                                    a success wherever in the world                                                                                                         study and life in university         • Graduate Diploma in Management
University Rankings 2021).
                                    your career may take you.               Located on the Queen’s campus, INTO Queen’s               and academics as equals.              accommodation, or answer             • Graduate Diploma in Social Science
We currently have over 3,000                                                students have access to all Queen’s facilities                                                  queries on living expenses and
                                                                                                                                      STUDENT WELLBEING                                                          Students who successfully complete the
international students from over    THE EXCITING                            and are taught to the highest standards by                                                      local immigration requirements.
                                    QUEEN’S QUARTER                                                                                   Whatever the query or problem,                                             Graduate Diploma programme and meet the
80 countries. We have more                                                  experienced, qualified teaching staff. Students                                                 Find out more at qub.ac.uk/isso
                                                                            can also avail of excellent support services from         no matter how big or small, the                                            specific grades for entry will be guaranteed
than 650 international staff        This is one of the most culturally
                                                                            the INTO Student Services team, dedicated to              support team will do their best       ASK US ANYTHING                      entry to a designated postgraduate degree
from over 70 nationalities.         diverse and cosmopolitan
                                    corners of Northern Ireland.            helping support students during their studies.            to help you by exploring options,     Our International Student            programme at Queen’s University Belfast.
We have international links with    Within 10 minutes of our main                                                                     providing information and making      Support team will be delighted to
                                                                            Visit: qub.ac.uk/International/                                                                                                      Visit: qub.ac.uk/International/
over 100 partner institutions       campus, there are restaurants                                                                     you aware of sources of support.      hear from you. Get in touch at
                                                                            International-students/Applying/                                                                                                     International-students/Applying/
and we collaborate with 3,000       for all tastes and traditions, side                                                                                                     iss@qub.ac.uk
                                                                            University-Preparation-Courses                                                                                                       University-Preparation-Courses
local, national and international   by side with halal grocers and
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.
Our partnerships are worldwide      Throughout the year, there are          It’s suitable for those students already
– with institutions like Dubai      significant multicultural events        holding an offer for a postgraduate degree
Healthcare City, where we           for all our students, marking           course at Queen’s, conditional on obtaining
have helped to develop              key dates such as the Chinese           the required English language level.
the Mohammed Bin Rashid             New Year, Eid and Diwali.
University for Medicine and                                                 COURSE FEATURES
Health Sciences; or with China      “Queen’s has a great academic           • Intensive language and study skills
Medical University in Shenyang,     resource and a unique, human              preparation in a university environment.
establishing the China Queen’s      environment that motivated              • Experienced teachers offering the best
College, where Chinese students     me to achieve, and engage                 preparation for degree course
are studying in their home                                                  • Prepare you for UK academic culture
country for a degree from
                                    with world-class academics.”
                                                                            • Adapt to living and studying in the UK
Queen’s University Belfast.         Claire Zhao,                              prior to starting your degree studies
                                    PGR Doctoral student
                                                                            Find out full details of the courses available by
                                                                            visiting go.qub.ac.uk/INTOpre-sessional-english

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QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST - POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2022
RESEARCH THAT                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OUR
CHANGES LIVES                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RESEARCH
Queen’s has a proud history of conducting innovative,                                                                                                                                                                                PILLARS
impactful, and world-leading research. From innovative
solutions to cancer care, critical breakthroughs in                                                                                                                                                                                  A TRANSFORMATIVE AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY
wireless and cloud technologies, to addressing issues
of fundamental rights, equality and social justice, our                                                                                                                                                                              • Intelligent manufacturing
research is changing people’s lives for the better.                                                                                                                                                                                    and service delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Advanced and sustainable
Research is a Global Endeavour,       A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR ALL                                                                                                                                 A TRANSFORMATIVE AND
                                                                                                                                                                                               SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY                     materials
and today our research culture        Colleagues across our Schools                                                                                                                                                                  • Future transport
is primed by investment in areas      and Faculties are dedicated to                                                                                                                           The economy of the next 100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Sustainable energy and
of research strength, particularly    deepening our understanding                                                                                                                              years will be a necessarily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       manufacturing
our translational expertise,          of diseases and developing                                                                                                                               different one to the economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Understanding the extremes high
working across disciplines and        solutions and treatments                                                                                                                                 we experience today. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       energy and ultra-fast processes
sectors to address local and global   for them. Our expertise in                                                                                                                               ongoing climate crisis, our fossil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Gender and Leadership
challenges, incorporating UN          conducting clinical trials and                                                                                                                           fuel dependency, raw material
Sustainable Development Goals.        our world leading facilities in                                                                                                                          shortages and the possibility         A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR ALL
                                      cancer and precision medicine                                                                                                                            of supply chain disruptions
As our cohort of global                                                                                                                                                                        call for innovative, responsible      • Improving life course health
                                      research are a testament to the
collaborators continues to                                                                                                                                                                     and sustainable solutions. For          and community well-being
                                      breakthroughs that Queen’s
grow, so does our scope of                                                                                                                                                                     researchers at Queen’s, the           • Tackling cancer, infection,
                                      research has facilitated over the
ambition, allied with the skills                                                                                                                                                               strategic priorities and expertise      respiratory and eye diseases
                                      decades. We are also leading the
and capabilities to tackle global                                                                                                                                                              are clear. We will continue to        • Precision medicine and
                                      way in developing strategies and
and local challenges. Curiosity,                                                                                                                                                               focus our efforts on established        digital innovation to enhance
                                      initiatives which mitigate against
endeavour, and enterprise informs                                                                                                                                                              and emerging areas such as              healthcare solutions
                                      the worst effects of illness, and
our global research agenda and                                                                                                                                                                 intelligent manufacturing and         • Interventions and actions
                                      which act as preventative agents
the challenges ahead; excellence                                                                                                                                                               service delivery, advanced and          to reduce inequality
                                      to illnesses developing in the
ensures that our research                                                                                                                                                                      sustainable materials, solutions to
                                      first place. A strong public health
activities resonate widely; and                                                                                                                                                                future transport requirements,        SECURE CONNECTED INTELLIGENCE
                                      approach, focusing on community
we strive to excel through                                                                                                                                                                     and understanding and harnessing      – AI AND THE DATA REVOLUTION
                                      well-being, aligned with a
integrity, rigour, and ambition.                                                                                                                                                               high energy and ultra-fast
                                      commitment to social justice                                                                                                                                                                   • Networks and connectivity
                                      drives our pledge to improve                                                                                                                             processes. We also understand
Informed by a track record of                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cyberspace resilience
                                      health outcomes which can                                                                                                                                that successful and sustainable
excellence and an ambition                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Geographical Information Science
                                      reduce inequalities across society.                                                                                                                      economies are about people
for the future, our strategic                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Novel computer systems
                                                                                                                                                                                               as well as products – as central
research themes focus on:                                                                                                                                                                                                              and computing paradigms
                                                                                                                                                                                               parts of society they must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Data-fusing technologies
                                                                                                                                                                                               underpinned by equality, equal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Enabling technologies and
                                                                                                                                                                                               access to opportunity, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       creative cultural practice
                                                                                                                                                                                               social justice at all levels.

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QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST - POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS 2022
A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR ALL
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘The Recovery Package’:               OUR
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Supportive Cancer Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for Patients and Families             RESEARCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are transforming supportive
                                                                                                                                                                                                  care for cancer survivors and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PILLARS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  families through the development      HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                  of a new model for follow up care     RELATIONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  termed ‘The Recovery Package’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Promoting safe, sustainable
SECURE CONNECT INTELLIGENCE              HUMAN ENVIRONMENT                      INCLUSIVE AND COHESIVE                                                                                            In 2010, our researchers carried        environments and
– AI AND THE DATA REVOLUTION             RELATIONS                              COMMUNITIES                                                                                                       out a study which found that            agri-food systems
Researchers at Queen’s are on            Understanding the relationship         As a University based in                                                                                          cancer survivors, 2-15 years          • Climate and climate change
a mission to make the changing           between humans and our                 Belfast, we are proud of our                                                                                      post-treatment, reported              • The built environment
global digital space both safer          environment has never been             longstanding and world leading                                                                                    significantly poorer health than        and the natural world
and faster. Our world leading            more important. The choices we         track record in research relating                                                                                 the general population in terms       • Liveable communities -
teams in cyberspace resilience           face have never been so stark.         to peace, identity, conflict                                                                                      of physical functioning, emotional      space, place, and society
and networks and connectivity            Our climate is changing. The           and social sustainability. Our                                                                                    functioning, general health           • Beyond Earth
are breaking new ground in the           effects of this are being felt now     lived experience of conflict                                                                                      perception and social functioning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        INCLUSIVE AND COHESIVE
digital sphere, as our teams in          as a day-to-day reality. There is      as a society, its causes and its                                                                                                                        COMMUNITIES
geographical information science         an obligation on those involved        consequences, have driven a                                                                                       To date, the initiative, which
are doing in the physical. Novel         in academic research to turn           determination to deliver research                                                                                 includes a holistic assessment,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Governance, accountability
computer systems and changing            towards the challenges presented.      excellence which impacts                                                                                          a treatment summary record,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and international relations
computing paradigms require              Whether this relates to our natural    on the lives and livelihoods                                                                                      an individualised pathway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fundamental rights, equality,
agile and cutting age research           environment, creating safe             of communities across the                                                                                         and rapid entry back into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and social justice
which can be translated quickly          and secure agri-food systems,          world. Whether that relates to                                                                                    system, has improved the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Valuing heritage
and effectively into real world          assessing the way in which our         governance, accountability and                                                                                    cancer recovery experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Peace, identity, conflict
practice. Using data fusing              built environment interacts            international relations, listening                                                                                for over 10,000 patients.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and social sustainability
enabling technologies will assist        with the natural world, or in          to and responding to the child’s                                                                                  The research resulted the             • Creativity and cultural
in socio economic development            the way we build and maintain          perspective, understanding the                                                                                    implementation of a new                 understanding
but will also act as a positive driver   truly liveable communities and         need for creativity and cultural                                                                                  model of cancer patient               • The child’s perspective
for the health of populations in         societies, Queen’s researchers         understanding, or valuing heritage                                                                                follow up, termed ‘A recovery
the future, and for their safety         are at the forefront of innovative,    in building inclusive and cohesive                                                                                package’, which included
and security. Working within             future focused solutions that aim      societies. Our local experiences                                                                                  a holistic assessment, a
and across disciplines we are            to make our footprint lighter,         have become global insights –                                                                                     treatment summary record, an
excited by the prospect of               both on earth and beyond.              we will continue to work with                                                                                     individualised pathway, and rapid
understanding and pursuing                                                      colleagues and partners around                                                                                    entry back into the system.
digital breakthroughs which can                                                 the world to address the issues
act as a catalyst for new and                                                   of fundamental rights, equality                                                                                                                                  15 subjects in the
creative cultural practices.                                                    and social justice which lie at                                                                                                                                   global top 200
                                                                                the heart of our mission.                                                                                                                                     (QS World Rankings 2020)

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TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF             HUMAN ENVIRONMENT                    INCLUSIVE AND COHESIVE
PEOPLE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS           RELATIONS                            COMMUNITIES
We are improving the lives            The Food Fortress: From              Sharing Contested
of thousands of people with           Crisis to an Innovative Food         Heritage through Digital
Cystic Fibrosis by leading on         Quality Assurance Scheme             and Spatial Humanities                                                                                                  #1 University in the UK for
the clinical development of                                                                                                                                                                         entrepreneurial impact
treatments that address the           The 2008 Dioxin crisis, in which     Partnered with communities
                                      Irish pork were contaminated         and institutions nationally and                                                                                        (Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking,
underlying genetic deficit.
                                      through feed resulted in             internationally to co-produce                                                                                              Octopus Venues 2020)
These transformative therapies        approximately 30,000 tonnes of       research sharing untold
improve lung health and have          pig meat product being recalled      experiences of war, we are
underpinned the regulatory            and destroyed. Over 170,000          enhancing inclusive cross-
approval and marketing of             pigs and 5,700 cattle from farms     community understanding                                                       The Lundy Model: Meaningful          Brexit and the Border:                 OUR WORLD-RANKING
                                                                                                                                                         Participation of Children            Navigating a Peaceful Path             RESEARCH REPUTATION
four breakthrough Cystic              that received contaminated           of contested heritage. The
                                                                                                                                                         and Young People                     across a shared border                 Queen’s University is joint
Fibrosis therapies.                   product were culled.                 Living Legacies 1914-18 WWI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1st in the UK for Research
                                                                           Engagement Centre has                                                         Since 2014, the Lundy                Brexit is one of the most
The most recent trials successfully   Responding to this and other                                                                                                                                                                   Intensity (Complete University
                                                                           successfully created rich                                                     model of child participation,        complicated social, political,
demonstrated that a combination       food chain crises leading an                                                                                                                                                                   Guide 2021) and 9th in
                                                                           and extensive accounts of                                                     based on four key concepts           and economic issues in recent
of drugs can treat up to 90           intensive research programme to                                                                                                                                                                the world for international
                                                                           our shared heritage.                                                          (Space, Voice, Audience, and         history – particularly the
per cent of people with Cystic        develop, validate and implement                                                                                                                                                                research collaboration.
Fibrosis by addressing the            innovative techniques to detect      Our work gives new grounding                                                  Influence), has been used            question of the Northern Irish
                                                                                                                                                         and adopted by national and          border. Avoiding a hard border         We have established global
underlying cause of their disease.    and monitor a broad spectrum         and provides new spaces for
                                                                                                                                                         international organisations,         on the island of Ireland was           networks, working with
                                      of feed-related contaminants         engagement around contested
                                                                                                                                                         agencies, and governments            one of the top three priorities        more than 250 institutions
                                      to provide a supply chain-wide       heritage through co-production
                                                                                                                                                         to inform their understanding        in the UK-EU negotiations.             and partners. Our research
                                      quality assurance scheme.            projects, workshops, and events,
                                                                                                                                                         of children’s participation,                                                reputation is attracting major
                                                                           working alongside communities                                                                                      UK and EU policymakers,
                                      The Food Fortress scheme is                                                                                        generating a sea-change in                                                  international investment.
                                                                           to uncover new knowledge                                                                                           diplomats and negotiators relied
        43rd most impactful           recognised internationally as a      and deepen understanding                                                      global understanding of child
                                                                                                                                                         rights-based participation for       on our researchers to shape            For example, Queen’s University
        university globally in        world-leading risk management        of our shared past.
                                                                                                                                                         both policy and practice.            understanding and approaches           Belfast has an integral role
     tackling the UN Sustainable      and feed quality assurance
                                                                                                                                                                                              to the issue, informing all sides      in a Northern Ireland nano
         Development Goals            scheme and is used as a major        The six-year programme has
                                                                                                                                                         The Lundy Model is now               of international negotiations          technology consortium, which
                                      marketing tool by the UK and         achieved wide recognition
      (THE Impact Rankings 2021)                                                                                                                         transforming ways in which           shaping legislation for post-          has been awarded £60m to
                                      Republic Ireland food industries.    by NI and UK policymakers
                                                                                                                                                         views and experiences of             Brexit Northern Ireland,               develop new technology for
                                                                           as meaningful and significant
                                                                                                                                                         children across the world are        not least for the people               medical devices, communication
                                                                           for enhancing cross-
                                                                                                                                                         heard at the United Nations          of Northern Ireland.                   and data storage delivering new
                                                                           community relations
                                                                                                                                                         (UN). It contributes directly                                               technologies as researchers
                                                                                                                                                         to ensuring that the United                                                 with industry partners to work
                                                                                                                                                         Nations, governments, national                                              together developing new
                                                                                                                                                         and international organisations                                             sensors for healthcare and
                                                                                                                                                         involve children, across the                                                optical communications.
                                                                                                                                                         world in meaningful decisions
                                                                                                                                                         that affect their lives.

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SECURE CONNECTED                    EDGE COMPUTING HUB: MAKING                                                                                                                                    A TRANSFORMATIVE AND                DESTROYING CYANOBACTERIA
INTELLIGENCE                        EDGE COMPUTING A REALITY                                                                                                                                      SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY                 AND THEIR TOXINS: AN IN-
Wireless Communication Systems      The Edge Computing Hub                                                                                                                                        Towards Zero-emission               RESERVOIR TREATMENT SYSTEM
that can Withstand Natural          is our growing and dynamic                                                                                                                                    Public Buses                        Cyanotoxins are toxic
Disasters and Save Lives            community of academic                                                                                                                                                                             substances produced by
                                    researchers and industry                                                                                                                                      The UK Government’s “Road           bloom-forming cyanobacteria,
Natural Disasters kill an average   specialists working together to                                                                                                                               to Zero” strategy laid out an       a major problem worldwide
60,000 people per year. Our         make ‘Edge computing’ a reality.                                                                                                                              ambitious plan for all new cars     for water contamination.
researchers have designed and                                                                                                                                                                     and vans to be effectively zero     Cyclic hepatotoxins and
implemented a resilient and         Edge computing is a disruptive                                                                                                                                emission by 2040, as well as        microcystins, if consumed, are
agile wireless communications       computing paradigm that allows                                                                                                                                schemes to encourage low            associated with liver cancer
system in Vietnam providing         processing data closer to users                                                                                                                               emission public transport.          and can be fatal causing
seamless connectivity to            where it is generated, thus making                                                                                                                                                                serious liver haemorrhaging.
relief authorities and workers      Internet applications more                                                                                                                                    Our researchers, in collaboration
when telecommunications             responsive, reliable, and secure.                                                                                                                             with Northern Ireland bus           Traditional water treatment
infrastructures are                                                                                                                                                                               building company Wrightbus,         methods are relatively ineffective
significantly impaired.             Our research tackles key                                                                                                                                      have developed best in-             at removing cyanobacterial
                                    system-centric challenges for                                                                                                                                 class low and zero emissions        toxins from water. However, the
The integrated heterogeneous        deploying massively distributed                                                                                                                               technologies, playing a key         application of semiconductor
wireless system (IHWS)              edge systems by embedding                                                                                                                                     role in decarbonizing UK and        photocatalysis is a novel and
overcomes communication             intelligence into crucial decision-                                                                                                                           international public transport.     effective method for removing
failures resulting from             making activities. Current                                                                                                                                                                        these compounds from water.
telecommunications networks         research addresses the challenges                                                                                                                             Building on over 20 years
that are severely damaged           in distributed machine learning                                                                                                                               of work, our researchers            Our researchers have been taken
by natural disasters.               on edge computing systems                                                                                                                                     have developed advanced             this beyond the lab with an in-lake
                                    and offloading services across                                                                                                                                hybrid powertrain modelling         photocatalytic treatment process.
The solution offers a resilient,    a heterogeneous environment,                                                                                                                                  technology which is integral        A successful prototype system
robust, flexible, and agile         as well as the standardisation of                                                                                                                             to thousands of low emission        was successfully deployed in Brazil
wireless communications design      edge computing as an enabler                                                                                                                                  hybrid vehicles currently in        in October 2019, the unit capable
that can provide seamless           for autonomous networking.                                                                                                                                    service around the world.           of removing the cyanobacteria
connectivity even under                                                                                                                                                                                                               in-situ. Further refinement of the
critical conditions, such as                                                                                                                                                                                                          unit will see it deployed for in-situ
destroyed telecommunication                                                                                                                                                                                                           water treatment applications
or electricity infrastructure.
The system also provides early
warning of natural disasters
by detecting water level,
vibration, and wind. In cities,
the IWHS can detect increases
in dust, temperature, noise,
and carbon dioxide levels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                   1                                                           2

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

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE                                                  9
                                                                                                                                                                                          6                                       5                                      4
You’re never more than a
short distance away from a           SWEEPING TO THE SEA
                                     Our tallest peak, Slieve Donard,                                                                                                                            THE TITANIC                          GATEWAY TO EUROPE
beach, a hillside, a river, or a
landmark to our history.             dominates the Mourne Mountains,                                                                                                                             Belfast is the birthplace of         Uniquely and perfectly positioned
                                     an Area of Outstanding Natural                                                                                                                              one of the most famous (or           within easy reach of the Republic
Take an exciting road trip along     Beauty, and the inspiration                                                                                                                                 perhaps infamous) ships in           of Ireland, the rest of the UK
the twisting, turning North Coast.   for CS Lewis’ magical world of                                                                                                                              history. From unsinkable to          and mainland Europe, this is the
See the Giant’s Causeway, a          Narnia. Soak up the rich culture,                                                                                                                           unforgettable, the story of The      perfect UK student destination
UNESCO World Heritage Site,          heritage and mythology of the                                                                                                                               Titanic continues to enchant         for exploration and adventure. It’s
plunge into the Atlantic surf near   region, and enjoy sweeping                                                                                                                                  people from all over the world.      a short hop from Belfast to other
Royal Portrush Golf Club where       views down to the sea as you                                                                                                                                Visit the docks where the ship       UK major cities, less than a couple
The Open was held in 2019, or        scale the fantastical soaring                                                                                                                               was built and tour the five-star     of hours to Paris, while Dublin is
steel your nerves to cross the       mountains in search of Aslan.                                                                                                                               Titanic Belfast visitor experience   just 100 miles down the road.
famous Carrick-a-Rede rope                                                                                                                                                                       to unlock even more of the
                                                                           8                                                                                                              7
bridge. And all in one day.                                                                                                                                                                      story of the doomed voyage.

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

BELFAST:
Friendly, Affordable, Ambitious
You’re going to like it here. So make
yourself at home. Belfast is a modern
capital city, welcoming, easy to get
around and an inexpensive place in which
to live and study. It is also a learning
city. It has a passion for progress – a
passion shared by Queen’s University.

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

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

A PROFESSIONAL CITY                                                                                                                                                                               cost of living in the UK (Mercer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cost of Living City Ranking,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        explored by foot or by bicycle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The city’s popular Belfast Bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                  2021). In fact, it’s over £5,000      scheme has cycle racks located all
INNOVATION AT ITS HEART              7 per cent since March 2020           It is also the home of Queen’s                                                                                         per year cheaper for students to      over the city. There are good bus
Belfast has a long and proud         (NISRA - Inter Departmental           globally-renowned Centre for                                                                                           live in Northern Ireland compared     and train services, with student
history of industry and              Business Register 2021). Its          Secure Information Technologies                                                                                        to London (Which? University,         travel discounts widely available.
innovation, from ship building       young, dynamic population is          which has helped to create 1,100                                                                                       2018). At an average of £90 per
to linen manufacturing. In           a thriving business community         new jobs in cyber security in                                                                                          week, Belfast is a great value city   A CITY OF CULTURE
the 18th century, Belfast had        with a determination to succeed       Belfast over the past three years.                                                                                     and was found to have the lowest      Beautiful architecture, art
a strong pro-abolition and           establish Belfast as a hotspot for                                                                                                                           student rent in the UK (NatWest       galleries and museums, such
antislavery movement ahead           global cyber security expertise.                                                                                                                             Student Living Index 2020).           as the Ulster and Titanic
of most UK cities. The Good                                                                                                                                                                                                             Museums, shape the city’s
Friday Agreement of 1998             The prevalence of venture                                                                                                                                                                          unique character. There’s a
pointed to Northern Ireland as       capitalists, business angels and                                                                                                                                                                   thriving music and arts scene
a global role model for peace.       private investors mean that                                                                                                                                                                        in a modern cultural landscape
                                     young, high potential companies                                                                                                                                                                    of cool gig venues, popup
The tech sector is flourishing       are booming in the city.                                                                                                                                                                           theatres and urban festivals.
and more than a quarter of
all job vacancies in Belfast are     There are almost 1,100                                                                                                                                                                             Queen’s University is at the
tech-related, compared with 10       international companies                                                                                                                                                                            heart of a city of artists, poets,
per cent in 2018 (Tech Nation,       located in Northern Ireland,                                                                                                                                                                       writers and musicians celebrated
Jobs and Skills Report 2021).        employing nearly 100,000                                                                                                                                                                           in the Cathedral Quarter, with
                                     people, and Belfast is the                                                                                                                                                                         its busy restaurants, pubs and
Northern Ireland is the most         second most successful city                                                                                                                                                                        arts venues, such as The MAC
digitally connected region in the    in the UK (after London) for                                                                                                                                                                       and the Black Box. The energy
UK, according to BT. This plays      attracting US trade. Belfast is                                                                                                                                                                    of the city is tangible in the
a vital role in securing Belfast’s   the world’s top destination for                                                                                                                                                                    legendary nightclubs, artisan
status as one of the top 10          Financial Services technology                                                                                                                                                                      cafes, cloth-cap bars and cobbled
cities to develop a digital career   investment and the number                                                                                                                                                                          streets, where street art, street
(Monster’s Digital Cities, 2019).    one international investment                                                                                                                                                                       food and street markets deliver
                                     location for US cyber security                                                                                                                                                                     a colourful punch at every turn.
HOME TO THE WORLD’S                  firms (FT fDi Markets 2021).
BIGGEST COMPANIES
Today, Belfast is an inward          The Titanic Quarter has become
magnet for investment. As well as    an economic and technological
                                     powerhouse, hosting global                                                                                                                                                                              Belfast, lowest student
having a thriving start up scene,
Belfast is increasingly home to      companies such as Citi, Microsoft,                                                                                                                                                                      cost of living in the UK
large US companies. The number       IBM and HBO. Catalyst, formerly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Mercer Cost of Living
of businesses operating here         the NI Science Park, houses
                                     200 companies which are                                                                                                                                                                                 City Ranking, 2021).
from countries outside of Great
Britain and the EU increased by      spearheading tech innovation.

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ONE ELMWOOD:                                                                                                                                              STUDENT SERVICES: SUPPORT
                                                                                                                                                          FROM REGISTRATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Student wellbeing                    International Student Support

THE HEARTBEAT FOR
                                                                                                                                                          TO GRADUATION                            The Student Centre is home           Our International Student
                                                                                                                                                          One Elmwood brings together              of our Student Wellbeing Team.       Support Team is here to help you

LIFE AT QUEEN’S
                                                                                                                                                          student services and the SU              Always on hand, they offer a         make the most of your time as an
                                                                                                                                                          so everything you need is                friendly and comprehensive           international student. You'll find
                                                                                                                                                          in one place. So, if you ever            range of support services            professional advice about visa and
OUR NEW STUDENT CENTRE                changing needs of students in         They give you a little bit more:                                              need some help, you’ll know              that are free, flexible, and         immigration matters, from the
AND STUDENTS’ UNION BUILDING          mind, this social and flexible        more fun; more time to be                                                     exactly where to find it.                responsive, when you need            time you apply to Queen's, right
Based right in the heart of           space will be the new heartbeat       part of something; more                                                                                                them. From meetings with a           through to joining us as a student.
campus, our stunning new One          for campus life where Queen's         time to find out about you;                                                   Careers and employability                wellbeing adviser to student         They’re also on hand to provide
Elmwood building is a place           student body comes together.          over 15,000 members of our                                                                                             wellbeing events and even            helpful advice, introduce you to a
                                                                                                                                                          One Elmwood will also have
for all our students to meet,                                               student-led clubs and societies!                                                                                       one-to-one counselling sessions,     network of support services and
                                      From hanging out with friends                                                                                       a dedicated careers and
socialise and get the most from                                                                                                                                                                    they are always there for you.       help you settle into life in Belfast.
                                      over a coffee, studying in a          Many courses have related                                                     employability team. From
student life. It's your essential
                                      tech-friendly space, meeting up       societies, but they do much more                                              one-to-one careers advice to             Student Finance                      Disability services
hub, linking everything outside
                                      with others from your club or         than discuss what happened in                                                 focused skills development,
the classroom, in one place,
                                      society, to grabbing lunch from       your latest lecture – including                                               access a range of employability          Money worries are part and           At Queen’s, we want to ensure
from meeting friends, to getting
                                      the SU Shop, enjoying a pint in       organising social events                                                      programmes including off-                parcel of student life, so you'll    that students with a disability or
the support you need, when
                                      the Union Bar, or going to a gig      and fundraisers. Academic                                                     campus industry visits, insights         find help about financial support,   long-term condition have access
you need it. Transforming
                                      in the Mandela Hall - the building    societies can also help enhance                                               into management and leadership           should you need it. The student      as far as reasonably possible
the support offered by the
                                      will be buzzing with activity.        your studies and your career                                                  and interactive skills workshops.        finance team oversee financial       to all aspects of university life.
University, it will host a range of
                                                                            opportunities in the process.                                                 Get full access to up-to-date            enrolment of all students,           The disability services team
student services and activities.
                                      Make the most of your time at                                                                                       resources and networks so                assessment and collection            are committed to creating an
The stunning new multi-million        Queen’s by joining one of our 215                                                                                   you can take advantage of                of tuition fees and related          environment where students feel
pound One Elmwood is right at         plus clubs and societies. There                                                                                     opportunities including work             charges, the administration of       comfortable in disclosing their
the heart of campus. It brings        are many reasons to join our                                                                                        experience and placements.               University Bursary Schemes           disability or long-term condition.
together university services          clubs and societies, and many                                                                                                                                and administration of the
                                      students find participation a                                                                                       Find out more at                         Student Support Fund.                Find out about the
and the Students’ Union (SU),
                                      central part of their downtime.                                                                                     qub.ac.uk/careers                                                             full range of services at
under one roof. With the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc

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THE NEW                                                                                                                       Advice when you need it                South Asian Students Society. In    Make it count

HOME
                                                                                                                                                                     our inclusive campus environment,
                                                                                                                              Advice SU provides students with       you’ll have the opportunity         Being part of a club or society is

OF THE SU
                                                                                                                              free, independent, confidential,       to meet other students with         more than a great way to make
                                                                                                                              and non-judgemental advice.            shared interests and make new       friends: it’s an opportunity to
                                                                                                                              If you have worries or issues          friends from across the globe.      improve your skillset and bolster
THE NEW HOME OF THE STUDENTS' UNION (SU)            Give back                           Led by students, for students         to do with money, funding,                                                 your CV. What’s more, if you get
                                                                                                                              accommodation, your education          Be enterprising and develop         involved in the running of a club
One Elmwood is the new home for the Students'
                                                    Why not join the 5,000              Each year, students are               or your health and wellbeing           your business skills                or society, you can get credit
Union, a stunning 21st century building with
                                                    students who are involved           elected to become Student             they are there to help.                                                    towards a Queen’s University
an ambience all its own. It's there to lead the                                                                                                                      With business one-to-ones,
                                                    in volunteering at Queen’s          Officers. The Students’ Union                                                                                    Degree Plus Accreditation.
way, to help you get involved in the SU, and                                                                                  Arts, culture, and language            programmes and workshops,
for you to make the most of your time at            every year? From community          is there for postgraduate
                                                    gardening to decorating animal      students – the team is here                                                  Enterprise SU helps you develop     Find out more about Queen’s
Queen's. The SU also provides you with vital                                                                                  Learn a new language and               the skills you need to start        Students’ Union at qubsu.org.
support, opportunities to socialise and different   shelters to planning events to      to help you, represent you,           more about a foreign culture or
                                                    tutoring and inspiring young        organise campaigns to make                                                   your own business or secure
activities to help you make friends and develop                                                                               simply meet up with students           your dream job. Whatever
your skillset throughout your time at Queen’s.      people, Volunteer SU can            the changes you want and lead         from the same part of the
                                                    match you with the perfect          the Union on your behalf.                                                    your degree pathway, we help
                                                                                                                              world as you. Our multicultural        you develop creative thinking,
                                                    volunteering initiative.                                                  societies include the African and      generate ideas, and improve
                                                                                                                              Caribbean Society, the Chinese         your entrepreneurial skills.
                                                                                                                              Students Association, and the

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