Queen's University, Belfast


  • Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, one of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland.
  • Became an independent university in 1908, and is the ninth oldest university in the UK.
  • Member of the Russell Group. 
  • In the top 1% of global universities.
  • The UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise placed Queen’s 8th in the UK for Research Intensity.
  • Awarded a fifth Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2012, for world-class achievement in cancer research through its leadership of the Northern Ireland Comprehensive Cancer Services programme, which has seen cancer survival rates in Northern Ireland move from the bottom of the UK league table to the top. Previous Queen’s Anniversary Prizes have been awarded to the University for green chemistry, law, environmental research and palaeoecology. 
  • Queen’s was one of the first universities in the UK and Ireland to form spin-out companies, establishing QUBIS Ltd in 1984 to create wealth through the commercialisation of research and innovation. QUBIS has been involved in the creation of 70 companies. It remains one of the leading companies in the UK and Ireland championing the impact agenda through the creation of jobs and wealth. Spin-out companies developed at Queen’s currently have an annual turnover of some £171m and sustain 1,500 high-value jobs. 
  • As one of the UK’s leading Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Universities, Queen’s has helped more than 300 companies improve their products and services, working with companies across all sectors, ranging from multi-nationals to very small firms. Queen’s and Bullivant Taranto Ltd were named as the UK’s Best KTP in 2013’s national KTP Awards.
  • Queen’s is one of the leading institutions in the UK for tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering, as demonstrated by its success in the Athena SWAN awards, which recognise the commitment of institutions, and science, engineering and technology (SET) departments, to addressing gender inequalities and improving career progression for female academics. Queen’s was the first UK university to hold an Athena SWAN institutional Silver award, one of only three UK universities to hold a Gold departmental award, and has more departmental Silver awards than any other university in the UK.

Location and Transport

  • A 15-minute walk from the city centre, the University’s leafy campus gives its name to the attractive Queen’s Quarter, nestled between the buzz of nearby Botanic Avenue and the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum. 
  • Modern transport infrastructure. All major UK cities within an hour's flying time.
  • Daily flights to UK and international destinations from the George Best Belfast City Airport and the Belfast International Airport. Regular ferry services to Scotland and England.