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Queen’s University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is a prestigious higher education institution located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Founded in 1845, Queen's University Belfast has a rich history of academic excellence and is renowned for its commitment to innovation and research. With a strong emphasis on providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment, Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across various disciplines.

There are more than 300 academic degree programs across a variety of levels available to students. These programs encompass a wide array of disciplines, ensuring students have diverse options to pursue their educational aspirations. Two Nobel laureates and a Turing Award laureate are associated with the university.

Queen's University Belfast, ranked 198 in the World University Rankings by Times Higher Education, is a highly regarded institution. According to student reviews on Study portals, it has an overall score of 4.3 stars. Queen's University Belfast, ranked 202 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The university has received prestigious awards for cancer services and engineering, including the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. It also holds multiple Athena SWAN awards for promoting gender equality in higher education and research. At Queen's University Belfast, students can expect a top-notch education and a vibrant campus life.

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Why study at Queen’s University Belfast?

Academic Excellence

At Queen's University Belfast, you can expect a high-quality education from world-class faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. The university has consistently been ranked among the top universities in the UK and globally, ensuring that you will be part of an intellectually stimulating and challenging academic environment.

Research Opportunities

One of the key advantages of studying at Queen's University Belfast is the extensive research opportunities available. QUB ranks 37th for GPA and 24th for research power, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Students have the chance to engage in groundbreaking projects and contribute to knowledge creation in their chosen fields.

Industry Connections

Queen's University Belfast has strong links with industry and business, providing students with valuable networking opportunities and real-world insights. These connections often lead to internships, placements, and career opportunities, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Cultural and Social Experience

Studying at Queen's University Belfast offers more than just academics. Belfast is a vibrant and culturally diverse city, offering a rich social experience. From the historic landmarks to the thriving arts scene, there is always something to explore and enjoy during your time as a student.

Member of Russell Group University

Queen's University Belfast is a distinguished member of the prestigious Russell Group. It is an association of leading research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom. As part of this prestigious group, Queen's University Belfast is among the best in academic excellence, research advancement, and innovative teaching practices.

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International students, dream of studying business at Queen's University Belfast?

We've got exciting news!

INTO Queen's has launched a brand-new iCAS program for International Year One,


7 direct pathways

to prestigious business degrees.

What is iCAS?

iCAS combines your chosen business degree with an International Year One program,

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needed for your entire study journey – including any placement years!

Kickstart your studies with greater flexibility!

iCAS offers both

September and January intakes


perfect for those who missed the traditional university application deadlines.

Explore your options!

Choose from 7 exciting business degrees,


  • MAcc Advanced Accounting (with Placement) with International Year One (4 Years)

  • BSc Economics and Accounting with International Year One (3 Years)

  • BSc Business Management (with Placement) with International Year One (4 Years)

  • BSc Business Economics with International Year One (3 Years)

  • BSc Finance (with a Year in Industry) with International Year One(4 Years)

  • BSc Economics with Finance with International Year One (3 Years)

  • BSc Economics with International Year One (3 Years)

Why choose Queen's for your Business studies?

  • Queen's Business School is a

    top UK institution


    with Accounting & Finance ranking

    #1 in the UK for Graduate Outcomes

    (Times 2023).

  • Queen's is ranked

    13th in the UK for research intensity

    and is a prestigious Russell Group member.

  • Accredited by EQUIS,


    and the Small Business Charter –

    guaranteeing top-quality education

    and global opportunities.

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Don't miss this chance to fast-track your business education at Queen's University Belfast!

Entry Requirements

The university has a high acceptance rate compared to other Russell Group universities. In the 2019/20 academic year, the total student population at Queen's was 24,915, with a majority being undergraduates. The university has a diverse student body, with a breakdown of UK, EU, and non-EU students and a slightly higher representation of females. To gain admission to Queen's University Belfast, prospective students must meet certain requirements. While specific criteria may vary depending on the program of study, here are some general admission guidelines:

Academic Qualifications

Applicants are typically required to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. In the case of international students, the equivalent qualifications are taken into consideration. Additionally, certain programs may have specific subject requirements or prerequisites.

English Language Proficiency

Since the medium of instruction at Queen's University Belfast is English, proficiency in the language is essential. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their language proficiency through standardized tests such as IELTS or TOEFL.

Some programs may have additional requirements, such as interviews, portfolios, or written statements of purpose. It is important to consult the university's official website or admissions office for the specific requirements of your chosen program.

QualificationsLinguistically less demanding coursesMost CoursesLinguistically more demanding coursesValidity period (must have been taken within number of years shown)


Academic -(UKVI Approved)*
6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test6.5 minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test7.0 with minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test2 years


Academic -(taken at a Test Centre or Online)*
or IELTS Indicator*
(online test)
6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test6.5 minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test7.0 with minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test2 years
TOEFL iBT* (Internet based test or iBT Special Home Edition)
80 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening- 17
Reading - 18
Speaking - 20
Writing - 17
90 with minimum marks as follows:  
Listening - 17
Reading - 18
Speaking - 20
Writing - 17

95 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening - 17
Reading - 18
Speaking - 20
Writing - 17
2 years

* For the 2021-22/2022-23 academic years, the University accepted TOEFL MyBest scores, or a combination of two IELTS tests taken within two years prior to the start of the course.  One of the IELTS tests must have met the overall score required.  A combination of tests is not accepted for 2023-24 entry.

Please note that some degree programmes may require higher scores in the individual sub-skill components of IELTS and TOEFL tests.  Please check the Coursefinder for specific programme requirements.  The following table may be used as a guide.

IELTS Academic or 
IELTS Indicator
7.0 with minimum of 6.0 in all four elements of the test7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in all four elements of the test7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and 6.5 in Reading and Writing6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 of all four elements of the test6.5 overall with 6.0 in Speaking and Listening, and 5.5 in Reading and Writing
TOEFL iBT (Internet based test or iBT Special Home Edition)95 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening - 20
Reading - 19
Speaking - 21
Writing - 20
105 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening - 23
Reading - 21
Speaking - 22
Writing - 23

105 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening - 24
Reading - 21
Speaking - 23
Writing - 23

90 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening - 20
Reading - 19
Speaking - 21
Writing - 20
90 with minimum marks as follows:
Listening - 20
Reading - 18
Speaking - 21
Writing - 17


  • Brickfield Exceptional Student Scholarship
  • Brickfield Travel Student Scholarship
  • Brighter Futures Grants
  • International Office Postgraduate Taught Scholarship for 2023/24
  • International Office Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • Vice Chancellor's International Attainment Scholarship

  • LLB Law Senior Status Scholarship

  • Queen's Management School Awards

  • Queen's Excellence Award

  • Vice Chancellor's International Attainment Scholarship

  • Early Confirmation Award

  • Queen's Loyalty Scholarship

  • Queen's Family Scholarship

  • Asylum Seekers Scholarship 2023

  • Copty Scholarship for Palestinian Students

  • North America Future Leaders Award

  • Fulbright Award

  • Marshall Scholarship

  • Senator George J Mitchell Scholarship Program

  • The Norman Houston Award

  • India Academic Excellence Award 2023

  • Ashish Vats Memorial Scholarship

  • 2023 Queen’s/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships


  • INTO Progressors Scholarship 2023/24

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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