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Queen's University of Belfast

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Country
United Kingdom
Address
University Road Belfast Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
Website
www.qub.ac.uk
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+44 (0) 2890 245133
Email
comms.office@qub.ac.uk
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A member of the Russell Group of leading United Kingdom universities, Queen’s University Belfast is a leader in innovation and education with an international academic reputation.

Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, it became a university in its own right in 1908 and has a long and distinguished tradition of education and research.

As it approaches its centenary celebrations as a university in 2008, this is truer than ever, with the University investing £259 million in staff, students and infrastructure over the next five years. Major projects include the £45 million new Sir Anthony O’Reilly library – a landmark building for Northern Ireland, due to open in 2009, and the £45 million Elms Village (student accommodation), to be completed later this year. The Students’ Union was recently refurbished at a cost of £9 million, and a £7 million new sports facility was created at the University’s Physical Education Centre.

Independent assessments of Queen’s teaching and research standards demonstrate that it is in the top rank of UK universities. Innovation in the curriculum is an institutional priority, exemplified by the establishment of three Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning – in Inter-professional Education, Active and Interactive Learning and Creative and Performing Arts.
In recent years the University has emerged as a major player on the international research scene in areas ranging from cancer studies to climate change, from wireless technology to poetry and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts.
In 2006 the University received its fourth Queen’s Anniversary Prize, for world-class research in green chemistry. Queen’s is leading the development of a major new clinical research facility in Northern Ireland, with funding from a number of sources led by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. The University’s Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology has also recently been selected as one of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres for the UK (with £3 million funding from Cancer Research-UK and the UK Departments of Health).
A range of exciting new multi-disciplinary research initiatives are building on Queen’s track record of excellence in crucial areas of research such as sustainability, Irish Studies, healthcare improvement, and child protection and welfare.

Queen’s is home to more than 150 student clubs and societies, and the recently-refurbished Students' Union is the hub of student life, with a host of services and facilities. Meanwhile, a new £3 million Student Guidance Centre, opened in summer 2007, provides a ‘one stop shop’ where students can access services such as Admissions, Student Records, Exams, Careers (including Work Placement Centre and Jobshop), Counselling, Disability, and Student Finance.

Queen’s is committed to increasing the opportunities for students to take part in international exchanges and work placements. The University has links with universities around the world and is enhancing these still further. One of the most significant of these partnerships was forged in September 2006 with Georgetown University in Washington DC.

In March 2007 Queen’s signed two major research agreements with prestigious institutions in Malaysia to build on the University’s expertise in green chemistry and sustainability. And, in April, Queen’s signed far-reaching research partnerships with Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

As one of Northern Ireland's largest employers with an annual turnover of some £230 million, Queen's has a huge impact on local wealth and job creation and is a major driving force in local economic development.

The University is the leading higher education institution in the UK in terms of the annual turnover of its spin-out businesses, and second to Cambridge for the number of jobs which these companies have created. The turnover figure is expected to exceed £80 million in 2007 and the number of those employed by the University’s spin-outs reached 1,000 in June 2007.

Queen’s is one of the most socially inclusive universities in the UK, consistently out-performing national benchmarks in attracting students from poorer backgrounds.

Given the sheer breadth of its activities, it is hardly surprising that Queen’s alumni have made their mark in many spheres of life.

Among its alumni are Nobel prize winners poet Seamus Heaney and Northern Ireland’s inaugural First Minister David Trimble, President of Ireland Mary McAleese, entertainer Patrick Kielty and two former Archbishops of Armagh – Lord Eames and Cardinal Cahal Daly.

Located in Belfast, ranked in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 ‘must see’ destinations for 2007, Queen’s campus is close both to the city’s famous Golden Mile of pubs, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues, and to Northern Ireland’s spectacular scenery. All major UK cities are within an hour’s flying time and there are daily flights to British and major European destinations as well as regular ferry services to Scotland and England.

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Faculty
Number of Faculty Staff Headcount: 1,507 FTE: 1,512
Total number of academic faculty staff who are responsible for planning, directing and undertaking teaching only, research only or both teaching and research. Please include: vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, principals, professors, heads of school, associate professors, principal lectures and tutors. Please exclude research assistants*, PhD students who contribute to teaching, and exchange scholars or visiting professors who are members of another university. *FAQ: How is research assistant defined?
Number of International Faculty Staff Headcount: 559 FTE: 531
Number of academic faculty staff who are of foreign nationality. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even if from another EU state. In Hong Kong, this includes professors from Mainland China. Inclusion and exclusion mirrors those for academic faculty staff.
Undergraduate Information
Number of Undergraduate Students Headcount: 19,165 FTE: 14,538
Number of students pursuing a Bachelor’s level or equivalent degree. This excludes certificates/diplomas (< 2 years) and associate’s degrees (2 years).
Number of International Undergraduate Students Headcount: 1,020 FTE: 872
Number of undergraduate students who are foreign nationals. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states. In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China. Please exclude all exchange students.
Average International Undergraduate Fees £ GBP 9,975
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that an international student would be expected to pay for an undergraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Graduate / Postgraduate Information
Number of Graduate / Postgraduate Students Headcount: 5,395 FTE: 2,776
Students pursuing a higher-level degree (Master and Doctorate), including both taught and research postgraduates (e.g. PhD students)
Number of International Graduate Students Headcount: 1,280 FTE: 780
Number of graduate / postgraduate students who are foreign nationals. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states. In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China.
Average International Graduate / Postgraduate Fees £ GBP 9,675
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that an international student would be expected to pay for a graduate / postgraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Average Domestic Graduate / Postgraduate Fees £ GBP 9,500
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that a domestic student would be expected to pay for a graduate / postgraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Students
Total Students Headcount: 24,560 FTE: 17,315
Total number of students.
Total International Students Headcount: 2,555 FTE: 1,652
Number of students who are foreign nationals. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states. In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China.
Average International Student Fees £ GBP 9,856
Average tuition fees per year that an international student would be expected to pay for any course
Average Domestic Student Fees £ GBP 9,500
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that a domestic student would be expected to pay for any program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Graduate Output
Proportion of Graduates Employed 88%
Proportion of graduates (excluding those opting to pursue further study) in permanent employment within 6 months of graduation
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Range of Fees

Fees

Course Fees 2007-08

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Band 1 (classroom) (eg: English, history, law, management, accounting, finance) £8,550

Band 2 (laboratory/workshop) (eg: science, engineering, agriculture and food science, biomedical science) £10,474

Band 2 (pre-clinical) (medicine and dentistry) £11,576

Band 3 (clinical) (medicine and dentistry) £21,830

Postgraduate courses and research tuition fees

Band 1 (classroom) (eg: English, history) £8,550

Band 2 (laboratory/workshop) (eg: science, engineering) £10,474

Band 3 (clinical) (medicine and dentistry) £17,424

Basic TOEFL/IELTS requirements

TOEFL / IELTS qualifications are required by non English seaking students for the majority of courses taught. Applicants should refer to the prospectus for the exact requirements for their course

Accommodation

University accommodation at Queen’s is guaranteed for all international students in their first year. The main accommodation complex, the Elms Village, is in a pleasant residential area within walking distance of the main site. Queen’s offers excellent computing, library, language and sports facilities. All students have access to PC systems on-campus, with free internet and email facilities.

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Cost of Living

Northern Ireland is recognised by The British Council as having the lowest cost of living in the United Kingdom.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary by course. Please refer to the Undergraduate prospectus for further details on entry requirements specific to your course

Language Support

A range of English language, writing and study skills courses is offered by the University’s English Language Support Unit throughout the year. Intensive pre-sessional courses are also available for students who need to improve their English before commencing their academic studies. Further information can be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/elt/

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Area Rank
Overall 205
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