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The Queen's University of Belfast

 The Queen's University, Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland

 Tel: 44-28-90273301

Location - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city, is a seaport surrounded by hills and a river valley. This city, with a population of 1/2 million people and Victorian and Edwardian architecture, was once a center of industrial development. The city and riverfront are being transformed as a result of the optimism and economic progress which has resulted from the peace process. The Queen's University is very much at the heart of cultural life in Northern Ireland. For two and a half weeks each November, it organizes the Belfast Festival at Queen's during which more than 200 performances cater to all tastes. Major visiting orchestras and classical musicians share center stage with top jazz, folk and popular musicians, and theater and other artistes. Near Queen's is the Ulster Museum and Art Gallery, set in the Botanic Gardens which provide a beautiful backdrop to buildings on the main campus, most of which date back to the mid-nineteenth century.

The University

Queen's, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, is one of the oldest universities in the U.K. Established in Belfast in 1845 as one of the three "Queen's Colleges in Ireland," it became a full-fledged university in 1908, adopting its present name of The Queen's University of Belfast. Although situated not more than half a mile from the center of Belfast, the University area is a pleasant, self-contained and bustling part the city. The majority of students live within walking distance of the main campus, in an area ideally suited to student needs with numerous bars and clubs, take-aways, theaters, bistros, sporting facilities, and a ten-screen cinema. Queen's is renowned as a leader in all branches of engineering, agriculture, physics, music, archaeology and Irish studies. Former students include Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, Irish President Mary McAleese, and actor Liam Neeson. The university has over 15,000 students and 5 faculties:

  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Legal, Social and Educational Sciences
  • Sciences and Agriculture


Mount Charles is a beautiful street of Victorian red brick houses close to the main campus. The accommodation consists of single fully equipped rooms with shared facilities (bathroom, kitchen).

One-Year Masters Programs

Queen’s University Belfast offers a search engine to assist you in finding the best programs for you. Please use this search engine to research your QUB options.


Professor Ciarán O'Kelly made a presentation at the US-Ireland Alliance's day on Irish/NI universities at the NAFA conference in Chicago in July 2011. View their Presentation on QUB (PDF)