Please find below some guidelines to the application process for International applicants. Please take a little time to read these as this should help to ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible.
Do I meet the entry requirements for my chosen programme?
For your application to be successful, you will need to meet the academic and English language entry requirements for your course. International candidates with queries about the acceptability of their academic or English language qualifications should refer to the 'Your Country' section of the website for advice on comparability with UK qualifications.
Please also consult the University Coursefinder for details of the Academic and English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
Alternatively, you can email enquiries to the Admissions and Access Service at firstname.lastname@example.org Please state the degree programme you are interested in and include full details about your academic background and qualifications.
Gather supporting documents
To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you should scan and upload the following supporting documents along with your application. We may not be able to make a decision on your application until we have received all your relevant documents.
Please provided good quality scanned copies of the following:
Please note that there is no need to mail original documents to us at this stage. However, you will need to produce the original documents when applying for your student visa and to register at the University start of the programme.
Online application procedure
The online application portal is the quickest and easiest way of applying for admission to postgraduate study or research at Queen's University Belfast. Here are some of the benefits of the online postgraduate application system:
How to apply
When to apply
If you are seeking financial support, you should refer to the relevant School’s web page for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for a place should be submitted.
The following link will take you to the online application portal where you may quickly and easily submit an application and receive an immediate acknowledgement:
Courses with separate application arrangements and/or closing dates
The online application should not be used for the courses listed below. Application forms may be requested from the relevant School or Department and/or downloaded from their website.
|Closing Date for September 2015 entry||Requesting Application Form|
|Postgraduate Certificate in Education||1 November 2014||Applications for admission in September 2015 should be submitted via the Application Portal as normal.|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies||15 November 2014||Contact the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
Tel: 028 9097 5667
|Psychology - Doctoral Training Programmes||Normally mid-February but contact the School of Psychology.
Tel: 028 9097 5445
Pharmacy - Distance Learning courses
|Candidates should apply in the normal way but must also read the guidance notes provided by the School of Pharmacy website|
|No closing date.||Contact the Admissions and Access Service for an application form (email: email@example.com, tel: 028 9097 5081). Please visit the Higher Doctorates webpages for further information.|
PhD by Published Works
|No closing date.||Contact the Admissions and Access Service for an application form (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 028 9097 5081). For further information, please visit PhD by Published Works.|
You will receive both an email and a letter from International Admissions to confirm details of your offer. Decisions can also be viewed by logging into the Online Application Portal. Please read carefully the Guidance Notes which will accompany your decision. For Postgraduate Taught courses (PGT) you should receive a decision on your application within two weeks, if we have received copies of the all the necessary supporting documents. Decisions on Research applications may take longer.
If you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen course of study, you will receive an unconditional offer letter which you may use as evidence that you have been accepted on to the course.
If your offer is conditional upon the completion of a degree or other qualification such as an English Language test, you must forward a scanned copy of your examination result(s) to the Admissions and Access Service by email to email@example.com as soon as they are known. This also applies to students who are currently studying at Queen’s University, since the Admissions and Access Service does not receive notification of degree results. Where applicable, confirmation of your qualifications must be officially translated into English. Please do not upload your results via the Applicant Portal.
It is essential that you accept or decline your offer of a place, following the links through the online Postgraduate Application Portal – https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/ This should be completed as soon as possible and no later than 14 days from receipt of your offer letter.
If you have applied for, and been offered a place on more than one course/programme of study, you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline the offer against each course/programme.
Do not worry if you have not met the conditions of your offer by this date, at this stage we simply need to know if you intend to take up your place.
You may request to defer until a later date, if you are unable to take up your place or are unable to meet the conditions of your offer by the registration date. Requests for deferral should be submitted before the expected start date of your course.
After you have met the requirements of your offer (if any), accepted it online, and provided any documents that you have been asked for (eg. copy of passport) and paid a deposit (if applicable), the University will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You will need the CAS to apply for your Tier 4 visa. Your CAS details will not be issued earlier than six months before the start of your degree programme.
Mandatory Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Taught Courses
If you have met all the course entry requirements and have accepted an unconditional offer of a place to study on a one-year postgraduate taught course, please note that we require such applicants to pay a deposit towards their tuition fees before a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for visa/immigration purposes can be issued – see above.
When you pay a deposit towards your fees, you will receive a receipt which you should present with your documents when you apply for your student entry visa to the UK. This information will also be included in your CAS Statement – see enclosed leaflet - ‘Studying at Queen’s: Visas and the Points Based System’.
International applicants who are in receipt of a full tuition fee scholarship are not required to pay the mandatory tuition fee deposit (evidence of the scholarship must be provided to Admissions).
Scholarships and Funding
The International Office administers a wide range of fee reductions and scholarships for international students, and details of these arrangements are available on the website at: www.qub.ac.uk/internationalscholarships Information on other possible funding opportunities specifically for postgraduate students is available from the Postgraduate Student Centre, visit the website at: www.qub.ac.uk/postgraduate
Funding scholarships, not administered by the Postgraduate Student Centre or the International Office, may be offered by individual Schools in the University. It is therefore recommended that applicants check the relevant Schools and Departments websites for details.