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Studying at Queen's

A warm welcome at a global institution

The student population of Queen’s is over 17,000, approximately 1,400 of whom are international students from nearly 100 countries. Queen’s graduates make their mark all over the world in fields as diverse as surgery, civil engineering and music. As a result of this, there are active graduate associations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the USA.

Life at Queen’s combines the excitement of a vibrant student city combined with a compact, historic campus where you will find research and teaching excellence, innovative learning and some of the best campus facilities in these islands. As a new student you will receive a warm welcome and soon become part of the community.






Academic and research excellence

Students in lecture

Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 

In the 2016 Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, Queen’s moved up seven places, to number 31 in the UK.

The University has also been placed 15th overall for Student Experience, 14th for Research and 28th for Graduate Employment.

The Guardian’s University Guide says:

“Queen's has an excellent academic reputation. Its students enjoy being taught by world-leading academics. The university has won Queen's Anniversary prizes for further and higher education on five occasions.”

Our students are open about how inspired they are by our academic staff.

The Russell Group

Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group, an independent body of 24 top-ranking, research-led UK universities. This marks Queen’s as one of the most exceptional teaching universities in the country.








Our world-class research

The Research Excellent Framework 2014, a UK-wide research assessment of higher education institutions, has placed Queen’s in the top 20 for research quality and impact. It also confirmed that over 75 per cent of the University's research is world-class or internationally leading.

Some of the best campus facilities in UK and Ireland

Queen’s has recently invested £259 million into its staff, students and infrastructure to provide some of the best campus facilities in the UK and Ireland.

Among them is the award-winning McClay Library, one of the finest libraries in the world, and home to 1.2 million volumes and 2,000 reader places. The Library also houses a dedicated Language Centre to help students at all levels develop their language skills.

The McClay Library has to be one of the finest facilities of the many already at Queen’s - Priscilla Cunningham Read more>

Students have access to over 1,800 PCs on campus and the University’s virtual learning environment, Queen’s Online, provides each student with secure online access to information and materials relating to their course.



Student Support Services


The Student Guidance Centre is your first stop for information, advice and guidance throughout your time at Queen's. Here you'll find services including:

  • Careers, Employability and Skills service
  • Counselling Service
  • Disability Services
  • Income and Student Finance
  • Learning Development Service
  • Student Administration

See what our Student Guidance Centre team leaders say about their experiences of Queen's.

Queen’s Students’ Union


The Students’ Union at Queen’s offers students an opportunity to socialise and make friends with peers from a diverse range of countries and cultures. It already ranks in the top five students’ unions in the UK and aims to become number one. The Students’ Union building boasts an entertainment complex, shops, cafés, and hosts a varied programme of concerts, comedy and live sport.

Colin Stephenson outlines the superb Student’s Union at Queen’s – a social, entertainment, and support hub.

There are more than 190 student clubs and societies catering for almost every type of interest and cultural background. The Union also offers a range of student support services and provides advice on developing business ideas through its Enterprise SU facility. For more information, visit:

Amy Slack tells you why you should take the opportunity to explore the range of clubs and societies available to you as a Queen’s student.