Queen’s University Belfast is the ninth-oldest university in the UK. Founded by Royal Charter as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908 and has a distinguished record of academic achievement stretching back more than 170 years.
A World-Class Institution Described by The Sunday Times as ‘Ireland’s Oxbridge’, over 75% of research activity at Queen’s has been judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading (REF 2014/ Times Higher Education). Additionally, Queen’s University has been placed joint 8th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014/ Times Higher Education)
Further cementing our reputation for excellence, Queen’s is ranked 173 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020) and is a member of the Russell Group of the United Kingdom’s 24 leading research-intensive universities.
With over 24,000 students, including circa 2,550 international students from 78 countries, and 3,500 staff, the University is a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a patron of the arts and a global player in areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to cyber security.