Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast was founded as Queen’s College in 1845, before becoming a university in its own right in 1908. Today, it is an international centre of research and education and a major part of the fabric of Northern Ireland.

An international institution

Queen’s is in the top one per cent of global universities.

With more than 23,000 students and 3,700 staff, it is a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a major employer and investor, a patron of the arts and a global player in areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing.

World-leading research

Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, alongside Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London.

In the UK top ten for research intensity

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results placed Queen’s joint 8th in the UK for research intensity, with over 75 per cent of Queen’s researchers undertaking world-class or internationally leading research.

The University also has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK’s top 20 and 76 per cent of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent.

This validates Queen’s as a University with world-class researchers carrying out world-class or internationally leading research.

Globally recognised education

The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on five occasions – for Northern Ireland's Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.


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Key facts

  • 3,700 staff
  • Over 150,000 alumni
  • Member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities
  • Among the top one per cent of global universities (QS World Rankings UNESCO IAU 2013)