Queen’s University Belfast Northern Ireland

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Queen’s University Belfast Northern Ireland

Queen’s University Belfast (informally Queen’s or QUB) is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university was chartered in 1845, and opened in 1849 as “Queen’s College, Belfast”, but has roots going back to 1810 and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

The university forms the focal point of the Queen’s Quarter area of the city, one of Belfast’s four cultural districts. It offers academic degrees at various levels and across a broad subject range, with over 300 degree programmes available. Its acting President and Vice-Chancellor is James McElnay, and its Chancellor is Thomas Moran.

Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group of leading research intensive universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, Universities Ireland and Universities UK. The university is associated with two Nobel laureates and one Turing Award laureate.

Organisation and governance

Faculties and schools

Academics at Queen’s are organised into fifteen schools across three faculties. The three faculties are the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Life Sciences. Each of the 20 schools operates as a primary management unit of the university and the schools are the focus for education and research for their respective subject areas.

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Arts, English and Languages
  • School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics
  • School of Law
  • Queen’s Management School
  • School of Mathematics and Physics
  • School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Natural and Built Environment
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Other Academic Provision

  • Gibson Institute- involved in education and research in the areas of sustainability, rural development, environmental management, food marketing, renewable energy, nutrition, physical activity and public health
  • Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities – established in 2012, supports interdisciplinary research in the Humanities at all levels. On Feb 18th 2016 BBC Northern Ireland reported that this Institute was to be closed.
  • Institute for Global Food Security
  • Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice
  • Institute of Cognition and Culture- Founded in 2004, this is one of the world’s first centres for research in the cognitive science of culture. It has brought together a range of cutting-edge cognitive scientists via a series of visiting fellowships.
  • Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)- established in 2003 to commercialise world-class research and expertise in a variety of enabling digital communications technologies at the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Institute of Irish Studies- It was the first of its kind to be established in the world and is one of the leading centres for research-led teaching in Irish Studies and is an internationally renowned centre of interdisciplinary Irish scholarship.
  • Institute of Professional Legal Studies- established in 1977, it provides an internationally recognised and unique one-year postgraduate course for trainee barristers and trainee solicitors
  • Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP)
  • Institute of Theology- Consists of several colleges with a Christian emphasis, including St Mary’s (Catholic), Union Theological College (Presbyterian), Belfast Bible College (non-denominational), as well as Baptist and Methodist colleges in Belfast. In all five colleges teach any programmes with a theological emphasis on behalf of the university; the university may confer theology degrees but cannot teach the subject itself.
  • William J Clinton Leadership Institute-

Contact Address

Queen’s University Belfast
University Road
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT7 1NN

T: +44 (0) 28 9024 5133
(during business hours)

T: +44 (0) 28 9097 5099
(outside business hours)