Where can I study?
Belfast is home to two universities: Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster. Queen’s University Belfast (commonly referred to as simply ‘Queen’s’, or QUB) is the larger of the two and welcomes over 25,000 students every year. The university is a public research university and is a member of the Russell Group. The university is formed by a central campus and two associated colleges: St Mary’s and Stranmillis, both in Belfast city centre. The central ‘campus’ comprises of several buildings around the area of University Road.
Queen’s University Belfast is recognised nationally and internationally for the strength of its research activity. The university places a focus on international collaboration and has formed partnerships with leading research groups including Georgetown University, the Lombardi Cancer Centre in Washington, and Madras Christian College in India. Queen’s main areas of research development are in the areas relating to health sciences, executive education and green chemistry. In 2010, Queen’s University was named winner of The Times Higher Education Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year award. In 2012, The Complete University Guide placed Queens University 31st in the national league tables.
Facilities at Queen’s University include the prize-winning £50million McClay Library, which opened in 2009 and provides space for 2,000 students and accommodates for 1.5 million volumes. The university has seen a number of other recent investments and developments. In 2010, a £1.3million International and Postgraduate Student Centre opened.
The University of Ulster is spread across several sites in Northern Ireland including a campus in Belfast. The Belfast campus is home to the School of Art and Design and accommodates a student population of around 1,000.