queens university belfast acceptance rate international students

Last Updated on January 31, 2022

Established in 1849, Queen’s University Belfast is a non-profit public higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the medium city of Belfast (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Northern Ireland. Officially recognized/chartered by the Privy Council, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational UK higher education institution. Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 171 years old UK higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this UK higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. QUB also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sports facilities, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees and living expenses than many other similarly well-regarded universities in the United Kingdom. The fees you will pay will vary depending on the course you choose and the level of study.

The tuition fees payable by international students are based on the student’s first year of registration and are listed below for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. Exceptions to the standard fees are listed separately.

EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) will be charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

In addition, the fee rate will depend on the following classifications:

Fee Rate 1 (FR1): Courses which are essentially classroom based
Fee Rate 2 (FR2): Courses with a substantial laboratory or workshop component
Fee Rate 3 (FR3): Pre-Clinical elements of medical courses
Fee Rate 4 (FR4): Clinical elements of medical courses
BDS Dentistry: Composite fee per annum over 5 years

  • Students first enrolling in 2022/23. Tuition fees relate to one year of study
    Course and Level of study2022/23 (£ GBP)
    2022/23 ($ US Dollars)*
    FR1 (classroom)17,90024,676FR2 (laboratory)22,00030,329FR3 (pre-clinical) / FR4 (clinical)32,800**45,219**The Northern Ireland Department of Health charges a mandatory clinical placement levy for all new international and EU medical students commencing study at the University.  This charge is payable in each year of study to cover access to clinical placements in the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care system. The clinical placement levy of £10,000 is not included in the tuition fee quoted above and is in additional to the fee quoted above.The University has taken the decision to pay to the Department of Health the full cost of this clinical placement levy for the first year of study (£10,000), on behalf of new international students entering Year 1 in the 2022-23 academic year. This cohort of students progressing to Year 2 in the academic year 2023-24, will be required to pay a reduced charge of £5,000, and the University will pay £5,000. The full cost of the new charge is likely to be applied from Year 3 onwards (i.e. academic year 2023-24), and students will be required to pay £10,000 in each year (Years 3, 4 and 5).*All fees are payable in £ sterling. Approximate equivalencies are shown at the following rates ( September 2021) US$ = £0.73
    All tuition fees are subject to a 2% annual inflationary uplift. 2020/21 Student returners enrolling in 2021/22. Tuition fees relate to one year of study
    Course and Level of study2022/23 (£ GBP)
    2022/23 ($ US Dollars)*
    FR1 (classroom) 17,23523,834 FR2 (laboratory) 21,21529,338 Undergraduate Dentistry Tuition FeesStudents first enrolling in 2022/23: £34,100
    Students first enrolling in 2021/22: £32,800
  • Students first enrolling in 2022-23. Tuition fees relate to one year of study
    Course and level of study2022-23 (£ GBP)2022-23 ($ US Dollars)*
    FR1 (classroom)18,00024,823FR2 (laboratory)22,70031,3042021-22 Student returners enrolling in 2022-2023. Tuition fees relate to one year of study
    Course and level of study2021-22 (£ GBP)2021-22 ($ US Dollars)*
    FR1 (classroom) 17,289 23,915FR2 (laboratory) 21,720 30,044*All fees are payable in £ sterling. Approximate equivalencies are shown at the following rates ( September 2021) US$ = £0.73
     All tuition fees are subject to a 2% annual inflationary uplift

Full-time Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Students

The date when a student withdraws will affect the level of tuition fees which may be refunded.  Adjustments to tuition fees are calculated with reference to the date of a student’s withdrawal from the University, not the last date of attendance. The table below demonstrates how tuition fees are calculated in respect of a withdrawal;


Withdrawal Policy (To be updated for 2022/23)

Attendance/SLC Liability PointNormal Effective PeriodFees due to the University 
 Completion of Enrolment and Registration (non-refundable)*up to 9 January 2022 25%
 Resumption of Autumn Semester following the Vacation Period10 January 2022- May 2022 50%
 Resumption of Spring Semester following the Vacation Period02 May 2022 onwards 100%

*The non-refundable percentages of fees will increase at various points during the academic year.

Part-time Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Students

Fees for part-time students are calculated by semester.  Further details of the withdrawal and module drop policy, for part-time students, are outlined in Section 4.4.2 of the Student Finance Framework.

Postgraduate Research Students

The tuition fee liability for a Postgraduate Research student withdrawal, or a temporary leave of absence, is based on the official date of withdrawal in the academic year, and a refund will be issued, if appropriate.  The tuition fee is calculated for a month if a student is deemed to be in attendance on, or after, the 5th of that month.

For further information, please refer to the Student Finance Framework.

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