Queen’s University Belfast

Posted on Jul 6, 2017

Queen's University Belfast

The World100 Representative

Peter McConkey - Marketing Manager


Key facts about Queen's University Belfast



Research Member since 2017



23,000 students, 1,700 of which are international



Over 150,000 alumni in more than 120 countries



One of the largest employers in Belfast with 3,700 staff



10 Athena SWAN awards and 6 Queen's Anniversary Prizes


About Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is the UK's ninth oldest university, originally founded as Queen's College in 1845, but with roots tracing as far back as 1810. With more than 170 years of heritage, Queen's combines an international reputation for academic excellence with a life-changing student experience and a culture of innovation. 

The University is renowned for its world-class achievements in cancer research, environmental research, paleoecology, law, green chemistry and cyber security.

International Partnerships

Queen's University Belfast enjoys partnerships with a wide range of international institutions and organisations and host a large international community of researchers and students. Throughout the University, their leading research academics are collaborating across disciplines and with outsides agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. 

Over the past 10 years, Queen's University has invested over $10m in China-related research in areas such as sustainable energy, information technology, food security and cancer research.

The University is in collaboration with Dubai Healthcare City, with the aim to develop the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and recently established a major new partnership in China with the China Medical College - Queen's University Joint College (CQC). This joint venture will deliver cutting-edge education in Pharmaceutical Sciences, based in Shenyang. 

Notable Research Areas

Besides being a member of the prestigious Russell Group, a collaboration of the UK's 24 leading research intensive universities, the University has received many awards and rankings for its research excellence. 

According to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Queen's produces internationally leading research, receiving joint 8th place in the UK for its research intensity. Over 75% of research activity at Queen's, particularly within the fields of food security, education, pharmacy, health, modern languages, astrophysics, engineering, cyber security, English and history, was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading.

14 of the individual areas of research assessed were ranked in the top 20 within the UK, with six of these in the top ten, and two in the top five.