Belfast, United Kingdom
* A first class student experience in world-class facilities We are a Russell Group University, one of the UK's 24 leading research intensive institutions. We are ranked in the UK top 20 in 17 subject areas (Times Good University Guide 2012). From our new-look Students' Union to the Physical Education Centre, (selected as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics), the magnificient £50 million McClay Library, the Elms Student Village and our Student Guidance Centre, we offer the opportunity to study at one of the best equipped campuses in Europe and beyond. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, it's the second safest city in the world (United Nations) and has the lowest cost of living in the UK (British Council). Queen's offers a full range of courses to international students who need additional language training through INTO Queen's
* Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of our students Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are embedded throughout the curriculum which culminated in Queen's winning the prestigious title of 'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2009.
* We are one of the eminent research universities in the world Queen's pioneering research aimed at protecting the lives and livelihoods of some of the poorest people on the planet has been recognised in the award of 'Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2010.
* Northern Ireland is a must-see destination From its wonderful coast and glens to its vibrant cities Northern Ireland offers an enormous variety of landscapes, cultural and leisure opportunities. It was ranked third in the 'Top European Regions of the Future' in the Financial Times FDI European Regions and Cities of the Future Awards 2008-2009. Its capital city, Belfast, is a modern European city that is bursting with life. Most major British cities are within an hour's flight from the city's two airports, with many flights each day to the rest of the British Isles and mainland Europe. Queen's historic campus is located in the attractive, leafy suburbs of South Belfast, a lively area only 15 minutes from the city centre and packed with student facilities.
A member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, Queen's was founded by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland. It became an independent university in its own right in 1908 and today combines an international academic reputation as a leader in innovation and education with an outstanding student experience.
The 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) identified areas of world-class research in all academic disciplines and the University's research strengths are reflected in the quality of its teaching. 17 subject areas are ranked in the UK top 20 (Times Good University Guide 2013). In recent years Queen's has emerged as a major player on the international scene in areas ranging from cancer studies to climate change, from wireless technology to poetry and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts.
The University is situated approximately one mile from Belfast city centre and has over 17,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students including 1,200 international students from over 70 countries. From Nobel prizewinners to medical pioneers and from political leaders to leading figures in the arts, Queen's graduates have made their mark around the world.
A first-class student experience demands first-class facilities and Queen's University aims to ensure that it provides exactly that. The £45 million McClay Library is one of the finest university libraries in the world while the Students' Union and Physical Education Centre offer some of the best student amenities in the UK.
Opening in September 2012, Willow Walk is new purpose built accommodation ideally suited to the needs of postgraduate students at Queen's University. Located in an enclosed development on the perimeter of Elms Village on the Malone Road, Willow Walk offers accommodation facilities to rival the best private sector competitors, with the added advantage of University control and management in areas such as security, maintenance and contract terms.
Alison McArdleCourse: PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
"I chose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Queen's because I wanted to challenge myself both personally and technically. The teaching support from the staff at Queen's is of the highest level. The Staff offer an open-door policy and are eager to help. Outside of the research clusters, there are well-equipped libraries in the University and the facilities for sports, clubs and societies are first-class.
I really enjoy living in Belfast. Beyond Queen's clubs and societies, there is so much to do. The restaurants offer a wide variety of beautiful cuisine and there is a wealth of entertainment available from comedy shows, operas and musicals to movies, nightclubs and dance classes.
After I finish university, I hope to return to industry with a highly developed set of skills, both in technical matters and in areas such as teamwork, negotiation, leadership, organisational skills and persistence in the face of adversity (which a PhD offers many opportunities to work on). Entrepreneurship is highly encouraged in the University and it is a route that greatly appeals to me."
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