MA: a good 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants with a strong track record of publication, production, prize-winning or relevant professional experience.
PGDip: normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. In certain circumstances, students may be admitted on the strength of their writing alone. All applicants are required to submit a sample of original written work to assess their suitability for this programme.
Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:
A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience is acceptable
Applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification
Applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning alone
For more information, please consult the Universitys Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.
English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English