Queen’s University Belfast

Published on: 17 Aug 2015

Queen’s University Belfast gained full university status in 1908 and was admitted to the Russell Group in 2006. According to Mercer’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living survey, Belfast was seen as having the lowest cost of living throughout the United Kingdom, creating the perfect student city for Queen’s University students. 

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The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide league table have positioned Queen’s University Belfast at an impressive 38th, replicating the excellent teaching and student life experienced at the university.

The university has over 24,900 students spread across the numerous university buildings throughout the city. The buildings are dotted around a number of streets in Southern Belfast, centring on University Road, University Square and Stranmillis Road.  By giving students the opportunity to explore the city whilst undergoing their studies they are given the chance to experience all Belfast has to offer day-in-day-out.

Living in Belfast

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, with a city population of over 276,000. Being the largest city in Northern Ireland, Belfast is the centre for industry, as well as being the arts, higher education and economic machine of the North of Ireland. Belfast is one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom, having two airports with up to 27 flight routes to the rest of the UK adding to this factor.

Belfast offers a wide variety of cultural, sporting, educational and social prospects for both tourists and residents. For shoppers, Belfast has a wide range of high street stores, independent shops and many marketplaces. The city is also home to shopping centres including Victoria Square and Castle Court, of which have multiple stores to fit all styles and tastes.

The city of Belfast is well known for its variety of sports teams and sporting interests. Gaelic football is the most popular sport for citizens to watch in Ireland, being the traditional ball game for the Irish to play. Ice hockey is also a very popular sport in the city, being the home of the Belfast Giants, one of the biggest British clubs. The Northern Ireland national football team also plays its home matches in the heart of Belfast.

A hugely well-known visitor attraction in Belfast is Titanic Quarter, where the late RMS Titanic was built. Titanic Belfast shows the story of the voyage the ship undertook in 1912, displaying numerous galleries and facilities for visitors and tourists to experience.

Life at Queen’s University

Queen’s University Belfast has one of the largest Students’ Unions on a single campus in the whole of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Union is home to a huge four student venues – The Mandela Hall, The Speakeasy, Bar Sub and the Bunatee. Along with these, the Student Union has a shop, book shop, bank, electrical shop, two coffee houses, a food court and a relaxing study area.

Mandela Hall is one of the main areas for students to attend when in need of musical entertainment. The venue hosts concerts, club nights and comedy shows along with multiple other events. The venue has seen acts such as Bastille, Jake Bugg and Bombay Bicycle Club, providing students with ultimate entertainment. The Speakeasy is a more relaxed area for evening entertainment, open 7 days a week and provides club nights, live sport and quizzes for students. In addition, the venue has 7 HD televisions, 11 pool tables and an outdoor roof terrace.

Sport at Queen’s University has been an on-going tradition, providing students with over 50 different clubs to choose from. In 2007, the university invested £7 million into providing students with new sporting facilities in their Physical Education Centre. The centre has a six-lane swimming pool, a fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, 2 Sports Halls which can facilitate sports such as Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Table Tennis, along with a huge outdoor training facility for outdoor sports. Along with this, Queen’s University has over 130 societies for those students who aren’t interested in sport, ranging from Art and Geography to studying Japanese and watching Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

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Food degrees in Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast has several food related courses for students to choose from. One of these is the BSc Honours Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition course, running for either 3-years or 4-years. This degree focuses on giving students the knowledge they need in the key main areas of the food and drink industry, these being food safety, quality and nutrition. According to statistics, students studying this specific course have a 100% rate of being satisfied overall, creating an extremely positive atmosphere for new students to be a part of.  Students must take six modules throughout each year of their study, along with the compulsory modules the university set. In Stage 1, students get a feel for what the food industry is about, with modules including Food Microbiology and Chemistry for the Biological Sciences.

This course is spread between lectures, practical lessons, seminars, one-on-one tutorials and a year in industry. Depending on whether students choose to study for 3 or 4 years, they will undergo a work placement of at least 16 weeks, or at least 46 weeks course dependent. By offering work within the food industry, students are given the experience they need to be fully prepared for the job market. Students also get considered for the City and Guilds Licentiateship Award for their efforts in their work placement, which further provides Queen’s University students with an upper hand when looking for post-study careers.


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Being one of the top universities throughout the United Kingdom, Queen’s University Belfast provides students with some of the best education and student life they could experience whilst at university. The food and drink related courses at the university are set to create the best possible benefits towards a career in the competitive food industry. This, along with living in a cheap, vibrant student city, puts students in a fantastic position to kick-start their adult life.