About Queen's University Belfast:

Queen’s University Belfast was founded by Royal Charter in 1845. Founded by Queen Victoria, the Queen's University in Ireland, was designed to be a non-denominational alternative to Trinity College Dublin which was controlled by the Anglican Church. The University was made up of three Queen's Colleges - in Cork, Galway and Belfast. Although it was the first University in the north of Ireland, Queen's drew on a tradition of learning which goes back to 1810 and the foundation of the Belfast Academical Institution. Its collegiate department, which provided University-style education, closed with the establishment of Queen's and four of its professors and many of its students transferred to the new college. The most significant date in the early years of the University's life was 1908 when the three Queen's Colleges, and the Royal University (which replaced the Queen's University in Ireland in 1879), were dissolved and replaced by the Queen's University of Belfast and the National University of Ireland. As an independent institution, governed by its own Senate, Queen's flourished. Increasing student numbers and new staff were accommodated in a number of new buildings and the academic programme increased in range. Arts, Science, Law and Medicine were supplemented by Faculties of Commerce, Applied Science and Technology, Agriculture, and Theology. Today, Queen's is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 276 300 308 316 287 308 319 327 309 320 319 318 313 328 314

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture - - 300 260 249 297 261 277 285 300 301-350 282 300 301-350
Engineering - - 223 - - - - - - 297 288 296 301-350 301-350
Life Sciences - - - - - - - - - 301-350 301-350 301-350 301-350 301-350
Medicine 268 259 262 277 267 268 267 257 262 251 243 243 248 253
Natural Sciences 252 232 239 210 245 262 281 275 - 301-350 301-350 301-350 351-400 351-400
Social Sciences 279 - - 293 - - 271 - 267 256 258 252 250 293

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences 209 249 261 274 - - 290 262 253 253 229
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - - 299
Chemistry 171 187 201 233 238 249 263 254 286 301-350 351-400
Chemical Engineering 265 265 233 244 230 245 220 206 207 254 259
Civil Engineering 146 166 159 132 158 230 185 212 232 245 251
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 244 243 245
Computer Science - - - - - - 301-350 300 301-350 221 228
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 252 275 -
Electrical Engineering - - - - - 264 208 189 201 246 236
Environment / Ecology 262 - - 259 255 246 283 - 295 - 279
Geosciences 231 222 177 177 163 237 273 276 273 224 241
Immunology - - - - - - - - - - -
Materials Science - - - - - - 351-400 301-350 301-350 351-400 401-450
Mathematics - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500 451-500 401-450
Mechanical Engineering - - - - - - - 301-350 301-350 301-350 292
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - - -
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - 273 291 -
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - - -
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - 290 - - - 285 254 235 256 211 190
Physics 234 - - - - - 351-400 351-400 401-450 401-450 451-500
Plant & Animal Science 224 260 238 240 262 284 277 301-350 301-350 256 299
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - - -
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 246 261 276
Space Science - - - - - - - - 141 221 226
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - -