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5 Things that make Studying at Queen’s University Belfast Awesome!

Written by Rachel Chin, June 2017

Why should one consider studying at Queen’s University Belfast? From its mighty shipbuilding past to the hippy jazz bars, Belfast has it all -culture, heritage, architecture, landscapes and festivals! But of course there is more to that, when it comes to considering a good university for future studies.

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Ireland’s Oxbridge – Global Reputation

Described as “Ireland’s Oxbridge” by Sunday Times, Queen’s University of Belfast is one of the members of the reputable Russell Group universities. With a rich heritage of more than 170 years, it is the ninth oldest university in the UK. Producing Nobel Laureates, there used to be a time where there were only around 600 students in the university. Today there are approximately 23,000 students, which include 1,700 from more than 80 countries worldwide; it is deemed as one of the top 25 most international university in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings data 2015-16).

Low Cost of Living, Low Crime Rates, Close Proximity

Located at Northern Ireland, Belfast is recognised as having the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living survey and 2015 Student Living index). The living cost per year could cost only up to £8000. It is also the safest region in the UK (British Crime Survey, 2014), which makes it a welcoming city for students. No matter where you want to get to in the city, it is only a 15 to 20 minutes stroll away from the university.

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Practical Focused Education – Industrial Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a three-way partnership between companies, recent graduates and academic team. It is a win-win situation for all three parties; as companies work together with academics team to come out with solutions using the latest technologies, recent graduates will then get the opportunity to work for industry leaders. 

Film Fanatics’ Heaven

University life is not just about studying! Experiencing what life has to offer in the country will leave you with a lifetime memory. While many might not know, Belfast is actually the home to the ill-fated Titanic cruise ship, which was built at 1911. Explore the shipyard and uncover the true legend of Titanic with a tour at Titanic Belfast.  If you are a fan of HBO’s hit series Games of Thrones, you would love to know that much of the scenes are filmed in the Titanic Studios, and across various locations throughout Northern Ireland! This includes the scenic King's Road (The Dark Hedges), Winterfell (Castle Ward) and Dragonstone (Downhill Strand).

With cutting edge film and production facilities in Belfast, the university has been ranked the first by The Guardian University Leagues Tables 2017 for its Film Production and Photography courses. Imagine having a boutique cinema on campus! – Queen’s Film Theatre

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