The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 “Queen’s enjoys a reputation as Ireland’s Oxbridge”

Queen’s has been ranked 26th in the UK, number one for medical science and Pharmacy, and named Sunday Times University of the Year runner up, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. Queen’s has nine subjects which are in the top 20:

  • Agriculture: 5
  • Architecture: 11
  • Biology: 20
  • Law: 8
  • Mechanical Engineering: 12
  • Media Studies: 19
  • Medical Science and Pharmacy: 1
  • Physical Science: 15
  • Social Work: 8

The Sunday Times awards are the latest in a number of accolades Queen’s University has received. Queen’s recorded its best ever results in the National Student Survey, with an overall satisfaction score of 87 per cent and its Students’ Union placed in the top quartile of all UK Universities. The University was ranked 25th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2013, with 14 of its subjects ranked in the top 20. And in the latest QS World University Rankings, Queen’s moved up to 166, representing significant progress in its ambition to be recognised as a Global Top 100 University.


This recognition from the Sunday Times Guide re-affirms Queen’s as one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities with a dynamic curriculum, attuned to the needs of students and employers and confirms our place in the top 20 for graduate employment in the UK.


Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times University Guide, said: “Queen’s plays a pivotal role in the economy and life of Northern Ireland. It is about as far removed from ivory towered academia as it is possible to get. No university in the UK generates more money from companies spun out of its research work and this year’s Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its pioneering cancer research work acknowledges Queen’s’ contribution in this field, which benefits the people of Northern Ireland on a daily basis and has implications for the wider world going forward.

“But the real winners are the students who study here in an environment both rich in history and exuding the dynamism they will all need to succeed in a challenging world environment.”

The University has recently invested over £90 million on an ambitious plan to create an internationally recognised School and Institute of Health Sciences, with a further £85 million expenditure anticipated over the next five years.

The Guide also reflects the University’s forward thinking programme which has resulted in the creation of the award-winning £50 million McClay Library; the £1.3 million International and Postgraduate Student Centre, and extensive student support services.


The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities and the leading colleges of higher education. The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university dropout rates.



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