Queen’s is an exciting place to study medicine with our students experiencing clinical practice in a variety of hospitals, general practices and healthcare settings throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards.

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences has close ties with the Northern Ireland community as part of its educational, research and outreach programmes. Our ‘Patients as Partners’ make a valuable contribution to the education of medical students, through their participation in the selection of medical students to the programme, teaching sessions, as well as assessments.

Queen’s medical students are welcomed in all of the hospitals within the region and in over 150 general practices. Students comment on the ease of access to high quality clinical teaching.

As medical practice changes, so our course has changed to meet the challenges of 21st Century healthcare.



Studying Medicine at Queen’s gives students access to an exciting and innovative School. Key features include:

  • Early clinical contact with patients in first year.
  • Whole body dissection in state of the art facilities.
  • Student Selected Components with a wide range of choices throughout the medical curriculum.
  • Case-based learning in years 1-4 that integrates clinical, biomedical and behavioural science.
  • Excellent clinical contact in primary and secondary care settings at all levels of the course, 25% of clinical placements in primary care.
  • A 9 week Assistantship programme in Final year.
  • Intercalated study options available at Bachelors and Masters Levels.
  • Opportunities for international travel through the Final Year Elective and Erasmus Exchange programmes.
  • World-class interprofessional simulation centre.
  • Summer Studentships in leading Research and Education Centres.

Download our Medicine at Queen’s booklet here.

Entry Requirements

A Level

AAA at A-level + A in a fourth AS-level subject including A-level Chemistry plus at least one other A-level from Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics. If not offered at A-level then Biology/Human Biology grade A as a 4th AS-level or grade B as a 5th AS-level. 

Grade A in the EPQ or Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate or a grade B in a 4th A-level will be acceptable in lieu of the 4th AS-level.


A*AA at A-level including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology.


A*AA at A-level including Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics + AS-level Biology grade B.


GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C/4 and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC/44 are required if these subjects are not offered at AS-level or A-level.


All applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) and the results achieved will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview.

For full details on entry requirements please read ‘How we choose our students’ 

Tour of Medical School


Medical students at Queen’s have access to some of the most modern and excellent teaching facilities. The university has invested more than 100 million in research and teaching infrastructure across the Health Sciences Institute with further investment planned, including our new state of the art Simulation Centre which opened this year. Click on the video to watch a medical tour guided by our current medical students.

Rankings and Reputation

Top 200 in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2023)

10th in the UK for Medicine (Complete University Guide 2023)

Joint 2nd in the UK for Medicine (90% satisfaction) (NSS 2022)

1st In the UK for Teaching Quality in Medicine (Time and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Get in touch

It would be great to hear from you, if you have any questions about Queen’s University, Belfast or our medical programme, please email us using the following email address: 

Chat to current students at Queen’s here

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