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For entry into master's degrees in Management, International Business, International MBA and MSc Marketing
The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university master's degree.
Why apply for the graduate diploma programme?
Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?
The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.
You will study the following modules:
Entry to all postgraduate degrees at Queen's University is highly competitive and students hoping to study at postgraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their Graduate Diploma programme. Whilst grades in the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your postgraduate degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the criteria for entry to your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the University.
Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study.
Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on:
Assessment of academic modules will be based on:
When you complete the Graduate Diploma you will be guaranteed entry to at least one of the master's courses at Queen's University Management School.
This is dependant on:
You can download the requirements for the degrees below.
Pass in an undergraduate degree in any subject from a recognised institution.
Higher Education Diploma (3 - 5 years) with acceptable grades in any subject from a recognised institution.
If you wish to progress to the MSc International Business, you must have an undergraduate degree in Business or Management which is acceptable to Queen's University Management School.
For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us
IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.
Please note: for visa purposes, students requiring a Tier 4 visa must have IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.
We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.
You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.
POPULAR DEGREE CHOICE: International MBA
Queen's University has been providing high quality education in management for over forty years, and in the early 1970s introduced its first MBA programme. They continue with this tradition of offering high quality management programmes with the Queen’s International MBA programme.
The Queen’s International MBA programme will prepare you for leadership and transformational roles in business management, equipping you with the tools and strategies to understand, anticipate and adapt strategically to opportunities in global markets.
As part of this programme you'll have the opportunity to undertake a consultancy project for an export-led UK firm or multinational subsidiary. The programme also features a range of life-long learning skill enhancement activities.
This course leads to the following master's degrees at Queen's University Belfast:
MSc International Business
MSc Human Resource Management
What is the deadline for applications?
We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available. We recommend you apply as early as possible as courses fill up quickly. Enquire now to check availability.
Step 1: Complete the Application form
You can complete an online application form or download and print the PDF application form at the bottom of this page. You must include the following information:
Need help with the application form? Watch a video help guide - available in English, Chinese and Arabic:
Step 2: Submit the Application
The INTO Admissions office will only process complete applications so please ensure you provide all of the following documents with your application:
If you are applying by post please send your completed application package, including copies of your supporting documents listed above directly to us at:
INTO Queen's University Belfast AdmissionsOne Gloucester Place Brighton BN1 4AA United Kingdom
The INTO Admissions team will assess your complete application and will contact you within two working days with either an answer or an offer.
Step 3: Confirm your place
If you receive a Conditional or Unconditional offer from us, the offer will contain all the details needed for you to confirm your place on the course.
The most common way to confirm your place, will be to:
Once the payment has cleared, you will be sent a confirmation pack from us, including; The relevant course information to help you with your visa application, course and accommodation confirmation, your updated statement and an invoice which will show any remaining fees still to pay before the start date of your course.
Step 4: Apply for your visa
If you are unsure of which visa type you need you can have a look at our Useful Information page or visit the UK Border Agency website.
Please keep us updated on your visa application process. If for any reason your visa application is delayed or rejected, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that INTO employees cannot give you advice on your visa, you will need to speak to your local embassy or the British Council.
Step 5: After you've received your visa
Once you've received your visa and arranged your flight to the UK, please contact us to make sure you have paid the full outstanding balance of your course, at least 4 weeks before you arrive.
You will then receive your final statement along with your pre-departure guide, listing all information you need about your chosen INTO Centre, the partner University and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Visit our before you arrive page for more information.
If at any time you get stuck or have any problems that will delay your arrival, please contact us.
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Find out more about the degrees you can progress to from this course and the grades you will need.
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Use this form to submit an application by post, fax or email. Alternatively use the apply now button above to apply online.
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