For entry into Masters degrees in Business Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Risk Management and Financial Regulation
The Graduate Diploma combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university masters degree.
Why apply for the graduate diploma programme?
Course length: 3 terms (9 months)
September Start (3 terms)
January Start (3 terms)
Tuition fees do not include:
English for Academic Purposes
Financial and Economic Strategy
Accounting for Financial Management
Financial Market Theory and Investment Analysis
How will I be assessed?
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 masters courses at Queen's University Management School.
This is dependant on:
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
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.
You must have studied modules or courses in one of statistics, mathematics, finance, economics or calculus with good grades.
Applicants wishing to progress to the MSc International Business 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.
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
Queen's University Belfast has a record of academic achievement which stretches back more than 150 years. 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.