Postgraduate study in Belfast
Queen's University is the fifth best place to pursue postgraduate research in pharmacy and pharmacology in the UK. It's also in the top ten for archaeology, civil engineering and law. Ulster University, known for its excellent Celtic studies and nursing and midwifery departments, is the sixth cheapest place to study in the UK. For those aspiring teachers, St Mary's or Stranmillis University Colleges are a strong bet – both achieved solid scores for education.
Finding a job after postgraduate study
As Northern Ireland's largest city and capital, Belfast is the most likely place for graduates to find work in the country. Belfast's jobs market is dominated largely by the public sector and this is reflected in the availability of graduate roles in health and social care, education, government and not-for-profit organisations. For instance, charity workers, nurses, trainee dentists and teachers are in high demand.
In recent years, growth has also taken place in a number of private sectors (eg IT, retail, financial services and construction) with multinational firms choosing to base their offices in Belfast. Ongoing opportunities also exist with many household names such as the BBC, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Big Lottery Fund.