QUB – Pathway Opportunity Programme

QUB Pathway Opportunity Programme-340

Queen’s Pathway Opportunity Programme is now in its 5th year,  the programme encourages and supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend Queen’s to study.  The programme has grown every year, starting with 3 Pathways and 60 students in 2017 to this year with 10 Pathways and 250 students.

In the Pathway Programme year 13 students benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen’s University Belfast including 5 one-day events, two sessions of self-paced coursework and a week-long summer school.  Through this process they work within one of 10 Pathway subject areas, learning more about that subject and about university life in general. The subject Pathways are:

  • AHSS Pathway (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • BioSci Pathway (Biological Sciences)
  •  Business Pathway
  •   Computer Science Pathway
  • Engineering Pathway
  •   Law Pathway
  •   MDBS Pathway (Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Pathway)
  •   NBE Pathway (Natural and Build Environment Pathway covering Architecture, Planning, Geography and Archaeology)
  •   Pharmacy Pathway
  • Psychology Pathway


Upon successful completion of the programme students benefit from a guaranteed conditional offer on a course at Queen’s within their Pathway subject area (or a guaranteed interview for Medicine/Dentistry) and may be eligible for a reduced offer of up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer to Queen’s (depending on performance on the programme and course selected). This along with a £1000 bursary, transition support and ongoing support while they are at Queen’s.


Please visit website for full details of programme and eligibility:   https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wpu/PathwayOpportunityProgramme/


Applications will open (online) on Monday 12th October 2020 and closes on Monday 16th November 2020 at midnight. 

For the 2021 programme, as long as it’s necessary, plans are in place to deliver the sessions virtually.