News

New Programs

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics 

New this year, Queen's will offer applicants the opportunity to apply to a direct-entry Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics program (program code: QEM). Mechatronics and Robotics will not be available through the usual discipline selection process to students who enter through the common Engineering first year.

From wearable technologies and self-driving cars, to surgical robots and industrial automation machines, mechatronic and robotic technologies are destined to become ubiquitous in the 21st century. This direct-entry program prepares students with the fundamental skills, tools and techniques to design and develop these technologies.

The program integrates the traditional disciplines of computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, with key elements of mechanics, electronics, computing, automatic control, artificial intelligence, signal processing and embedded systems. A sequence of experiential project-based design courses will allow students to develop robust hands-on skills and participate in compelling open-ended projects throughout all four years of the program.

Graduates will be qualified to work in many emerging high-tech industries as well as across multiple engineering disciplines. Areas of specialization include automation, biomedical, intelligent systems, and robotics.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)- Life Science

New this year, Queen's will offer applicants the opportunity to apply to a direct-entry Life Science program (program code: QL). Instead of waiting until the end of first year to apply to declare your major as Life Science or Biochemistry,  you can apply to enter this program directly from high school, though you can still access the Life Science program if you begin through the undeclared science pathways available at the university. The prerequisite courses required to apply to this program are the same as those for the Bachelor of Science program.

The Life Sciences program at Queen’s University is one of our largest Bachelor of Science degree Plans on campus. It is in high demand by students who wish to pursue careers in biomedical research and health care focusing on human life. The Life Sciences plan offers courses ranging from human anatomy and physiology to the bacteria and viruses that compromise organ function to the cells that give rise to carcinomas and to the drugs that are used to cure us from infection and disease. 

Life Science program highlights include:

  1. Preparation for a career in healthcare or biomedical research.
  2. Cutting-edge research in drug development and human toxicology, cancer biology, genetics, reproduction, microbiology, experimental medicine and neuroscience.
  3. An internship program that offers a range of careers to explore and companies to learn from.
  4. Summer research assistant positions with professors.
  5. Home to the Cancer Research Institute, the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, and the Cardiac, Circulation, and Respiratory Group.

Program Changes

Queen's University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS)

The Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) is a pathway for high school students to apply for entry to medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Arts, Science, Computing Science or Health Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science. This educational initiative selects up to 10 high school students who are Indigenous or who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American or multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry.

This unique opportunity provides students with the opportunity to apply for admission to Queen’s School of Medicine at the end of 2 years of undergraduate study at Queen’s University. In addition to their enrollment in first and second-year courses in the Faculty of Arts and Science, QuARMS students will be exposed to experiential learning strategies aimed at honing their skills in advocacy, communication, collaboration, and professionalism.

Submit a complete application to one, or more, of the following direct-entry undergraduate programs through OUAC:

  • Bachelor of Arts (QA)
  • Bachelor of Science (QS)
  • Bachelor of Science- Life Science (QL)
  • Bachelor of Computing (QD)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (QH)

Learn more about QuARMS and the requirements.

Admission Updates

First-generation Admission Pathway

Queen’s encourages participation in postsecondary education by first-generation students. First-generation candidates include those affiliated with any of the community organization partners listed. Eligible candidates are offered an additional and alternative admission pathway to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

  • Pathways to Education
  • Leadership by Design Participants
  • Extended Society Care Students
  • Boys and Girls Club – “Raising the Grade” Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters “Pumped for Post-Secondary” Program
  • Empowerment Squared
  • Black Youth Mentorship Program
  • Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment

We will make offers of admission to first-generation candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. We will introduce you to the contacts and services available at the Student Academic Support Services, the Student Experience Office and the Student Awards Office during the application process and upon admission.

We encourage you to access these services throughout your time at Queen’s. If you are admitted through this pathway, we encourage you to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen’s University.

Read more about the First-generation Admission Pathway or email us for more information.

Indigenous Admission Pathway

We offer Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first year-entry undergraduate degree program. You must self-identify on your OUAC application and submit a separate letter to the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre stating your interest in being considered under this policy. You must also provide evidence of Indigenous ancestry with your request.

Read more about the Indigenous Admission Pathway.