University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 181 in the world.
UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 38,000 students with more than 9,500 international students drawn from 152 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students.
Students are attracted to UCD by the strength of its teaching and research, by the programme portfolio (UCD offers Ireland’s widest range of programmes which are recognised and valued by academic institutions and employers throughout the world) and the holistic experience which studying in UCD offers.
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UCD is Ireland's number one university for graduate employability for five consecutive years, from 2018 to 2022 (2022 QS World University Graduate Employability Rankings).
At UCD we believe students in possession of heightened self-confidence, self-efficacy and self-esteem are more likely to actively engage in the student experience through involvement in clubs, societies and sports, to volunteer, to adopt active and independent learning strategies, to be confident in career and life decision making and to develop skills and attributes employers seek and which future leaders need. Check out the supports available to our students to leave sought after by employers.
Scholarships & Awards
Student excellence and achievement are recognised in UCD through a wide variety of scholarships and awards, which celebrate the diverse talents of our students. Many of these awards are highly regarded by employers and industry. To award outstanding achievement and to attract students of the highest calibre from around the world, UCD is pleased to offer a number of Global Excellence Scholarships to international students. These scholarships are competitively awarded based on academic merit and offered by country and/or by discipline.
For 2024, a range of international scholarships are available. Students need to hold an offer before they can apply for a scholarship. Full terms and conditions apply. See our website for further information.
Many of the 300,000 UCD global alumni network, living in 184 countries, hold positions in leading organisations around the world. The UCD alumni network is influential, successful, active and truly international. Since the foundation of the Irish state in 1922, UCD has produced:
Three Presidents of Ireland
Four Taoisigh (Prime Ministers)
The highest number of Justices of the Supreme Court of Ireland
The highest number of Chief Justices and Attorneys General of Ireland
Four Ministers in the current Irish Cabinet (and two Ministers of State)
Five of Ireland’s eleven European Commissioners
Interested in Applying?
The UCD Online Application System opensOctober 1st each year. For most graduate programmes, there are no definite deadlines for the receipt of applications. The timing of the application should be partly dependent on how likely the programme is to fill quickly (highly competitive or attractive programmes) or how long it is likely to take for the student to obtain a student visa. To find out if any deadline applies, please search for the specific programme in the Graduate Course Finder.
Please note, applications are processed on a rolling basis, in the order they are completed. As such, early application is advised as programmes may close early if they reach capacity before the advertised closing date.