Universities In Ireland

Universities in the Republic of Ireland attract a wide range of students as thet are world-class teaching
facilities with a long heritage. Many accomplished people and experts have graduated from universities in Ireland, including Olympians, actors and comedians. Plus, a number of their female students were among the first professors and surgeons to work or teach in the UK and Ireland, including Professor Mary Ryan who was the first ever university professor in the UK or Ireland and taught at University College Cork.

Some universities in Ireland, such as Trinity College Dublin, can date their founding back to the 15th Century, whilst in direct contrast to this the Technological University Dublin only officially became a university in 2019.

International students and mature students make up a large proportion of the student body in the Republic of Ireland and the number of international students has increased in recent years. The universities in Ireland offer an excellent education in many fields, particularly the Arts, Medicine and the Humanities.

Let's take a look at the various options avaiable to you as a student in Ireland.

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Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a new university based in the capital of the Republic of Ireland. It is the fastest growing university in the country.boasting over 50,000 graduates to date.

International students: 22%
Number of postgrad courses: 110
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €12,750 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €25,500 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: This large university focuses on a large number of areas including Departments of Education, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Maynooth University

Maynooth University is located in Maynooth in County Kildare. It was formerly known as the National University of Ireland, and before that it was St Patrick's College, Maynooth which was founded in 1795.

Postgrad student cohort: 2,050
Number of postgrad courses: 58
International students: 241
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €11,050 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €15,000 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: This is a university that offers a large number of courses in traditional academic areas such as the Arts and Humanities, Law, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Sciences, Psychology, Business and Economics, Education and Life Sciences.

National University of Ireland, Galway

NUI Galway – located in the city of Galway – ranks among the top 1% of universities in the world and has a prestigious history spanning almost two centuries. 

Postgrad student cohort: 3,623
Number of postgrad courses: 182
International students: 18%
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €9,500 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €17,500 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: Students are offered a large range of options and NUI Galway focuses well in the Departments of Hospitality, Medicine, Arts and Humanities, Psychology, Engineering and Technology, Physical Sciences and Education.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is a research universitylocated in the nation's capital city. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabteh I.

Postgrad student cohort: full time: 3,700, part time: 1,700, distance learning: 400
Number of postgrad courses: 160
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €34,500 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €34,500 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: Trinity College Dublin has an excellent academic reputation especially in the Facilities of Law, Business and Economics, Physical Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Technological University Dublin

Technological University Dublin – or TU Dublin as it is more commonly known – comprises of thre preceding institutions and was established in it's current form in January 2019

Number of students: 28,500 students in total
Number of postgrad courses: 108
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €12,000 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €13,500 per year for international students
Facilities & specialisms: This new university already has a good reputation in Education, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology

University College Cork

University College Cork is located in Cork in the south west of Ireland. It's original student cohort was just 185 students, and it now boasts a student population of almost 20,000, with 3,000 international students.

Postgrad student cohort: 4,400
Number of postgrad courses: 207
International students: 3,000
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €12,000 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €18,000 per year for international students
Facilities & specialisms: This large university offers a huge range of courses and specialisms includes the Departments of Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading intensive-research universitie and is based in Ireland's capital city. With over 30,000 students, it is Ireland's largest university.

Postgrad student cohort: 8,035
Number of postgrad courses: 475
International students; 5,000
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €34,500 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €34,500 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: University College Dublin has an excellent reputation in the Departments of Law, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, and Business and Economics.

University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is located on the west coast of Ireland along the River Shannon. Each year it welcomes over 2,000 international students among its 13,000+ students.

Student cohort: 13,500 students in total, 11,500 undergraduates, 2,400 part-time students.
International students: 1,500
Number of postgrad courses: 105
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €14,600 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €16,200 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: Students are offered an excellent reputation in the subject areas of Music, Dance, Sports Science, Physical Sciences, Education and Health Care.

Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College is a university-level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, academically linked with the University of Limerick.

Student cohort: 350 postgraduates, 4,650 undergraduates
Number of postgrad courses: 30
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €6,400 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €12,800 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: Mary Immaculate College is a small institution offering an excellent range of courses in Education.

National College of Art and Design

The National College of Art and Design is located in Dublin and offers the widest range of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in art and design in Ireland.

Student cohort: 1,500 students in total, 900 full time, 600 part time
Number of postgrad courses: 12
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €7,950 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €16,500 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: The National College of Art and Design is a small university that concentrates its courses in four areas of Education, Design, Fine Art and Visual Culture.

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is in Dublin and focuses entirely on health sciences. It incorporates a medical school, which is Ireland's largest medical school with over 3,000 students from 60 countries.

Student cohort: 4,185 students in total from 60 countries
Number of postgrad courses: 51
Tuition fees & costs: Up to €16,250 per year for Irish and EU students / up to €32,500 per year for international students.
Facilities & specialisms: This is a Medical School that offers postgraduate level advanced studies in the areas of Nursing, Midwifery, Dentistry, Radiology, and Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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