University College Dublin


About University College Dublin

UCD is located on a beautiful leafy 133-hectare campus close to Dublin's city centre, which provides a mix of academic facilities, research institutes, libraries and archival collections, enterprise space, student villages, and sports and recreational facilities. Our campus environment is the best in Ireland and we have the largest urban campus in Europe.

University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. The university was established in 1854 and today UCD is Ireland's largest university with over 30,000 students.

• UCD is ranked in the top 1% World Universities per 2013 QS Rankings
• UCD is Ireland's Global University. It is the largest and most international university in Ireland with over 30,000 students of which over 6,000 are international (from 127 countries)
• UCD is Ireland's leader in postgraduate education (over a quarter of all graduate students in Ireland study in UCD) and the national leader in research funding, attracting quality investment that has helped the university to establish a reputation as a world-class destination for leading researchers.
• Location in Dublin city, Ireland's capital
• Safe, modern campus with 24 hour security offers extensive accommodation options and cutting-edge sports and campus facilities
• Availability of scholarships for international students

The role of UCD within Irish higher education is underscored by the fact that UCD alone accounts for over 30% of international students, over 25% of all postgraduate students and almost 28% of all doctoral enrolments across the seven Irish universities.

UCD offers over 70 undergraduate honours degree courses in the following areas of study.
• Agriculture, Food & Nutrition
• Architecture
• Arts
• Business
• Engineering
• Law
• Medicine
• Nursing & Midwifery
• Physiotherapy
• Radiography
• Science
• Social Science
• Sport & Performance
• Veterinary Medicine

Through our seven Colleges, UCD offers Ireland's most diverse range of masters programmes. Programmes are led by academic experts and offer students unparalleled choice at all levels… With programmes led by globally recognised experts, students can enhance their prospects by becoming more expert themselves!

UCD is the national leader in fourth level education and has the highest number of graduate research students of any university in Ireland with over 1,684 PhD students. UCD has won over €480m in externally funded research contracts in the last five years alone. UCD has prioritised four major research themes which build on the university's established or emerging research strengths, dovetail with national research policy objectives and contribute to the preservation and exploration of Ireland's cultural heritage and the development of solutions for current global challenges. The priority areas are:

• Earth Sciences, Energy and the Environment
• Health and Healthcare Delivery
• Information, Computation and Communication
• Global Ireland

Many of UCD's 160,000 alumni have made their mark in all areas of industry, arts, engineering, science, culture, sport and public life, in Ireland and abroad.
Our Famous Alumni

o UCD has produced three Irish Presidents and five Taoisigh (Prime Ministers)
o UCD has produced the most Justices of the Supreme Court of Ireland, the most Chief Justices and the most Attorney Generals of Ireland. 10 of the 11 current Justices of the Supreme Court are UCD alumni.
o In international affairs UCD's alumni include Seán MacBride, one of the founders of Amnesty International and recipient of the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize. UCD law graduate Peter Sutherland, one of the major negotiators in the foundation of the World Trade Organization, served as its first Director-General.
o Within the institutional frameworks and politics of the EU, UCD has a number of figures. 7 of Ireland's 10 European Commissioners are alumni. Catherine Day, UCD Alumni, is the current Secretary-General of the European Commission.