There are seven universities in Ireland and two in Northern Ireland. The seven universities in Ireland offer state-of-the-art education and training through a broad range of Honours Bachelors, Master and PhD programmes. These universities are attractive destinations for Irish, European and international students, reflecting the unique combination which a quality education and an exciting cultural experience offers to students studying and undertaking research in Ireland. Irish universities are fully integrated into the life of their cities and regions, with vibrant student communities and social life. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities available.
Significant recent government investment in research and development makes the Irish universities an especially attractive destination for young researchers and scholars. These universities are central in ensuring Ireland continues to advance and becomes a fully-fledged knowledge society. The receipt of significant funding through the Government’s Strategic Innovation Fund will underpin their performance in research and the output of highly-skilled graduates with doctoral qualifications and postdoctoral experience.The universities have rigorous quality assurance procedures which adhere to the highest international standards.
Irish university degrees are fully recognised internationally, ensuring graduates from Irish universities can make full use of their qualifications across Europe and Worldwide. Recent official reports show that Ireland is at the top of the league in implementing major European higher education and research policies, and the universities are full participants in many European and international teaching networks.
Universities offer degrees at Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels and undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas over a full range of disciplines. In addition research is undertaken in many areas and the universities are also involved in continuing and distance education programmes.
Teaching at undergraduate level is normally by way of a programme of lectures supplemented by tutorials and, where appropriate, practical demonstrations and laboratory work.
Masters degrees are usually taken by coursework, research work or a combination of both.
Doctoral degrees are awarded on the basis of research.
Universities award their own degrees using external examiners to ensure consistency of standards. There is also a Higher Education Authority (HEA) which oversees the work of the universities on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin founded in 1592 is the oldest university in Ireland
- University College Dublin founded in 1854 is Ireland’s largest university
- National University of Galway was established in 1845
- University College Cork was established in 1845
- National University of Ireland Maynooth founded in 1795 is Ireland’s fastest growing university
- Dublin City University was established in 1980
- University of Limerick was established in 1972