Study in Ireland

If you want to study in Ireland, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Education World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Ireland has 9 universities in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Ireland is Trinity College Dublin, which is ranked at number =117.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Ireland is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Ireland below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Ireland’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Ireland is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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Explore the best universities in Ireland based on data collected by Times Higher Education

Top universities in Ireland

UniversityRank*
Trinity College Dublin=117th
National University of Ireland, Galway201–250th
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland201–250th
University College Dublin201–250th
University College Cork351–400th
*University's current rank in the overall World University Rankings

View the World University Rankings 2018

Statistics about Ireland

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 13.45%
  • Of which, on higher education 21.51%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 83.78%
  • Population 4,773,095
  • Unemployment 8.09%
  • Annual GDP 5.21%
Data source: The World Bank