University College Dublin

201–250 th
World University Rankings 2019
=58 th
University Impact Ranking 2019
101–200 th
Impact Rankings: Good health and well-being for people 2019

University College Dublin is Ireland’s Global University

For over 160 years UCD has stayed true to the vision of its founding rector John Henry Newman, whose The Idea of a University sought to create a university that would “benefit the wider world” whilst encouraging  “true enlargement of mind”.

Today, University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Veterinary Science at UCD is ranked 24th in the world and Nursing is 31st. In total, UCD has 12 subjects ranked in the world’s top 100, and 30 in the top 200.

A University of Scale and Impact

UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 7,700 international students among 30,000 students drawn from over 138 countries, including 5,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of more than 130 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre. The campus offers students access to a thriving, English-speaking European capital city, which is among the safest in the world and is renowned for its welcome as much as it is for its vibrancy.

As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland, Europe and the wider world; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. The University's Strategy 2015-2020 outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD's mission and vision for this era.

Undergraduate study at UCD

UCD is Ireland's University of first choice, leading in first-preference applications in Ireland year after year. It is also the university of first choice for international students coming to Ireland: over 7,500 international students from more than 138 countries study at UCD.  

The UCD Horizons scheme of modern, modularised education based on learning outcomes, sees 50% of students take modules outside their subject areas.

UCD is the only Irish university to provide the EU Supplement Label to students for international recognition of qualifications and is also number one in Ireland in QS Graduate Employability Rankings – 75th in the world. This high rating of graduate employability is a testament to the strength of the UCD Alumni network – over 269,000 graduates in positions of influence in 165 countries all across the world.

With over 400 student exchange partnerships with leading higher education institutions around the world, UCD's extensive global study opportunities are taken up by students and staff across all disciplines. UCD is an active member of several leading university networks, including the networks Universitas 21, Erasmus, UNICA, and WUN.

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Graduate study at UCD

University College Dublin is number one in Ireland for graduate studies, with over 8,000 students enrolled in graduate study each year and offering Ireland’s widest range of graduate study programmes across its six colleges.

Ranked in the top 1% of Higher Education Institutions worldwide, UCD provides a vibrant and stimulating environment in which to learn, with research-led teaching from lecturers and professors who are recognised worldwide for their subject expertise. This recognition has led to the awarding of  international accreditations for UCD degrees from the world's leading professional organisations in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Architecture, Regional and Urban Planning, Engineering and Diagnostic Imaging. The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is one of less than 60 schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US, Europe and the UK accrediting bodies.

In order to further expand its global engagement, UCD has a network of UCD Global Centres, each of which provides a hub of research and education connections for students, faculty, alumni and partners.

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Key statistics

  • 23.5
    No. of students per staff
  • 22,081
    Number of FTE Students
  • 27%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings