How many universities are there in Ireland

Universities in Ireland

In addition to Limerick and Dublin, where Ireland's newest university is located, the Irish universities are very similar to those in the UK and also place a high value on off-curriculum activities.


For over 200 years there was only one university in Ireland, that Trinity College Dublinwhich is still considered the best university in the country. The TCD was a particularly British institution for a long time: a ban on Catholic school attendance, introduced in 1875, was not lifted until 1970, and by the late 1960s more than 40% of students were British. Today 90% of students are Catholic and less than 5% British, although a British tradition or two have survived, such as playing cricket. Unusually, only 650 of the TCD's 10,000 students live directly in the building, the rest have to look for accommodation in and around Dublin themselves.


In 1795 that became St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, founded by a parliamentary resolution, then intended for seminars on the Catholic priesthood. Has been since 1899 Maynooth to be cleared to award degrees in philosophy, theology and canon law. Although it was first devoted to preparing students for the priesthood, are on Maynooth nowadays "normal" students are also allowed.

UCD, Galway & Cork

In 1845 two more universities were founded, University College Dublin and University College Galway. Originally located in Dublin city center but now in Dublin 4, UCD is a more traditional institution, Catholic and middle class. Galway, structurally not particularly pretty, but lively and close to the city center, is rather liberal and advocates the arts. It became the center for Gaelic studies.

Cork University, which was founded nine years later, is comparatively small and particularly popular with European students.


Due to the Irish University Act of 1908, the National University of Ireland (NUI), which originally comprised the UCD, Cork and Galway. Stepped two years later Maynooth at.

The NUI is organized at the state level, but the individual universities enjoy a great deal of self-government.

The Royal College of Surgeons and the National College of Art and Design are also recognized colleges of the NUI.

Limerick & Dublin City

Although founded in 1972 and 1980, respectively limerick and Dublin City not recognized as independent universities until 1989. limerick is considered the most advanced university in the country, specializing in technology and hi-tech research. It's on the outskirts of Limerick. Dublin City University focuses primarily on business administration and technology.

Although all universities are theoretically non-denominational, the four universities have the National University of Ireland a Catholic sentiment. Irish universities are also becoming more and more international. For example, some include a foreign language in their entrance exam. In 1987 the EU introduced the Erasmus exchange program, in which selected students study for three to 12 months at a university abroad. Many Irish students benefit from this program, although more foreign students come to Ireland than the other way around.

Degrees in Ireland

The Irish university system offers courses that end with a bachelor's degree after four years, and three or five years depending on the course (medicine and architecture, for example, last five years). In certain cases this can replace vocational training. In recent years, some universities have changed the modules and semesters of the courses, which gives students more flexibility and they don't have to repeat a full year if they fail a part of their studies. A bachelor's degree can be recognized as a normal degree, a degree with an examination in a specialty, or a special degree.

Masters degrees are usually earned through teaching, research, or a mixture of both, and require at least a year of postgraduate studies. Dotkorengrad is awarded on the basis of research after two years of further study.

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