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List of Universities in Ireland

The universities in Ireland have been consistently improving their world rankings over the past ten years. The universities here are known for their excellent teaching standards, research facilities and wide range of courses. The universities here encourage research and innovation from students and promote entrepreneurial skills as well. According to the QS world university rankings for 2023, here are the top universities of Ireland.

#1 Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity college ranks as the 12th most international university in the world. Located in the heart of Dublin, one of the most popular and safest cities in the world. With over 120 clubs and societies, including many international groups, there’s something for everyone. Trinity ranks 91st in the world for Graduate Employability and is also the only Irish member of the prestigious League of 23 European Research Universities (LERU). Students in Trinity receive world-class education in a research-centered, collaborative environment and have the opportunity to work with global leaders in their field.

Tuition Fees: 21,385 EUR - 24,669 EUR

#2 University College Dublin

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 2021 edition of the QS World University Subject Rankings, UCD was named among the best universities globally in the study of 38 subjects. Its best performance was in Veterinary Science, which was Ireland's highest-ranking programme in this year's listings. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. 


Tuition Fees: 20,500 EUR - 24,500 EUR

#3 National University of Ireland Galway

Awarded University of the Year 2022 by the Sunday Times, University of Galway is the 47th in the World in the latest THE Impact rankings 2022. It is the number 1 university in Ireland for sustainable development and 96% of their grads are working or in further study 6 months after graduating. The research community at University of Galway exemplifies the creative energy and transformative ambition of the university. The purpose of their research and innovation is to advance the public good.


Tuition Fees: 6,817 EUR - 12,750 EUR


#4 University College Cork

University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally renowned university where excellence in teaching and research is aligned with an inclusive and respectful environment, where all staff and students can flourish and thrive. It is ranked as the 1st in Ireland for Graduate Employability and is one of the top 1.1% of Universities in the world. UCC is the leading Irish university for Industry collaboration and is the leading Irish university for seeking and securing investment in Research and Development.


Tuition Fees: 17,057 EUR - 21,000 EUR

#5 Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is a public higher education institution in Ireland. The studies at Dublin City University began in 1975. It has an urban campus located in Dublin. This university is in the top 10 universities of Ireland. Dublin City University is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities on the planet, securing the place in the top 5% of the world’s best universities. Its expertise lay in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences and Management. The graduates of the university are viewed as valuable employees in Ireland thus have no issues finding jobs upon graduation.

Tuition fees: 10,700 EUR - 15,750 EUR

#6 University of Limerick

University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 17,500 students and approximately 1,800 staff. The University is recognised as possessing one of the most spectacular and environmentally sympathetic third-level campuses in the world. UL was awarded prestigious 5-star rankings for graduate employability, innovation and knowledge transfer, teaching, engagement, internationalization and infrastructure by QS Stars independent assessors. With close to 16,500 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, UL is a young and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and scholarship. A survey of Irish students recently voted UL Ireland’s most popular university with a satisfaction rating of 85%.

Tuition Fees: 15,800 EUR - 23,300 EUR

#7 Maynooth University

University of Maynooth is one of four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth University in 2022 ranked # 1 in Ireland in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Best Young University Rankings. This success follows on from Maynooth’s strong performances in other THE rankings, including being named among the top 600 universities in the world. Maynooth University is a place of lively contrasts–a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions. Recently, Maynooth University’s School of Law and Criminology has been awarded Law School of the Year in the prestigious Irish Law Awards.


Tuition Fees: 12,057 EUR - 20,000 EUR

#8 Technological University Dublin

TU Dublin is Ireland’s first technological university, where the arts, sciences, business, engineering and technology converge. TU Dublin is a pioneer of technological higher education with our alumni playing important roles in innovation, economic and social development and culture and education both in Ireland and internationally. 93% of graduates from TU Dublin are in employment or in further education, within 9 months of graduating. They are ranked in Top Young Universities Worldwide by Times Higher Education.


Tuition Fees: 13,500 EUR - 21,750 EUR

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