Why UCD

No. 1 for students

First Choice for Irish School Leavers.

First Choice for International Students.

No. 1 for education

UCD is ranked within the top 1% of Universities internationally.

UCD offers the best internationally accredited curriculum in Ireland.

UCD has the widest range and choice of degrees for students.

UCD provides the most flexible, fully modularised curriculum in Ireland.

Learn More

No. 1 for course flexibility

UCD is at the forefront of global knowledge with a curriculum constantly informed by the latest research and driven by lecturers at the cutting edge of their disciplines. The curriculum can be adapted to your personal preferences through the unique flexibility of UCD Horizons.

Learn More

No. 1 for research

UCD has the highest publications volume of all Irish universities.

Number one in Ireland in average research income.

UCD is the leading national institution for European funding.

UCD created Ireland’s first custom-built university incubation facility, NovaUCD, in 2003.

Learn More

No. 1 for global community

87% of recent UCD honours degree graduates entered employment or graduate study within 9 months. On graduating UCD students become part of the 224,000-strong global alumni network many of who hold positions in leading organisations around the world.

Learn More

No. 1 for study abroad opportunities

UCD encourages all of our undergraduate students to study abroad. In an increasingly complex global age, UCD provides an international context for your studies, giving you opportunities to experience the wider world.

UCD has over 400 exchange partners worldwide and offers students opportunities to study with 29 partner universities throughout Europe during their degrees.

UCD is a member of several international research and education networks such as Universitas 21 (U21), Erasmus, UNICA and EUC.

Global footprint: UCD has a presence throughout the world through overseas programmes; providing and accrediting degree programmes in co-operation with partner institutions in China such as Peking, Renmin and Fudan; as well as in Singapore, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.

UCD is actively expanding its network of UCD Global Centres around the world to include New York, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and New Delhi; each of which provides a hub of research and education connections for students, faculty, alumni and partners.

Learn More

No 1 for supporting students

At UCD we are committed to fostering an environment that is attractive and inclusive to all students, including students with a disability, mature students and students who for a variety of social and economic reasons are under-represented in university.

UCD has the largest Peer Mentor programme of any Irish university with over 600 Peer Mentors last year. As a new student you’ll be assigned a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are volunteer second or third year students from your academic area who will help you settle in to UCD.

Learn More

No. 1 for sport

Soccer: UCD is the only university in Europe to qualify for the UEFA Europa League in 2015/2016. UCD was the only university in Western Europe to compete in the premier division of their country’s men’s and women’s national league in 2014/2015.

Rugby: UCD hosted the International Women’s Sevens in August 2015. UCD will host the pool stages of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017.

Hockey (women’s): Irish Senior Cup Champions 2014, Irish Hockey League Champions 2014, qualifying to play in the highest European hockey club competition in 2015.

Table tennis (ping-pong): Irish intervarsity champions for 14 consecutive years.

Rowing: Irish University Champions 2014.

Learn More