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University College Dublin

Location

UCD Belfield Campus, Dublin Ireland

Ranking

# =126QS World University Rankings

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148Undergraduate programs

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238Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

20,500 EURTuition Fee/year

About University College Dublin

University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where  masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. UCD is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide and is Ireland's most globally engaged university, with over 38,000 students drawn from 152 countries, including over 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares. It offers world-leading facilities, including the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business, UCD Moore Centre for Business, and the 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.UCD is globally recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning – 4 subjects are ranked in the top 50 in the world in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2023. A high standard of support complements this quality of teaching. 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. Built on past traditions, we are a university of the future, connected and connecting, engaged and engaging, committed to a sustainable future. The University's Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Future outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives.

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About University College Dublin

University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where  masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. UCD is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide and is Ireland's most globally engaged university, with over 38,000 students drawn from 152 countries, including over 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares. It offers world-leading facilities, including the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business, UCD Moore Centre for Business, and the 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.UCD is globally recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning – 4 subjects are ranked in the top 50 in the world in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2023. A high standard of support complements this quality of teaching. 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. Built on past traditions, we are a university of the future, connected and connecting, engaged and engaging, committed to a sustainable future. The University's Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Future outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives.

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Available programs

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 10,000 international students study on UCD’s main campuses. 

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 has consistently held the position of number one in Ireland in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. This high rating of graduate employability is a testament to the strength of the UCD Alumni network – over 279,000 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.

To read more about undergraduate study at UCD, see: ww.ucd.ie/global 

Law, BCL (Hons)

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UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,200 graduate students benefiting from the research-led education culture at UCD. UCD offers Ireland’s widest range of graduate study programmes across its six colleges and 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.

In 2021/22 UCD researchers secured €156 million in research grants from national and international funding agencies, companies and foundations. Since 2012/13 UCD researchers have secured over €1 billion in such grants. Their research underpins national research and technology institutes and centres, including the SFI funded Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Food for Health Ireland, Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), CeADAR Centre for Applied Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence, BiOrbic, Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre, and I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

UCD has had nationally-leading success in many of the most prestigious European awards, including European Research Council and Marie Sklodowska-Curie schemes.

Over the last decade UCD researchers have increased their annual number of papers in the international literature by 62% and have authored more than 36,000 papers in total. These papers are cited by other researchers at a rate that is 73% above the world average. In addition, 58% of the papers were co-authored with institutions in other countries/regions, underlining UCD’s role as Ireland’s global university.

UCD expertise is recognised worldwide, with international accreditations for UCD degrees from the world's leading professional organisations in Veterinary Medicine, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Regional and Urban Planning, and Engineering. The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is one of less than 60 schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from the US, Europe and the UK accrediting bodies, and the MSc in International Management there is now regarded as the eigth in the world, according to the Financial Times Global Master in Management Ranking 2022.

In order to further expand its global engagement UCD has developed a network of UCD Global Centres in North America, UAE, India, China and Malaysia; each of which provides a hub of research and education connections for students, faculty, alumni and partners.

To read more about UCD graduate studies see: https://www.ucd.ie/global/

MA Classics

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MA Geography

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MA Global History

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MA Public History

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MSc Archaeology

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MEd Leadership

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MSc in Finance

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MSc in Management

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MSc in Marketing

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ME Energy Systems

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MSc Biotechnology

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MSc Disability

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MSc Horticulture

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MSc Ultrasound

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MSc Chemistry

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MSc Food Safety

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MSc Physics

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LLM Law

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MA Education

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MA Gender Studies

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MA Irish History

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MA Irish Studies

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MA Politics

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University information

Graduate Taught Programmes require a recognised bachelor’s degree at second class honours, grade one (2:1), or equivalent. Applicants should check the programme-specific requirements as some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. 


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Life at UCD is not just about lectures and study; there is so much more to being a student at UCD. The Student Centre and the Sport & Fitness Complex provide the most diverse range of student facilities of any university in Ireland. The Sports Centre has a full range of sports facilities, including a 50-metre Olympic swimming pool, two state-of-the-art gym floors, squash courts, handball/racquetball alley, climbing wall, tennis courts and more. The Student Centre offers a relaxed meeting place for students with an extensive suite of well-being and social facilities, including 3D cinema, drama theatre, debating chamber, TV studio and radio pod, medical centre, restaurants and chill zones.
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Student life

The environment of UCD provides a vibrant social life to all members of the university. This page provides a gateway to some key social and sporting information sources at UCD as well as other useful links. UCD Student Advisers are available one-to-one to ensure that each student gets the support, advice and assistance they need during their time at UCD. They offer students a space to express their concerns regarding social, personal or practical issues and help students access other support services where necessary. The UCD Student Union represents students’ views and works on several university committees from all areas of university life. They can advise, support and direct students through any situation they may find themselves in.
UCD Careers Network aims to enable and empower individuals to develop the skills, self-confidence and attitudes needed to flourish in learning and work within a global economy. As the number one university in Ireland for employability, UCD Careers Network joins the dots between your time at university and your future career. Whatever stage you’re at in your career planning, our experienced team of Career & Skills Consultants are here to help you make the most of your talents and to get ahead in life.

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

5,880 EUR
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International Students

20,500 EUR
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One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

In this guide you will find:
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Where to look for scholarship opportunities

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A list of available scholarships around the world

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Rankings & ratings

University College Dublin is one of the top public universities in Dublin, Ireland. It is ranked #=126 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #131
  • 2014
    #139
  • 2015
    #139
  • 2016
    #154
  • 2017
    #176
  • 2018
    #168
  • 2019
    #=193
  • 2020
    #185
  • 2021
    #177
  • 2022
    #=173
  • 2023
    #=181
  • 2024
    #=171
  • 2025
    #=126

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FAQs

You can use the course finder here to check the specific course entry requirements that can be found on the individual course listing pages. You will find the application form online on the course finder.  When you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation email and a list of required documents will be emailed to you. The documentation required varies depending on the course and may include academic references, a personal statement and transcripts
Most courses open for application on 1 October and generally remain open to applications until all places are filled. 
Your application will be assessed on the basis of the information on your application form and the supporting documentation that you provide. You can check the progress of an online application by logging into your application account. You will receive an automated email alerting you of a change in the status of your application when a decision has been made. Decision Process UCD operates a rolling admissions policy for Graduate Taught Courses, with decisions being taken as soon as possible after receipt of completed applications. 
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