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University College Dublin

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95

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237

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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. Also included in top 50 were three other subject areas at UCD, namely Sports-related Subjects at 34th; Library & Information Management listed at 45th; and Petroleum Engineering at 50th, the same position it held in last year's rankings. Alongside this, the University had eight subject areas ranked in the QS top 100. These were: Agriculture & Forestry, Archaeology, English Language & Literature, History, Nursing, Law, Politics & International Studies, and Philosophy.

Of the 38 academic disciplines from UCD that are in the 2021 subject rankings, 11% improved their positions in the ranking over last year's list, and 34 appear in the top 200. 

In 2020, for the third year in a row, UCD was ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability and 75th in the world, in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. 

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. 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, UCD Moore Centre for 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. Built on the traditions of the past, we are a university of the future, connected and connecting, engaged and engaging, committed to a sustainable future built on a healthy biosphere. The University's Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Future outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD's mission and vision for this era.
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. Also included in top 50 were three other subject areas at UCD, namely Sports-related Subjects at 34th; Library & Information Management listed at 45th; and Petroleum Engineering at 50th, the same position it held in last year's rankings. Alongside this, the University had eight subject areas ranked in the QS top 100. These were: Agriculture & Forestry, Archaeology, English Language & Literature, History, Nursing, Law, Politics & International Studies, and Philosophy.

Of the 38 academic disciplines from UCD that are in the 2021 subject rankings, 11% improved their positions in the ranking over last year's list, and 34 appear in the top 200. 

In 2020, for the third year in a row, UCD was ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability and 75th in the world, in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. 

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. 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, UCD Moore Centre for 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. Built on the traditions of the past, we are a university of the future, connected and connecting, engaged and engaging, committed to a sustainable future built on a healthy biosphere. The University's Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Future outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD's mission and vision for this era.

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #131
  • 2014
    #139
  • 2015
    #139
  • 2016
    #154
  • 2017
    #176
  • 2018
    #168
  • 2019
    #=193
  • 2020
    #185
  • 2021
    #177
  • 2022
    #=173

Ranking criteria

46.9
Overall
49.6
Academic Reputation
44.6
Employer Reputation
25.9
Faculty Student Ratio
42.1
Citations per Faculty
99.2
International Faculty Ratio
76
International Students Ratio

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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 8,400 international students study at UCD. 

UCD is globally recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning – 14 subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019) and 35 in the top 200. This quality of teaching is complemented by a high standard of support. Every incoming first year is assigned a peer mentor and there are student advisers for every programme.

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 the 2020 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 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: www.ucd.ie/global 

UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 9,500 graduate students benefitting 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.

Our faculty engage in international research collaborations, sharing and contributing to a global bank of knowledge. Over the last decade UCD researchers have increased their annual number of papers in the international literature by 40% and have authored more than 31,000 papers in total. 54% of the papers were co-authored with researchers from more than 130 countries. These papers are cited by other researchers at a rate that is 71% above the world average.

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 seventh in the world, according to the Financial Times Global Master in Management Ranking 2019.

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/

 

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