Universities in Ireland
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Ireland
24 out of 35
  • Universities in Ireland
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
23
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Ireland
  • (17 institution and 6 subject rankings)
21
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Ireland
  • Among TOP 200

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Ireland

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Ireland
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions published most recent results of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. Includes 11 universities from Ireland.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: QS World University Rankings By Subject (Anthropology) updated with University College Dublin ranked highest among 73 listed universities in Ireland.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities from 4icu. in position #149.
  • 28 Jan, 2021: Latest THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education from THE Times Higher Education, UK. in position #8.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Ireland

Agricultural Sciences
#13 
University College Dublin
Veterinary Science
#23 
University College Dublin
English Language & Literature
#25 
Trinity College Dublin
Classics & Ancient History
#29 
Trinity College Dublin
Library & Information Management
#45 
University College Dublin
Chemistry
#77 
Trinity College Dublin
Materials Science
#131 
Trinity College Dublin

Rankings of universities in Ireland 2021

#1

Trinity College Dublin

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (785 reviews)
  • #1 
  • #155 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #1 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #101 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#2

University College Dublin

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (182 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #3 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #177 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#3

University College Cork

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (129 reviews)
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  • #4 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #2 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #286 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#4

National University of Ireland - Galway

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  • #5 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #4 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #238 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#5

University of Limerick

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #6 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #511 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#6

Dublin City University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (324 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #5 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #439 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#7

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (80 reviews)
  • #6 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #14 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #701 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


#8

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (198 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #420 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #959 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


#9

Cork Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (42 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #10 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #537 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #1693 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#10

Waterford Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (179 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #8 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #476 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #2531 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]

#11

Athlone Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (9 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #7 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #18 
  • #5158 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#12

Institute of Technology Sligo

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (190 reviews)
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  • #10 
  • #10 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #2218 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #2824 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#13

Institute of Technology, Tralee

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (12 reviews)
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  • #9 
  • #9 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #21 
  • #9785 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#14

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (84 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #12 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #1727 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #13 
  • #3650 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#15

Limerick Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (21 reviews)
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  • #13 
  • #12 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #17 
  • #4887 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#16

Dublin Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (229 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #442 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #694 
RUR World University Rankings
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #632 
RUR Research Performance Ranking
[Published 16 September, 2020]

#17

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (68 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #16 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #3790 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #3207 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#18

Dublin Institute For Advanced Studies

  • #6 
  • #981 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #19 
  • #5692 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#19

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (14 reviews)
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  • #16 
  • #17 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #20 
  • #5767 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#20

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (33 reviews)
  • #17 
  • #18 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #22 
  • #9796 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#21

National College of Ireland

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (138 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #3771 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#22

National University of Ireland, System

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (11 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #3879 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#23

Institute of Technology Carlow

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (245 reviews)
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  • #30 
  • #19 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 01 November, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #4686 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#24

Royal Irish Academy of Music

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  • #23 
  • #11537 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#25

Institute of Technology Tallaght

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (61 reviews)
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#26

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (28 reviews)

#27

Marino Institute of Education

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (25 reviews)
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#28

Cork, University College


#29

Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School


#30

Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth

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#31

All Hallows College

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#32

Carlow College

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#33

Shannon College of Hotel Management

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#34

National College of Art and Design


#35

Technological University Dublin


Ireland Key Facts for International Students

Time: GMT +1

Telephone country code: +353

  • Religion:
  • Catholicism  78%
  • Anglican  3%
  • Islam  1%
  • Neo-paganism (Wicca, Druidry.)  1%
  • Atheist, agnostic and unclassified  10%
  • Other religions: Hinduism, Buddhism  7%
  • Largest cities in Ireland:
  • 1. Dublin: 1,000,000
  • 2. Cork: 200,000
  • 3. Dun Laoghaire: 185,000
  • 4. Limerick: 90,000
  • 5. Galway: 71,000

Largest international airport in Ireland:

Dublin Airport (DUB): 25.049.335 Passengers/Year; 2 Terminals; 10 km. from Dublin city center

Nobel prize laureates:
Ernest T.S. Walton (Trinity College, 1951)

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FAQ

Trinity College Dublin ranks #1 in Ireland in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Ireland Trinity College Dublin is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 33 rankings where Trinity College Dublin is listed.

University College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Agriculture (Agricultural Sciences). See all rankings for the University College Dublin.

University College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Medicine & Health (Veterinary Science). See all rankings for the University College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Languages & Literature (English Language & Literature). See all rankings for the Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Social Studies & Humanities (Classics & Ancient History). See all rankings for the Trinity College Dublin.

University College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Computer Science (Library & Information Management). See all rankings for the University College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Natural Sciences (Chemistry). See all rankings for the Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Engineering (Materials Science). See all rankings for the Trinity College Dublin.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS 50 under 50:
Based on the QS World University rankings methodology, the top 50 universities that are under 50 years old.

Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -Young University Rankings:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Times/CAO, HEA

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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