Universities in Ireland
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in Ireland
  • 04 Jun, 2024: British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK published most recent results of QS World University Rankings. Includes 8 universities from Ireland.
  • 14 May, 2024: THE Young University Rankings updated with Dublin City University ranked highest among 4 listed universities in Ireland.
  • 13 May, 2024: Latest CWUR Center for World University Rankings from CWUR Center for World University Rankings. 8 universities from Ireland appear in this ranking.
  • 17 Apr, 2024: Latest THE Top Universities for a Digital Education from THE Times Higher Education, UK. 2 universities from Ireland appear in this ranking.

Rankings of universities in Ireland 2024

  • #1 
  • #134 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #1 
  • #87 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #1 
  • #1 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 22 more rankings of Trinity College Dublin and subject specific rankings for 11 subjects

  • #2 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #2 
  • #126 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #2 
  • #2 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 16 more rankings of University College Dublin and subject specific rankings for 12 subjects

  • #4 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #3 
  • #273 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #3 
  • #3 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 15 more rankings of University College Cork and subject specific rankings for 8 subjects


  • #5 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #4 
  • #273 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #5 
  • #5 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 15 more rankings of National University of Ireland - Galway and subject specific rankings for 11 subjects

  • #7 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #6 
  • #421 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #4 
  • #4 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 18 more rankings of University of Limerick and subject specific rankings for 8 subjects

  • #6 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #5 
  • #421 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #6 
  • #6 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 17 more rankings of Dublin City University and subject specific rankings for 8 subjects

  • #8 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #7 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #7 
  • #7 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 14 more rankings of National University of Ireland, Maynooth and subject specific rankings for 5 subjects

  • #3 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #7 
  • #927 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
  • #7 
  • #1254 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 24 October, 2022]
Show 8 more rankings of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and subject specific rankings for 1 subjects

  • #9 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #8 
  • #851 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 04 June, 2024]
  • #13 
  • #13 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
Show 6 more rankings of Technological University Dublin and subject specific rankings for 3 subjects

#10
Ireland

Dublin Institute of Technology

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  • #6 
  • #504 
RUR Reputation Ranking
[Published 25 May, 2023]
  • #9 
  • #697 
RUR Academic Rankings
[Published 25 May, 2023]
  • #9 
  • #885 
RUR World University Rankings
[Published 25 May, 2023]

#11
Ireland

Dublin Institute For Advanced Studies

  • #10 
  • #2875 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#12
Ireland

National College of Art and Design

  • #17 
  • #9551 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#13
Ireland

Institute of Technology, Tralee

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  • #20 
  • #10557 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#14
Ireland

National College of Ireland

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  • #13 
  • #3698 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#15
Ireland

National University of Ireland, System

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  • #14 
  • #4215 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#16
Ireland

Royal Irish Academy of Music

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  • #19 
  • #10442 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

  • #8 
  • #8 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #1539 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]
  • #12 
  • #3213 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]
Show 1 more rankings of Cork Institute of Technology

#18
Ireland

Waterford Institute of Technology

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  • #9 
  • #9 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #1297 
Scimago Institutions Rankings
[Published 06 March, 2024]

#19
Ireland

Limerick Institute of Technology

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  • #10 
  • #9 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]

#20
Ireland

Dundalk Institute of Technology

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  • #11 
  • #11 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #3097 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#21
Ireland

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

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  • #12 
  • #12 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]

#22
Ireland

Institute of Technology Sligo

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  • #14 
  • #14 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]

#23
Ireland

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

  • #15 
  • #15 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
  • #18 
  • #9612 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#24
Ireland

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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  • #16 
  • #16 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]

#25
Ireland

Institute of Technology Carlow

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  • #17 
  • #17 
Good University Guide Ireland - The Times
[Published 14 November, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #6496 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#26
Ireland

Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin


#27
Ireland

Athlone Institute of Technology

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#28
Ireland

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown


#29
Ireland

Institute of Technology Tallaght

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#30
Ireland

Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth


#31
Ireland

Marino Institute of Education

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#32
Ireland

All Hallows College

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#33
Ireland

Carlow College

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#34
Ireland

Shannon College of Hotel Management


Highest subject rankings of universities in Ireland

Marketing QS Business Masters
#28 
Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin
Geography QS World University Rankings By Subject
#51 
University College Dublin
Dentistry QS World University Rankings By Subject
#51 
Trinity College Dublin
Law QS World University Rankings By Subject
#59 
Trinity College Dublin
Education QS World University Rankings By Subject
#62 
Trinity College Dublin
Materials Science QS World University Rankings By Subject
#79 
Trinity College Dublin
Chemistry QS World University Rankings By Subject
#86 
Trinity College Dublin
Linguistics QS World University Rankings By Subject
#101 
Trinity College Dublin
Computer Science THE World University Rankings by Subject
#126 
University College Dublin
Mathematics GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#201 
National University of Ireland - Galway

Ireland Key Facts for International Students

25 out of 34 Universities in Ireland Ranked in at least one ranking

28 Different Rankings list Universities in Ireland (21 institution and 7 subject rankings)

22 Global Rankings rank Universities in Ireland Among TOP 200

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 (, 1951)

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FAQ

Trinity College Dublin ranks #1 in Ireland in our meta ranking composed of 112 university rankings.

Among all universities in Ireland Trinity College Dublin is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 36 rankings where Trinity College Dublin is listed.

Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Business (Marketing). See all rankings for the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin.

University College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Social Studies & Humanities (Geography). See all rankings for the University College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Medicine & Health (Dentistry). See all rankings for the Trinity College Dublin.

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

Trinity College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Education (Education). 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.

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 Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the Trinity College Dublin.

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

National University of Ireland - Galway is ranked best in Ireland for Mathematics (Mathematics). See all rankings for the National University of Ireland - Galway.

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

University College Dublin is ranked best in Ireland for Architecture, Building & Planning (Architecture). See all rankings for the University 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%

  • Research Output: 10%
  • High-Quality Publications: 10%
  • Influence: 10%
  • Citations: 10%

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:

Scientific Impact Number of Publications Collaboration Open Access Gender Diversity

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:

Research Productivity: 25%

  • # Articles last 11 years: 10%
  • # Articles current year: 15%

Research Impact: 35%

  • # Citations last 11 years: 15%
  • # Citations last 2 years: 10%
  • Average # citations last 11 years: 10%

Research Excellence: 40%

  • H-index last 2 years: 10%
  • # Highly cited papers last 11 years: 15%
  • # Articles current year in high-impact journals: 15%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Academic:

Article count (AC) Fractional count (FC) Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:

Teaching: 40%

  • Ratio Faculty/Student: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Doctoral Degrees Awarded/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • World Teaching Reputation: 8%

Research: 40%

  • Citations per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • Doctoral Degrees per Accepted PhD: 8%
  • Normalized Citation Impact: 8%
  • Papers per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • World Research Reputation: 8%

International Diversity: 10%

  • International Faculty: 2%
  • International Students: 2%
  • International Co-Authored Papers: 2%
  • Reputation Outside Geographical Region: 2%
  • International Level: 2%

Financial Sustainability: 10%

  • Institutional Income per Faculty: 2%
  • Institutional Income per Student: 2%
  • Papers per Research Income: 2%
  • Research Income per Academic/Research Staff: 2%
  • Research Income per Institutional Income: 2%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Academic Rankings:

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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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:

Teaching Reputation 50% Research Reputation 50%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings:

Research 50% Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:

Quality of Education 10%

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 10%

Quality of Faculty 40%

  • Staff winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 20%
  • Highly Cited Researchers 20%

Research Output 40%

  • Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded & Social Science Citation Index 20%

Per Capita Performance 10%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings:

30% Teaching (the Learning Environment)

  • Reputation survey: 15%
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
  • Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
  • Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
  • Institutional income: 2.25%

30% Research (Volume, Income and Reputation)

  • Reputation survey: 18%
  • Research income: 6%
  • Research productivity: 6%

30% Citations (Research Influence)

7.5% International Outlook (Staff, Students and Research)

  • Proportion of international students: 2.5%
  • Proportion of international staff: 2.5%
  • International collaboration: 2.5%

2.5% Industry Income (Knowledge Transfer)"

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global Employability University Ranking:

Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings:

Research Reputation 66,6% Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities:

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 -THE 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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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe:

Patent volume 11.11% Patent success 11.11% Global patents 11.11% Patent citations 11.11% Percent of patents cited / Patent citation impact 11.11% Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11% Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11% Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11% Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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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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