For over 160 years UCD has stayed true to the vision of its founding rector John Henry Newman, whose The Idea of a University sought to create a university that would "benefit the wider world" whilst encouraging "true enlargement of mind
Founded in 1854, UCD was created from an idea, The Idea of a University, written by our founding Rector John Henry Newman. This classic work is one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education. Newman’s vision, “True enlargement of mind”, embodies the aspiration to provide a holistic experience and inspiring environment beyond the classroom. Interpreted today as ‘Think Bigger’, it is a rallying call for the university and its community to unleash the unique potential of the individual to meet global challenges and “to benefit the wider world.”
UCD is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.
Since its foundation, the University has made a unique contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 139 countries, including almost 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and offers world-leading facilities.
At UCD we want each student who comes to the University to experience a unique educational journey, supporting their academic development with excellent teaching while also encouraging their own social and personal growth. To assist in that goal UCD offers a unique, spacious campus environment with world class degree programmes and research sitting alongside a wide array of clubs, societies, sporting facilities and on-site student residences. We also have increasing opportunities for work-based internships, field trips and also chances to become involved with volunteering and community-based co-curricular activities.
We encourage our students to “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow” and we are proud that so many of UCD's students have gone on to leadership positions in  Ireland and across the globe in academia, the health professions, engineering, business and law, the arts, sports and politics. UCD graduates are consistently ranked highly by international employers and enjoy excellent job prospects.

Faculties and Schools

UCD College of Arts and Humanities
  • UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy
  • UCD School of Classics
  • UCD School of English, Drama and Film
  • UCD School of History
  • UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore
  • UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
  • UCD School of Music
UCD College of Business
UCD College of Engineering and Architecture
  • UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
  • UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
  • UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
  • UCD School of Civil Engineering
  • UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences
  • UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
  • UCD School of Veterinary Medicine
  • UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems
  • UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
  • UCD School of Medicine
UCD College of Science
  • UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
  • UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
  • UCD School of Chemistry
  • UCD School of Computer Science
  • UCD School of Earth Sciences
  • UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • UCD School of Physics
UCD College of Social Sciences and Law
  • UCD School of Archaeology
  • UCD School of Economics
  • UCD School of Education
  • UCD School of Geography
  • UCD School of Information and Communication Studies
  • UCD Sutherland School of Law
  • UCD School of Philosophy
  • UCD School of Politics and International Relations
  • UCD School of Psychology
  • UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
  • UCD School of Sociology


  • UCD Belfield Campus :
    Trimblestown, Dublin, Ireland

  • UCD Blackrock Campus :
    Carysfort Ave, Carrysfort, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

  • UCD Lyons Research farms :
    Lyons, Lyons Estate, Co. Kildare, Ireland

  • Financials

  • Application Fee : €50
  • Tuition fees (Estimated) :
  • Undergraduate : € 16,000 - € 24,800
  • Postgraduate (Coursework) : € 6,400 - € 14,600
  • Postgraduate (Research) : € 8,155 - € 31,535

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