Leading research-intensive varsity


Located on a beautiful green 133-hectare campus close to Dublin’s city centre, which provides a mix of academic facilities, research institutes, libraries and archival collections, enterprise space, student villages, and sports and recreational facilities, University College Dublin (UCD) is the best in Ireland and has the largest urban campus in Europe. With over 160 years of heritage, University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university. Originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and subsequently as the Royal University, the university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI). In 1997, UCD became an autonomous university within the loose federal structure of the NUI and UCD students are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland.

University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities and is ranked within the top one per cent of higher education institutions world-wide. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, UCD has six subjects ranked in the top 50: Veterinary Science (26), Library & Information Management (38), Nursing (44), English Language and Literature (49), Sports-related subjects (50), and Engineering – Mineral & Mining (50). The University also has 14 subjects in the top 100 and 35 in the top 200. In 2019, for the second year in a row, UCD was ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability and 74th in the world, in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

UCD is Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 8,000 international students among 30,000 students drawn from over 138 countries, including 5,500 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 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.

UCD is also home to the Smurfit Business School, the only triple accredited Business School in Ireland. Smurfit features in the top 100 Business schools in the world and is widely considered as the best in Ireland and amongst the top few in Europe.  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; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. University College Dublin (UCD) has announced full scholarships for four Indian students in special recognition of VV Giri, the fourth President of India, who studied law in UCD from 1913 to 1916.  These are awarded to selected Indian students applying for postgraduate courses at the University.

Apart from this, UCD is also offering over 100 scholarships to Indian students in various undergraduate and post-graduate programs. The total fund of €250,000 announced by UCD also happens to be the largest ever by an Irish University.  UCD also holds academic engagements on a regular basis with major Indian universities like the University of Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore and University of Baroda amongst others.

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