Top 5 universities in Ireland

Last updated: January 25, 2019

Ireland is home to 7 universities, of which 5 are ranked within the worlds top universities. Ireland’s close proximity to the UK makes it a perfect location to study in. Ireland is renowned for its friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease of overseas students adapting to life there. But what are the top 5 universities in Ireland?

Top universities in Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Firstly is Trinity’s College which is Ireland’s number one university and home to 15,000 students. The location is perfectly situated in Ireland’s capital. A huge 25% of students come from international countries and the university operates through three faculties:

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Engineering, Mathematics and Science
  • Health Sciences

The campus is in the centre of Dublin, as well as being home for the students it is also a tourist attraction. The fame, charm and beauty of its buildings consequently attract individuals to the capital.

There is always something to do, due to there being over 100 college societies and 50 sports clubs, there is plenty of extra-curricular entertainment for students of the university. As well as everything that the city has to offer which include: The Guinness brewery, Dublin’s world-famous pubs, and other cultural aspects of the city such as the Abbey Theatre, Phoenix Park and the River Liffey.

University College Dublin

Also situated in the lively capital, University College Dublin is number 2. The university is big in comparison to other top ones and has approximately 33,400 students, and consists of five colleges, 34 schools and 18 research institutes and centres.

The university ranks 176th in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17.

National University of Ireland, Galway

Ireland’s third best university, and is one of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious universities. The university has around 17,000 students of which 16% are from international countries. It has a good reputation for teaching and excellent research in a wide range subjects including:

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business and Law
  • Science
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Medicine and Health Sciences

The campus is currently situated in Galway and the campus is currently undergoing a €400 million redevelopment program. In conclusion this redevelopment makes this university a very attractive option in comparison with all the high ranked universities.

The university is ranked in the top 2% of universities globally, and continues to grow in the timeshighereducation ranking.

top 5 unis in ireland

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

This university has made it into the top ranked universities. It is a health-focus institution and hence educates undergraduate Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy students and postgraduate research students across the spectrum health research topics.

The location of the university is in the heart of the city so there is always something for the students to do. There are 4 overseas campuses, and as a result the university places a high importance of having international students. Royal college has an impressive 62% of international students which is the highest percentage out of all the universities in Ireland and the UK.

University College Cork

Finally this university makes it into the top 5 universities in Ireland. Cork was the world’s first university to receive the international Green Flag for environmental sustainability and has a good reputation for being a top performing university.

The student life has high standards, due to it having over 80 active societies and 50 different sports clubs. There is a variety of accommodation available for the students. UCC’s campus accommodation company manages more than 1000 beds in several apartment complexes within 1.5 km of the UCC main campus. Finding accommodation can be a stress in many UK universities, therefore making UCC a good and less stressful choice.

Ireland has a really good choice of universities, are you thinking of moving there? Find out more information on our pages moving to Ireland and education in Ireland