Universities in Ireland

The Emerald Isle is home to some of the world’s oldest universities, with a rich history in higher education. With a dozen universities and several more colleges and institutes of technology, it holds its own among major study abroad destinations as an attractive location for higher education. Find out more about Ireland’s best universities below.

Trinity College Dublin
Rank: =146
University LogoTrinity College Dublin

Public university, Estd 1592

Dublin, Leinster

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is Ireland’s oldest and leading university. It is widely known for its top-notch education and pionee...
University College Dublin
Rank: 201 - 250
University LogoUniversity College Dublin

Public university, Estd 1854

Dublin, Leinster

University College Dublin, one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, is the largest higher education provider in Ireland with a campus ...
University College Cork
Rank: 251 - 300
University LogoUniversity College Cork

Public university, Estd 1845

Cork, Munster

University College Cork, one of Ireland’s leading research institutes, came into being in 1845. The university, once known as Queen’s College, Cork, o...
University of Galway
Rank: #258
University LogoUniversity of Galway

Public university, Estd 1849

Galway City, Connacht

Among the many name changes it has held, the University of Galway (formerly the National University of Ireland, Galway) came into being as Queen’s Col...
Dublin City University
Rank: #490
University LogoDublin City University

Public university, Estd 1975

Dublin, Leinster

One of Ireland’s younger universities, Dublin City University is nonetheless a globally renowned institute. Formerly known as the National Institute o...
University of Limerick
Rank: #501 - 510
University LogoUniversity of Limerick

Public university, Estd 1972

Limerick, Munster

The University of Limerick is the first university founded in Ireland after its independence in 1922. Initially known as the National Institute for Hi...
Maynooth University
Rank: #751 - 800
University LogoMaynooth University

Public university, Estd 1997

Maynooth, Leinster

Maynooth University’s origins can be traced all the way back to 1795, with the establishment of the Royal College of St. Patrick. It operated for seve...
Technological University Dublin
Rank: #801 - 1000
University LogoTechnological University Dublin

Public university, Estd

Dublin, Leinster

Technological University Dublin began operating in January 2019, making it Ireland’s first technological university. It came about through the merger ...
Waterford Institute of Technology
Rank: #801 - 1000
University LogoWaterford Institute of Technology

Public university, Estd 1970

Waterford, Munster

Originally the Regional Technical College, Waterford, the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is one of Ireland’s largest institutes of technology...
Munster Technological University
University LogoMunster Technological University

Public university, Estd 2021

Cork, Munster

Ireland’s second technological university and one of its youngest, Munster Technological University (MTU) is the result of a merger between Cork Insti...
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
University LogoGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Public university, Estd 1972

Galway City, Connacht

Founded in 1972 as a Regional Technical College, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology began conferring degrees by May 1977. Growing steadily throughout...
Athlone Institute of Technology
University LogoAthlone Institute of Technology

Public university, Estd 1970

, County Westmeath

Atlantic Technological University Sligo
University LogoAtlantic Technological University Sligo

Public university, Estd 2022

, County Sligo

Dundalk Institute of Technology
University LogoDundalk Institute of Technology

Public university, Estd 1970

, County Louth

Dublin Business School
University LogoDublin Business School

Private university, Estd 1975

Dublin, Leinster