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University College Dublin

A global university with world-class education

University College Dublin

University College Dublin


University College Dublin (UCD) has its origins in the mid-nineteenth century under the leadership of the renowned educationalist John Henry Cardinal Newman. Since its foundation in 1854, the University has flourished and become a fully accredited and independent public university.

As Ireland’s largest university, UCD is the country’s university of the first choice with international recognised degrees in Business, Veterinary Medicine, Architecture, Regional and Urban Planning, Engineering and Diagnostic Imaging. UCD is also the only Irish member of both CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) and Global Network for Advanced Management, which are global alliances of leading business schools.

UCD is Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 120 countries. It is also Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 8,000 graduate students and 1,580 PhD students benefit from a structured PhD programme, as well as the research-led education culture.

UCD's world extends beyond its campus, city and borders. UCD students and a worldwide network of 224,000 graduates benefit from a UCD education that enables them to thrive and contribute in an increasingly global community.


Strengths and Distinctions

  • Ranked Top 1% of the universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2017-2018, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017)
  • Ranked 101-110th in Best Universities in Europe 2017 (Times Higher Education)
  • Ranked 29th in European Business School (European Business School Rankings 2016 by Financial Times)
  • Distinction of offering the 1st MBA in Europe since 1964
  • Over 160 years' record of academic excellence and over 100 years of business school history
  • A “Triple-crown Accredited Business School” only 77 business schools worldwide hold the triple crown accreditation from the US, Europe and the UK accrediting bodies (AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS) (As at Jan 2017)