University College Dublin: Statistics



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#242 of 14,131 In the World
#88 of 2,785 In Europe
#1 of 32 In Ireland
#1 of 11 In Dublin
#38 of 1,920 For Animal Science
Top100 For 12 other topics
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Acceptance rate

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate20%
Admissions RequirementsIrish Leaving Certificate with matriculation, or equivalent. Students must be 17 years of age or over
Academic CalendarSeptember to April (September - December; January-March; April)

We've calculated the 20% acceptance rate for University College Dublin based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University College Dublin is a world-class research university with 65,180 scientific papers published and 1,545,696 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, Computer Science, Genetics, and Biochemistry.


University College Dublin majors

by publication & citation count

37,039 / 1,051,081
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
30,021 / 579,245
29,037 / 888,807
29,015 / 758,776
27,040 / 655,359
Environmental Science
26,187 / 626,899
24,510 / 628,104
Computer Science
23,876 / 541,649
18,288 / 591,491
17,875 / 607,166
Quantum and Particle physics
16,197 / 430,957
Political Science
14,838 / 243,944
14,288 / 329,012
14,168 / 355,456
Geography and Cartography
14,055 / 301,179
13,958 / 241,282
13,807 / 234,969
12,682 / 362,204
12,581 / 232,582
Organic Chemistry
12,524 / 365,637
12,361 / 267,594
11,380 / 303,634
10,974 / 210,041
Materials Science
10,566 / 285,417
10,329 / 174,133
9,646 / 226,571
9,560 / 238,846
8,980 / 173,696
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
8,707 / 190,592
8,316 / 163,520
7,979 / 126,447
7,518 / 173,912
6,280 / 164,652
Optical Engineering
5,939 / 147,015
5,697 / 188,899
Art & Design
5,328 / 75,307
Public Health
5,206 / 143,803
Electrical Engineering
5,110 / 115,263
Machine Learning
4,877 / 107,040
4,871 / 150,815

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 260 1380
1991 282 1595
1992 279 1872
1993 322 1823
1994 378 2048
1995 429 2361
1996 462 2680
1997 524 3082
1998 590 3667
1999 609 4819
2000 652 5413
2001 738 6578
2002 766 7560
2003 871 9457
2004 1149 11398
2005 1352 13984
2006 1415 17171
2007 1653 21789
2008 1886 26137
2009 2242 32628
2010 2496 40254
2011 2502 49411
2012 2514 59771
2013 2584 67981
2014 2630 76338
2015 2953 83162
2016 3177 86532
2017 3301 96227
2018 3414 100837
2019 3851 118602
2020 4338 138652
2021 5268 181749
2022 4299 175185
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University College Dublin gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program EU Students Non-EU Students
Undergraduate €6,170 - €9,850 per year €24,800 - €33,300 per year
Graduate Taught €6,170 - €29,000 per year €15,000 - €34,000 per year
Graduate Research €6,170 - €29,000 per year €15,000 - €34,000 per year

Currency: Euro (€)

University College Dublin has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University College Dublin.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Higher Diploma Folklore, Irish
Masters Degree Accountancy, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Design, Education, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Law, Library Science, Literature, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Musicology, Optical Technology, Power Engineering, Regional Planning
Post-graduate Diploma Biology, Economics, Engineering, Food Science, Food Technology
Doctoral Degree Agriculture, Archaeology, Architecture, Archiving, Art History, Biology, Biomedicine, Business Administration, Celtic Languages and Studies, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Classical Languages, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Film, Food Science, Geography, Geology, Health Sciences, History, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Medicine, Midwifery, Modern Languages, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Software Engineering, Theatre, Veterinary Science

University College Dublin alumni

  1. James Joyce

    James Joyce
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1882-1941 (aged 59)
    Enrolled in University College Dublin
    Studied in 1898-1902

    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist, poet, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde movement and is regarded as one of the most influential and important writers of the 20th century. Joyce's novel Ulysses (1922) is a landmark in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in a variety of literary styles, particularly stream of consciousness. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, letters, and occasional journalism.

  2. Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1950-.. (age 73)
    television actorcookfilm actorwriterauthor

    Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. He's received a Golden Globe Award as well as nominations for a Grammy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. Byrne was awarded the Irish Film and Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and was listed at number 17 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors in 2020. The Guardian named him one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

  3. Chris O'Dowd

    Chris O'Dowd
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1979-.. (age 44)
    television actorfilm actortelevision producerscreenwriterfilm director

    Christopher O'Dowd is an Irish actor and comedian. He received wide attention as Roy Trenneman, one of the lead characters in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd, which ran for four series between 2006 and 2010. He has also starred in several films, Gulliver's Travels (2010), Bridesmaids, Friends with Kids (both 2011), Cuban Fury (2014), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018). He created and starred in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy, which aired between 2012 and 2015 and brought him Irish Film and Television Award nominations in acting, writing, and directing.

  4. Carroll O'Connor

    Carroll O'Connor
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1924-2001 (aged 77)
    Enrolled in University College Dublin
    In 1952 graduated with undergraduate degree
    film actortelevision producerstage actorfilm producertelevision actor

    John Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, producer, and director whose television career spanned over four decades. O'Connor found widespread fame as Archie Bunker (for which he won four Emmy Awards), the main character in the CBS television sitcoms All in the Family (1971–1979) and its continuation, Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983). O'Connor later starred in the NBC/CBS television crime drama In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995), where he played the role of police chief William "Bill" Gillespie. At the end of his career in the late 1990s, he played Gus Stemple, the father of Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt) on Mad About You. In 1996, O'Connor was ranked number 38 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. He won five Emmys and two Golden Globe Awards.

All 100 notable alumni

University College Dublin faculties and divisions

Academy : Teaching and Learning Education
Centre : Applied language English, English Studies, Foreigners Education
College : Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Science Agricultural Business, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Crop Production, Dairy, Food Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Nutrition, Veterinary Science
College : Arts & Humanities Archaeology, Archiving, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Celtic Languages and Studies, Classical Languages, Cultural Studies, English, Film, Folklore, French, French Studies, German, Germanic Studies, History, Irish, Italian, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages, Music, Portuguese, Spanish, Theatre
College : Business Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Commercial Law, Economics, European Union Law, Finance, French, History, Human Rights, International Business, International Law, Law, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Sciences
College : Engineering & Architecture Architecture, Architecture and Planning, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Food Science, Food Technology, Landscape Architecture, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Structural Architecture, Telecommunications Engineering
College : Health Sciences & Agricultural Sciences Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Management, Agriculture, Art Therapy, Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Demography and Population, Diabetology, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Food Science, Food Technology, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Health Sciences, Horticulture, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Health, Physical Therapy, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychotherapy, Public Health, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Sports Medicine, Veterinary Science
College : Science Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physics, Statistics, Toxicology
College : Social Sciences & Law Archaeology, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, Environmental Management, European Union Law, Geography, Information Sciences, Information Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Library Science, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Policy, Social Sciences, Social Welfare, Sociology
Institute : Claude Shannon Mathematics
Institute : Clinton American Studies
Institute : Confucius/Irish Institute for Chinese Studies Chinese
Institute : Earth Earth Sciences
Institute : Food and Health Food Science, Health Sciences
Institute : Global Irish Irish
Institute : Micheál Ó’Cléirigh Cultural Studies, History
Institute : Sport and Health Health Sciences, Sports
Institute : Study of Social Change Social Studies
Institute : The Charles Dermatology
Laboratory : Complex and Adaptive Systems Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Meteorology, Nanotechnology, Statistics
Laboratory : National Virus Reference Virology
Research Division : Bioresources Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Research Division : Electricity Electrical Engineering
Research Division : Irish Social Science Data Archive Social Sciences
Research Division : James Joyce Literature

General information

Alternative names UCD
Founded 1854
Accreditation Quality and Qualifications Ireland - QQI (Dearbhú Cáilíochta agus Cáilíochtaí Éireann)
Motto Ad Astra / Cothrom Féinne
To the Stars / Fair Play
Colors st patrick's blue, saffron

Location and contacts

Address Belfield
Dublin 4, D04 V1W8
City population 553,000

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