Dublin City University


About the University

Since it opened its doors to students in 1980, Dublin City University has seen its reputation and popularity soar. 

DCU is a forward thinking establishment that focuses strongly on business and enterprise, with 50,000 graduates now believed to be occupying industry-leading positions. The university also champions the USTART program, an accelerator which funds and encourages student-owned startups. 

The university offers a total of 70 courses in Humanities & Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering & Computing, Education and Business. 

Dublin City University ranks #1 in Ireland for graduate employability with a rate of 92%. The student population of 12,000 is made up of over 22% of international students from all over the world, making the campus genuinely diverse. 

Dublin City University rankings

  • #439 in world university ranking (QS 2021)
  • #501-600 in university ranking (THE 2021)
  • #838 in global university ranking (US News and World report 2021)
  • #19 in graduate employability rate (QS graduate employability rankings 2020)


Campus Life

DCU has 5 campuses that house industry-standard academic buildings and house many student-friendly facilities such as the Aileen O’Reilly library, while there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes, as well as a theatre and sports complex.

The university is highly research-driven and houses several leading research facilities within the campus in subject areas like neuro-therapeutics, cellular biotechnology, plasma technology, chemical sensors and biosensors, machine translation, biomedical diagnostics, and telecommunications.

The university offers fully catered and fully-furnished on-campus accommodation to its students. 

Its campus also includes restaurants, a theatre and conference centre, a crèche and a university

Student life

The university has a unique approach towards education. It encourages its students to be creative and innovative. It assists the students to follow their passion through its innovation and enterprise centre, The Invent; its start-up accelerator programme, USTRAT; and its Graduates Attributes Programme.

Dublin City University also helps students to work while they study through its paid work placements program, INTRA. The students have the opportunity to get work experience even before graduating, making them job-ready. 

Students can enjoy the city’s culture and have a great social life as the university campus is just 10 minutes away from the city of Dublin.


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  • Enda Kenny – Politician
  • Sr. Orla Tracey – Humanitarian
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