Over 160 Years of Education
UCD is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment whereundergraduate education,masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.
Since its foundation, the University has made a unique contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 33,000 students drawn from 144 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including theUCD O'Brien Centre for Science,UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business,UCD Moore Centre for Business, and the UCD Student Centre.
As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland through the study of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. The University's Strategy 2020-2024 Rising to the Futureoutlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD's vision for this era.
Student services & facilities
There are many ways for students to find help when faced with urgent or minor difficulties during their time at UCD. The University has a team of professionals who can help you with most situations and we would encourage you to reach out and connect with our team if you need to.
With over 70 student societies, UCD has something for everyone. Being involved in society life is a great way to make friends and develop your skills. The university experience is all about getting involved and getting active, trying something new, having fun and making some great friends and memories along the way. You can join any of the student societies throughout the year by attending their events and getting in touch.
Getting involved in a sports club is an ideal way to keep fit, learn a new skill, meet people with similar interests, as well as provide a welcome break from academic life. UCD sports clubs are for the most part student-run and student-led, so you can play your sport and if you wish also lead and develop your club. With nearly 60 sports clubs to choose from, ranging from team sports, adventure sports, water sports to martial arts, there is something for everyone!
UCD Students’ Union works to represent every one of the 30,000+ students attending UCD. They offer help, advice and an advocacy service for students. They also run cheap student shops, affordable entertainment & campaigns promoting the best interests of their members.