Education system in Ireland
Ireland is well respected for its world-class education and academic excellence. The government here has invested heavily in research and development.
UCD is the most popular choice for international students studying in Ireland. Studying here gives you the chance to meet other students from all over the world.
Founded in 1854, the University is one of Ireland’s oldest – and its largest. UCD offers a wide variety of degree programmes.
The three main levels of degrees are:
- Undergraduate (BA or BSc)
- Graduate (MA, MSc, MRes or MPhil)
Work placements and internships
Many of UCD’s degree programmes include work placements or internships. Participating companies have included KPMG, L’Oréal, IBM, eBay, Skype, Deloitte, and Microsoft. International graduates can stay in Ireland after completing their degree with a post-study work visa.
Robin graduated from UCD and is now working for the company he interned at during his degree
UCD’s Career Development Centre is connected with top employers in Ireland and abroad. The helpful team offers advice on preparing your CV, starting your first job and more.
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning styles at Irish universities varies on the course you choose. Typically this includes a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Some degrees also require you to spend time in a laboratory, doing studio-based work or doing fieldwork.
Independent study will also make up a big part of your degree. Managing your own workload and time effectively will be valuable to you in your future career or further studies.
The type of assessments you do will depend on your chosen degree. Assessments may include:
- Critiques (art and design courses)
- Group work
- Participation in seminars
- Written assignments/essays
- Practical assessments
- Final dissertation.