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Dublin City University



Dublin City University (DCU) is world renowned for the quality of its teaching, learning environment, research, and innovation. The QS World University Rankings rates DCU as one of the best young universities on the planet and Times Higher Education places the university in the top 100 young universities. The university is noted for its excellent student to academic staff ratio, which is the best in Ireland.

DCU aims to develop students through the provision of innovative degree programmes and a vibrant student life. This places students in prime position for employment opportunities and DCU rates as the top university in Ireland for graduate employment rate and 23rd globally (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2022). The university is also committed to making a positive impact on society, including climate action, sustainability, and health and wellbeing. These were elements that were noted when DCU was ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide for the contribution that it has made to society, based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dublin has frequently been cited as one of the best student cities and a top city in which to work. DCU has three campuses all in close proximity to the heart of Dublin. Each campus has a unique atmosphere and community, that greatly contributes to a holistic student life. Students have access to world-class facilities, excellent student support, and great transport links. DCU is a dynamic institution committed to transforming the lives of students and society through innovation, research, and education.

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What's new

What's new

Sunday Times University of the Year awarded to DCU

In 2021, Dublin City University has been recognised for its championship of social mobility and diversity by being awarded the Sunday Times University of the Year accolade. The university has won this award twice before since the establishment of the guide in 2002.

In its commentary about the university's success, the Sunday Times highlights DCU's commitment to diversity and social mobility, reflected in the strong international student intake. The university now hosts over 17,000 students a year from around the globe and continues to build on its progressive reputation over 40 years since its founding in 1980.

Supportive environment for students

DCU is Ireland's highest rated university for fostering a supportive learning environment for its students, according to recent results from, which evaluates student experience across Ireland according to nine separate criteria.

2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

According to the 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Dublin City University has been ranked 23rd in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate.

The graduate employment rate measures the proportion of graduates in full or part-time employment within 12 months of graduation. It is one of five indicators measured by the QS rankings, which place DCU in the 301-500 band overall.

New courses

DCU strives to constantly update its courses to meet industry and student demand. New courses this year include a BSc in Psychology and Disruptive Technologies, a BSc in Psychology and Mathematics, a BEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Engineering, a BSc in Digital Business and Innovation, a BSc in Chemistry with Artificial Intelligence, a BSc in Physics with Data Analytics, and a BSc in Global Challenges.

DCU 12th in the world in ranking of green universities

DCU has been ranked as 12th in the world, and second in Ireland, in the most recent UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. Set up by the University of Indonesia, the rankings celebrate universities around the world which are working towards reducing their carbon footprint and helping climate change.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

DCU provides a unique learning experience which is tailored to the individual needs of students. Faculty are dynamic, responsive, and experienced in developing students into independent, critical and confident learners. The university is distinctive in the learning outcomes of its programmes, reflecting the current needs of enterprises and society, while also anticipating the future needs of graduates and employers.

Each faculty is committed to teaching excellence, with many highly ranked worldwide for different disciplines. DCU Business School, for instance, has been recognised by the prestigious global accrediting body, AACSB. Research is combined with theoretical and practical learning, helping students to develop into career-ready graduates.

Programmes at DCU offer students the opportunity for work experience during their studies that include professional placements in health sciences and education as well as study abroad opportunities. The university provides such opportunities with the aim of contributing to the learning and employability of graduates.

Many professors and academic staff members are internationally recognised experts in their fields. They are committed to providing innovative teaching and supportive learning environments. Classes are small in size, so each student receives the close attention they need to grow. The courses and programmes offered are all underpinned by the latest pedagogy and teaching technologies.

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Department structure

Department structure

Prospective students have over 80 undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes to choose from at DCU. Options include full and part-time courses, as well as off-campus learning. Programmes are taught by the following five faculties:

DCU Business School

Covering Global Business, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Human Resources and more.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Covering English, Communications, Languages, History, Geography, Law, Philosophy, Music and more.

DCU Institute of Education

Covering Arts Education, Human Development, Inclusive and Special Education, Policy and Practice, Early Childhood Education and more.

Engineering & Computing

Covering Computing, Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Manufacturing and Engineering.

Science & Health

Covering Biotechnology, Chemical Sciences, Health, Human Sciences, Nursing, Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences.

Foundation programmes

DCU also offers foundation programmes suitable for applicants who do not meet English language entry requirements. In addition, where high school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to an undergraduate degree, students will be required to participate in their approved Pathway Foundation programme. These programmes are delivered on the DCU Campuses in Dublin, and students will be registered students of DCU and can access the world class services and facilities of the university.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

DCU encourages international students to apply as soon as they can, as it makes the application process easier. There are general application requirements as well as specific requirements for different courses and programmes.

English language requirements

As courses are taught in English, international students who aren't native English speakers will have to prove their English language proficiency. This can be done through one of the following language tests, or equivalent:

  • IELTS – minimum score of 6.5, with no lower than 6.0 in each skill (DCU Business School requires 6.5 in writing and speaking).
  • TOEFL – minimum score of 92 (DCU Business School requires minimum scores of 21 in each section).
  • PTE Academic – minimum score of 63, with no lower than 59 in each component (DCU Business School requires 63 in writing and speaking).
  • English Test via Duolingo.
  • DET – Students applying for an undergraduate course must demonstrate a minimum DET score of 110. Postgraduate applicants will be required to demonstrate a minimum DET score of 110 to 120 depending on the faculty being entered.

Students from the following countries will need to check the language-specific requirements: Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA and Vietnam.


An undergraduate degree equivalent to a 2:1 degree is generally required in order for students to qualify for the taught master's programme. A student's educational, professional and personal experience is also considered for certain postgraduate programmes. It is also necessary for students to meet the English language requirements of the university. For more information students can consult the university website.

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DCU is expanding rapidly, with recent developments including a new state-of-the art student centre which combines facilities for social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities.

Students benefit from a large variety of learning facilities as well as social and personal amenities including:

  • Bookshop
  • Hairdresser
  • Pharmacy
  • Print shop
  • Language translation services
  • Food and dining options
  • Helix Centre for Performing Arts
  • Modern Learning Theatres
  • Cafes and restaurants


There are two libraries at DCU, the O'Reilley Library on Glasnevin Campus and Cregan Library on St Patrick's Campus. These have many flexible study spaces, learning resources, books, journals, expert support and more.

Sports and wellbeing

Clubs and societies are the heart of DCU, with more than 150 clubs and societies. DCU boasts an award-winning gym, a state-of-the-art sports campus, and playing fields. Home to University Sports Complex, the DCU Sports Ground and a Soccer Centre. Through DCU Sports and Wellbeing, students can keep fit and healthy, as well as enjoy different sports and activities.

Interfaith Centre

Across the three campuses, students can attend daily religious services and find private areas for observation and ablution. Celebrations are held for all faiths and community events bring together all students.


International undergraduate students who wish to live on campus can live in student housing where they have a private bedroom and shared living and kitchen areas. Rooms are fully furnished and have Wi-Fi access. En suite options are available.


DCU also hosts comedy festivals, guest speakers and gigs throughout the year.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

According to the 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings Dublin City University has been ranked 23rd in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate.

92 per cent of DCU students enter into professional employment or continue their studies within six months of graduating.

Careers Service

During their studies, and as a recent graduate, students can benefit from the university's extensive career services. A hub for employability, the Careers Service empowers students to reach their career goals. Experienced Careers Advisors help students regardless of whether they know what path they want to go down yet or not.

The service offers quality learning and development initiatives, opportunities and tailored support at different points of the student journey. This includes:

  • Interview skills
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Mock interviews
  • Workshops on job searching and branding
  • Career planning
  • Personalised career guidance
  • Aptitude and psychometric tests
  • Careers fairs
  • Mentorships
  • Networking events
  • Industry panels and insight events

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