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Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin



Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin, is Ireland's highest-ranking university (QS 2020, THE 2019). It is a home away from home for students who are eager to become creative, aware and extraordinary global citizens.

Producing an impressive number of Nobel Prize winners, Trinity provides an exceptional education where students can work alongside some of the most influential experts in their fields. The sole constituent college of the University of Dublin, Trinity encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, with a strong network of many multinational industry partners.

Ranked as Ireland's most international university (THE 2019), international students can enjoy a location where London can be reached in just one hour and New York in five, as well as links to more than 120 European destinations. The multicultural student body is made up of over 120 different nationalities.

Dublin is an exciting and diverse capital city packed full of entertainment for students, and each of the university's campuses offer something special. The main campus has cobbled squares, green areas, modern facilities, historic buildings and plenty of character to add to the educational experience.

International students are given the support to become confident and competent in their disciplines, along with many opportunities to enrich their education. This includes study abroad options and incubation programmes, where students can explore the world and gain unique experiences. Trinity has been ranked as Europe's top university for producing entrepreneurs, for the sixth successive year (Pitchbook Universities Report).

Trinity College Dublin is committed to working towards achieving the greatest benefit of the public good. This is through active work with social and economic areas of Dublin, Ireland and the globe, and students are at the heart of this initiative.

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What's new

What's new

Trinity College Dublin is continually renewing the programmes that it offers at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, across many fields including business, law, engineering, science, arts and the humanities.

The college has recently developed a new joint Honours Degree which combines the subjects of computer science and geography, in order to deliver a challenging and innovative learning pathway for the environmental pioneers of tomorrow. As Computer science and Geography at Trinity College are both ranked among the top 100 of their kind worldwide, students will find themselves at the meeting point of two world-class departments. Upon graduating, students will be equipped with an invaluable set of skills through which they can rise to the pressing need for sustainable innovation.

Trinity College Dublin has also recently launched an Environmental Science & Engineering integrated degree. This four-year course is available with an additional postgraduate year, and aims to develop multi-skilled, adaptable graduates who have the confidence and abilities to develop cutting-edge solutions to the challenges of safeguarding and enhancing the environment.

In addition, the university has launched a number of new programmes to the Columbia University Dual BA programme, in conjunction with Columbia University in New York, USA. This flagship programme gives students a unique educational experience during their undergraduate studies in association with a world-renowned partner university.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Trinity was founded in 1592 and modeled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It is a research-led teaching university. Trinity is a member of the exclusive League of European Research Universities (LERU), a group of 23 institutions that excel in academic research. It is the only Irish university represented.

Rated as a Best Regional College by the Princeton Review 2019, Trinity College Dublin provides an unparalleled education to innovative students looking to push boundaries. A myriad of opportunities are available for students to learn from and be inspired by global leaders, as well as benefit from some of the world's greatest libraries and research centres.

Classes are in the form of lectures, tutorials and practicals. Lecture theatres can hold over 150 people, and small group tutorials can have around 15–20 students. Some courses have fewer students in each class, and modules in the third and fourth years of study can be much smaller. Tutorials are more informal and allow discussion and collaboration.

Courses are designed in light of university research and the needs of the world, and students are given the opportunity to specialise in the final years of their studies. This includes the option to pursue an individual research project.

Many courses also include the chance to study at an esteemed university overseas.

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Department structure

Department structure

Students have a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from at Trinity College Dublin, from three main faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
  • Faculty of Health Sciences.

A wide variety of intriguing courses are on offer to pique the interest of all prospective students, such as Engineering with Management, Global Business, Immunology, International History Law, Mental Health Nursing, Radiation Therapy, and Stage Management and Technical Theatre.

Trinity International Foundation Programme is a 1-year pre-university programme. Students who successfully complete the International Foundation Programme and reach the required grades gain entry to the first year of undergraduate degrees at Trinity.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Trinity welcomes applications from students from all around the world.

To obtain a place to study as an undergraduate or postgraduate student at Trinity College Dublin, international students must be able to prove proficiency in the English language. Accepted English language qualifications include the following:

  • GCSE – grade C or above in English Language
  • International Baccalaureate – English A1, A2 or B with a score of 5 at Higher Level, or a score of 4 at either level if the IB is through English
  • US High School – grade C in final-year English
  • TOEFL – internet-based score of 90, and a written score of 21
  • University of Cambridge – a score of at least 180 on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 for each skill
  • IELTS – a score of at least 6.5, with no band below 6
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – a score of at least 63, with no section score below 59.
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120/160 with no section score below 100 (for undergraduate programmes), dated since January 2020
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Master's Pathway Programme.

Other qualifications may be accepted and students are encouraged to check the specific requirements for the course they are interested in.

Students who cannot meet the English language requirements have the option to pursue a pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Programme.

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Trinity's 47-acre campus has a range of modern facilities such as the Sports Centre, Nanoscience Research Centre, Science Gallery and a Global Room which holds social and networking events. The campus is also home to the largest library in Ireland, which consists of more than six million volumes.

The Students' Union ensures that all students at Trinity are valued members of the community and offer plenty of support and extra-curricular activities. Students can immerse themselves in one of the 120 societies or 48 sports clubs, ranging from an animation society to Gaelic football.

There is also the ‘Phil', the oldest debating society in the entire world, where special guests have included Amy Poehler and Chris Hadfield. Students can choose which societies or clubs to join at Freshers' Week events, where they can additionally enjoy course-specific social events and the Trinity Ball.

Dublin as a city is a diverse and vibrant capital to have an unforgettable time in. For those who love nature, there are many green spaces that can be easily accessed, such as city parks, the coastline, mountains and more. International students at Trinity will soon feel that Dublin is a home away from home.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Trinity College Dublin strives to help students to succeed without worrying about financial issues, so there are several undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships on offer to eligible students. Fee information can be viewed here.

Global Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship

An award of up to EUR 5,000 as a tuition fee discount in the first year of study, based on academic excellence.

China Undergraduate Scholarship

An award of EUR 2,500 – 5,000 as a tuition fee discount in the first year of study, for Chinese nationals under the Claddagh Scholarship Programme.

India Undergraduate Scholarship

An award of up to EUR 5,000 as a tuition fee discount in the first year of study, for Indian nationals based on academic excellence.

E3 Undergraduate Scholarship for Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Geography & Geoscience.

An award of up to 5000 euro for all 4 years of study for these programmes, based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants' potential to contribute to the overall Trinity community.

Global Excellence Postgraduate Scholarship

An award of up to EUR 5,000 as a tuition fee discount in the first year of study, based on academic excellence.

There are subject-specific scholarships available and students are encouraged to research the external funding opportunities that may be on offer from their home country.

E3 Excellence Postgraduate Scholarships in Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies.

An award of up to EUR 5,000 as a tuition fee discount in the first year of study for these programmes, based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants' potential to contribute to the overall Trinity community.

There are further subject-specific scholarships available and students are encouraged to research the external funding opportunities that may be on offer from their home country.

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Over the past 425 years Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, has provided a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and all are encouraged to achieve their potential. The university promotes a diverse, interdisciplinary, inclusive environment which nurtures ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity through engaging with issues of global significance. Its tradition of excellence underpins every lecture, every experiment and every research breakthrough in its state of the art facilities. A Trinity education fosters a life-long desire for knowledge and understanding, a capacity for creativity and innovation, cross-cultural awareness and a sense of global citizenship.

Established in 1592, the university delivers world class education and employers worldwide hold Trinity graduates in high esteem. Graduates include Nobel Prize winners in literature, science and medicine, presidents and world leaders, award-winning actors and film makers, internationally renowned poets and playwrights, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Trinity is committed to educating global citizens, be they Irish students making an international impact or students from over 120 countries sharing their cultural experiences with the community. It is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences.

Located in a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin?s city centre, Trinity is Ireland?s highest ranked university and is recognised globally as Ireland?s leading university. The university is famous for its diverse society life and for being home to the oldest student society in the world. With more than 120 societies and 48 sports clubs, its most active societies are the cultural organisations which celebrate international holidays, share local foods, debate global politics and strengthen cultural exchange. Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

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