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University of Limerick



The University of Limerick (UL) is a leading institution known for outstanding research and is based in the heart of Ireland. Named the Irish University of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times Good University Guide, UL has also been ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the World by the Times Higher Education. It has developed into one of the top universities in Ireland since being founded in 1972. It is also ranked 35th in the world for Research Impact (THE) and provides an outstanding student experience with the Best Student Campus (Education Ireland Awards 2019).

Four faculties make up the University of Limerick, namely the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kemmy Business School, Education and Health Science and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The university provides an exceptional student life on a large parkland campus. The amazing study facilities cater for a diverse student population, which includes 2,500 international students among its 15,000 student cohort. It offers an inclusive and welcoming environment with top of the range facilities for students to develop their skills.

UL also provides unrivalled graduate employment rates, with the highest rate in all of Ireland. This is helped by its tremendous work placement programme, the largest of any university in Ireland, and the largest international exchange programme.

International students looking to study at the University of Limerick are also helped by generous scholarship awards. These include awards up to the value of EUR 4,000 available to non-EU students taking on postgraduate study. Limerick is also known for a low cost of living, making UL an accessible and affordable place for students from around the world to gain a top-class education which will boost their future career prospects.

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What's New

What's New

New Courses

The University of Limerick is constantly updating its course catalogue to meet student demands. New courses added recently include master's degrees in Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Data Analytics, Public Health, Public Administration and Sports Journalism.

These additions demonstrate the dynamic nature of the University of Limerick, constantly reacting to emerging technologies and educating students in cutting edge subjects.

University of the Year

The University of Limerick was named 2019 Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said, ''A second success in five years for our University of the Year is well deserved. The university is at the economic heart of this mid-west city and the wider region, attracting brains and resources in equal measure. Its graduates are among the most employable in Ireland, prepared for work by practical courses and a work placement and internship programme second to none, which spans 1,600 employers at home and overseas.''

McCall added, "The University of Limerick's excellent results in the annual Irish Survey of Student Engagement suggest its students appreciate their good fortune to be studying at an institution with both an excellent academic reputation and an eye firmly on the working world, for which it prepares its students so well."

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Teaching quality

The University of Limerick is known to provide outstanding teaching quality, with highly qualified and experienced faculty offering academic and industry expertise.

The 2019 Times Higher Education rankings placed UL 51st in Europe for its excellent quality of teaching.

The university is known to provide small class sizes, giving all students the individual attention, they need to develop. It also features approachable and friendly faculty, whilst there is a focus on industry-relevant projects which contribute to the outstanding employability of students when they graduate.

These were all listed by students as major positive factors in the teaching quality they receive, leading to its position in the rankings and underlining why the student experience is so highly regarded at the University of Limerick.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Limerick is made up of four specialist faculties providing expert education across their relevant fields. These are:

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

Well regarded education with exciting opportunities with the following departments:

  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Design
  • School of Natural Sciences

Arts, Humanities and Social Studies:

A vibrant centre of critical thinking and creativity housing the following departments:

  • History
  • Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
  • Law
  • Politics & Public Administration
  • School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics
  • School of English, Irish, and Communication
  • Sociology

Faculty of Education and Health Sciences:

Unique national grouping of six departments known for high teaching quality:

  • Graduate Entry Medical School
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Physical Education and Sport Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Allied Health
  • Psychology

Kemmy Business School:

Dynamic and innovative school with a developed reputation, with the following departments:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Management & Marketing
  • Work and Employment Studies

Each faculty offers programs at bachelor, masters and PhD level, and also has a Common Entry undergraduate programme. This serves as a general first year of undergraduate education, where students get the basics of subjects involved in their faculty before choosing a major at the end of their first year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to the University of Limerick vary by country, and prospective students should therefore make sure to check specific requirements.

For students from non-English-speaking countries, proof of English language proficiency must be provided. Proficiency can proved by achieving certain scores in a number of tests, including:

  • TOEFL - 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • Academic IELTS - Minimum score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Minimum score of 61 with at least 59 in each element

Some programmes may have higher English language requirements and a number of other tests may be accepted so students should check specific requirements.

Students not meeting these English language requirements but holding offers from the University of Limerick may take pre-sessional English classes at the UL Language Centre located on campus.

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The University of Limerick won the Best Student Campus award at the 2019 Education Ireland Awards. It is known to provide a picturesque campus which positively impacts student performance in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities.

Known as one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere in the world, the UL campus is a peaceful green place with trees, fountains and the River Shannon running through it.

It includes excellent accommodation options as well as a range of cafes and restaurants giving students various options to live, eat and study on campus.

It also features the impressive Glucksman Library, a centre point of the campus with superb facilities for students.

The university is the home to a thriving arts and cultural scene with some stunning art collections, whilst it offers a range of sporting facilities for athletes.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Limerick offers a wide range of scholarships to students from around the globe. These are mostly merit-based and available to be awarded to students who display academic excellence.

Scholarships are available for a variety of amounts, from EUR 1,500 to EUR 4,000 per year. The amount and award depend on the programme applied for as well as the grades of the student applying.

For international students, there are also awards of up to EUR 4,000 for non-EU students taking on postgraduate courses.

The University of Limerick is also known to be an affordable option with the city known for low costs of living, making it an accessible place for students to live and study. Scholarship and funding options are awarded generously to help make sure students are supported as much as possible financially during their studies.

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