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Third Level (Tertiary) Education in Ireland

Posted in Ireland, Ireland - Education System by hynesbrid on July 21, 2008

The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded.

The number participating in higher education in Ireland has increased significantly in recent decades with over 55 percent of students who complete second level now going on to higher education – one of the highest participation rates in the world. Entry to third level education for Irish students is competitive and based upon performance in the final secondary school examination, the Leaving Certificate.  Entry requirements for oversea students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.

The academic year typically runs from September to June and is divided into either two or three semesters with holidays in December (Christmas) and April (Easter).

Most universities run a semesterised system and modularisation has been introduced in the majority of colleges to allow greater flexibility for students. Teaching at undergraduate level generally involves a programme of lectures supplemented by tutorials, practical demonstrations and laboratory work (where relevant).

Universities Website
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
University College Cork, Cork
National University of Ireland, Galway
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
University of Limerick, Limerick
Trinity College, Dublin
Dublin City University


National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges Website
Institute of Public Administration
National College of Art and Design
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Shannon College of Hotel Management


Institutes of Technology Website
Dublin Institute of Technology
Athlone Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Institute of Technology, Carlow
Institute of Technology, Sligo
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology


Colleges of Education Website
The Church of Ireland College of Education
Froebel College of Education
Marino Institute of Education
St. Angela’s College
St. Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics
St. Patrick’s College of Education
Mary Immaculate College
Mater Dei Institute


Other State-Aided Institutions Website
National College of Ireland
All Hallows College
Garda College
Military College
Tipperary Institute
Pontifical University of Maynooth
St Patrick’s, Carlow College
Royal Irish Academy of Music


Other Institutions Website
Honorable Society of Kings Inn
Law Society of Ireland


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