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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 www.ucd.ie
University College Cork, Cork www.ucc.ie
National University of Ireland, Galway www.nuigalway.ie
National University of Ireland, Maynooth www.may.ie
University of Limerick, Limerick www.ul.ie
Trinity College, Dublin www.tcd.ie
Dublin City University www.dcu.ie

 

National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges Website
Institute of Public Administration www.ipa.ie
National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland www.rcsi.ie
Shannon College of Hotel Management www.shannoncollege.com

 

Institutes of Technology Website
Dublin Institute of Technology www.dit.ie
Athlone Institute of Technology www.ait.ie
Cork Institute of Technology www.cit.ie
Dundalk Institute of Technology www.dkit.ie
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology www.iadt.ie
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology www.gmit.ie
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown www.itb.ie
Institute of Technology, Carlow www.itcarlow.ie
Institute of Technology, Sligo www.itsligo.ie
Institute of Technology, Tallaght www.it-tallaght.ie
Institute of Technology, Tralee www.ittralee.ie
Letterkenny Institute of Technology www.lyit.ie
Limerick Institute of Technology www.lit.ie
Waterford Institute of Technology www.wit.ie

 

Colleges of Education Website
The Church of Ireland College of Education www.cice.ie
Froebel College of Education www.froebel.ie
Marino Institute of Education www.mie.ie
St. Angela’s College www.stacs.edu.ie
St. Catherine’s College of Education for Home Economics www.stcatherineshe.ie
St. Patrick’s College of Education www.spd.dcu.ie
Mary Immaculate College www.mic.ul.ie
Mater Dei Institute www.materdei.ie

 

Other State-Aided Institutions Website
National College of Ireland www.ncirl.ie
All Hallows College www.allhallows.ie
Garda College www.garda.ie
Military College www.military.ie
Tipperary Institute www.tippinst.ie
Pontifical University of Maynooth www.maynoothcollege.ie
St Patrick’s, Carlow College www.carlowcollege.ie
Royal Irish Academy of Music www.riam.ie

 

Other Institutions Website
Honorable Society of Kings Inn www.kingsinns.ie
Law Society of Ireland www.lawsociety.ie

 

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