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Dublin City University

4.2 out of 5 (35 ratings / 27 reviews) Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City University was initially set up to fulfil the national requirement for a highly-trained workforce with skills in the areas of business, science and electronics, computer technology, communications and languages and as an agent for change in its local community.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and is now a multi campus environment Glasnevin, located just north of Dublin city. In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’.


Over 50,000 students have graduated from DCU and are now playing significant roles in enterprise and business globally. DCU is Ireland’s most innovative university, and in 2016 will deliver more than 200 programmes to over 16,000 students across its five faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, DCU Business School and the DCU Institute of Education. DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is regularly featured among the world’s top young universities. In the 2016 QS Top 50 Under 50 league table of the top young universities in the world, DCU’s ranking moved up two places to 44th in the world. It is the only Irish university to feature in these rankings which are designed to emphasise the potential and excellence of universities without decades or centuries of established reputation.


Research and Innovation at DCU stems from the academic excellence of its five faculties coupled with a passion for translating knowledge into innovations for economic or societal benefit. Beyond specific disciplinary research, DCU’s activities are focused on some of society’s most pressing needs:

  • health technologies and the healthy and ageing society;
  • information technology and the digital society;
  • sustainable economies and societies;
  • and democratic and secure societies. 


We provide an inclusive service to support, guide and empower students to make informed career decisions to maximise your personal and professional development. The Careers Service welcomes all undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and Mater Dei campuses.

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Student services

The Office of Student Life is the umbrella body for the Students' Union, Clubs and Societies in Dublin City University. It is based in the student Centre - The Hub - which houses its staff and facilities, including meeting rooms, computer facilities, a large venue and many other support services vital for a vibrant student life on campus. 

Housing services

Dublin City University offers modern self catering student apartments located at the heart of the campus. Campus Residence Accommodation is offered during the summer and rooms are subject to availability.

Kitchen facilities are shared with other students living in the apartment. All cutlery and utensils are provided, allowing you to prepare your own meals.You also have the option to eat in one of the many restaurants and cafes on campus.

DCU is a fully wheelchair accessible campus and offers a number of wheelchair friendly Campus Apartments.

Library services

DCU Library encompasses the Library’s collections, services, expertise and spaces at the O’Reilly Library, DCU Glasnevin Campus, the Cregan Library, DCU St Patrick’s Campus and across all DCU campuses through our digital collections. DCU is Ireland’s University of Enterprise and this ethos is reflected in our services and collections, which are resources to enable learning, teaching, research and public engagement.

ICT services

The mission of the Information Systems Services is to collaborate with the DCU Community to transform the University through the integration and implementation of technology into many aspects; Teaching and Learning & Research Activity and Administration, while empowering all staff and students on all our campuses to work and learn collaboratively in new and exciting ways.

Medical services

The Student Health Service is a Nurse-Led service, providing on-campus primary healthcare to currently registered students of DCU. We take care of the physical, psychological and social aspects of student health and health promotion.This service is delivered in a caring and confidential manner. Your medical records do not form part of your academic records.

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Campus life

Dublin City University is a young university, situated on an 85 acre campus three miles north of the River Liffey in the city centre and just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport. With the city just a 10-minute bus drive away, students of DCU have the best of both worlds; the social and cultural benefits of city life, but with the security and vibrancy of a university campus built very much for today.

Sports facilities

The sports facilities that are provided on the DCU campus are outstanding. Indoor and outdoor facilities are available and there is a 25m swimming pool. Sporting activity as a whole is encouraged through team sports or individual activities such as aerobic fitness, weight-training, rock-climbing and athletics. Highly-skilled specialist sports trainers are always on hand in the Sports Complex to advise on fitness regimes. DCU also has a special advisor for students with disabilities. New sporting events are being devised whereby students with and without a disability can take part in team sports together.

Student clubs

The Hub is the social centre of student-based activities and services. The student union is based here, as well as other services such as travel shop, bookshop, recreational areas and venues for student events. This is a vibrant and energetic place for students to meet, socialise and make friends.

As well as over 100 Clubs and Societies, the Students Union also runs (usually massive) events all throughout the year. Orientation Week 09 for instance had the Lock and Key Ball, County Colours Night, Michael Jackson Ball, an old time Ceili and PJ Gallagher doing a stand up comedy night. And thats just the first week.


DCU Business School has been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world's oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation is widely recognised as the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

DCU has been a great college experience, the English Dept. in particular are fantastic

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Its pretty good. I was always interested in futuristic stuff and that is the reason I got into Mechatronic Engineering which is said to be the future of engineering. We do lots of cool stuff in labs aswell as in designing and building things which could help in daily life. Also the social life is pretty good, theres lots of societies and clubs which hold fun events every...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The academic course of International Relations in DCU has given me an incredibly fascinating outlook towards the way in which the world operates. It's lecturers are full of knowledge and have patience for questions. They still contribute to their field and this exemplifies the field of a fast paced area of study as IR is.

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