About DCU

It's young, gifted and on track. DCU gives students vital experience and skills to augment their academic studies and is instrumental in producing an exceptional calibre of graduate, primed and ready to face the future. They also perform better at interview."

Colm Murphy, The Sunday Times 2012

DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and now occupies a 72 acre site in Glasnevin, just north of Dublin city.

To date over 50,000 students have graduated from DCU and are now playing significant roles in enterprise and business globally. Today, in 2015, DCU delivers more than 120 programmes to over 12,000 students across its four faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School.

DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally with the University being ranked highly among leading global institutions. DCU regularly features in the QS Top 50 under 50 and the THE Young University rankings (a ranking of the Top 100 Universities under 50 years of age).

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Facts about DCU


Professor Brian MacCraith took up his appointment as President at DCU on 13th July 2010. Professor MacCraith, was previously Professor of Physics in Dublin City University and Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), one of the DCU-led Science Foundation Ireland Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET).

Research at DCU

DCU research creates new knowledge and technologies to enhance capabilities in four key areas: health technologies, information technologysustainability and social resilience

Research activity is championed by a Research and Enterprise Hub, which is a vehicle to facilitate interactions with external stakeholders. The Hubs help to establish links with industry and other enterprises, as well as with academic collaborators. Each Hub has its own business development team which can introduce relevant DCU technologies and expertise to enterprises, and help enterprises connect with appropriate experts within DCU. 

Find out more about research in DCU here.

Number of degree programmes

There are over 80 programmes, divided almost equally between undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Postgraduate research supervision is provided on a broad range of subject areas across all disciplines, including technology, engineering, business, communications, humanities, science and health.

Student numbers

There are 12,280 registered students at DCU in 2014/15, a figure which includes full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as students on the Distance Education degree programmes.

Full-time and Modular students: 10,449
Part-time students: 1,030
Distance Education (Oscail) 801
Number of students by Faculty
Engineering and Computing 1,710
Science and Health 3,587
DCU Business School 2,925
Business and Languages 240
Humanities and Social Sciences 2,983
Oscail 799
Other 36

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The John and Aileen O'Reilly library is the focal point of the entire campus. It is symbolic of the importance the university places on knowledge and learning, and the technology for acquiring information. The library has over 1,200 seats and 18 collaborative rooms where students can study in groups. There are 400 computer workstations, all of which are connected to the Internet.

DCU library is the first ever to put live electronic information on an equal footing with the older medium of the printed book and journal. Although there are over 250,000 volumes in the library, DCU will continue to grow with the technological information revolution.


The accommodation service provides 995 undergraduate rooms and 105 postgraduate rooms in four residential apartment blocks. There are three different types of accommodation. Standard, Superior and Deluxe. All the rooms available to the students are equipped with services such as broadband internet connections and cable connections in all Hampsted & College Park apartments. Accommodation is also available for conference attendees and  groups during the summer months. 
For more information visit the Accommodation web site.

The Hub (the student centre)

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. 

In May 2015, plans were unveiled for a new €14m Student Centre at DCU which will significantly enhance the on-campus experience of the university’s students. The new 4 storey space in the centre of the Glasnevin campus is being developed to reflect the university’s focus on developing a rounded, 21st Century graduate through the creation of a purpose-built space for students’ social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities.

DCU Innovation Campus

As Ireland’s University of Enterprise, DCU is strongly committed to delivering real innovation with an economic impact in partnership with Industry. Through the establishment of the DCU Innovation Campus companies can leverage the significant research expertise of DCU and its extensive partner network, particularly in the area of sustainability, thus positioning Dublin and Ireland as examples of best practice in public-private collaboration to solve global societal issues in the areas of Energy and Environment.

The campus is located adjacent to the DCU main campus and facilitates cleantech companies wishing to cluster in a single location and simultaneously leverage the capabilities of DCU in terms of cutting edge teaching and R&D in areas such as renewable energy, sustainability, green finance, ICT, big data/smart cities and sensor technology amongst others.

Find out more about the DCU Innovation Campus here.

The Helix

DCU is home to Ireland's largest arts centre. The Helix hosts a wide range of musical, theatrical and dance performances to suit every taste.
Visit the Helix web site.