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Dublin City University is growing! September 2016 saw the completion of the process by which St Patrick’s College Drumcondra (SPD), Mater Dei Institute (MDI) and Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE) were fully incorporated with DCU. From this date, all students and staff of St Patrick’s College, Mater Dei Institute and the Church of Ireland College of Education are students and staff of DCU.

Two of the most significant changes arising from Incorporation are the establishment of a new Faculty of Education that will be known as the “DCU Institute of Education”, the first faculty of education in an Irish university and one of the largest in Europe; and an enhanced Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which has a much broader array of subjects on offer.

DCU now has a larger community and our multi campus university has a stronger, more visible, presence in North Dublin, underpinning our position as the most significant and comprehensive provider of University education on the rapidly growing and economically important Eastern corridor. St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra campus is now known as DCU - St Patrick’s Campus. All Hallows campus, also in Drumcondra, is now the third academic campus of DCU.

This newly expanded DCU is well equipped to support its approximately 16,000 students with a continuing focus on personal, academic and professional life-skill development. Students will benefit from expanded services in counselling, work placement, careers, financial assistance, sports and health, chaplaincy and disability and learning support, and can avail of a new student centre (under construction) on the Glasnevin Campus and a new student health centre based on the St Patrick’s campus.

Young & Gifted

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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

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 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’.

DCU is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence with over 16000 students.

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.

Universities are scored on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, research publications per academic staff, citations per paper, and the international nature of the university (measured in terms of staff and students).


DCU’s academic excellence is recognised and acknowledged around the world. We regularly feature among the top young universities globally as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50. In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘Irish University of the year’.

The publication of these new league tables is noteworthy as most university rankings favour older institutions with an established brand and a vast alumni body developed over centuries. A ranking of new and emerging universities creates a level playing field among those still developing a global reputation and identifies the next generation of university powerhouses.

Dublin City University was recently invited to join the prestigious European university network, the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU). DCU is the only Irish university to be represented in this network of 11 European universities and three associate partners, from Australia, Mexico and Russia, all of whom share a common commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.

The performance of Dublin City University in these league tables is a resounding international endorsement of our quality as a young, dynamic university which places a strong emphasis on excellence in our teaching, innovation and research. Despite an increasingly difficult funding environment, DCU remains committed to delivering excellence in both its teaching and research remits."

Professor Brian MacCraith
DCU President

Presidents Welcome

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On behalf of Dublin City University, its staff and its students, I would like to welcome you to the university's web site.

Professor Brian MacCraith


My name is Brian MacCraith. I am president of Dublin City University and on behalf of the university I’m delighted to welcome you to DCU.

We believe that the fundamental role of education is to enable our students to flourish in the world of the 21st century. That means in their personal lives, civic society and in the world of work.

Here at DCU, our mission is very simple; it is to transform lives and society through education, research and innovation. We achieve this by developing creative, enterprising and socially responsible citizens, by applying our knowledge and expertise to global grand challenges and by working with enterprise for the benefit of our students, society and the wider economy.

I have a passionate belief in the transformational impact that a university education can have on the lives of our students. We are here to assist you to realise your ambitions by unleashing the personal potential that is in every student.

At DCU, you will receive an excellent education. You will develop as an individual, but most of all we guarantee that you will have a wonderful student experience. With over 150 clubs and societies, there are so many opportunities for our students to participate in student life. But most of all, you will develop a wonderful network of friends that will stay with you for life.

DCU is a dynamic, innovative university and we have ambitious plans for future development. We hope that you will join our community and be part of this exciting future.

I look forward to welcoming you here to DCU.

Professor Brian MacCraith









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