Dublin City University Rankings

Dublin City University rankings are managed by the Quality Promotions Office (QPO). 

For more information on DCU rankings please contact nathalie.groszewski@dcu.ie

1. Sunday Times Good University Guide

Last updated September 2021

  • Dublin City University has ranked 6th nationally out of 17 Irish institutions, according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. 
  • The highly esteemed Sunday Times ranking measures areas such as student experience, employment prospects, research funding awarded, and facilities spend, to name but a few. 
  • DCU is known in Ireland and internationally for its diverse student body, with over 17,500 students from 55 countries across the world. 
  • DCU's students continuously ranked the University highly for student experience and DCU holds the accolade of highest rate of graduate employment in the country amongst it's graduates.  

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2. Times Higher World University Rankings

Last updated September 2021


  • DCU maintains position for 2022 as one of the top universities worldwide. 
  • Ranking 501-600, DCU excelled in Research.
  • Research at DCU is now ranked 328th globally. To read more about the ground breaking research here at DCU visit https://www.dcu.ie/research
  • DCU ranked 309th globally for it's International Outlook (proportion of international staff, students and collaboration.)
  • Times Higher ranked 1,662 universities for 2022 across an array of categories such as teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

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3. Times Higher Impact Rankings

Last updated April 2022


DCU ranks 88th out of over 1,400 universities globally according to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Times Higher impact rankings measure the overall contribution to sustainability by third level institutions. The outcomes are measured against the United Nation 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • DCU rank 8th best in the world in terms of reducing inequalities. This is a testament to DCU's excellent access programme and student supports.  
  • DCU are ranked 20th best in the world for gender equality. 
  • DCU also scored highly in the ‘no poverty' category coming in at 26th globally. 
  • Other areas which DCU rank within the top 100 globally for include; Clean Water & Sanitation, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption & Production, and, Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions. 
  • DCU has displayed it's excellence in areas such as access, equality, student supports, sustainability and ethical sourcing, economic excellence, ethical teaching and learning and community engagement. 

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Impact Rankings 2022 | Times Higher Education (THE)

4. Times Higher Young University Rankings

Last updated Feb 2022


  • DCU holds position as second best Young University in Ireland in 2022, coming within 7 spots of the number one ranked domestic young University.
  • DCU has been ranked 113th globally by Times Higher Young Universities, up 4 spots from last year.
  • DCU excels in their International Outlook, Citations Score and Research Reputation and Outputs. 

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5. QS World University Rankings 

Last updated June 2022

  • DCU is one of only two Irish Universities to improve in rank for 2023.
  • DCU are now ranked joint 471st globally out of over 1,400 Universities.
  • For the third year running DCU has improved in both academic and employer reputation outcomes - the result of employer and peer surveys carried out by QS. 
  • In terms of Employer Reputation, DCU is regarded as 301st best in the world.

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6. QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Last updated September 2021


The 2022 QS Graduate Employability Ranking was published in September 2021 following a one year hiatus due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

This ranking measures several areas including employer opinion and work placements offered.

  • Overall DCU are the 3rd  best university nationally for Graduate Employability. The ranking measures 5 distinct areas.  
  • DCU ranks 23rd in the world and 1st in Ireland for their actual rate of graduates employed within 12 months of course completion. 
  • In addition, DCU ranks 3rd in Ireland for alumni outcomes. QS take particular note of young notable alumni. 
  • DCU's focus on quality placements, excellent employer connections and well-equipped graduates allow alumni to enact real societal change once they begin their careers. 

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7. QS Best Student Cities 

Last updated July 2021

  • Dublin ranked 39th best student city in the world for 2022.
  • This is the first ranking of this kind since 2019 as Covid-19 halted international travel.
  • The Best Student Cities list is compiled by looking at university rankings, student view, student mix, desirability, employer activity & affordability.
  • Dublin’s vibrancy means the city scores highly in relation to student mix (14th in the world), desirability (30th in the world) and employer activity (36th in the world).
  • Based on various pricing indices, Dublin is improving in the affordability metric. Dublin have improved their affordability by 4 spots between 2019 and 2022.

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8. UI GreenMetric

Last updated Jan 2022

Similar to the Times Higher Impact Rankings, the UI GreenMetric measure a university’s progress towards overall  sustainability.

  • DCU ranked 13th globally in 2021.
  • DCU is the leading Irish university for both waste and water management.

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9. U-Multirank

Last updated June 2022

Funded by the European Commission, this ranking does not use league tables to position universities in the traditional way. Instead, it presents an array of data for over 2,000 universities across the world. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast the data to determine which university will be suit their requirements. 

  • There are 5 broad areas measured by U-Multirank: Teaching & Learning, Research, Knowledge Transfer, International Orientation and Regional Engagement. 
  • DCU scored 11 A's across a variety of indicators including; bachelor graduation rate, post-doc positions, students graduating on time, publications with industry, international academic staff and international joint publications.

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10. Times Higher Subject Rankings

Last updated November 2021

  • DCU have performed excellently in the Times Higher 2022 Subject Rankings.
  • The DCU Business School is ranked 151-175 globally for an array of courses including, Accounting & Finance, Business & Management and Economics. 
  • The offer of Arts & Humanities subjects including History, Philosophy, Theology, Languages and Linguistics are ranked 201-250 globally. 
  • Communications at DCU is 251-300 globally. 
  • Computer Science at DCU is 301-400 globally. 

11. QS Subject Rankings

Last updated April 2022

  • DCU continued to excel in the 2022 QS Subject Rankings. Over 1,500 Universities were ranked for the 2022 iteration. 
  • DCU offer the best Communications course in Ireland, the third best Accounting & Finance and Business & Management courses in the country, and the joint-best Linguistics course. 
  • Education at DCU is the second best course in Ireland. 
  • Communications, Linguistics and Education at DCU are all considered within the top 150 of these courses offered worldwide. 
  • DCU's sports-related subjects are ranked within the top 130 courses worldwide. 

12. Business School Rankings

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