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Higher Education in Ireland

Higher education or the third level of education in Ireland is made up of the varsities, the colleges that deal with technical and technological courses and other colleges that deal with various branches of education. All of these though being autonomous bodies and governed by their own policies, these are funded by the Govt to a large extent.

Several private and independent colleges have also cropped up, that offer various courses related to business which award diplomas, degrees apart from recognised qualifications.

1. Universities of Ireland


These varsities and varsity colleges run degree programmes awarding bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate qualifications in domains such as science, technology,medicine,humanities and in social sciences. They offer many diplomas inunder graduate as well as post graduate levels. All of these universities also offer distance education courses. The varsities also undertake research in a plethora of disciplines.

The British university education model is adapted in Ireland. Bachelors degree is conferred after 3 or 4 academic years completing a set of programmes in the pertaining disciplines. Course study , research study or a combination of both is involved when pursuing masters’ degree. Research work is an integral part of doctoral studies.

2. Colleges offering courses in Technology

As of today Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has approximately 22,000 students, making it the biggest higher education institution in Irish education system. It has 6 colleges under it – College of Commerce, two Colleges of Technology, the College of Marketing & Design, the College of Music and the College of Catering. DIT being autonomous confers degrees independently.

3. Irish Regional Technical Colleges

Regional Technical Colleges (RTCs) came in to being in the 1970s and they offer third level of education in technical courses and have been totally integrated into the education system in Ireland. They along with fulltime offer partime courses in both training and education in a wide range of vocations and levels such as Engineering and technology, Science and Paramedical studies and Business studies. Altogether there are a total of eleven of these RTCs.

4. Colleges that offer specialisation

There are a large number of specialist colleges that offer specialisation programmes resulting in Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas that are validated by the National Council for Education Awards (NCEA).

5. Colleges offering Education or Teacher Training

Here the aspiring primary teachers have to undergo a 3 year Bachelor’s in Education ( B. Ed)degree programme. The second level aspiring teachers have to complete a primary degree at a university followed by attaining a higher level diploma in education at a university. Currently there are 5 training colleges for teachers.

6. Colleges of Medicine

Ireland houses Royal College of Surgeons, Medical Schools such as University College Cork , University College Galway , University College Dublin and Trinity College. These have earned international repute in the field of medicine.

7. Law Schools

The legal system in Ireland follows the tradition of Common Law and is similar to the legal training requirements of many countries. Most of The universities are bestowed with learned facultics. the Incorporated Law Society which trains solicitors, and the Kings Inns College which trains barristers are the two professional law training colleges.

Training in English Language

Besides the fulltime academic formal education offered in Ireland, the country has gained ground for learning English language. Currently more than 0.1 million people come to Ireland to undergo language courses annually.


Higher Education In Ireland
About Ireland
Fee Structure in Ireland
Institution in Ireland

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 About Ireland

Ireland, an island in the British Isles located west of Great Britain.

About four fifths of the area of Ireland are national territory of the Republic of Ireland, the remaining one fifth in the northeast of the island belongs to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom (old story).

With an area of 70,273 km², the Republic of Ireland is slightly larger than twice the size of Denmark, or slightly larger than the U.S. state of West Virginia.

The Republic of Ireland has a population of nearly 4,6 million people (2011 census), capital and largest city is Dublin. Spoken languages are Irish (official) and English.

About Ireland

National Language English, Irish
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar
Important CitiesBelfast, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Derry, Galway, Waterford
Date format dd-mm-yy
Drives on theLeft
Calling Code +353

Fee Structure in Ireland

Courses, colleges, universities and Fees details – apply for higher education in Ireland.

Academic higher education expenses are based on the subjective course, the university and also depends if he/she is a EU resident or non-EU resident. Fees vary also in each university so to be sure please check up with the chosen college prior applying.


It is mandatory to pay course fees for non EU pupils at varsities and graduate schools in Ireland. The fee amount depends on the institution and type of study course undertaken. One has to check with the concerned college for the exact course fees charged there.

Undergraduate Study Program Costs for Non EU

The range for academic course fees for the year 2016/2017 for Non EU undergraduate courses in universities at Ireland.

Approximate course fees:

Medicine and related studies 37,128 to 52,000 Euros
Engineering studies 10,000 to 21,600 Euros
Science & Technology department 10,000 to 21,600 Euros
Arts & Humanities department 10,000 to 16,500 Euros
Business courses 10,000 to 16,000 Euros

Academic Costs for Post graduate courses for Non EU

Course expenses change considerably based on the varsity and the study course. Course costs are revised every year, and it is necessary to check with the College you are aspiring to study in.

Academic fees for academic year 2015/2016, for non-E.U. Post graduate students at a university in Ireland fall approximately in the range given below are:

Average academic fees

Medicine and related department 12,035 to 51,635 Euros
Engineering studies 10,500 to 19,500 Euros
Science & Technology department 10,500 to 18,000 Euros
Arts & Humanities courses 10,500 to 20,000 Euros
Business studies 10,500 to 30,000 Euros

Courses in English Language

Language Training

Course costs in English in Ireland is based on the course offering school and the level of the programme.

One can get a rough idea about the cost of these language training courses. Costs change with every academic year, therefore it is vital to check fee charges with language training centres you want to learn the language at.

Type of Course Course details Average Cost
Standard General English course lessons every week-20 150 to 250 Euros / week
1 on 1 Tuition 45 to 60 Euros / hour
Examination Preparation Programmes lessons every week- 20 700 to 950 Euros /4 weeks
International Foundation English Course 6500 to 13,200 Euros

Scholarships for International students

Several scholarships are awarded to international students from different sources ,like some set up by the Irish Government, the universities offering higher academic courses and a few other organizations. These are

These are earned by meeting the requirements set down by the respective institutions and the eligibility criteria is solely decided by the respective boards of these organisations. The students who are interested in earning scholarship are requested to get in touch with officials from the university or organisation for which they are interested to apply for, to get updated and precise information regarding the criteria for scholarship.

Fee Structure in Ireland

Fees Structure in Ireland



Institutions in Ireland

Institutes of technology

Recognized as an Institute of Technology with the privilege to confer own degrees by the Dublin Institute of Technology Act, 1992:

    1. Dublin Institute of Technology
      (Recognised by the Institutes of Technology Act 2006 as amendments.)
    2. Athlone Institute of Technology
    3. Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
    4. Institute of Technology, Carlow
    5. Cork Institute of Technology
    6. Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology


  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Waterford Institute of Technology


Established as Universities by the Universities Act, 1997 as amendments:

  1. Dublin City University
  2. National University of Ireland
  3. Maynooth University
  4. NUI Galway
  5. University College Cork
  6. University College Dublin
  7. University of Limerick
  8. University of Dublin
  9. Trinity College

Colleges of education

  1. St Angela’s College of Education, Sligo
  2. Church of Ireland College of Education
  3. Marino Institute of Education
  4. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  5. Mater Dei Institute of Education
  6. St Patrick’s College of Education
  7. St. Patrick’s College, Thurles

National institutions

  1. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  2. Garda Síochána College
  3. Military College, Curragh Camp
  4. National Ambulance Service College

Independent education

  1. Abbey School of Theatre
  2. American College Dublin
  3. Burren College of Art
  4. Cavan Institute
  5. Cenit College
  6. City Colleges
  7. College of Computer Training
  8. College of Progressive Education
  9. Cork College of Commerce
  10. Development Studies Centre
  11. Digital Marketing Institute
  12. Dublin Business School
  13. Dublin Institute of Design
  14. Edgewater College
  15. Gaiety School of Acting
  16. The Grafton Academy of Fashion Design
  17. Griffith College Cork
  18. Griffith College Dublin
  19. Griffith College Limerick
  20. Hibernia College
  21. Honorable Society of King’s Inns
  22. IBAT College Dublin
  23. Independent College Dublin
  24. Irish Bible Institute (a component of the University of Wales)
  25. Irish Management Institute
  26. Mallow College of Further Education
  27. National College of Ireland
  28. Newman College Ireland
  29. Pitman Training Ireland
  30. Portobello Institute
  31. Royal Irish Academy of Music
  32. Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  33. St. John’s Central College, Cork
  34. St Michael’s House
  35. St Nicholas Montessori College
  36. St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (also known as Maynooth College or Pontifical University, Maynooth)
  37. St. Patrick’s, Carlow College
  38. Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Pearse Street, Sallynoggin
  39. Setanta College
  40. Turning Point

Associated colleges of universities in Ireland that are recognized
(excluded in the list of colleges of education)

  1. All Hallows College
  2. Institute of Public Administration
  3. Irish School of Ecumenics
  4. Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy
  5. National College of Art and Design
  6. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  7. Shannon College of Hotel Management
  8. Uversity

Institutions in Ireland

Institution of Ireland