About UCD Online

Over 160 Years of Education Excellence

University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, Masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.

Ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide, UCD is Ireland’s largest and most globally engaged university; enrolling over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. 

UCD is also Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 9,500 graduate students; almost 20% of whom are graduate research students. This excellence in teaching and learning is globally recognised – 13 subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020). For the last three years UCD has ranked number one in Ireland for Graduate Employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, 2019,2020).

Gain a recognised UCD Qualification, Online

At UCD, we recognise the high demand in Ireland and overseas for further learning. We are committed to providing quality education and recognised university qualifications using modern, flexible learning approaches. Online learning is just one of these.

UCD Online was established in 2013 in response to increasing student demand, as well as to rapidly evolving advances in technology. Since then, proven, up-to-date course materials that are well developed and tested have been delivered online by the same academics that provide their expertise and support to students who attend the UCD campus. Thousands of students have advanced their careers by studying online for a recognised UCD qualification at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters level. 

Prospective UCD Online students can look forward to the same quality academic material and support as our campus-based students. There is no difference between a UCD qualification obtained on campus or online. Studying online provides a proven option for students to achieve a UCD degree with the flexibility to combine this with work, family, or travel commitments.

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