Trinity College Dublin
Trinity is Ireland’s premier university, with a proud tradition of excellence stretching back to its foundation in 1592. The oldest university in Ireland, and one of the oldest in Europe, today Trinity sits at the intersection of the past and the future, and is ideally positioned as a major university in the European Union. Our 47-acre campus is located in the heart of Dublin city centre and is home to historic buildings dating from the University’s establishment, as well as some of the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in Ireland. Students at Trinity benefit from a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in our three faculties – Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. The pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education, and our researchers have an outstanding publication record and strong record of grant success.
Trinity has developed 19 broad-based multidisciplinary research themes that cut across disciplines and facilitate world-leading research and collaboration within the University and with colleagues around the world. These internationally recognised themes include such diverse areas as Cancer, Immunology, Telecoms, Identities in Transformation, Nanoscience, Neuroscience, and Making Ireland. Researchers from across the University work together in innovative ways to develop new and exciting approaches to their research and explore the frontiers of knowledge in the 21st century. In creating these dedicated research themes, Trinity’s researchers are able to become a more powerful force on the global stage, successfully competing for large-scale grants and attracting top students and faculty to the University. Trinity is home to Ireland’s first purpose-built Nanoscience research institute, CRANN, which opened in January 2008. This state-of-the-art facility houses 150 scientists, technicians, and graduate students in specialised laboratories, fostering creative innovations that have seen Trinity’s researchers make significant breakthroughs.
The Trinity Long Room Hub for Arts and Humanities Research Institute is the University’s flagship institute for research in the Arts and Humanities, providing a world-class environment for cross-disciplinary collaborative projects. The Long Room Hub provides a central location through which the University’s internationally respected Arts and Humanities research can become more visible, demonstrating its relevance for contemporary and future societies. Researchers from across the University regularly participate in debates on topical issues facing the world today. As well as operating an International Visiting Research Fellowship programme, the Long Room Hub also hosts major EU-funded Digital Humanities projects.
One of the most instantly recognised parts of Trinity’s campus is the famous Old Library, home to the historic Book of Kells as well as other internationally significant holdings in manuscripts, maps, and early printed material. Trinity’s Library is the largest research library in Ireland and is an invaluable resource to Trinity’s students and research community. Built up over the four centuries of the University’s existence, the Library’s collections have benefitted from its status as a Legal Deposit library for the past 200 years, granting Trinity the right to claim a copy of every book published in Ireland and the UK. At present, the Library’s holdings span approximately 4.25 million books, 22,000 printed periodical titles, and access to 60,000 e-journals and 250,000 e-books.
Trinity attracts top students from Ireland and abroad and prides itself on the consistently high standard of student admitted to the University every year. These students are drawn to Trinity for the excellence of our research-led teaching and for the quality and prestige a degree from this University confers. Trinity has also pioneered accessibility to education in Ireland, becoming the first university in the country to reserve 15% of its undergraduate places for students from non-traditional learning groups. Trinity is the top-ranked European university for student entrepreneurship and Europe’s only representative in the world’s top-50 universities.
Our alumni have gone on to shape the history of Ireland and of Western Europe in a wide range of fields. These include such notable figures as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, William Rowan Hamilton, Edmund Burke, William Stokes, Denis Burkitt, Louise Richardson, Lenny Abrahamson, and Anne Enright. Three of Trinity’s graduates have been awarded Nobel prizes: Ernest Walton for Physics in 1951; Samuel Beckett for Literature in 1968; and William Campbell for Physiology / Medicine in 2015. Trinity also counts the first female President of Ireland among its alumni in Mary Robinson, as well as other notable former Presidents Douglas Hyde and Mary McAleese. At Trinity we are justifiably proud of our tradition, and we strive to uphold this excellence as we face the demands of the 21st century.
Trinity is the top ranked university in Ireland. Using the QS methodology, the University is ranked 108th in the world and using the Times Higher Education World University Rankings methodology Trinity is 164th in the world.
- Ireland's Leading University in the QS 2023 and Times Higher Education 2022
- Trinity is ranked 98th in the World in the QS 2023
- Trinity is ranked 16th Most International University in the World
- Of Trinity is ranked 1st in Ireland for employer reputation and alumni outcomes.
- QS World University Rankings for Graduate Employability 2020.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Ireland’s most innovative university (Reuters Most Innovative European Universities 2018)
- Trinity is 1st in Europe for producing entrepreneurs for the 7th year in a row (Pitchbook Universities Report 2021-22)
In the QS World University Subject Rankings:
- Trinity is ranked 13th in Classics and Ancient History.
- Trinity is ranked 28th in English Language and Literature.
- Trinity is ranked 39th in Mineral and Mining Engineering.
- Trinity is ranked 41st in Nursing.
- Trinity is ranked 42nd in Performing Arts
- Trinity is ranked 50th in Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
Trinity ranks in the top 100 in 20 subjects, including those in the 51-100 bracket:
- Computer Science and Information Systems
- Modern Languages
- Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies
- Biological Sciences
- Materials Science
- Politics and International Studies
- Social Policy and Administration / Sports Related Subjects
About Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
- Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin was founded in 1592
- Trinity has three faculties - Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Health Sciences
- The city centre campus occupies some 51 acres (including the Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus)
- There is in excess of 220,000 m2 of buildings, including beautiful historic architecture and state-of-the-art modern facilities
- Students can avail of over 170 societies and sports clubs