Oldest Universities in Ireland


What are the oldest Universities in Ireland? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing a list of 32 Irish Universities ordered by year of establishment and meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate Irish higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format
Our aim is to highlight which Irish Universities have the longest history and tradition and how this correlates to their uniRank University Ranking.

Oldest Universities in Ireland 2018 League Table

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1 Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin Dublin
24 National College of Art and Design Dublin
31 Carlow College Carlow
9 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Dublin
27 Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth Maynooth
32 All Hallows College Drumcondra
3 University College Cork Cork
6 National University of Ireland, Galway Galway
28 Royal Irish Academy of Music Dublin
2 University College Dublin Dublin
29 Marino Institute of Education Dublin
25 National University of Ireland, System Dublin
30 Shannon College of Hotel Management Shannon
18 National College of Ireland Dublin ...
26 Institute of Public Administration Dublin
12 Institute of Technology Carlow Carlow
15 Athlone Institute of Technology Athlone
11 Waterford Institute of Technology Waterford
13 Institute of Technology Sligo Sligo
17 Dundalk Institute of Technology Dundalk
23 Letterkenny Institute of Technology Letterkenny ...
14 Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Galway
5 University of Limerick Limerick
10 Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown
16 Limerick Institute of Technology Limerick ...
21 Institute of Technology, Tralee Tralee
4 Dublin City University Dublin
7 Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin
22 Institute of Technology Tallaght Tallaght
8 Maynooth University Maynooth
19 Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire
20 Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Blanchardstown
Legend: Un Unranked

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