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University of Limerick



Founded in 1972, the University of Limerick (UL) is a leading university located in the heart of Ireland, well regarded for its high standard of tuition and quality of research output. UL has become one of the top universities in Ireland, and is ranked among the best 100 Young Universities in the World, with a ranking of 35th globally for research impact by the Times Higher Education.

The university's Limerick campus sits within a magnificently landscaped 130-hectare site, complete with riverside locations, parkland and open green spaces. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, distributed across four academic faculties, the Faculty of Science and Engineering Education and Health Science Kemmy Business School and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The university's facilities cater to a diverse student population, which includes 2,500 international students among its 15,000-student cohort. It offers an inclusive and welcoming environment with top of the range facilities for students to develop their skills.

UL is an industry-focused institution, which runs the largest work placement and international exchange programmes in the country, and enjoys the highest graduate employment rate in all of Ireland. There are significant scholarship opportunities for international students, including awards up to the value of EUR 4,000 available to non-EU students taking on postgraduate study.

In 2019, UL was awarded the title of Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times Good University Guide. Limerick is also known for its low cost of living, making UL an accessible and affordable place for students from around the world to gain a top-class education which will boost their future career prospects.

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What's new

What's new

The University of Limerick offers a comprehensive selection of degree programmes, which are continually being improved and updated to ensure that course content remains accurate and relevant to the demands of industry and academia. The university ensures their curriculum remains at the cutting edge of higher education, and embraces new and emerging technologies in the delivery of their tuition.

UL has recently added several new courses to its impressive portfolio, including master's degrees in Business Analytics, Sports Journalism, Data Analytics, Public Health, Artificial Intelligence, and Public Administration.

The University of Limerick has historically done very well in the annual Irish Survey of Student Engagement, and has built an excellent academic reputation while investing steadily in the enhancement of the beautiful Limerick campus. In 2020, UL was crowned Best Student Campus in Ireland for the second year in a row at the most recent Irish Education Awards and ‘the quality of campus experience' is frequently praised by the university's student reviewers.

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Teaching quality

The University of Limerick has cultivated a reputation for delivering an outstanding quality of tuition, delivered by its highly qualified and widely experienced team of academic staff. Tutors and lecturers are praised for their enthusiasm and commitment to the success of their students, and take an active role in their education. Many tutors have lived and worked overseas, and have a wealth of experience and industry insight which they are able to share through lectures, seminars and both group and individual tutorial sessions.

In 2019, the university was ranked 51st in Europe by the Times Higher Education for its high quality of teaching. Students at UL benefit from small class sizes, ensuring plenty of one-to-one contact with tutors, and a more personalised approach towards their education. Course content frequently involves industry-related assignments, which gives students a taste of real-world employment before graduation, and a running start on their future careers. These factors are listed by student reviewers as major positive factors in their study experience, and contribute to the outstanding employability of the university's graduates.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Limerick is comprised of four academic facilities, offering a portfolio of courses spanning a wide range of subject areas and qualification classifications. These specialist facilities offer programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degree levels. Each faculty has a distinct and authentic style, while also encouraging cross-collaboration between other departments in the university. Subjects offered at each department include:

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

  • Computer Science & Information Systems
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Design
  • School of Natural Sciences

Kemmy Business School:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Management & Marketing
  • Work and Employment Studies

Faculty of Education and Health Sciences:

  • Graduate Entry Medical School
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Physical Education and Sport Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Allied Health
  • Psychology

Arts, Humanities and Social Studies:

  • History
  • Irish World Academy of Music & Dance
  • Law
  • Politics & Public Administration
  • School of Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics
  • School of English, Irish, and Communication
  • Sociology

Each department also offers a Common Entry undergraduate programme, where students study a general first-year education, before specialising in their major before the start of their second year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Admission requirements to the University of Limerick differ on a course-by-course basis, and there is also some variation depending on country of previous study. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the university website for full details on specific course requirements, as well as any additional submission material, which may include a short essay or portfolio.

Students applying from non-English-speaking countries, will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency. A number of different assessment systems are accepted, including:

  • Academic IELTS - Minimum score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL - 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Minimum score of 61 with at least 59 in each element

Students holding offers from the University of Limerick who do not meet the relevant English language standard may take a pre-sessional English course at the UL Language Centre to ensure that they are well prepared before their course begins.

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The University of Limerick makes a huge effort to provide a rich and exciting campus experience, and in 2020 is proud to have won the Best Student Campus award at the Education Ireland Awards for the second year in a row. Known as one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere in the world, the UL campus is located within 130 hectares of beautiful Irish landscape a peaceful green place with trees, fountains, and the River Shannon running through it, creating a memorable and positive impact on the student experience.

The university offers excellent accommodation options on campus, as well as a range of cafes and restaurants. It also features the impressive Glucksman Library, a centre point of the campus with superb facilities.

UL is home to a thriving arts and cultural scene with some stunning art collections. Athletes are equally well-catered for with a range of sporting facilities.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Limerick understands that the decision to study a degree can be a significant financial investment, and is committed to supporting all of its students by offering a wide range of scholarships, available to both domestic and international students.

Scholarships and bursaries are offered on both merit-based and needs-based criteria. The majority are awarded to students who display academic excellence and a desire to succeed in their degree course, and are an opportunity for hard working students to subsidise the cost of study.

Scholarships are awarded at a range of values, from EUR 1,500 to EUR 4,000 annually, depending on the programme applied for, as well as the grades of the student applying. Non-EU students taking on postgraduate courses and international students are also eligible to apply for scholarships valued up to EUR 4,000. Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit the university website to check for any important dates and deadlines.

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