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University of Limerick

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
Young University Rankings 2023
Limerick, V94 T9PX, Ireland

University of Limerick is a research-led, energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education and scholarship. We value creativity, curiosity and excellence in our inclusive community which is committed to social good. Our motto Eagna chun Gnímh translates as Wisdom for Action reflecting our mission to contribute to the discovery of new knowledge for a better world.

Stay Curious

Renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and conducting leading edge research, we are the academic home to more than 18,200 students. UL has an exemplary record in attracting world-leading researchers with success in national and EU programmes. We encourage all to stay curious throughout their studies , as curiosity leads to impact and global change.

Tackling global challenges

We are committed to creating and implementing a holistic approach to sustainable development, in partnership with the communities we serve, locally and regionally and through our national and international alliances. Our aim is to enable our students, graduates and staff to be ‘active citizens’ who contribute to the well-being and future of our planet.

Network of Excellence

·       We have a truly international reach through our network of over 4,011 research collaborations across 130 countries and an Alumni of 120,000 worldwide.

·       20% of the University student body are international students from 100+ countries and 30% of the student population take part in international placements.

Awards and Accolades

  • QS World Rankings Top 500 and 5 Star Status.
  • Times Higher Education Impact Rankings Top 100.
  • GreenMetric 23rd in the world.
  • QS Graduate Employability Rankings Top 200
  • Top 75 Universities in Europe for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
  • The Education Awards – 1st for Excellence, 1st Best Student Campus, 1st Student Engagement & Communications


University of Limerick # 86

  • SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth ranked joint 31st. Top ranking Irish university.
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities ranked 25th.  
  • SDG17: Partnership for the Goals ranked 45th. Top ranked university in Ireland.


  • The Kemmy Business School at University of Limerick is Triple Crown accredited and among the top 1% in the world with accreditation awards from the prestigious EFMD Global quality system (EQUIS) which includes the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Our strategic mission-orientated challenges
Our research addresses global challenges including affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, equality, diversity and inclusion as well as public health.

At the very core of UL is an instinctive drive to create knowledge for a better world. It is this orientation which leads us naturally to align ourselves to the UN Sustainable Development Goal.

People – our catalysts for change
We are focused on talent with an exemplary record in attracting and nurturing world-leading researchers with success in national and EU programmes.

Our strategic emphasis on prestigious training grants such as Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowships has resulted in a high success rate with a total of 88 Marie Curie Fellows funded here since 2014.

UL is home to European Research Council award holders at all levels across disciplines of psychology, chemistry, bioscience, with applications in energy, society and public health .

Researchers at UL have developed a new material that has the ability to capture toxic chemicals from the air.

University of Limerick (UL) has led the way as the most student focussed campus in Ireland and the result has been student facilities that are first and, in some cases, the only available in Ireland and indeed the world. Over 18,000 students are on campus, including more than 3,300 international students from 100+ countries.

UL offers more than 50 undergraduate programmes and over 200 postgraduate programmes across 4 faculties, several which are unique in Ireland.

There are more than 69 Clubs & Societies at UL, maximising the opportunity for students to meet friends and to feel at home. UL offers a vibrant social scene, with on-campus outdoor music events, college bars and The University Concert Hall, that hosts some of the biggest names in music and comedy.

There are 6 on campus student villages that provide students with a safe living environment, and multiple off-campus villages for student accommodation, nearby. 

UL has the highest ranking of all Irish third level institutions for Student Experience (source: Good University Guide 2022).

Best in Ireland for Graduate Employability

  • The University offers a hands-on approach to learning, which is complimented by UL’s award-winning Co-operative Education (co-op) programme. This is a key factor in our employment rate being consistently higher than the HEA national average figure.
  • UL was the first and remains the leading university for Cooperative Education.  The largest of its kind in the EU, UL’s programme places over 2,200 students annually in work placements within a global network of over 25 countries.
  • UL Graduates earn more than those from any other Irish university, outside Dublin (source: HEA 2021).
  • UL brings more employers onto campus than any other Irish 3rd level institution (source: QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022) and has the largest careers fair in the country.
  • UL is in the Top 5 in Europe for career preparation.
  • UL hosts the largest university Careers Fair in the country, which draws over 800 employers to the region.

Best Student Campus

The University of Limerick’s facilities ensure that students have every opportunity to thrive, make friends and stay healthy. Many are ‘firsts’ or only in Ireland - on this, UL prides itself on being known as the Home of Firsts’. From this, UL has been awarded as the Best Student Campus in Ireland, at the Irish Education Awards.

‘Home of Firsts’;

Many of the facilities and initiatives at UL are the first and only available in Ireland and Europe, making them unique to students at the University of Limerick, Ireland’s ‘Home of Firsts’

Some of the firsts enjoyed by the University include:

  • Ireland’s first Olympic standard 50m swimming pool.
  • Ireland’s tallest indoor climbing wall.
  • Ireland’s only Indoor Rowing Tank and only university that has water facilities on campus.
  • The first School of Law replica courtroom in Ireland, used by law students to run mock tribunals and court cases.
  • The first state-of-the art medical school to be established since the 1900’s.
  • Irelands only academic flight simulator.
  • One of the most digitally advanced libraries in the world, The Glucksman Library.
  • The Wall Street-style virtual Trading Floor in UL’s Kemmy Business School is the first of its kind in any university in Ireland.
  • The Firsts 7 Weeks programme which is the first of its kind for Ireland, that was designed to help new students settle into university life at UL, and ensure academic and social success

These industry-standard facilities ensure that our students gain hands-on learning using the same technology and equipment used by professionals all over the world.

Click on the link below to take a virtual tour around our award-winning campus, where you'll find an unspoiled natural environment blended with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Virtual Tour | University of Limerick (ul.ie)

Explore rankings data for University of Limerick

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Key statistics

  • 50 : 50
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 27.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 15%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 28%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 14,640
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at University of Limerick

  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Arts & humanities

    • Architecture
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Sociology
    • Communication & Media Studies
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Law

    • Law
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
    • Sport Science
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Education

    • Education