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Trinity College Dublin

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Country
Ireland
Address
College Green Dublin 2
Website
www.tcd.ie
Switchboard
(+353) 1 8961000
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Why This University?

At Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research, scholarship and teaching is at the heart of a Trinity education. Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. On today’s campus, state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities stand alongside historic buildings on a city-centre 47-acre campus.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) offers a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, human, social and health sciences.

TCD has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. Students also benefit from a scholar teacher model where they have the opportunity of being taught by world-leading experts in their field.

Interdisciplinarity forms a key element in the College strategy in increasing Trinity’s international standing as a research-led university. TCD has developed significant international strength in research in eight major themes which include globalisation; cancer; genetics; neuroscience; immunology and infection; communications and intelligent systems; nano and materials science as well as Irish culture and the creative arts.

Most of the university’s activities are carried out on the historic campus located in the heart of Dublin. The west end of the campus is laid out in five quadrangles with distinguished buildings from the 18th century, notably the Old Library. The Library of Trinity College is the largest research library in Ireland and is an invaluable resource to scholars. In addition to purchases and donations accrued over four centuries, the College has had 200 years of legal deposit. By this right Trinity can claim a copy of every book published in Ireland the UK. The Library contains 4.25 million volumes, 30,000 current serial titles as well as an extensive collection of manuscripts, the most famous being the Book of Kells.

Towards the east end of the campus the recently built Hamilton, O’Reilly and Lloyd buildings house many of Trinity’s science and technology laboratories and complement the recently completed Dental Hospital. The Samuel Beckett Theatre is located towards the north of the campus and the Douglas Hyde Art Gallery to the south. The construction of the country’s first purpose-built building for a nanoscience research institute has just been completed which houses Ireland’s first Science Gallery. This new building also includes a state-of-the-art sports complex.


Trinity College launched its new Strategic Plan Update 2006 last year. The strategy is reflective of national policy and the objective of doubling the number of PhDs across all disciplines by 2013 in order to move towards a knowledge society. In order to achieve this, the College has received some of the largest allocations of Irish Government funding which have become competitively available to date. Trinity College has also embarked on a major fundraising campaign to fund the implementation of this Plan.

Trinity continues to attract intellectually strong students from Ireland and abroad. More than half of its incoming undergraduates have earned in excess of 500 out of a maximum 600 points in the national Leaving Certificate examination or the equivalent. The accessibility of a Trinity education to all students of ability is also very important. Trinity College was the first university in Ireland to reserve 15% of first year undergraduate places for students from non-traditional learning groups – students with a disability, socio-economically disadvantaged students as well as mature students. The College has met its target in this respect. There is also an exciting international mix of its student body where 16% of students are from outside Ireland and 40% of these students are from outside the European Union. TCD students also have an opportunity to study abroad in other leading European universities through Trinity’s partnership agreements.


People?
Many of Trinity College Dublin’s alumni have helped shape the history of Ireland and Western Europe. Two of Trinity College’s alumni have won Nobel prizes – Ernest Walton for physics in 1951 and Samuel Beckett for literature in 1968. The first president of Ireland, Douglas Hyde was a graduate as was the first female president of Ireland, Mary Robinson. Other notable alumni include authors, Jonathan Swift and Oliver Goldsmith; philosopher, George Berkeley; political philosopher, Edmund Burke; wit and dramatist, Oscar Wilde; historian, William Lecky; religious scholar, James Ussher; scientists, John Joly, George Johnstone Stoney and William Rowan Hamilton; and physicians, William Stokes and Denis Burkitt.


What do students say?
Postgraduate student, Haiyan Wang, from the Shandong Province in China completed a Masters degree in Economics and is currently doing a PhD also in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. Haiyan chose TCD because it is Ireland’s premier university and enjoys an international reputation for its high quality of teaching and competitive research strength, attracting students from all over the world. “I am confident that the internationally recognised education which I received at Trinity College Dublin will enable me to pursue my career both in Ireland and worldwide,” said Haiyan. She also found the College academic staff very supportive and accessible throughout her studies and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere in the department where she studied.
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Faculty
Number of Faculty Staff Headcount: 1,506 FTE: 1,350
Total number of academic faculty staff who are responsible for planning, directing and undertaking teaching only, research only or both teaching and research. Please include: vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, principals, professors, heads of school, associate professors, principal lecturers and tutors. Please exclude research assistants*, PhD students who contribute to teaching, and exchange scholars or visiting professors who are members of another university. *FAQ: How is research assistant defined?
Number of International Faculty Staff Headcount: 624 FTE: 568
Number of academic faculty staff who are of foreign nationality. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even if from another EU state. In Hong Kong, this includes professors from Mainland China. Inclusion and exclusion mirrors those for academic faculty staff.
Number of Inbound Visiting Faculty Staff Headcount: 212 FTE: 212
Number of academic faculty staff contributing to teaching or research at your university in the last 12 months who are visiting from an overseas institution for a minimum period of at least 3 months.
Number of Outbound Visiting Faculty Staff Headcount: 144 FTE: 144
Number of academic faculty staff employed by your institution contributing to teaching or research at an overseas institution in the last 12 months for a minimum period of at least 3 months.
Undergraduate Information
Number of Undergraduate Students Headcount: 10,038 FTE: 9,844
Number of students pursuing a Bachelor’s level or equivalent degree. This excludes certificates/diplomas and associate’s degrees.
Number of International Undergraduate Students Headcount: 1,371 FTE: 1,345
Number of undergraduate students who are foreign nationals. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states. In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China. Please exclude all exchange students.
Number of Inbound Exchange Undergraduate Students Headcount: 457 FTE: 457
Number of undergraduate students attending your university on international exchange programs for at least 1 semester in the last 12 months.
Number of Outbound Exchange Undergraduate Students Headcount: 200 FTE: 200
Number of undergraduate students registered at your institution who have attended another institution abroad for at least 1 semester on an exchange program in the last 12 months.
Average International Undergraduate Fees € EUR 10,150
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that an international student would be expected to pay for an undergraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Average Domestic Undergraduate Fees € EUR 5,074
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that a domestic student would be expected to pay for an undergraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Graduate / Postgraduate Information
Number of Graduate / Postgraduate Students Headcount: 3,225 FTE: 2,746
Students pursuing a higher-level degree (Master and Doctorate), including both taught and research postgraduates (e.g. PhD students)
Number of International Graduate Students Headcount: 866 FTE: 808
Number of graduate / postgraduate students who are foreign nationals. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states. In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China.
Average International Graduate / Postgraduate Fees € EUR 7,839
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that an international student would be expected to pay for a graduate / postgraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Average Domestic Graduate / Postgraduate Fees € EUR 4,387
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that a domestic student would be expected to pay for a graduate / postgraduate program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Average Taught Graduate / Postgraduate Class Size 18
The average size of class across all taught graduate / postgraduate programs. The term ‘class’ refers to an unit of instruction or taught session in which a teacher has pre-defined material to cover. It does exclude tutorial seminars.
Students
Total Students Headcount: 13,263 FTE: 12,590
Total number of students.
Total International Students Headcount: 2,237 FTE: 2,153
Number of students who are foreign nationals. The term ‘international’ is hereby determined by citizenship. For EU countries, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states. In Hong Kong, this includes students from Mainland China.
Average International Student Fees € EUR 8,994
Average tuition fees per year that an international student would be expected to pay for any course
Average Domestic Student Fees € EUR 4,731
Average tuition fees per academic year (two semesters) that a domestic student would be expected to pay for any program, with ‘program’ referring to the complete range of courses contributing to a degree. FAQ: How do I calculate average fees?
Graduate Output
Proportion of Graduates Pursuing Further Study 18%
Proportion of graduates from undergraduate programs pursuing further study at your own institution or any other.
Proportion of Graduates Employed 76%
Proportion of graduates (excluding those opting to pursue further study) in permanent employment within 6 months of graduation
Number of PhDs Awarded 212
Total number of PhDs awarded in the last 12 months
Entry Requirements
Avg Entry Requirements 4
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Research Productivity & Quality
Number of Papers 14,950
Total number of papers published in ESI indexed journals in the past 5 years
Number of Citations 72,409
Total number of citations for papers published in ESI indexed journals in the past 5 years
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Area Rank
Overall 53
Arts & Humanities 37
Life Sciences & Biomedicine 87
Natural Sciences 122
Social Sciences 103
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