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Ireland: Ancient heritage, cutting-edge research

When you’re choosing a university in Europe, it can be hard to decide whether a traditional, prestigious university or a cutting-edge college with state-of-the-art resources is best for you. But Trinity College Dublin gives you the best of both worlds.

Trinity is one of the oldest universities in Europe, established by Queen Elizabeth the 1st. Of the seven ancient universities in the English speaking world, it’s the only one that is located outside the United Kingdom. It also has an excellent reputation – ranked the best university in Ireland, 53rd overall by the Time Higher Education Supplement, and 10th for international mobility of graduates and value for money (globally) by the Financial Times.

So it certainly offers a rich heritage and prestigious qualifications. But it also provides incredible resources and support for research students. One in three students at TCD are postgraduates, and one in ten are working towards doctorate degrees.

Two areas of focus for research are the arts and humanities and science and nanoscience. The Long Room Hub, named for Trinity’s famous 18th century library, is its Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities. It offers research support in diverse areas, such as philosophy, medieval literature and contemporary art. Students have access to one of the world’s greatest libraries (also one of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions) with over 4.5 million books and 30,000 current serials.

The Naughton Institute, opened in 2007, is the research facility for Trinity’s Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN). Nanoscience is the study of extremely small matter – atoms and molecules – and has implications for medicine, physics, engineering and chemistry. CRANN is dedicated to world-class science research, linking with current industry challenges.

Postgraduate students from all countries are welcome at Trinity – and two types of generous, but highly competitive, scholarships are available. The Ussher Award offers an allowance of €16,000 each year, plus full fee coverage. The Postgraduate studentships offer an allowance of €8,000, as well as full fee coverage.

To find out more about the many undergraduate and postgraduate courses available at the Trinity College Dublin, talk with one of our student counsellors.

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