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University of Limerick


Overview of University of Limerick

Times Higher Education ranks Limerick University as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the world. Also, the Sunday Times Good University Guide named Limerick University the Irish University of the Year 2019.

The college has a 5- star ranking for its graduate employability, internationalisation and infrastructure. UL has the distinction of being the first university established after the Irish independence in 1922.

Grading system

The University of Limerick is known for its innovation in education and excellence in research. Since the university functions on a US-style credit system, there are two academic semesters in the academic year, which is September to May. Assessment is in letter grades and GPA is calculated on a scale of 4- points. 

The regular semester course load has 5 modules (course/classes); the credits are of 6 ECTS given to each module and 30 ECTS credits for a semester study. The credits per semester are 13-16 credits, which is 28-31 for an academic year.

The ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a standard system created to ease the comparison of the study achievement and performance of students across the EU and other collaborating countries. 

The ECTS credits work when a student has completed studies and one academic year, which generally correspond to 60 ECTS- credits ( approximately 1500-1800 hrs of study). The assessments given to the students range from term assignments, oral and written end of term examinations; class participation. The academic council may terminate a students enrolment if his or her performance is not satisfactory. 

The grading systems in Ireland vary depending on the institution. The minimum passing grade is 40% of the maximum mark for a course. E.g., if a maximum score for a course is 100, the minimum passing grade is 40.

The Co-op programme

Ireland is part of the European Union, and this is an advantage to students enrolling in an Irish university. 

Students at UL can enrol in a Co-op programme that enables them to get a chance to work internationally across Europe, Asia and America for their placements. 

More than 5,000 Indian students study in Ireland, and the 2-year post-study work visa along with its top-ranked universities are drawing more Indian students every year. 

The University of Limerick Scholarships

The University of Limerick offers a range of scholarships to international students. The scholarship amount ranges from EUR 1,500 to 4,000 EUR per year, and different scholarships are available for EU and non-EU students. 

Limerick university Rankings

  • QS World Ranking 2020 – # 521 -530
  • The World University Ranking- # 501-600
  • US News- Best Global University Ranking -# 801
  • Shanghai Ranking 2019-#601-700
  • Named 2019 Irish University of the year- Sunday Times.

University of Limerick courses  

The University of Limerick consists of four faculties that provide proficient education in their fields. Each faculty offers programmes at the Undergrad, Postgrad and PhD level. Here are a few popular specializations in different faculties:

Arts, Humanities and Social Studies

  •  History
  • Law
  • Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Politics and Public Administration
  • School of English, Irish and Communication
  • Sociology

Science and Engineering

  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  •  School of Engineering
  • School of Design
  • School of Natural Science
  •  Education and Health Science
  • Graduate Entry Medical School
  •  Nursing and Midwifery
  • Physical Education and Sports Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Allied Health
  • Psychology

Kemmy Business School

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


UL never fails in impressing its students with its dedication, innovation in learning and excellence in research and which is why it is ranked 35th in the world for Research Impact.

The university has three multidisciplinary institutes- Bernal Institute, Health Research Institute and LERO- the Irish Software Research Centre.

University of Limerick acceptance requirements

Entry requirements vary in universities and countries. Students who come from non-English -speaking countries should provide proof of language proficiency. the requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL -580 (paper-based) 90 (internet-based)
  • IELTS- 6.5
  • PTE- a minimum of 61

In case you don’t meet the above requirements, the college offers pre-sessional English language classes at the UL Language Centre, located on the campus. 

 Job opportunities

Indian professionals are one of the highest groups to be awarded a work permit. Most Indian students are looking for job opportunities in the service sector. This is made easier in Ireland because of the opportunities offered by the big global conglomerates such as Apple, Dell Ireland, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel Ireland, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Cisco Twitter, to name a few. 


Bachelor of Architecture - Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts - Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts (Evening) History, Politics, Sociology, Literature and Law - Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages - Undergraduate
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Undergraduate
Accounting Professional Diploma - Postgraduate
Advanced Clinical Practice (Postgraduate Certificate) - Postgraduate
Advanced Engineering Materials (MSc) - Postgraduate
Advanced Healthcare Practice MSc - Postgraduate
Aeronautical Engineering MSc - Postgraduate

The city situated in the heart of Ireland offers a breath-taking view of the River Shannon. The town has the services of a bus and train network which is a 20-minute drive from Shannon International Airport. The city is friendly and buzzes with activities ranging from sporting, cultural events, nightlife and restaurants. The city of Limerick is affordable for students.

Student Life

The University of Limerick won the Best Campus award in 2019 at the Education Ireland Awards. The campus is situated on the banks of River Shannon and encircled by a wide range of parkland estates. The university being scenic and peaceful creates an atmosphere of positivity for its students.

The campus is lively with its cultural and sporting facilities and is known as ‘Ireland’s sporting Campus’.

On-Campus Details

The university offers accommodation to more than 2,600 students. Accommodation is available on -campus in 6 residential villages, with a total of 2,700 rooms, with the facility of a Wi-Fi. Each village has its features and is located in an attractive, landscaped environment. The complexes offer 1500 en suite room, sharing a large kitchen and a lounge area in each apartment. Daily cleaning and self-catering service options are available. 

The 6 residential villages are Cappavilla Village and The Quigley Residence (north of the campus). The Plassey Village is located at the main entrance of the university and famous among post-grad students. Dromore Village overlooks the River Shannon and also has rooms for students with impaired mobility. Kilmurry village has individual houses, and Thomond village has accommodation for students with families.

UL campus offers accommodation based on Random Selection Lottery. A mail is sent to successful applicants regarding the information about their rooms. Successful applicants should confirm and book their apartment within a week by paying a deposit of €50, which is non-refundable. Fees vary from €4912.50 to € 9209.30

Off-campus accommodation is also available at Troy Village as well as Groody Village. Each complex has its websites and students should contact them directly.

Fun Facts
  • Limerick also is known as the Treaty City after the Treaty of Limerick was signed in Oct .1691 in Limerick
  • Around 25 % of the population is under the age of 35 and 25,000 of whom are students.
  • The University of Limerick has the longest footbridge in Europe, which is also known as the Living Bridge.
  • UL is ranked world number two for International Student Happiness.
  • Limerick is the third-largest city in Ireland.

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