1. 5-star ranking
The University of Limerick has been awarded a 5-star rating from the globally recognised QS Stars rating system. This is the highest possible award and UL is the only Irish university to achieve this standard in 2023. This rating places UL in the top 2% of all universities worldwide. We also earned the top rating in seven other categories - Teaching, Employability, Research, Internationalisation, Facilities, Innovation, and Inclusiveness. UL’s Kemmy Business School is now placed in the top 1% of business schools worldwide, having recently secured the “triple crown” of accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA).
2. UL Grads get the jobs
A UL degree will place you amongst the most employable graduates in Ireland. Sustained high demand for our graduates means that over 96% are in employment or further study. Our graduate employment rate is consistently higher than the national average for more than 15 consecutive years – that means that our employability reputation is already built into your degree. UL Graduates earn more than those from any other Irish university, outside Dublin (source: HEA 2021). UL is also ranked in the Top 200 Global Universities for Graduate Employability (source: QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022).
3. Industry-led programmes that are highly relevant to the world of work
Postgrad programmes at UL are designed in partnership with employers. With UL’s unrivalled links to industry, our programme content is industry-led and research-driven. Our accredited programmes are professionally orientated and employer-focussed, with many aimed at addressing specific skills gaps. Our strategic partnerships are your gateway to a wealth of professional networks. UL brings more employers onto campus than any other Irish 3rd level institution (source: QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022)
4. Award-winning Careers Service
University of Limerick has a strong employability focus and is committed to equipping students and graduates with the skills and competencies they will need to build successful careers. Our award-winning Careers service ensures that you will have access to an extensive range of employability-focused activities, career development programmes, and one-to-one consultations, to empower you to prepare for and manage your future career. Our Careers team host the largest Higher Ed Careers Fair in Ireland, giving our students access to over 130 employers. The team regularly share their expert insights into job market trends, emerging employment sectors and the earning power of graduates.
5. UL is the home of many “firsts”
As the first “new” university in the history of the Irish State, being first is part of who we are. UL has pioneered a wide range of initiatives and “firsts” that set us apart. We are leading the way in providing unique education and sports facilities for all our students. From our outstanding graduate employment rate and state-of-the-art library to our exceptional sports and learning facilities - UL is a University of 'Firsts'. Find out more about UL and our firsts
6. Affordable Living at UL
Limerick is arguably the most affordable university city in Ireland for student living. You can choose from various types of accommodation to suit your budget, either on campus and live where you learn, or in neighbourhoods within a few minutes’ walk of the University.
7. The perfect living environment at UL
Students sometimes can be prone to feelings of mental fatigue and stress, which is why it is so important to find the perfect living environment for your studies. Technologically advanced and spaciously safe, UL’s riverside campus makes for stress-free study spaces, with vast green expanses that are immersed in nature. UL has been voted Best Student Campus in Ireland in 2019 and again in 2020, and is ranked in the Top 20 green campuses in the world.
8. Unique supports
UL will support you to succeed. We will provide what you need when you need it most. Unique in Irish universities, our First 7 Weeks programme is a “find your feet” initiative that will support and guide you during the very early weeks of your time here. We have Learning Centres in languages, maths, science and IT. These centres provide free, one-to-one tutor support to assist you in your learning of these subjects. UL Postgraduate Students’ Union offers academic assistance and individual support to all our postgraduate students.
9. World-class facilities
UL’s world-class facilities ensure that our students learn through practical hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment and technology that’s used by professionals all over the world. Our students learn in simulated settings like the Wall Street-style Trading Floor, flight simulator, moot court, patient simulation suites and state-of-the-art digital labs. Unrivalled facilities such as these are central to our “learning by doing” approach and ensure that UL graduates are career-ready.
10. A Library of the future
UL has one of the largest campus libraries in Ireland and one of the most digitally advanced in the world. One stand-out feature of our library is the ARC - a 10-meter high book vault and robotic crane that allows students to retrieve a book from thousands of drawers at the touch of a button. And of course less books on shelves means more student space for collaborative learning in vibrant technology-infused zones.