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University of Limerick (UL)



Undergraduate at UL

At UL, students have a choice of over 70 undergraduate programmes in the following areas: arts, business, education, engineering, health sciences, humanities, social sciences and science. All undergraduate degree programmes are four-year honours programmes, and awards include BA, BEng, BBs, BSc and LLB. Our portfolio of programmes is constantly evolving to respond to the needs of industry and the interests of our students.

UL undergraduate 2015

A six-to-eight-month internship (Cooperative Education) is an integral part of all academic programmes. UL has one of the largest Cooperative Education programmes in the EU, and one-third of internships are international, primarily in North America, Europe and South East Asia. Students on Cooperative Education are generally paid, and the experience provides them with a unique advantage when they graduate.

Many of our undergraduate programmes offer students the opportunity to take part in an international exchange or Erasmus (European exchange) programme. UL has over 200 institutional partners worldwide and offers undergraduate exchanges across the EU and in countries such as the USA, Canada, Singapore, China and Thailand.

The employment record of UL graduates is significantly higher than the national average. Approximately 90% of our graduates enter directly into work or further study within six months of graduating.


Postgraduate at UL

The University of Limerick offers over 90 taught postgraduate programmes across four faculties – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; Business; Education & Health Sciences; and Science & Engineering. Taught programmes include graduate diplomas (duration: 9 months) and master's (duration: 12 months).

Our programmes are designed to produce graduates with transferable, high-level skills that are valued by employers. The employment record of UL graduates is significantly higher than the national average. Ninety percent of our graduates enter directly into work or further study within six months of graduating

UL Postgraduate 2015

Research Centres at UL


The University of Limerick has a proud track record of excellence and impact in science and engineering.  The Bernal project, a €52 million strategic initiative, is focused on the developments of the following areas to address academic and research needs:

  • Pharmaceutical Science and Engineering
  • Modern Materials, Biomedical Materials and Engineering
  • Energy and Sustainable Environment

The vision for this project is to build an innovation ecosystem that will provide global as well as local impact.


 Lero is the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre which brings together leading software engineering (SE) teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software engineering research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded SE research centres in the world.


The Materials & Surface Science Institute, established in 1998, is a centre of excellence generating state-of-the-art fundamental research on topics of industrial significance in the fields of surface science and materials. The Institute houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists (chemistry, materials science, physics and biochemistry) and engineers (mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, manufacturing and electronic) who undertake research in the design, synthesis, processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. MSSI expertise covers the full range of materials, supported by state of the art infrastructure and facilities.  MSSI priority research themes are Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials; Composite MaterialsPharmaceutical Materials and Materials for Energy & Environment. MSSI research focuses on applications in Health, Transport, Energy and Clean Technology.


The Stokes Institute is a research organisation dedicated to education and innovation in fluid dynamics.

Our core sciences are related to all aspects of fluids – microfluidics, multiphase flows, heat & mass transport, phase change phenomena, aerodynamics, and biofluidics – and in associated materials topics, specifically fluid-surface interactions.

We focus on a range of application areas – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and biopharma, manufacturing processes, aeronautics and aerospace, electronics / photonics packaging, and energy generation / storage.

Stokes has been in operation for over two decades, active in National and European Union research programmes, with an extensive portfolio of partners in industry and academia. It has deep foundations in scholarship and education, and a strong track record in the commercialisation of research through licensing of IP and through the creation of spin-out enterprises.

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society (ISKS) supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The institute has the following aims and objectives: further the interdisciplinary study of knowledge in society; provide excellent graduate research education; plan and guide research in a strategic and focussed way; facilitate collaborative research; enhance the reputation of the University nationally and internationally.

Study Abroad at UL

The UL Study Abroad programme is open to international students who wish to spend a semester or year at UL earning academic credit that is recognised by their home institution. Incoming students on the Study Abroad programme are from the USA, Japan, Thailand, China, Korea, Australia and many European countries. Please contact us with any individual enquiries or particular needs at

English Language Centre & Foundation Courses at UL

The University of Limerick Language Centre offers a wide variety of English language programmes, including Preparation for University programmes, summer programmes, custom-designed courses and in-sessional support for international students.The International Foundation Programme, run by the UL Language Centre, is a one year full-time programme designed to offer international students an alternative route to undergraduate study.This programme is suitable for international students who do not hold qualifications equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate or who need a further boost to their English language skills.

 Summer Schools

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) at the University of Limerick introduced the Summer School programme in June 2002 with the launch of the first Summer School in Irish Life and Literature. The programme has grown significantly since then, and 99 students came to the 2014 Summer Schools.  It has now expanded to include the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical & Biomedical Engineering which is one of three Engineering departments in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Kemmy Business School and the Architecture Department.

UL Summer Courses 2015


UL has more on-campus accommodation than any other university in Ireland: 5 purpose-built student villages with capacity for over 2,400 students.  The student villages are dotted across the campus and provide purpose-built, attractive housing and en suite apartment-style complexes.

For more information visit Campus Life Services, University of Limerick

Student Support Services at UL

Providing a high-quality student experience is one of the key objectives at UL. The University offers an excellent support network to all students and, in particular, to international students who may be living away from home for the first time.The first stop for international students is the International Office at University of Limerick. Before the start of each semester, we offer a tailored orientation programme for full-time international, study abroad, Erasmus and exchange students. This is the ideal opportunity to settle into your on-campus accommodation, find your way around the University and meet new people. During the academic year, we organise special events for students, such as a Thanksgiving dinner and the Chinese New Year party, and a number of off-campus day trips. We are available to provide advice and assistance on issues such as immigration, working in Ireland and travel and are happy to meet with students on a one-to-one basis on specific queries. We work in conjunction with the International Society - a student-run society - which organises other social events and trips for Irish and international students.The University provides a wide range of support services to all students. These include learning support centres, which are drop-in centres designed to assist students who need extra support in certain areas. The centres provide one-to-one and small-group tutoring as well as online learning tutorials and revision sessions.

  • Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • The Writing Centre
  • Mathematics Learning Centre
  • ICT Learning Centre
  • Science Learning Centre
  • Language Support Unit

The Student Affairs Division at University of Limerick offers various services to all UL students.In the Autumn semester 2010/11, UL launched The First Seven Weeks, an orientation programme designed to provide strong, enhanced and targeted support to students during the very early weeks of their time at UL.The University of Limerick Students’ Union (ULSU) is based in the Student Centre and represents the student body. ULSU provides a range of services, including a newspaper, monthly magazine, shop, graphics, welfare and academic advice and nitelink service. For more information, visit UL Students’ Union website or join the ULSU facebook page.