University College Dublin UCD


University College Dublin UCD is a dynamic, modern university. It is committed to becoming one of the top thirty research universities in the European Union, where cutting-edge research and scholarship will create a stimulating intellectual environment - the ideal surroundings for learning and discovery.

UCD provides excellent facilities to support teaching and learning.

There are well-resourced libraries and extensive computing facilities. The college is moving forward rapidly in the area of e-learning and students will find more and more resources available electronically, both on and off-campus.

Student health, welfare and counselling services are second to none and there are superb opportunities for sports and recreation. UCD provides the range of services that students need to make their time at UCD enjoyable and fulfilling - both educationally and professionally.

With a new structure of 5 Colleges and 35 Schools, UCD is Ireland's premier University - offering a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the humanities and sciences. Its student population is approximately 22,000, including 2,000 international students. Approximately 25% of the student body are engaged in postgraduate study and research. The University is committed to maintaining a high level of research activity and to further developing its collaborative links with industry and commerce - and with educational and research institutions internationally.

The main campus of University College Dublin is situated at Belfield - a 132 hectare site, 4 km south of the centre of Dublin city.

This campus is an attractively landscaped complex of modern architectural buildings, accommodating most of the Faculties of the University - as well as its student residences and numerous leisure and sporting facilities.

Other University buildings include Earlsfort Terrace, adjacent to St Stephen’s Green in the city centre.

The UCD Smurfit School of Business is located on the campus at Blackrock - and, in Lyons Estate, Kildare, the Faculty of Agri-Food and the Environment runs a research farm.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is the centre of excellence for professional teaching and learning at UCD.

In this regard there are 4 strategic objectives -

  • To develop new programmes reflecting innovative development and delivery.
  • To increase the number and range of programmes.
  • To increase the number of students and the quality of their experience.
  • To improve strategic partnerships with academic, industry, business and professional bodies - nationally and internationally.

CPE offers professional development education - which is focused on satisfying the learning needs of professionals - and provides the latest thinking and theory in specialist areas, including best practices and practical guidance for the implementation of EU directives. The uniqueness of the CPE courses is the combination of a professional qualification with university accreditation - in areas often supported or driven by European legislation.

CPE manages the design, delivery and promotion of courses - which are directed by UCD and external academics and experts - and works closely with individual organisations, industry sectors and professional bodies in developing programmes. The Centre is a leader in its field, using innovative technology and flexible learning methods to deliver these programmes and has delivered health and safety training by satellite to sites around the country for the past ten years.

Typically, CPE students are graduates returning after a number of years in practice to fast-track up-skilling and/or career enhancement.

They are professionals who are trying to deal with planned change and emergent change and they are preparing themselves to deal with these events by up-skilling.

In the new professional paradigm, personal development and organisational learning must be addressed coherently.

Career shifts for professionals require them to fine-tune their expertise in a particular area. Currently, there are approximately 1,000 students enrolled in accredited Continuing Professional Education courses. Students are awarded certificates, diplomas, bachelor or master degrees across many broad areas, including -

Mediation Studies
World Heritage Management
Landscape Architecture
EIA Management
Sports Management
Safety and Health
Disability Studies, etc.



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