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Why Ireland for education?

Commitment to excellence in education

A commitment to achieving the highest standards in education is embedded deeply within the Irish culture and tradition. Graduates of the Irish education system have a proven track record in excelling across all fields of industry, and our reputation as a global leader in education and career development is the reason why so many international students have chosen Ireland as the location to realise their educational aspirations and enhance their career prospects.

  • Ireland's higher education system is ranked as one of the top 25 worldwide.
  • Ireland was ranked first in the world at the International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015.
  • Ireland ranks in the top 10 globally for higher education achievement and quality of education according to the IMD Competitiveness Yearbook 2016 and WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016.
  • At 65%, Ireland has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world.
  • Ireland is ranked 17th in the world for research and publications output of its colleges in the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems 2016. 
  • Ireland ranks first in Europe for the completion of third-level education.

Education in Ireland

Home to research and innovation 

Ireland is widely recognised as a global leader in driving innovative practices in research across all sectors. A dedication to enabling continuous research and discovery has created an environment for leading international investors to choose Ireland as their base for widespread research activities. In recent years, Ireland has witnessed a significant increase in this investment due to improved support systems and greater collaboration amongst academic, industry and State agencies leading to an internationally renowned research environment. All of which means excellent work placement opportunitues for RCSI MPharm students and unparalleled career possibilities for our graduates. 

  • The pharmaceutical industry is one of the key areas of research in Ireland.
  • €8.2 billion has been invested into research by the Irish Government.
  • Ireland is ranked 7th out of 128 countries in the 2016 Global Innovation Index.
  • Ireland is 14th in global rankings for the quality of scientific research, but 2nd overal for chemistry, nanotechnology and immunology.
  • Ireland was ranked as the most competitive country in the Eurozone in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016.
  • Ireland's research reputation and influence cited as key reasons for RCSI's ranking as one of the world's top 50 institutions for ‘International Outlook' (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2015).

pharmaceutical research

International reputation in pharmaceutics

The pharmaceutical industry is one of Ireland's most innovative, productive and dynamic sectors. Ireland plays an integral role in the development of new pharmaceutical practices and technologies used in health research and patient care globally. Ireland's status as a leader in pharmaceutical enterprise has produced a strong support system which is used in pharmacy education in Ireland and has created an ideal backdrop to the training of future pharmacy professionals.

  • Nine of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world are based in Ireland.
  • 120 pharmaceutical companies operate within Ireland.
  • Ireland is the 8th largest producer of pharmaceuticals in the world.


For further information on furthering your education and career prospects in Ireland, please visit Education In Ireland

Statistics courtesy of IDA Ireland.