St Patrick's College, Drumcondra

Dublin, Ireland
St Patricks College, a vibrant and innovative centre of excellence for undergraduate and postgraduate study, is situated centrally in Drumcondra Village within easy reach of Dublin City centre and conveniently accessible by public transport. While we have been at the centre of Irish life for almost a century and a half, our energy is firmly focussed on the future. We are a college of Dublin City University, one of Europes best young universities.



St Patrick's College was established in 1875 to meet the teacher training needs of a denominational primary school system. The College was initially based at numbers 1 & 2 Drumcondra Road, moving to its present site at Belvedere House in 1883. During the Presidency of Fr. Peter Byrne CM, in the 1880s and 1890s, an extensive building programme was undertaken.


  • We have a unique and vibrant culture on our campuses close to Dublin city centre.
  • We welcome energetic students to study a wide range of courses across our campuses and to discover new subjects, new experiences, new friends, new challenges and new opportunities
  • The DCU Institute of Education represents the largest body of expertise in education in Ireland. As a student of DCU's Institute of Education you will have access to more opportunities in Teacher Education than any other Irish institution. You will study in a context characterised by innovation and development, scholarship, research and excellence in teaching and learning.


Research and Centers

  • Centre for Children's Literature and Culture Studies, English Department
  • Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education ( closed, but site still available)
  • Centre for Human Rights & Citizenship Education
  • Centre for Human Development
  • Educational Disadvantage Centre
  • Educational Research Centre
  • Assessment for Learning and Teaching Project Centre (ALTpc)
Projects and Units
  • Fibonacci Project Ireland
  • TeachNet


We provide an inclusive service to support, guide and empower students to make informed career decisions to maximise your personal and professional development. The Careers Service welcomes all undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Glasnevin, St Patrick's and Mater Dei campuses.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Humanities (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)


Student services

Student support services:

  • Student Advisory Service / Central Services
  • Access
  • Disability & Learning Support
  • Careers
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counselling & Personal Development
  • Sports Development
  • Student Health
  • Student Learning
  • Financial Assistance Service

Housing services

  • No one wants to live too far away from campus. Besides the commuting, you might miss out on much of the enjoyment that is university life. In total, there are over 1,200 rooms distributed between the Glasnevin (c1,000 rooms) and St Patrick's campuses (240 rooms) for all undergraduate students.
  • For those who want to live on campus, DCU offers the following styles & locations of campus accommodation.

Student Life

Campus life

The main College buildings house a range of facilities including inter alia large, medium and small lecture theatres, teaching and seminar rooms, College chapel, student canteen and dining room, large auditorium, well stocked library, IT facilities, Education Resource Centre, modern gymnasium, art rooms, language lab, and student residences for 300 students.