The Best STEM Degrees in Ireland

STEM Degrees at Universities in Ireland

Posted 23 December 2022 Employability STEM Careers

STEM jobs are critical for a country’s economic growth, and STEM graduates play an increasingly significant role in enhancing its prosperity and wealth. Research (based on the UK economy) indicates that there will be almost 142,000 STEM jobs by 2023, double the growth in jobs compared to other fields.

Demand for STEM Graduates from Ireland

According to the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D report released by the University of Limerick, Ireland has a higher number of STEM graduates than other EU nations, i.e. 35% compared to an EU average of 19%. Due to the high demand for STEM professionals worldwide, many students are interested in studying STEM degrees in Ireland at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Graduate recruiters and university representatives at an event in London suggested that despite the ample availability of STEM graduates, companies find it challenging to recruit them for technical jobs. Almost 95% of Association of Graduate Recruiters members expressed difficulty in recruiting STEM graduates. Some recruiters believe that many STEM graduates do not find technical jobs attractive enough and look for other options.

Scope for STEM Graduates in Ireland

Ireland is a hub for Technology, MedTech, BioPharma and Finance multinationals, which have a huge scope for STEM professional recruitment. As a result, many Irish universities offer unique programmes with high-level industry collaboration to help bridge the gap between demand and supply of skilled STEM graduates and also to bring more females into the STEM workforce. Similarly other countries like the US, UK, China and India also have a huge demand for STEM graduates.

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Best Career Options for STEM Graduates

The Best Jobs for STEM Graduates 2023

The demand for STEM graduates is high across all sectors. There are ample job opportunities for graduates who hold the right degree, specialisation and skills. STEM degrees offer long-term career prospects with high salaries, low unemployment rates and better growth opportunities.

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Employment Growth

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Information Security Analysts



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Medical Scientist / Epidemiologist



Top Five Universities in Ireland to Study STEM

Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin has a unique 425-year-old history. It was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and of Cambridge and is one of the ancient universities of Britain and Ireland, as well as Ireland's oldest university.

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is a medical professional university in central Dublin. It was established in 1784 as Ireland’s first private university for the surgical branch of medicine in the country.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin’s vision is to be known worldwide as Ireland’s Global University; in terms of the comprehensive range of disciplines, the reach and impact of research and innovation, and a holistic educational experience.

University College Cork

University College Cork is a comprehensive university with more than 22,000 students. There are approx 3,500 international students representing 100-plus countries worldwide and UCC offers over 120 degree and professional programmes.

University of Galway

The University of Galway was the Sunday Times University of the Year 2022 and has a growing global reputation based on the quality of teaching and the global impact of its research.

Popular STEM Degrees





Study in Ireland

If you want to learn more about studying for a STEM degree in Ireland, arrange a free consultation with SI-Ireland today.

Universities featured in this article:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • University of Galway
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