Destination of Graduates


Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Key information

First destinations nine months after graduation by level of qualification and award level, relevance of qualification, salary by level of qualification, field of study, grade, region and gender, regional distribution of graduates, sectoral distribution of graduates, international graduates and education graduates.


Based on annual First Destinations Survey conducted by higher education institutions on behalf of the Higher Education Authority.


All graduates from HEA funded higher education institutions.



Reference period

Calendar year of graduation, e.g. 2015 graduates data available in 2016/2017.

Start date



Typically one and a half years after the end of the reference period


  • Economic status
    In employment in Ireland; In employment overseas; Further studies or training; Work experience schemes; Seeking employment; Unavailable for work or study.
  • Region
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Mid-West; Midland; South-East; South-West; West; Northern Ireland; Overseas.
  • County
    The 26 geographical counties.
  • Study or award level
    Level 6 (Higher or university certificate); Level 7 (Ordinary degree or university diploma); Level 8 (Honours degree); Level 9 (Postgraduate diploma); Level 9 (Masters taught); Level 9 (Masters research); Level 10 (PhD); Professional Masters in Education
  • Fields of Study
    Business, administration and law; Health and welfare; Arts and humanities; Engineering, manufacturing and construction; Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics; Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); Education; Social sciences, journalism and information; Services; Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary; Generic programmes and qualifications
  • Economic sector (of employment)
    Agriculture, forestry & fisheries; Manufacturing industries; Electricity, gas & water supply; Building & construction; Distribution; Business, finance & insurance services; Computing & software applications; Transport, storage & communications; Non-market services; Personal & recreational services; Professional services; with further breakdown for several of the categories.


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