Students attending HEA institutions


Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Key information

New entrants, undergraduates and postgraduates, classified by institution, sex, age, field of study, year of study, full-time/part-time, residence type, county of residence and country of origin.


Annual statistical returns by HEA institutions to the HEA. Scope


Students attending accredited third-level programmes in the following HEA-funded institutions: the universities, institutes of technology, St Patrick's College, Mary Immaculate College, National College of Art and Design, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Mater Dei Institute, St. Angelas College Sligo.



Reference period

Academic year

Start date



One year after the end of the reference period


  • County
    The 26 geographic counties of Ireland plus the 6 geographic counties of Northern Ireland
  • Country of origin
    Individual country.
  • Age
    <18 years; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25-29; 30+ years.
  • Third level institution
    UCD, UCC NUI Galway, TCD, NUI Maynooth, DCU, St Patrick's College, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, National College of Art and Design, Royal College of Surgeons, Mater Dei Institute.
  • Field of study
    Over 100 separate fields of study are distinguished, grouped into 10 broad categories: General programmes; Education science; Humanities and arts; Social sciences, business and law; Science; Engineering, manufacturing and construction; Agriculture; Health and welfare; Services; Combined.
  • Course type
    Full-time; Part-time; PhD; Masters; Degree; Diploma; Certificate; Combined; Occasional.
  • Residence type
    College accommodation (including off-campus); Lodgings and hostels; Own home; Parental home; Rented accommodation.


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