The mission of the University of Limerick [UL] is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the real challenges of tomorrow. The vision is to be internationally known as an institution that provides outstanding student experiences, actively engages in research and is globally and locally connected in terms of its contribution to economic, social and cultural life. This vision is underpinned by a number of core values. The first is to provide an outstanding and distinctive experience for every one of our students to enable them to become knowledgeable, skilled and confident graduates. UL seeks to produce critical-thinking, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial graduates who will be leaders in society and will exhibit strong ethical, cultural and community-focused values. The second strategic goal is to further enhance our research profile and strengthen the impact of our research, both nationally and internationally. Our third strategic goal is to sharpen our international focus in all areas of activity. We will do this by connecting to the global environment in ways that allow us to compete internationally for the best students and staff and develop our research and teaching programmes to the highest international standards. We will provide students with experiences that instil the spirit of European and global citizenship. UL draws on international experience and best practice in order to contribute to the development of the region and the nation. The final strategic goal is to be renowned for the excellence of our contribution to the economic, educational, social and cultural life of Ireland in general and the Shannon region in particular. We will continue to lead collaboration among educational institutions in the region and contribute to stimulating growth in indigenous enterprises and foreign direct investment.
The University of Limerick has a strong International reputation and this is carried through to the Design@UL programmes. Each programme has independent links with international academic institutions and industry. A large number of students across all faculties avail of study abroad opportunities with over 38 international academic partners offering exchange programmes for UG and PG students. Research links with these academic partners allow for the internationalisation of the curriculum, while strong international industry links ensure the research is applied and transferrable. Specific partnerships and relationships with Art Center College of Design, Unitec New Zealand, TU Delft, Aalto University, Loughborough Design School, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northwestern University, KTH Stockholm, Sweden; Ecole d’Architecture de Nantes, France; Sheffield-Hallam University, University of Strathclyde, University of Amsterdam, University of Siegen, University of Trento, Aarhus University, ITU Copenhagen, Stuttgart University, RWTH Aachen, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Waag Society, Ecole d’Architecture de Montpellier, France; Hafencity University Hamburg, Germany; UdK (Univeristy of Arts) Berlin, Germany; Schools of Architecture Granada, Spain have led to Design@UL innovations in both teaching and research. UL is also partner in the EM2STEM Erasmus Mundus programme, with SAUL being the only architecture programme on offer as part of this exchange programme on entrepreneurship and management training in science, technology, engineering & mathematics with West Balkan universities. SAUL is also a member of the Aedes Campus Network Berlin (ACNB).
Design@UL has a rich culture of collaboration with other academic institutions, corporations and government agencies in ways that support mutually beneficial activities. A number of Design-led research and teaching initiatives have allowed the relatively new courses under the Design@UL umbrella to engage with external partners on both local and national levels. These types of partnerships have led to explorations in areas as diverse as mobility, governance, bio-medical device design, health and well-being, community and regeneration, education and new product development. Sustained initiatives such Smarter Travel, The Intelligence Unit, Adaptive Governance Lab, miLKlabs (the Limerick maker space), Bio-Innovate Fellowship Programme, ReForm Sustainable Design Forum and Design Week Limerick have stemmed from the links. These initiatives have been strengthened by close links with Local Regional Authorities and Government Agencies such as: Limerick City and County Council; Mid-West Regional Authority, Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development. Design@UL has strong industry links with multi-national companies located in Ireland as well as indigenous companies ranging from start-ups, to SME’s and larger corporations. Each year Real-World’ studio projects partner students with industry representatives where briefs are worked through and designs developed to meet the specifications of the ‘client’. Industry partners include: Logitech, Medtronic, Stryker, IQ Content, GraphicMint, MeadWestVaco, Driessen Aerospace and Shortts Engineering. The courses under Design@UL have continuing connections with other local and national academic institutions including Limerick School of Art and Design, NCAD, Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Galway and IT Carlow.
The primary focus of Design@UL is to harness collective and individual creative talents to develop objects, systems and landscapes that shape our future. Design@UL incorporates the BSc. courses of Product Design + Technology, Digital and Interactive Media Design and the School of Architecture’s [SAUL] BArch. in Architecture. PhDs and Masters by Research, a new Masters in Architecture and Bioinnovate Fellowship programmes have all broadened the Design@UL offerings into the Postgraduate realm.
faculties and departments
Product Design + Technology, Dept. of Design and Manufacturing Technology. Architecture, School of Architecture UL [SAUL]. Digital and Interactive Media Design, Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems.
bachelor level programs
B.Sc. Product Design + Technology, 4 years. B.Arch Architecture, 5 years. B.Sc. Digital Media Design, 4 years.
master level programs
Masters of Architecture M.Arch, 2 years (commencing Sept 2014) Masters of Architecture M.Arch (graduate entry), 3 years (commencing Sept 2014). MA/MSc. in Interactive Media, 1 year.
research activity and main areas
Design Thinking; Human Factors; Sustainable Design; Design for Social Innovation; Bio-Medical Design; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Regeneration and Urban Renewal; Governance and Policy Making; Interactive Media; Design Education. Designing policies: architecture’s impact on planning and local governance; Innovative materials construction technologies and applications; Climate response and user influence on environmental controls; Architecture, Irish landscape and coastal regions. Digital Media research areas include Health Informatics, Patient-Centred Design, Co-Design, DIY, Digital Fabrication, Cultural Heritage, Social Media, Urban Informatics, Community Informatics, Auditory Interfaces and Sonification and Ubiquitous Computing.
doctorate level programsPhD by research
subject areas for exchange students
Product Design, Interaction Design, Introduction to Digital Media, HCI, CSCW, Interactive Multimedia and Architectural design.
30 June for Autumn semester and 31 October for the Spring semester.
Semester 1: 1 September to 16 December Semester 2: 27 January to 16 May.
cost of living per month (studying and living)€1020