DCU STEM subjects see huge rise in CAO applications

Ellen Fitzpatrick

DCU has also seen a steady rise in humanities and language related courses in the CAO figures that were released on March 9th.

DCU has seen a rise in those wanting to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) based subjects, according to the first preference CAO applications.

DCU has also seen a steady rise in humanities and language-related courses in the CAO figures that were released on March 9th.

Over 73,000 people applied to the CAO this year which has seen an increase of 391 people since 2018.

“We are delighted to see the growth in applications for DCU’s STEM, Humanities and Language options, which shows the strength of our offering across a wide spectrum,” said DCU President Brian MacCraith.

Applications to engineering programmes are up nationally by 11 per cent while in the university. These figures have risen by 23 per cent for Common Entry Engineering and 13 per cent for Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Science and health-based undergraduate programmes have also seen a huge rise in applications, with 58 per cent rise in Psychology, 43 per cent in Actuarial Mathematics and 29 per cent in Analytical Science, showing an increased interest in these areas.

“The continued popularity of DCU reflects the university’s reputation for an excellent learning experience and high levels of employability,” MacCraith said.

Humanities nationally increased by 41 per cent, while languages rose by 20 per cent.

The new DCU language course, Bachelor of Education in Irish Sign Language, saw 16 first preference applications. The course allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use Irish Sign Language to enter primary teaching.

The highest increase for humanities-based courses was in the BA in Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation, which saw a 95 per cent increase in applications, double the figure from the previous year.

Law and politics courses also saw a sharp increase with the Bachelor of Civil Law (Law & Society) up 19 per cent. The Joint Honors with Politics also saw a rise in applications with it rising by 35 per cent.

“DCU is number one in Dublin, and in the top two nationally, according to the HEA’s latest graduate employability rankings. I have no doubt this is also a strong consideration for students when choosing DCU,” MacCraith added.

Although these courses each rose in applications, arts-based courses dropped by 6 per cent nationally with fewer Northern Irish and British applications yet an increase in those coming from the EU.

Ellen Fitzpatrick

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