Examining the life cycle of students – from first year to graduation – is imperative for delivering an evidence base on the challenges and barriers to completing a degree in Ireland. These analyses provide useful insight into the national evidence base on why some students do not complete their original course of study. The most recent data explores completion rates across sectors, institutes, fields of study and student cohorts.

The latest publication available focuses on undergraduates entering higher education in 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11.

The most recent publications and reports can be found below: 

  • View the latest Completion rates here

  • An Analysis of Completion in Irish Higher Education: 2008/09 - 2010/11 Entrants

    Published: March 2021

    This report examines completion in Irish Higher Education and follows on from previous PDF reports on progression in Higher Education. The purpose of this report is to identify the overall rate of completion across a wide range of student and institutional level characteristics. As such, the report enables the identification of particular cohorts of students most at risk of not completing their degree.

    View report here

  • Detailed Dashboard of Completion in Irish Higher Education: 2008/09 - 2010/11 Entrants

    Published: March 2021

    The completion dashboard provides a wide array of in-depth insight into completion rates in Ireland. All charts are fully interactive for enhanced functionality.

    Find out more

Any reports published more than 3 years ago can be found at the below link.


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