"Dr Brian O'Driscoll - that's really bizarre," Clontarf man O'Driscoll said. "There are a couple doctors in our house already, but of the medical variety, and I'm sure my sisters are going to be giving me plenty of ribbing about that."
He said he was humbled to be getting such a prestigious honour. "As someone who plies their trade in a team capacity I wouldn't say I'm always fully comfortable to be singled out for individual praise but I'm not going to lie to you, this feels pretty good."
He also thanked his family and team mates but said "I would absolutely expect when I go into camp later on tonight for them to call me Dr O'Driscoll".
The rugby player was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy at DCU, the highest award the university our the college can bestows.
In his citation for Brian O'Driscoll, DCU's Deputy President Jim Dowling said the Dubliner was "rounded and grounded, a true role model for youth in Ireland". He was a "man of honour who has made such a positive impact on the Irish stage and will no doubt continue to do do in the next phase of his life."