Ireland - Application Process

When to Apply

Application deadlines vary greatly depending on the institution and the study programme. The majority of closing dates for postgraduate courses are usually in the second semester of the academic year. It is important that you check the specific application deadline for your chosen course, usually available in the online prospectus.

Some universities such as NUI Galway and University College Dublin do not set specific closing dates for their courses. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until the programme is filled. Therefore, you are advised to check the initial date when applications should be submitted and apply as soon as possible.

Research Master’s students are often required to send their applications within a specific period of time during the year, for example from September to March for application to Trinity College Dublin.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to hold Bachelor’s degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant field of study for entry into most taught postgraduate courses. Some postgraduate programme applicants are required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

How to Apply

In most cases, you can apply directly to your preferred higher education institute, either using their website or sending your application by post.

However, a number of Irish Institutions, including DCU, NUI Galway, UCC and DIT, CIT, GMIT and WIT will ask you to apply via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie). PAC manages postgraduate applications for these institutions, but they make all admission decision. The application fee is €50 for each Institution you apply for.