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How to Apply - Postgraduate


Postgraduate Application in Ireland

Applying to study in Ireland could not be easier for postgraduate students – wherever you are from.  Whether you are an EU or a non-EU postgraduate student, all you have to do is apply directly to the international office in your preferred higher education institute.

However, some higher education institutes will ask you to apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre. Don’t panic.  This sounds more difficult than it actually is and their website has clear guidance on just what to do.

EU Applicants
Non EU Applicants


English Language Requirements

If you have difficulty reading this, then maybe you should rethink your choice of course.

All postgraduate courses are given in English and students applying for degree courses must be able to speak, read and write the language fluently in order to take part in tutorials, seminar discussions and examinations.

If your native language is not English or your undergraduate education was not in English, then you will have to pass an approved test before registering for any course.


Level Required

Irish Leaving Certificate in EnglishOrdinary level grade D
GCSE English LanguageGrade C
GCE O-Level English LanguageGrade C
University of CambridgePass in Use of English Examination
TOEFL220 (computer-based test) 550 (paper-based test)
IELTSComposite score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any one component
Cambridge ProficiencyGrade C
Cambridge AdvancedGrade C
ARELS oral examinationsPass
PTE AcademicMinimum score of 63

Please note that test scores are only valid for 2 years.


Medicine: GAMSAT

If you are interested in applying for graduate entry medicine, you will need to do the GAMSAT examination. GAMSAT is a specific test developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for medical schools offering graduate-entry programmes. GAMSAT is required by all EU graduates applying for the 4 Year Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (GEP).