Academic Entry Requirements
Entry requirements for courses may vary from year to year, depending on the number of places available and the number of applicants, so there is a great deal of competition for the more popular programmes. Irish students compete for entry based on results achieved in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination. Students are graded on their six best subject scores.
The International Bacculaureate (IB) Diploma is also accepted as meeting the minimum entry requirement for higher education programmes, provided due notice is taken of the various grades and combinations of subjects indicated in the current published entry requirements. Specific programme and faculty requirements must be met at all institutions. All applications are assessed individually and the Diploma does not guarantee admission. Individual institutions may stipulate requirements additional to the minimum required.
English Language Requirement
A good grasp of the English language is essential for students whose first language is not English. You need to be able to understand, converse and write English well as it is the language of instruction at all Irish institutions of higher education.
Students must show a proficiency in English to be accepted for a degree programme. Good news - many universities and colleges provide English language training courses for students hoping to study with them. There are also over 100 private English language training schools nationwide which run short and long-term courses.
The list below indicates the minimum standards in English which should be met. In certain circumstances, results in examinations other than those outlined below may be accepted as proof of ability.
|Irish Leaving Certificate in English||Ordinary level grade D|
|GCSE English Language||Grade C|
|GCE O-Level English Language||Grade C|
|University of Cambridge||Pass in Use of English Examination|
|TOEFL||220 (computer-based test) 550 (paper-based test)|
|IELTS||Composite score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any one component|
|Cambridge Proficiency||Grade C|
|Cambridge Advanced||Grade A|
|ARELS oral examinations||Pass|
|PTE Academic||Minimum score of 36|
If you are interested in applying to study medicine in Ireland, please note that you will have to do the HPAT assessment test which was introduced for EU students applying for undergraduate medicine in the medical schools in Ireland. The score achieved in the HPAT-Ireland examination will be added to the Leaving Certificate points to create a total points score. Students will be eligible to compete for undergraduate medicine places provided they achieve a minimum of 480* points AND meet the matriculation requirements of the Medical School [Link to a PDF document for HPAT]
*subject to change year on year.
For all non-EU applicants please contact the International Office in the college you are interested in applying to.