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Tuition Costs EU (postgraduate)


Average tuition fees for 2022/2023 for postgraduate, E.U. students at a higher education institution in Ireland are as follows:


Course Average Fees


Medicine & RelatedFrom €18,000 to €32,000
EngineeringFrom €9,950 to €25,000
Science & TechnologyFrom €9,950 to €27,000
Arts & HumanitiesFrom €9,950 to €19,000
BusinessFrom  €9,000 to €34,500

Graduate students ordinarily resident* in the EU/EEA/ Swiss Confederation** for a minimum of 3 years prior to registration may be entitled to pay fees at the standard EU rate

Graduate students who are not, or have not been, ordinarily resident* for the minimum required period in the EU/EEA/ Swiss Confederation must pay tuition fees at the non-EU (International) rate.


*Ordinarily resident  means being resident in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation for a minimum of 183 days in any one calendar year for a minimum of 3 years 

**EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation click here for a list of countries


From September 2014, an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss student who has spent at least five years in primary school or second level school in Ireland can avail of EU fee rates.

If you do not qualify for EU fees you can be charged non-EU fees. Each third-level educational institution sets its own fee rates. You should contact the ones you are interested in to find out more about their fees.

Following the Minister for Education’s announcement  17 March 2014 regarding changes to how third level fees for the children of Irish emigrants will be assessed, the current position is as follows:

  • The planned changes apply to new undergraduate entrants from the 2014/15 academic session onwards.
  • This does not affect the rules governing entitlement to free fees for undergraduate study. The planned changes relate to students being eligible for the EU fee rate rather than the Non-EU fee for their programme.  
  • Documentary evidence of completion of at least five academic years of study in the EU/EEA/Switzerland (at either primary or post-primary) will be required by the University. e.g. confirmation/certification from the schools attended.