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Taught Programmes

Graduate taught programmes, such as Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas or taught MA or MSc programmes, the majority of the programmes will consist of taught modules, often with the addition of a large thesis or dissertation module for Master's level programmes.


Taught graduate programmes have associated  levels assigned to them in accordance with the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). For further information please see


Higher Diploma - Level 8 (60 Credits)

The Higher Diploma is normally awarded following completion of a programme of 1 year duration. Progress and transfer routes include transferring to programmes leading to Masters degree/Postgraduate Diploma. These are often referred to as conversion programmes as they allow the student to gain knowledge in an area not covered by their undergraduate degree. 

Graduate Diploma - Level 9 (60-80 Credits)

The Graduate Diploma is normally awarded following completion of a programme of 1 year duration. Progression and transfer routes include exemptions from a programme leading to a Masters Degree or in certain instances it can be offered as a completely separate programme. 

Masters - Level 9 (90-120 Credits)

The taught Masters Degree is awarded following completion of a programme of one to two years duration. Some of the progression and transfer routes include progression to programmes leading to Doctoral degrees.


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On acceptance to a graduate programme students are required to pay fees.  For specific information on the fees for your chosen course of study, please visit: You can pay fees through our online payment facility during the registration process or alternatively you can order a Fee Payment form/bank giro within SIS while registering online. Please note that if you choose this method of payment, you need to allow five working days for the bank payment to show on your student fees account. Fee Payment Dates are available on our website.


Further information on fees can be found at the following links:


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Student Centre Levy

In additon to fees you must also pay the Student Centre Levy of €183.00 (2013 levy, may be subject to change)



Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry.

For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available in some cases. In addition, many Master’s programmes have an associated Diploma course which, if passed at an appropriate honours level, may provide part of the necessary academic qualification for entry. In this case relevant work experience may be an essential requirement.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit may be awarded within a programme for certificated or experiential prior learning, achieved outside of that programme. This credit will, subject to the approval of the Programme Board, count towards progression and programme credit accumulation requirements. For further information please see the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy Document.


Supporting Documents
After you submit your online application, a list of required documents will be emailed to you. The documentation required varies depending on the programme you have applied for.

  • References:
    Certain programmes will look for references that are able to provide details about your academic abilities and motivation. In some cases there will be specific referee forms available on the School site, however, in cases where references are required, the more normal request is for the referee to provide a letter of reference in his/her own words. UCD comes under the terms of the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003. In the context of the Online Applications system, this means that an applicant can request any documentation presented as part of the applications process, including sealed references sent directly by the referee to the institution.
  • Personal Statement/Suitability Statement:
    The most important thing is to explain why you are applying for your particular programme: what attracts you to that subject area, how your studies and/or work experience has influenced you, career plans etc. The UCD Supporting Statement should also include details of any work experience. You can prepare your answers offline and copy and paste them in subsequently. You can enter a maximum of 32,000 characters in answer to any one question. If your answers are more than 2,000 characters in length you must save them in a word document which you can then upload after your application has been submitted, otherwise your answers will not be visible to the assessors.
  • Transcripts:
    A transcript is a document that states the results of all the subjects of all years that you did in your degree. Please note that the transcript is not the parchment that you would have received in your graduation. If you do not have a transcript, you can request this from your University. If you have sent us a copy of a parchment, please note that ‘transcript’ will not be marked as received on your checklist.

The preferred method of document submission is via the upload facility which is available once the application has been submitted. Alternatively, documents may be sent as hardcopy to Martin Hurley, Online Applications, Tierney Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


Language Proficiency
Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined at the following link: