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Graduate Programmes

UCD welcomes applications from Chinese students to our graduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD graduate programmes, how to apply, what the visa requirements are, fees, scholarships and who to contact for further information.


UCD offers unparalleled choice in Graduate studies

University College Dublin has a thriving graduate community of some 6,800 students who work and learn on two world-class campuses, and in numerous associated research and teaching institutions. Through our seven Colleges, UCD offers Ireland’s most diverse range of graduate opportunities. Programmes are led by academic experts and offer students unparalleled choice at all levels. UCD offers Doctoral Programmes, taught and research masters, graduate diploma and certificate programmes and higher diplomas in more than 290 areas of study. Our taught programmes are modularised to facilitate access, continuing professional development and life-long learning. For further information for Chinese students interested in PhD programmes please see the UCD China Research microsite.

Practical information

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Graduate Entry Requirements

Holders of Bachelors and Masters Degrees with good grades from competitive and well ranked universities and colleges in China can be considered for entry to graduate degrees at UCD.

Taught Masters – Academic 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 this case relevant work experience may be a requirement.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

Research Masters - Academic Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a Research 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.  In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

PhD Programmes - Academic Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter one of UCD’s PhD programmes, a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree.  In some cases, a Master’s degree may also be required. In certain cases, a candidate may be able to provide other evidence to the School in order to satisfy the entry requirements of the programme.

It is recommended that applicants interested in research at Masters and PhD level should, in the first place, read the information available on the UCD website .

Secondly, applicants should review the website of the relevant School and College to ensure they are fully informed about the research objectives of the academic course concerned.  Prior to submitting an application it is essential that candidates make contact with potential supervisors.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

English Language Requirements

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 through a recognised English language test, as outlined below.

Please note:

  • Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree course.
  • Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted. For further advice please contact UCD Admissions ( to check if we will accept it. When enquiring, please inform the Admissions Office of: the name, level and date of the qualification; the country in which it was taken; and the scores you obtained. If possible, please send a scanned copy of the certificate and transcripts (if available) showing as much as possible of the information above.

UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University

  • A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +.
  • In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
  • A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

Some courses require a higher level of English language competency. Please check with the relevant UCD School. 

For further advice please visit the English Language Requirements website, or contact UCD Admissions.


How to Apply

To apply for a graduate programme please consult your local approved educational agent.  If you apply through an educational agent, your application will be free of charge (with the exception of the MBA program). Your counsellor will advise you and help you fill out the form. This will then be returned to UCD International and processed quickly.

You can also apply directly using the online application system.

Please note that applications are accepted from October of the previous year of study and candidates will usually be notified of the status of their application within 4 weeks of application. 

Waiting for your results from an IELTS or TOEFL test?

In certain cases a ‘conditional offer’ may be made while you are waiting on your English language results. You would need to submit a copy of your IELTS or TOEFL test report form, detailing that you have met minimum English language competency in order to meet the conditions of the offer letter.

Visa Information

Do I need a Visa?

Yes – please apply early as Chinese students require a study visa.  Please see the Irish Embassy in China website and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website for further information.

Visa Office Contact Details


Please note that the Visa Office is located separately from the Embassy in Beijing

Please refer to the Irish Embassy in China website for a map to the Beijing Visa Office.

Embassy of Ireland , Visa Office 
Ta Yuan Diplomatic Office Building 2-11-1 
14 Liang Ma He Nan Lu 
Chaoyang District 
Beijing , 100600 
People's Republic of China

Telephone: + 86 10 65326945 / 65326971 / 72 / 73
Fax: + 86 10 65326956 

The Visa inquiry helpline is available from 14:30-16:30 Monday to Friday. Please dial the above number and press 4 when indicated.

The Visa Office is open to the public from 09:30 – 12:00; 14:30 – 16:00 Monday to Friday.

The Visa Office, Beijing accepts applications from the Peoples Republic of China and Mongolia

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Consulate General of Ireland , 
Suite 700A , Shanghai Centre, 
1376 Nanjing Road West 
Shanghai 200040, 
People's Republic of China

Tel: + 86 21 62798729 
Fax: + 86 21 62798739

The Shanghai Consulate General is open to the public from 09:30 – 12:30 Monday to Friday.
Telephone enquiries are only accepted in the afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday. 

The Shanghai Consulate General only accepts visa applications from Shanghai , Zhejiang , Anhui , Jiangxi or Jiangsu .

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Making a visa application

Typically it is necessary for applicants to provide the following information when applying for a visa 

  • Valid passport number
  • Date of issue and expiry of passport
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Letter from the University indicating that you have been offered a place in UCD
  • Letter from University indicating that the fees have been paid in full

Note: The Irish Government will only issue a student visa to students who have paid their tuition fees in full or paid a minimum deposit to the value of €6,000. Please ensure that you have paid and received a receipt to the value of the minimum visa payment requirement of €6,000, so as to avoid visa refusal on the basis of incomplete tuition fee payment.

UCD would encourage you to use our new payment facility - “PaytoStudy”. This facility is especially useful for International Students who require a VISA to travel and/or study. This service is provided by PaytoStudy and any queries relating to payments should be directed to PaytoStudy.

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living and other expenses for the proposed stay - show that you have enough money to support yourself while in Ireland (bank account statements for six months previously, evidence of access to €7,000, sponsorship letter etc.)

A new pilot project by INIS allows you to lodge an amount of €7,000 to an ‘education bond’. Please refer to the INIS website for further details.

  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • show evidence of language proficiency. INIS requires IELTS of 5 but UCD generally require IELTS of 6.5.

Application Forms / On-Line Applications

A new on-line visa application system is now operational in China.

Visa applicants should fill out their application form on-line before delivering their supporting documents to the Visa Office. Please refer to our Study Visa Information page for further details.

On-line applications can be made on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.

The page may take some time to load. Please be patient. Once the page has loaded, click “Apply Now” at the top left of the page to begin the application process.

All questions within the online application are in English and must be answered in English.

Help tips will be available in certain fields which will explain what information is being sought.

You will need to print a summary of your application form as part of the on-line application process. You will therefore need the ability to print from the computer on which you complete your application.

You should have the following information at hand before you apply:

             1. Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue / expiry

             2. Details of any previous Irish visa applications

             3. Contact details for your host in Ireland

             4. Itinerary

During the application process you can save your application, exit the online form and return later to complete and submit it (within 30 days).

Following submission of your online application you will be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee, and all supporting documents, to the relevant Consulate / Visa Office in China.

Please check General Information for All Visa Types for details of the required documentation, appropriate office, the fee payable, and the method of payment accepted.

A comprehensive guide is available to help you complete your on-line application form. Please thoroughly read this guide before applying. Click on the links below to view the guide in your preferred language.

English version

Chinese version

Schengen visa or UK D visa

Please note that a Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

Arrival in Ireland – At the Airport

All non-EU/EEA citizens, whether visa-required or not, are subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry/airport.

Please note:

  • The Immigration Officer makes the decision on who is actually allowed to enter Ireland.
  • He/she will stamp your passport for either one or three months.
  • This means you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau within the time limit stamped on the passport

To ensure you have no difficulties, we recommend that you have the following documents ready to show to the officer.

  • Passport (with entry visa if appropriate)
  • Letter of Acceptance from University College Dublin
  • Evidence of tuition fees paid or scholarship details if applicable
  • Evidence of private medical health insurance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Full information on fees for specific programmes can be found on the UCD Fees page.

Scholarships and Funding

UCD CSC Scholarship Scheme

University College Dublin (UCD) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China have established a unique scholarship scheme to assist Chinese students to pursue PhD programmes in UCD.

Please visit the UCD CSC website for further detail.

The Government of Ireland Scholarships for China

The  fully funded Government of Ireland scholarships is available to graduate students from China, for the academic year 2015-2016, who have successfully gained a place on a 1 year Taught Masters Programme.

Each scholarship will entitle the successful student to a full fee waiver at his/her Irish university, as well as a stipend of €10,000 to cover living expenses for the year.

Further details and how to apply please visit the Irish Universities Association website.

UCD Research Funding

Students are advised to contact the UCD School in which they are interested in studying to ask about current funding possibilities.

You can also visit UCD Graduate Studies Funding webpage for more information.

Government of Ireland Research Scholarships in Science, Engineering and Technology

Graduate research scholarships are available to up to 150 outstanding students in Science, Engineering and Technology, from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). A formal call for submissions from interested students is advertised in national newspapers in late January and funding will be available for the following academic year.

Further details and how to apply please refer for the Irish Research Council website. 

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research.  SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are likely to generate new knowledge, cutting edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the three broad areas of Biotechnology; Information & Communications Technology (ICT); and Sustainable Energy & Energy Efficient Technologies (Energy).

Further details and how to apply please refer to the Science Foundation Ireland website

Meet Us in China

We regularly visit China with academics from the University to meet with potential students. Come along and meet us, and we'll be happy to discuss any questions you have about living and studying in Dublin.

For details of upcoming visits, see our Meet UCD page. 

Agents in Your Country

UCD International works closely with a number of education representatives (also known as agents or counsellors) around the world, who can help you find out more information about our university, our programmes and entry requirements, as well as provide guidance on the application process. These agents have the most up-to-date information on the admission process, availability of scholarships as well as visa application. Please see list of agents available to you in your country:



Beijing URSELF Information Consulting Co., Ltd.
Room 5410, No.4 Building,
Xiyuan Hotel,
No.1 San Li He Road,
Haidian District,
Beijing, 100044,





Chivast Education International
Level  9&12,
Office Building B
New World Centre
No.3 Chingwenmenwai Street
P.R China

Contact: Shirley Liang
Tel: +86 10 6708 1731



Zhaolong Go-Abroad Affairs Service Center, No. 8 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District,
Beijing, 100020, China

Contact: Kelly Chen
Tel: +86 10 5870 2182



Ireland Education Services Centre
Rm 1605 Block D,
Pufa Plaza 1759#
North Zhongshan Rd
Shanghai 200061 

Contact: Kenny Yang
Tel: +86 21 6089 5105



Smith Education
A2001, Zhongshang Plaza Office Building
No.7 Zhongnan Road
Wuchang District
Wuhan CityChina

Contact: Michelle Liu
Tel: +86 27 87738956



The North Tower of SOHO Shangdu,

No.8 Dongdaqiao Rd,

Chaoyang District,


Tel: 86-10-5870 0208




Contact Us

Ms Bei Gao

Regional Manager - China

Tel: +353 1 716 8542
Fax: +353 1 716 1165


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