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Pre-Masters 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.

Masters Pathways

We have developed agreements with many universities all over China. These universities, or Partner Institutions, have strengths in a number of areas, including Engineering, Life Sciences, Business, Sports Management and Law. These agreements mean that you can start Masters Programmes at UCD after graduating from your home institution.

Pathway One - September Start

3+1+1     4+1+1

Study for three years at your home University, undertake two semesters of preparatory study at UCD and then progress to a Masters programme at UCD. You get a Bachelors Degree from your home university and a Masters Degree from UCD. If you have already graduated you can also apply - 4+1+1.

Students who commence their studies in September, will take two English language modules with the UCD Applied Language Centre in both Semester I and Semester II. LANG00300 English for Academic Purposes (10 credits) and LANG00270 Advanced English in Use (10 credits) in Semester I. LANG00320 English for Academic Purposes II (10 credits) and LANG00280 English for Academic Writing (5 credits) in Semester II.

Pathway Two - January Start

3.5+0.5+1     4+0.5+1

Study for three and a half years at your home University, undertake one semester of preparatory study at UCD and then progress to a Masters programme at UCD. You get a Bachelors Degree from your home university and a Masters degree from UCD. If you have already graduated you can also apply - 4+0.5+1.

Students who commence their studies in January, will take two English language modules with the UCD Applied Language Centre in Semester II, LANG00320 English for Academic Purposes II (10 credits) and LANG00280 English for Academic Writing (5 credits).

Pathway Three - September Start

4+1

This option is available to you if you are able to show that you already have the required language, cultural and academic knowledge to do a Masters programme at UCD. You do a Masters programme at UCD and get a Masters Degree from UCD.

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Masters Programmes

Visit the UCD Graduate Studies website for a full list of Masters programmes. 

 

Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine

MSc Environmental Resource Management

MSc Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development

 

 Business

MSc Digital Marketing

MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance

MSc Finance

MSc Food Business Strategy

MSc in Human Resource Management

MSc in iBusiness - Innovation through ICT

MSc in International Business

MSc in Management

MSc in Management Consultancy

MSc in Marketing

MSc in Project Management

MSc in Quantitative Finance

MSc in Strategic Management Accounting

MSc in Strategic Management and Planning

MSc in Supply Chain Management

MSc in Business Analytics

 

 Engineering & Architecture

ME Biomedical Engineering

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering

ME Biosystems Engineering

MEngSc Chemical Engineering

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

ME Electrical Energy Engineering

MEngSc Electronic & Computer Engineering

MEngSc Energy Systems Engineering

MEngSc in Engineering Management

MSc Environmental Technology

MEngSc Food Engineering

ME Materials Science and Engineering

ME Mechanical Engineering

MEngSc Structural Engineering

MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technology

MEngSc Water Waste and Environmental Engineering

 

 Health Sciences

MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis

MSc Healthcare Informatics

MSc Sport & Exercise management (Exercise Management)

MSc Sport & Exercise Management (Golf Management)

 

 Human Sciences

MA Economics

MSc Environmental Policy

MEconSc European Public Affairs & Law

MA Geography

MA Geopolitics & Global Economy

MSc Human Rights

MA/MSc International Development

MA/MSc International Relations

MA/MSc Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict

MA/MSc Politics

Master of Public Policy

MA Regional & Urban Planning

MSocSc Sociology

 

 Law

LLM Commercial Law

LLM Criminology & Criminal Justice

LLM European Law & Public Affairs

LLM Human Rights Law

LLM International Commercial Law

LLM IP & IT Law

Law

 

 Science

MSc Applied Science (Science)

MSc in Biological and Biomolecular Science by Negotiated Learning

MSc Biotechnology

MSc Biotechnology & Business

MSc Chemistry

MSc Evolutionary Biology

MSc Mathematical Science

MSc Mathematics

MSc Nanobio Science

MSc Physics (Negotiated Learning)

MSc Plant Biology and Biotechnology

MSc Statistics

MSc World Heritage Management

 

 

 

Entry Criteria

English Language

You need to show proof of your English language ability. You will need one of the following: 

  • A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (with no component less than 5) for our September start (full year programme) (both 3+1+1 and 4+1+1) and 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5) for our January start (half year programme) (3.5+0.5+1/4+0.5+1).
  • Other similar exams recognised by UCD-see here for a detailed list of accepted english language exams

For programmes in Business, you need to get an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each section, before being allowed into the Masters programme. If you’re applying for Law and Human Science subjects, you should be aware that these subject areas need a higher level of English. If you want to enter the 4+1 programme, you’ll need a higher level of English. Individual Masters Programmes may set their own entry requirements

Academic Performance

You need to have an average mark of 75% or higher. For programmes in the Graduate School of Business, you must have an average mark of 80% or higher. If you don’t meet these requirements, we may consider your application as long as you can show other qualities which compensate.

Interview

We go to China twice a year to interview students, testing academic skills, as well as suitability for study at UCD. We may also need to interview you if you are already living in Ireland.

Supporting Documents

Certified English translations of University transcripts. Please send us the following documents:

  • Copies of English language certification
  • Personal statement, which should give details on the candidates background and interest in UCD
  • Application form

If you wish to apply for the 4+1 direct entry programme you will also need to send two academic reference letters

How to Apply

Please contact premasters@ucd.ie for information on programmes and how to apply. 

Fees

Fees for the preparatory element of each pathway are as follows:

  • 3+1+1/4+1+1: €10,500
  • 3.5+0.5+1/4+0.5+1: €7,500

Masters programme fees may vary according to programme. Please visit the Fees & Grants website for current Masters programme fee rates.

If you are from one of our partner institutions, a 10% discount applies to Masters programme fees

Contact Us

‌Programme Coordinator

UCD International
Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 716 8500
Fax: +353 1 716 1165
Email: premasters@ucd.ie 
Website: www.ucd.ie/international