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Graduate Programmes

UCD welcomes applications from Kuwaiti 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 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.

Practical Information

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Graduate Entry Requirements

Taught Masters – Academic Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree (4 year) in a similar major with good grades (e.g. a minimum GPA of 3.2/4 from a recognised University) PLUS English language competence (IELTS/TOEFL) as detailed below, will be considered for entry.

For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, please see information for the UCD Pre-Masters pathways.

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

Graduate Applications

To apply for a Graduate Taught program please visit the UCD online application system. 

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.

PhD Programmes

If you are interested in a research degree, please visit the UCD Graduate Studies website and follow the application information.  Many of UCDs Graduate research programmes can be applied for online. Please visit the UCD online application page for more details about this process. All other programmes not listed on this site can be applied for by written application. Please contact the relevant School for more details.

Visa Information

Do I need a Visa?

Yes – Kuwaiti students require a study visa.

The Embassy of Ireland in the United Arab Emirates is the consulate office in the Middle East that represents Kuwait.

Should you have any queries on applying for a visa to study in Ireland, please see the Embassy of Ireland – United Arab Emirates and the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service for further information. 

Embassy of Ireland in the UAE

The contact details for the Embassy are:

Embassy of Ireland
1 and 2 Khalifa Al Suwaidi Development
19th Street (off 32nd Street)
Al Bateen
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 4958200 
Fax: +971 2 6819233
Submit a query to the Embassy here

Making a visa application

It is necessary for applicants to provide the following information when applying for a visa:

  • Ensure passport is valid for 12 months
  • Ensure valid passport number
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Provide evidence from UCD that you have been accepted on a full-time course of study
  • Sponsorship letter of support / Letter from University indicating that the fees have been paid in full
  • Sponsorship letter confirming stipend  / Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living and other expenses for the proposed stay
  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable)
  • Have private health (Please see the UCD International Health Insurance webpage to find information on health insurance providers). Please note that private health insurance is not provided by UCD
  • In some cases proof of English, such as an IELTS or TOEFL certificate is required
  • Any other documents as requested by INIS or the Irish Embassy through which you are applying
  • Make sure you keep copies of all documents submitted

Visa applications can take some months to process, so it is advisable to secure a place early at the University, in order to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately the University has no control or influence over visa issues but will advise where possible.

Schengen visa or UK D visa

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

Further Queries

Should you have further queries please contact the Kuwait Cultural Office in Dublin as detailed below;

Kuwait Consular Office
One Grand Parade
Dublin 6
Tel: +353 1 53 100 90
Fax: +353 1 525 2824

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.

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:


United Arab Emirates

Education Zone

Dubai Knowledge Village Building,

2B, 1st Floor, Office F30

P.O. Box 214592



IQ Education Consultants

Suite 02, Mezzanine Floor, Al Zarooni Building (Opposite ADCB Bank),

Al Rigga Road, Deira,

Dubai, 300759

Intelligent Partners

1705 Mazaya Business Avenue BBI,

Jumeirah Lakes Towers,

Dubai, 114423

Inner Universe

#107, United Bank Building

Bank Street, Burdubai

P.O. Box 46791


International Placewell Consultants

Block 13, F-18,

Dubai Knowledge Park,

Dubai, 46875




Al-Ahlam Higher Education Services

PO Box 309

Mina Al Fahal, Post Code 116



Saudi Arabia

IEC Abroad

9 Portland Street,

Manchester, UK M1 3BE





Office 602, 6th Floor, Block C,

Gefinor Building,

Hamra, Beirut


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