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Pre-Masters Programmes

Learn about UCD’s pre-masters pathway programme options and the entry requirements.

UCD has developed a Pre-Masters pathway enabling you to benefit from a preparatory course that enhances your English language skills, allowing you to adjust to a different learning culture and helps you to get used to a new way of life.

Pre-Masters Programmes

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Pre-Masters Programmes

The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is IELTS 5.5 overall with no less than 5.0 in each band for a September start and 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band for a January start will generally be considered for entry.

Other similar exams recognised by UCD-see here for a detailed list of accepted English language exams. For all proficiency tests the results must be less than 2 years old.

Programme start dates

September start: This is a one year Pre-Masters pathway programme. A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.0 in each band is necessary for entry to this programme.

January start: This is a half year Pre-Masters pathway programme. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band is necessary for entry to this programme.

How to Apply?

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

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UCD International
Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre
University College Dublin
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Email: internationaladmissions@ucd.ie 
Web: www.ucd.ie/international
Tel: +353 1 716 8500