English Language Requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English; therefore you must demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. If you have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, you must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through your school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined below.

For all proficiency tests the results must normally have issued within two years prior to the start of your course.

Note for Graduate Applicants: the qualifications shown below are minimum requirements and for some graduate courses the requirements may be higher (e.g. school-leaving qualifications may not be accepted). Other qualifications, such as a degree taken through English may also be taken into account. Please contact the school to which you are applying if you need further information.



  • 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 +.
  • A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section

Cambridge Examinations

English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English)
Acceptable Examinations:

  • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2).
  • Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • First Certificate, Grade A (i.e. CEFR Level C1)


  • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES): English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body's English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)
  • (Malaysia) Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.

UK Examining Boards/Bodies

  • GCE O-Level English Language at Grade C or above
  • GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
  • GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above

ETAPP English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

  • Grade C1 (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)

Pearson English Language Text

  • Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item

Trinity ISE

Trinity ISE with at least merit in each skill category


  • Distinction in the module "English as a Second language"

School Leaving Examinations

Matriculation/school-leaving examinations from most European Countries and many non-EU countries will meet the requirements where English is presented as a subject at an acceptable level. For example, in the International Baccalaureate English A1, A2 or B: 5 at Higher Level (4 @ either Level if presenting IB through English) will meet the requirement.

Where the examination has been taken more than 2 years previously candidates may be required to take a proficiency test.

Where an English proficiency test which is scored on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is presented as part of a school-leaving qualification, grade must be C1/C2.

An equivalent level of English

Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted, e.g. degree through English. For further advice please contact

For EU applicants: UCD Admissions
For non-EU applicants: UCD International

Entry Requirements

EU Undergraduate
Non-EU Undergraduate

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