FAQ for Graduate students

Please find below frequently asked questions by prospective graduate students.

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Applications for all UCD graduate programmes are made online via http://www.ucd.ie/apply/

Students who wish to apply for a PhD or MLitt must submit a thesis proposal in addition to standard application materials (transcripts, personal information). The thesis proposal is not fully binding but allows us to determine the broad area of research that a candidate wishes to do and their interests. Proposals should include the following information: a precise research question, a discussion of the types of data and (data collection and analysis) methods to be used in the research, a discussion of the academic motivations for the project and an indicative list of references. Before writing the proposal, candidates should contact a potential thesis supervisor at SLCL for a preliminary discussion. Please find our staff's research interests here.

Applications must be made online at: http://www.ucd.ie/apply/. Once the complete application has been received, it is reviewed by the international office and/or the School.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed on a rolling basis generally until early August.

Non-EU students should apply as early as possible – between January and March, and ideally no later than early May – as most of the scholarship competitions take place between February and April and the issuing of visas may take up to three months, particularly during the summer when there is usually a high volume of applications. For information about funding, please contact the UCD International Office.

All students must normally supply a statement of interest, a CV, a transcript, and references from two academic referees who are able to provide details about the applicant’s academic abilities and motivations. We do only accept written references and are not in the position to request references from referees. References can be sent directly to the School (slcl@ucd.ie) if referees do not want to send it to the applicant.

Students whose first language is not English and who did not complete their prior education through English (or Irish) must take an IELTS test to provide proof of their English language skills.

Please note that applicants coming from outside Ireland must also provide a passport copy.

MA Applied Linguistics Charo Hernandez: charo.hernandez@ucd.ie
Vera Regan: vera.regan@ucd.ie
MA Linguistics Bettina Migge: bettinamigge@ucd.ie
MA Modern Languages Emer O'Beirne: emer.obeirne@ucd.ie
PhD and MLitt Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Jeanne Riou: jeanne.riou@ucd.ie
PhD and MLitt in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics Bettina Migge: bettinamigge@ucd.ie

For any technical and administrative help with the application, please contact slcl@ucd.ie.

IMPORTANT: If you are a non-EU student applying for a Graduate Taught Programme (MA Modern Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics), please contact internationaladmissions@ucd.ie

Please find  most frequently asked questions about Scholarships & Awards at UCD here.

If you cannot find an answer to your question please contact Student Records, Administrative Services, UCD Registry: awardsandscholarships@ucd.ie

For most courses you must pay a €50 application fee. This covers multiple applications for the same academic session. A receipt of payment will be sent to you by email if you choose to pay online.

More information here.

Graduate applications will be processed once a week, the average time until a decision is made is 2-3 weeks upon completion. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).

If you are from outside of the EU, you have the option to pay your deposit and tuition fees in your home country. This is particularly useful if you require a visa to travel or study. Further information about 'Pay to Study' payment method.

Check your eligibility for EU or non-EU fees.

If you accept an offer of a place at UCD, you will be agreeing to UCD's payments and refunds policy.

Please note that fees may be subject to change. Visit www.ucd.ie/fees for a full list of fees.

Yes, but a charge of €500 will be applied to any applicant who receives a deferred offer of a place on a graduate taught course. The charge will be set against the tuition fees for the subsequent year and is not an additional financial imposition on the applicant. 

Deferral students will no longer be required to submit an application for the subsequent term. Instead the Applications unit will manually transfer the application to the subsequent term, for any student who has received a deferred offer and paid the deferral charge.

Please find more information here: http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/Apply_deferral.html

As another option you can withdraw and re-apply. Students who do not want to defer their application to the next year have the option to withdraw their application and apply again the following year in the normal way and be assessed in competition with other applicants.

With some exceptions, courses open for application on 1 October each year and generally remain open to applications until all places are filled. The earlier you apply to the programme, the better your chances are of being offered a place.

Please contact the UCD Student Desk if you have questions regarding the payment of fees.