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Entry Requirements

Graduate Taught Programmes

The normal requirement is a recognised bachelor’s degree at second class honours, grade one (2:1), or equivalent. Applicants should check the programme specific requirements as some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. For applicants who do not have the required minimum academic entry standard, a year-long qualifying course, such as a Higher or Graduate Diploma, may be available in some cases.

Graduate Research Programmes

To be eligible to enter a research master’s degree or PhD programme an applicant must have obtained a minimum of an upper second-class degree or equivalent in a relevant bachelor degree. For a significant number of PhD programmes a master’s degree may also be required. Specific information on entry requirements can be found on the relevant UCD School website.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit may be awarded within a course for certificated or experiential prior learning achieved outside of that course.  This is subject to Board approval.  Please see Recognition of Prior Learning Policy Document.

English Language Requirement

Graduate Taught and Graduate Research programmes in UCD are taught in English. Applicants must meet the minimum University English language proficiency requirements. In the case of IELTS Academic Version, a minimum score of 6.5 is required with not less than 6.0 in any strand. Please note, some courses may require a higher standard for entry.  Please check the entry requirements of the course that you intend to apply for.


UCD Graduate Admissions

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
(If you are an international student please visit UCD Global)
T: +353 1 716 7777