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Pre-Masters Programmes

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 Pathways

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Masters Programmes

Visit the UCD Graduate Studies website for a full list of Masters programmes. 


Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine

MSc Environmental Resource Management

MSc Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development



MSc Digital Marketing

MSc in Energy & Environmental Finance

MSc Finance

MSc Food Business Strategy

MSc in Human Resource Management

MSc in iBusiness - Innovation through ICT

MSc in International Business

MSc in Management

MSc in Management Consultancy

MSc in Marketing

MSc in Project Management

MSc in Quantitative Finance

MSc in Strategic Management Accounting

MSc in Strategic Management and Planning

MSc in Supply Chain Management

MSc in Business Analytics


 Engineering & Architecture

ME Biomedical Engineering

MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering

ME Biosystems Engineering

MEngSc Chemical Engineering

ME Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering

ME Electrical Energy Engineering

MEngSc Electronic & Computer Engineering

MEngSc Energy Systems Engineering

MEngSc in Engineering Management

MSc Environmental Technology

MEngSc Food Engineering

ME Materials Science and Engineering

ME Mechanical Engineering

MEngSc Structural Engineering

MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technology

MEngSc Water Waste and Environmental Engineering


 Health Sciences

MSc Food Safety & Risk Analysis

MSc Healthcare Informatics

MSc Sport & Exercise management (Exercise Management)

MSc Sport & Exercise Management (Golf Management)


 Human Sciences

MA Economics

MSc Environmental Policy

MEconSc European Public Affairs & Law

MA Geography

MA Geopolitics & Global Economy

MSc Human Rights

MA/MSc International Development

MA/MSc International Relations

MA/MSc Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict

MA/MSc Politics

Master of Public Policy

MA Regional & Urban Planning

MSocSc Sociology



LLM Commercial Law

LLM Criminology & Criminal Justice

LLM European Law & Public Affairs

LLM Human Rights Law

LLM International Commercial Law





MSc Applied Science (Science)

MSc in Biological and Biomolecular Science by Negotiated Learning

MSc Biotechnology

MSc Biotechnology & Business

MSc Chemistry

MSc Evolutionary Biology

MSc Mathematical Science

MSc Mathematics

MSc Nanobio Science

MSc Physics (Negotiated Learning)

MSc Plant Biology and Biotechnology

MSc Statistics

MSc World Heritage Management



Pre-Masters Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

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 for information on programmes and how to apply.  


Visa Information

Yes – Bahraini students require a study visa.

The Embassy of Ireland in Saudi Arabia represents Bahrain. Please see the Embassy of Ireland - Saudi Arabia and the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service for further information.

Should you have any queries on applying for a visa to study in Ireland the Irish Embassy in Riyadh will provide you with detailed information which will help you.

Embassy of Ireland in Saudi Arabia

The contact details for the Embassy are:

Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh 
Postal address P.O. Box 94349 Riyadh 11693 
Telephone: + 966 1 488 2300 
Fax: + 966 1 488 0927

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 insurance (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

How long will your visa application take?

These documents should be sent to the Irish Embassy in Riyadh as detailed. Provided that all the required documents have been supplied and are in order, visa applications from GCC citizens will normally be turned around in one working day.

In other cases, and particularly if you do not have any previous visas, you should apply for your visa well in advance and allow 6-8 weeks for your application to be processed.  Incomplete applications will result in a delay.

The onus is on the applicant to supply the required documentation and to satisfy the visa officer that a visa may be granted.

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

The Bahrain Embassy in the UK can also be contacted should you have further queries;

30 Belgrave Square
Tel: +44 20 7201 9170
Fax: +44 20 7201 9183

Contact Us

‌You can contact University College Dublin International Study Centre online.