UCD welcomes applications from Chinese students to our graduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD graduate programmes, how to apply, what the visa requirements are, fees, scholarships and who to contact for further information.
We have developed agreements with many universities all over China. These universities, or Partner Institutions, have strengths in a number of areas, including Engineering, Life Sciences, Business, Sports Management and Law. These agreements mean that you can start Masters Programmes at UCD after graduating from your home institution.
Pathway One - September Start
Study for three years at your home University, undertake two semesters of preparatory study at UCD and then progress to a Masters programme at UCD. You get a Bachelors Degree from your home university and a Masters Degree from UCD. If you have already graduated you can also apply - 4+1+1.
Students who commence their studies in September, will take two English language modules with the UCD Applied Language Centre in both Semester I and Semester II. LANG00300 English for Academic Purposes (10 credits) and LANG00270 Advanced English in Use (10 credits) in Semester I. LANG00320 English for Academic Purposes II (10 credits) and LANG00280 English for Academic Writing (5 credits) in Semester II.
Pathway Two - January Start
Study for three and a half years at your home University, undertake one semester of preparatory study at UCD and then progress to a Masters programme at UCD. You get a Bachelors Degree from your home university and a Masters degree from UCD. If you have already graduated you can also apply - 4+0.5+1.
Students who commence their studies in January, will take two English language modules with the UCD Applied Language Centre in Semester II, LANG00320 English for Academic Purposes II (10 credits) and LANG00280 English for Academic Writing (5 credits).
Pathway Three - September Start
This option is available to you if you are able to show that you already have the required language, cultural and academic knowledge to do a Masters programme at UCD. You do a Masters programme at UCD and get a Masters Degree from UCD.
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Visit the UCD Graduate Studies website for a full list of Masters programmes.
Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine
Engineering & Architecture
You need to show proof of your English language ability. You will need one of the following:
- A minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (with no component less than 5) for our September start (full year programme) (both 3+1+1 and 4+1+1) and 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5) for our January start (half year programme) (3.5+0.5+1/4+0.5+1).
- Other similar exams recognised by UCD-see here for a detailed list of accepted english language exams
For programmes in Business, you need to get an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each section, before being allowed into the Masters programme. If you’re applying for Law and Human Science subjects, you should be aware that these subject areas need a higher level of English. If you want to enter the 4+1 programme, you’ll need a higher level of English. Individual Masters Programmes may set their own entry requirements
You need to have an average mark of 75% or higher. For programmes in the Graduate School of Business, you must have an average mark of 80% or higher. If you don’t meet these requirements, we may consider your application as long as you can show other qualities which compensate.
We go to China twice a year to interview students, testing academic skills, as well as suitability for study at UCD. We may also need to interview you if you are already living in Ireland.
Certified English translations of University transcripts. Please send us the following documents:
- Copies of English language certification
- Personal statement, which should give details on the candidates background and interest in UCD
- Application form
If you wish to apply for the 4+1 direct entry programme you will also need to send two academic reference letters
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on programmes and how to apply.
Fees for the preparatory element of each pathway are as follows:
- 3+1+1/4+1+1: €10,500
- 3.5+0.5+1/4+0.5+1: €7,500
Masters programme fees may vary according to programme. Please visit the Fees & Grants website for current Masters programme fee rates.
If you are from one of our partner institutions, a 10% discount applies to Masters programme fees