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Graduate Programmes

UCD welcomes applications from Iraqi 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 and who to contact for further information.


UCD offers unparalleled choice in Graduate studies

University College Dublin has a thriving graduate community of some 6,800 students who work and learn on two world-class campuses, and in numerous associated research and teaching institutions. Through our seven Colleges, UCD offers Ireland’s most diverse range of graduate opportunities. Programmes are led by academic experts and offer students unparalleled choice at all levels. UCD offers Doctoral Programmes, taught and research masters, graduate diploma and certificate programmes and higher diplomas in more than 290 areas of study. Our taught programmes are modularised to facilitate access, continuing professional development and life-long learning.

Practical Information

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Graduate Entry Requirements

Taught Masters – Academic Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree (4 year) in a similar major with good grades (e.g. a minimum of 75% from a recognised University) PLUS English language competence (IELTS/TOEFL) as detailed below, will generally be considered for entry.

For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, please see information for the UCD Pre-Masters pathways.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

Research Masters - Academic Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a Research Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

PhD Programmes - Academic Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter one of UCD’s PhD programmes, a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree. In some cases, a Master’s degree may also be required. In certain cases, a candidate may be able to provide other evidence to the School in order to satisfy the entry requirements of the programme.

It is recommended that applicants interested in research at Masters and PhD level should, in the first place, read the information available on the UCD website.

Secondly, applicants should review the website of the relevant School and College to ensure they are fully informed about the research objectives of the academic course concerned. Prior to submitting an application it is essential that candidates make contact with potential supervisors.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

English Language Requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language.

The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to International English Language Testing System (IELTS):

  • An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version

The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University

  • In the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score from 600 paper based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 475 in the Test of Written English), 250 computer based TOEFL or 100 internet based TOEFL (iBT)

For all proficiency tests the results must be less than 2 years old.

Some courses require a higher level of English language competency. Please check with the relevant UCD School. 

How to Apply

Graduate Applications

To apply for a Graduate Taught program please click visit the UCD online application system. 

Waiting for your results from an IELTS or TOEFL test?

In certain cases a ‘conditional offer’ may be made while you are waiting on your English language results. You would need to submit a copy of your IELTS or TOEFL test report form, detailing that you have met minimum English language competency in order to meet the conditions of the offer letter.

PhD Programmes

If you are interested in a research degree, please visit the UCD Graduate Studies website and follow the application information. Many of UCDs Graduate research programmes can be applied for online. Please visit the UCD online application page for more details about this process. All other programmes not listed on this site can be applied for by written application. Please contact the relevant School for more details.

Visa Information

Yes – Iraqi students require a study visa.

The Embassy of Ireland, Ankara is the consulate office in the Middle East that represents Iraq.

Should you have any queries on applying for a visa to study in Ireland, the Irish Embassy in Ankara will provide you with detailed information which will help you. Please also see the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service for further information.

Embassy of Ireland – Turkey

The contact details for the Embassy are:

Embassy of Ireland
Ugur Mumcu Caddesi No.88
MNG Binasi
B Blok Kat 3
Ankara 06700
Tel: +90 312 459 1000
Fax: +90 312 459 1022

Making a visa application

It is necessary for applicants to provide the following information when applying for a visa:

  • Valid passport number
  • Date of issue and expiry of passport
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Letter from the University indicating that you have been offered a place in UCD
  • Letter from University indicating that the fees have been paid in full
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living and other expenses for the proposed stay
  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • In some cases proof of English, such as an IELTS or TOEFL certificate is required

These documents should be sent to the Irish Embassy. Visa applications can take some months to process, so it is advisable to secure a place early at the University, in order to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately the University has no control or influence over visa issues but will advise where possible. 

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

As there is currently no Iraqi diplomatic missions in Ireland, please contact the Embassy of Iraq, in the United Kingdom as detailed below for further queries;
Consular Section
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
3 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5QH
United Kingdom 
Tel: +44 207 5909 220
Fax: +44 207 5847 909

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Full information on fees for specific programmes can be found on the UCD Fees page.


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