Latest Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD Studies at the Universities in Ireland

Latest Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD Studies at the Universities in Ireland

Before applying for space at any Irish University, you have to know what will be your qualification. The National Qualification Framework of Ireland (NFQ) is responsible for recognizing the study programs, and this will enable you in making good decisions. So, you will need to contact them through their webpage. For postgraduate courses, you have to apply through Postgraduate Application Center, which has varying rules for EU and Non-EU applicants.

Undergraduate entry Requirements/First cycle studies (bachelor’s)

If you are planning to study in any university in Ireland at the undergraduate level, you will need to possess some valid documents. Below are the entry requirements at the universities in Ireland for Undergraduate studies. Note you will still need to check with your university for any course-specific requirements  as we only give the general documents here. Before you start applying to the universities in Ireland, you must already be eligible for higher education studies at your home country. That said, the required documents are:

  • A valid school leaving certificate
  • Satisfy all the course specific requirements
  • If any entry test is given, you must pass it
  • English proficiency results if your course will be in English.

Postgraduate entry Requirements/Second cycle studies (master’s)

If you are applying for a master’s program at an institution in Ireland, you are required to be in possession of

  • A relevant Bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.

Doctorate entry Requirements/Third cycle studies (PhD)

For Doctoral studies at any institution in Ireland, you must be in possession of a

  • A relevant diploma or master’s degree program.

Language requirements for studies at universities in Ireland


As an international student, it is not compulsory that you must speak Irish before enrolling at the universities in Ireland. 


You are required to prove your level of command of the English language through the results you received from your studies at upper secondary school or through the results you received at the TOEFL or IELTS tests if English is not your first language. The minimum accepted score for the TOEFL test is usually 580 (paper-based) or 237 (Internet-based), and 6.0 – 6.5 for the IELTS test.

We recommend you check with your institution if your studies of English from upper secondary school are sufficient to meet the English language requirement or you need to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests.


Level Required

Irish Leaving Certificate in English Ordinary level grade D
GCSE English Language Grade C
GCE O-Level English Language Grade C
University of Cambridge Pass in Use of English Examination
IELTS Composite score of 6.0- 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any one component
Cambridge Proficiency Grade C
Cambridge Advanced Grade A
ARELS oral examinations Pass
ETAPP Grade C1
PTE Academic Minimum score of 36

Requirements to access Medicine studies in Ireland

Undergraduate level (first cycle)

If you are to study medicine in Ireland, as in addition to meeting the general entrance requirements, you must also write the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT).

Graduate level (second and third cycle)

Applying students must get a minimum grade of 2.1 (Honors Second Class) in their Bachelor’s Degree.

In addition, all applicants must take the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test.

Comprehensive List of Low Tuition Universities in Ireland for International Students

  • All Hallows College
  • Athlone Regional Technical College
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dundalk Regional Technical College
  • St. Patrick’s College Maynooth
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • St.Patrick’s College Maynooth
  • Tralee Regional Technical College
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College, Cork
  • University College, Dublin
  • University College, Galway
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Regional Technical College
  • University College Dublin
  • University College Galway
  • University College, Cork
  • The University of Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • All Hallows College
  • Athlone Regional Technical College
  • Coolmine Community School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Regional Technical College Cork
  • Regional Technical College Galway
  • Regional Technical College Letterkenny
  • Regional Technical College Limerick
  • Regional Technical College Sligo
  • Regional Technical College Tallaght
  • Regional Technical College, Carlow
  • Regional Technical College, Dundalk

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