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Admission requirements for studies at university in Ireland

General requirements

First cycle studies (bachelor's)

If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon Convention, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Ireland. However, you are requested to prove your level of English and have studied another language. In some cases, you must also satisfy course specific requirements. For example, if you are applying for mathematical studies, you must have studied mathematics.

Second cycle studies (master's)

If you are applying for a master's program at university in Ireland, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.

Third cycle studies (PhD)

In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Ireland, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master's degree program.

Language requirements for studies at universities in Ireland

Irish

If you are not an Irish student, you are not required to speak Irish in order to apply for university studies in Ireland.

English

If English is not your first language, 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. The minimum accepted score for the TOEFL test is usually 570 (paper-based) or 90 (Internet-based), and 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.

Minimum grade point requirement to access undergraduate studies (first cycle) in Ireland

Admission to the majority of undergraduate studies (first cycle) in Ireland is subject to the fulfillment of a minimum grade point requirement. This is the grade point you receive after passing your upper secondary school studies in combination with the grades you receive at the university entrance examinations in your home country. Therefore, always check with your Irish university about the minimum grade point you need to obtain, also referred to as "Cut-off point".

You may use the European grades comparison chart to learn how you would score in Europe.

Requirements to access Medicine studies in Ireland

Undergraduate level (first cycle)

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements, you must also take the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT).

[Click here to visit the HPAT website]

Graduate level (second and third cycle)

Applicants must have a minimum grade of 2.1 (Honors Second Class) in their Bachelor's Degree.
[Learn more about the Irish grading system]
[Compare the Irish grading system with other European grading systems]

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

[Click here to visit the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test website]

Source: Department of Education and Science