Postgraduate

All postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. Certain tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson PTE) have a three year time limit in their validity and these will be applied.
 
Please note that the Secure English Language Test (SELT) scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification (e.g. IELTS and TOEFL). We will not accept a combination of individual component scores from multiple tests
 

Applicants who are either nationals of a country which is deemed by UCC to be majority-English-speaking, or who hold a degree or an equivalent qualification which was taught in a country deemed to be majority-English-speaking will normally be assumed to have met the UCC language requirements.  However, in some circumstances, applicants may be required to submit evidence of an English language qualification to satisfy University programme entry requirements.

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Sierra Leone, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, The United Kingdom, United States of America and Zambia.

 

The following approved English language qualifications are currently accepted at UCC:

 

UCC English Language Centre Pre-sessional Courses:

Successful completion of either the 6-Week Pre-sessional or 10-Week Pre-sessional course at UCC Language Centre. https://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/courses/presessional/

 

DET Minimum Requirements

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.  Students presenting with certain scores will be required to undergo a UCC Language Centre Skills Check (LCSC) and in some circumstances, a 6- or 12-week pre-sessional programme.

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College Programmes  Duolingo English Test
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes 

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

College of Business and Law All Programmes

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (except School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology and School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics)

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology

DET 120 + Skills Check

DET 125 or more eligible for full offer

School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics

DET 120 + Skills Check

DET 125 or more eligible for full offer

College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  (except School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology, School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography, 

DET 110-115 + Skills Check

DET 120 or more eligible for full offer

School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography

DET 120 + Skills Check

DET 125 or more eligible for full offer

School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology

DET 120 + Skills Check

DET 125 or more eligible for full offer

 

 

IELTS Minimum Requirements

College Programmes  IELTS
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
College of Business and Law All Programmes (except School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (except School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology and School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0
School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology

7.0 
Writing 7.0, Minimum individual sections 6.5

School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics

7.0  
Minimum individual sections 6.5

College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  (except School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology, School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography, School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants)) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.5
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography

7.0

Minimum individual sections of 7.0

School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology 7.0  
Minimum individual sections 6.5
School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0

TOEFL Minimum Requirements

College Programmes  TOEFL
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
College of Business and Law All Programmes (except School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (except School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology and School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20
School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology TOEFL 100 
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 27
School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics TOEFL 100  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  (except School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology, School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography, School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants)) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography TOEFL 100 
Listening - 24; Reading - 24; 
Speaking - 23; Writing 27
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology TOEFL 100  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20

Cambridge Proficiency Exam

College Programmes  Cambridge Proficiency Exam
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
College of Business and Law All Programmes (except School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing) 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing 176 overall with not less than 169 in each element of the test
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science  All Programmes (except School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology and School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics) 176 overall with not less than 169 in each element of the test
School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology 185 overall with not less than 176 in writing and 169 in each element of the test
School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics 185 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
College of Medicine and Health     All Programmes  (except School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology, School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography, School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants)) 176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography 185 overall with not less than 185 in each element of the test
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology 185 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants) 176 overall with not less than 169 in each element of the test

Cambridge Advanced Exam

College Programmes  Cambridge Advanced Exam
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
College of Business and Law All Programmes (except School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing) 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing 176 overall with not less than 169 in each element of the test
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science  All Programmes (except School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology and School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics) 176 overall with not less than 169 in each element of the test
School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology 185 overall with not less than 176 in writing and 169 in each element of the test
School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics 185 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
College of Medicine and Health     All Programmes  (except School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology, School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography, School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants)) 176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography 185 overall with not less than 185 in each element of the test
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology 185 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants)  176 overall with not less than 169 in each element of the test 

Pearson PTE

College Programmes  Pearson PTE
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51
College of Business and Law All Programmes (except School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing) Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51
School of Business: MSc Management and Marketing Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes (except School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology and School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics) Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
School of BEES: MSc Marine Biology Minimum score of 72, writing 72, all other section score below 63
School of Food and Nutriotional Science: MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics Minimum score of 72 with no section score below 72
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  (except School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology, School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography, School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants)) Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Diagnostic Radiography Minimum score of 72 with no section score below 63
School of Clinical Therapies: MSc Audiology Minimum score of 72 with no section score below 72
School of Medicine: MSc Obstetrics and Gynaecology Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51
School of Nursing and Midwifery: MSc Nursing (Non-EU Applicants) Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59

UCC English Language Centre

The UCC Language Centre offers a range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language and thus be eligible for entry to postgraduate study at University College Cork. For more information on the English courses which are offered at the Language Centre, please follow the link: https://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/courses/presessional/.

Other tests/qualifications may be accepted as equivalent to the qualifications listed above. Please contact the relevant Admissions Office for further information.

Certain tests (e.g. IELTS and TOEFL) have a two year time limit in their validity and these will be applied.

Please note that Secure English Language Test (SELT) scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification (e.g. IELTS). We will not accept a combination of individual component scores from multiple tests.

Pre-Masters Preparatory Pathway

UCC is pleased to announce its new Pre-Masters/Preparatory Pathway which will allow students whose first language is not English the opportunity to develop English language proficiency, whilst at the same time taking modules from those offered across the University in their chosen discipline. Further information is available at http://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/courses/pre-masters/#d.en.748967

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