How do I apply?

Applications for taught courses with 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

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We wish you all the best with your application to UCC.

Key points

  • There are closing dates for all taught programmes. See dates below.
  • We welcome applications for research programmes at any time during the year. We advise research students to apply at least two months in advance of your proposed start date and that you have discussed your application with your proposed supervisor before making an application.

Qualification comparisons

A specific comparison between Irish and non-Irish qualifications is available here.

Irish grading system

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a framework of all learning achievements available in Ireland. You can find out more about the level that is required for your preferred course and where your current qualification fits within our framework at this link.

Please check the prospectus for individual course entry requirements.

 

Teaching in UCC is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of Competence in English Language by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for particular programmes) in a recognised English language test, as outlined below. Some departments/schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course whilst other departments/schools give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English Language proficiency before starting the course.

Postgraduate English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. English language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to commencement of a programme.

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

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  6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

All Programmes

(Except MSc Marine Biology)

MSc in Marine Biology

6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0

7.0  
Listening - 6.5; Reading - 6.5;
Speaking - 6.5; Writing - 7.0

College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Audiology) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.5
Audiology 7.0  
Minimum individual sections 6.5

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  TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

All Programmes

(Except MSc Marine Biology)

MSc Marine Biology

TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20

TOEFL 100  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23

College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Audiology) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
Audiology TOEFL 100  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23

Cambridge Proficiency Exam

College Programmes  Cambridge Proficiency Exam
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  Grade C
College of Business and Law All Programmes  Grade C
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  Grade C
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  Grade C

Cambridge Advanced Exam

College Programmes  Cambridge Advanced Exam
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  Grade B
College of Business and Law All Programmes  Grade B
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  Grade B
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  Grade B

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 59
College of Business and Law All Programmes  Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Audiology) Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
Audiology Minimum score of 67 with no section score below 63

For admission purpose all applicants are divided into two categories: EU and Non-EU.

It is important that you establish your status before you make an application to UCC as you will retain your status (EU/Non-EU) during your study and you will be unable to change from one category to the other in the middle of a course. Also there is a different application procedure for each category.

EU Status:

  • An applicant’s principal residence for the purpose of taxation must have been in a European Union Member State for a minimum of 3 of the 5 years prior to entry to university. Prior residence as a full-time student alone does not qualify a student for EU fee rates.
  • If an applicant is under 23 years of age on the start date of the course then the principal residence for the purpose of taxation of the parents will be examined. The applicant must also have been resident for the required period.
  • If an applicant is over 23 years of age on the start date of the course then the principle residence for the purpose of taxations of the applicant is examined.

P21 forms will be required in both instances and will be requested when an applicant applies though the Postgraduate Application Centre to confirm EU status.

Non-EU Status:

If you do not meet the criteria outlined above you will qualify as a Non-EU applicant.

This means that you pay Non-EU fees and apply through the International Education Office. For Non-EU application information and/or any other queries please contact internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants:  UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below). 


Some programmes have a specific closing date.  Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below.   However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018
For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018
For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018 Offers will be made by May 15th 2018
For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018 Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places. 

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/taughtprogrammes/ 

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