How to Apply

How to Apply for a Taught Course

1. Choose Taught Course

At UCC, we offer a variety of full-time, part-time and online postgraduate course offerings. Browse our postgraduate prospectus to find a course that interests you.

For information on entry requirements, course fees and who to contact regarding any questions you may have specific to your course, please check your course prospectus page. 

(Find out how to apply for a postgraduate research course here)

2. Apply Online

All taught applications must be made online on Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). You may apply for up to 3 taught courses in your application (applicants are limited to one application per year). There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Information on EU application closing dates can be found here

All Non-EU applicants must apply through the International Education Office.

3. Gather Supporting Documentation

Scanned copies of the following documentation must be uploaded to in support of your application:

  • Evidence of all qualifications listed on your application, including transcripts of examination results for each year to date that have not been completed at UCC
  • Any supplementary documents specifically requested for your course  
  • Evidence of English language requirements (if English is not your first language)

Your application cannot be processed until all supporting documentation has been uploaded to your PAC account. If you are unable to scan and upload the requisite documentation, hard copies may be posted to the following address and uploaded on your behalf: Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, H91 VF21.

4. Fees

All postgraduate courses have a fee. Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. The first payment is due at Registration. Registration is completed online in August/September before the first semester period. The second instalment is due at the beginning of semester two in January. If your course required a deposit to secure your place, that figure will be deducted from the instalment paid in January.

Fees vary from course to course. To find the fees for your preferred course, check the course prospectus page.


PAC frequently asked questions are available here

Checklist Before Making an Application

  • Valid Email Address - Applicants must have a valid email address to use this online application facility. It is your responsibility to check your account regularly for updates.
  • Credit/Debit card - A non-refundable application fee of applies. Alternatively, you can pay by Bank Draft or Bank Transfer at a later date, subject to an extra €5 processing charge.
  • PPS Number - Irish applicants are required to provide their PPS number. This is not mandatory for non-Irish applicants. 
  • UCC Student Number - Applicants who are currently attending UCC or have previously attended UCC must include their UCC Student Number. If you have forgotten your student number, please email

How to Check Your Application Status

Once you have completed your taught application, check your PAC account regularly for updates on the progress of your application. 

  • Login to your PAC account
  • Go to the 'My Account' section
  • Click on 'Status'

Eligibility for EU Status

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

It is important that you establish your status before making an application to UCC as you will retain this status during your study and cannot change from one category to the other in the middle of a course.

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, 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, the principal 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 through the Postgraduate Application Centre to confirm EU status.

If you do not meet the criteria outlined above, you will qualify as a Non-EU applicantNon-EU applicants must apply through the International Education Office. For Non-EU application information and/or any other queries please contact

If you are unsure of your status, please click here

Qualification Comparison

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.

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

Requisite qualifications may vary from course to course. Please check the prospectus for individual course entry requirements.

English Language Requirement

Our English language requirements are available here.

Graduate Studies Office

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