Study in Ireland, the land of poets. With a wide variety of institutions offering a number of programmes, Ireland provides a dynamic learning experience.
There is something definitely magical about Ireland — it’s the land of elves, leprechauns, castles, warriors and balladeers. The Republic of Ireland is not to be confused with Northern Ireland, which is still an integral part of the United Kingdom. Ireland’s 800 years of struggle under the British monarchy was a period of intrigue, strife, famine, progress and intellectual development as some of the most famous works in English Literature were written during that time. Writers like George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce are all part of the Irish literary world.
The levels of education in Ireland are primary, secondary and higher (often known as “third-level”) education. In recent years further education has grown immensely. Growth in the economy since the 1960s has driven much of the change in the education system. Education in Ireland is free at all levels, including college (university).
The Department of Education and Skills, under the control of the Minister for Education and Skills, is in overall control of policy, funding and direction, whilst other important organizations are the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and on a local level the Education and Training Boards are the only comprehensive system of government organization. There are many other statutory and non-statutory bodies which have a function in the education system
Ireland offers a vast range of bachelor degree programs for students. Each of the courses is carefully designed to ensure that students develop strong foundation knowledge in their desired chosen subjects. Each department is managed by a team of competent teachers, so that students can expect the best out of their selected courses. All the universities in Ireland have a vibrant and active community that gives students a chance to gel with students from other countries. The bachelor degree programs are not only focused on academics. The universities also give students opportunities to take up voluntary services and encourage them to take part in cultural activities as well.
The entry requirements for postgraduate study differ from university to university, course to course. However, most courses require an undergraduate degree, usually a minimum of a 2:2, in a related discipline.
Intakes in Ireland
The main intake offered by Universities and Colleges in Ireland is September. Few Institutions also offer a February start.
The admission requirements for entry to graduate programmes are a matter for each university. Generally, however, a first degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent is required. If you are unsure of the equivalency of your qualification to that required, please consult the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland’s qualifications recognition section.
All Irish universities require a minimum competency in the English language that allows a student to undertake their studies. Universities use IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or other appropriate resources to determine an applicant’s suitability for a course of study through English. Please see the university contact details provided on this site for further details on admission requirements and procedures.