Exams required to study in Ireland

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Updated on Jun 29, 2021 14:05 IST

Exams required to study in Ireland

Even if you believe your dream of studying in Ireland is achievable, it is advisable to know the eligibility criteria for admission to Irish universities. Every university in Ireland has different admission criteria and requirements so keep in mind that the top universities in Ireland will have higher score requirements than the averages shown here.

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Two things you need to keep in mind are score requirements and language requirements. If your academic record has been strong, then you need not worry about the GPA requirement. However, it is advisable for every international applicant to appear for the IELTS or TOEFL exam as they reflect on your understanding of the English language. Even if your college waivers off language requirement exams, you should still give them as visa officers expect you to score really well in these exams to grant you an Ireland Study Visa.

First cycle studies – Undergraduate courses

There are no admission requirements at this point except for some subjects. For example, if you have applied for a mathematic course you need to have studied math in school. Undergraduate degree courses require a higher GPA in school while diploma courses are more lenient as far as academic records are concerned.

Second cycle studies – Postgraduate courses

If you are applying for a postgraduate course at an Irish university, you need to have a relevant bachelor's degree or diploma. Your undergraduate course must be consistent and relevant to the course you wish to pursue your master's in.

GPA Requirements for Post Graduate courses in Ireland

A lot of times, candidates are confused about postgraduate admission requirements to universities in Ireland. Candidates can check out the admission requirements for universities in Ireland. Candidates should note that universities in Ireland accept 2.1 or 2.2 Equivalent depending on the program (specific to course). Public Universities in Ireland accept 2.1 for major programs.

2H2 Equivalent 2H1 Equivalent 1H Equivalent
Minimum CGPA of 7.0 on a 10 point scale

Minimum CGPA of 7.5 on a 10 point scale

Minimum CGPA of 8.5 on a 10 point scale

Minimum CGPA 2.7 on a 4 point scale

Minimum CGPA 3.2 on a 4 point scale

Minimum CGPA 3.7 on a 4 point scale

Language requirements

For either visa or admission process, international students will have to prove their level of command of the English language. Most Indian students wish to skip appearing for the language exams and wish to get admitted to universities that- accept students without IELTS or TOEFL scores. From a neutral standpoint, we can tell you this isn’t the best way to go about it if you want guaranteed admission to Ireland.

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The reason why we recommend you sit for language exams even if the University of your choice doesn’t ask for the scores is that the IELTS/TOEFL scores could prove to be critical for your visa application AND scholarship eligibility. There aren’t many standalone scholarships available in Ireland for international students, and universities automatically shortlist student applications for internal scholarships. Language exam scores are critical while shortlisting international students for those scholarships. So you can get admitted to the university without taking the IELTS or TOEFL exam but you will stand to lose on scholarships. Here are the language exams accepted across Irish universities.

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IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication. You will receive IELTS scores based on each for the four skills on a band of 1 – 9, and you will also be awarded an overall band score. You can score whole (example 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (example 5.5, 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

You need at least 6 overall bands for admission to undergraduate or diploma courses. For postgraduate courses, aim at 6.5 overall bands. These scores are safe with the visa officers, however, you may be accepted at the university at lower scores as well.

TOEFL

TOEFL tests the international students’ usage and understanding of North American English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. The TOEFL test is developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), which sets the questions, conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report.

The minimum accepted score for the TOEFL test is usually 570 (paper-based) or 90 (Internet-based) across universities in Ireland.

English Language Score Requirements at a glance

English Language Test English Language Score Requirments
IELTS 6.5 - 7.0 overall with 6 in each band
TOEFL 88 -100
PTE Academic 63 - 65
Duolingo Test 95 - 120

GRE and GMAT Requirements for Studying in Ireland

One of the major reasons for a lot of students opting for postgradute studies in Ireland is the advantage that most of the universities and colleges in the country have relaxed GMAT and GRE scores. Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin (UCD) are the only two universities that require either GMAT or GRE scores for their MBA programmes. 

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rushabh oswal

3 months ago

can i pursue masters inireland with an education gap of 10 years and work experience and by giving pte exam and also is it compulsory to maintain funds in your accounts six months prior to applying student visa!! thank u

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 months ago

Hello Rushabh. Universities abroad would want to know about the gap years. You see with a gap of ten years it could be difficult for you to land admission to a Tier I university. You could talk to our Shiksha study abroad counsellors for guidance on university admissions here: https://studyabroad...Hello Rushabh. Universities abroad would want to know about the gap years. You see with a gap of ten years it could be difficult for you to land admission to a Tier I university. You could talk to our Shiksha study abroad counsellors for guidance on university admissions here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

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Sakshi Thakar

6 months ago

Hi! Am I eligible to pursue a Master's degree in psychology-related courses in Ireland? I will have a BA Psychology degree by next year.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hello Sakshi. You can check out popular universities in Ireland here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland. You can also check out admission requirements f for Ireland here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/top-reasons-to-study-in-ireland-articlepage-2847

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sadique

7 months ago

Hello Rahul! I have completed my Bachelors in IT but I have a gap and no work experience. Am I eligible for pursuing masters here?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

5 months ago

You can check out popular Universities in Ireland here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland and get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad counsellors here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

5 months ago

Hello Sadique. You have to understand that admission to IT universities in Ireland is tough because they are the best in the world. Would request you follow their admission guidelines for a smoother application process.

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Sowmya shree H N

9 months ago

Hi Rahul,I am interested in doing ms in computer science but completed graduation in ECE with cgpa 8.5 and have 6 years of work experience in IT(software developer). Is it possible or is there any additional criteria?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello Sowmya. You can check out popular universities for pursuing your said course here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland/ms-in-computer-science-engineering-colleges-ds and https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland/ms-colleges-dc You can also get in touch with our counsellors here: https://s...Hello Sowmya. You can check out popular universities for pursuing your said course here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland/ms-in-computer-science-engineering-colleges-ds and https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland/ms-colleges-dc You can also get in touch with our counsellors here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

Hi , I see most of the universities in Ireland do accept toefl scores , But I see a lot people prefer IELTS over toefl .I am wondering if there is any down fall of giving Toefl instead of IELTS ?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hello Manjunath. As aptly pointed out by you, most universities in Ireland do accept both TOEFL and IELTS. However, it is then on the student to opt for his preferred English exam. It is here they tend to choose IELTS over TOEFL because they feel that IELTS is an easier exam than the TOEFL exam. ...Hello Manjunath. As aptly pointed out by you, most universities in Ireland do accept both TOEFL and IELTS. However, it is then on the student to opt for his preferred English exam. It is here they tend to choose IELTS over TOEFL because they feel that IELTS is an easier exam than the TOEFL exam. however, this is entirely at the discretion of the student.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

11 months ago

Hello Manjunath. Most universities in Ireland accept both TOEFL as well as IELTS exam scores. so the decision lies on the student to opt for his preferred exam. A lot of times students opt for IELTS, solely due to their own test preference. You can always get in touch with our counselors for more...Hello Manjunath. Most universities in Ireland accept both TOEFL as well as IELTS exam scores. so the decision lies on the student to opt for his preferred exam. A lot of times students opt for IELTS, solely due to their own test preference. You can always get in touch with our counselors for more information on the sea, here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply

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