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Our guide to postgraduate education

Thanks to a rich cultural heritage, well-earned reputation as a friendly country and acclaimed universities and colleges, it's easy to see why you might choose to embark on your postgraduate education in Ireland. 

In this blog post, we're exploring postgraduate education options available to students in Ireland. So, if you're keen to figure out the next step for you once you've graduated, look no further. 

Postgraduate opportunities in Ireland

Despite the country's relatively small size, the variety and expertise of the Irish higher education system make Ireland an excellent choice for postgraduate study in all subject areas. 


Masters degrees in Ireland are similar to those in the UK and typically take one year to complete. However, some research masters may take two years to finish. During your studies, you'll undertake modular units, carrying out assignments along the way. You'll also be required to submit a dissertation in your final year. 

While entry requirements may differ between courses and institutions, most programmes require a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a related field as a minimum. As most courses in Ireland are taught in English, you will also need to provide evidence of your English speaking ability if it isn't your first language. 

Whether you choose a subject within science and technology or humanities, you'll benefit from world-class education and experience. For more information on the options available to you in Ireland, head to FindAMasters and Education Ireland


Irish Doctoral degrees typically last three or four years. You'll have the option to choose from either a 'structured' programme or a 'traditional' programme. A 'structured' PhD programme has all of the same academic components as a 'traditional programme'. The main difference is that a 'structured' programme also offers students extra support by including training and evaluation sessions. 

Most students will study for their PhD at university or college. However, some programmes are also on offer at Institutes of Technology across the country. 

To apply to study for a PhD in Ireland, you'll need an upper class 2:1 Masters in a relevant subject. 

Applying for postgraduate education in Ireland 

Regardless of whether you're from the UK, the EU, or a non-EU country, Ireland's postgraduate application process is super straightforward. The process may vary from institution to institution, but, generally speaking, you'll need to apply directly to the postgraduate applications centre or the international office, depending on where in the world you're applying from. 

Postgraduate courses can sometimes be oversubscribed, so you can expect some competition when it comes to securing your place on popular choices. In addition, the application process varies from each institution, so you must take the time to research thoroughly and submit your application in advance.

Tuition fees in Ireland 

Tuition fees in Ireland can vary considerably for both Masters and PhDs. Generally speaking, the costs will come down to the course you choose to study, the institution and whether you're classed as a UK, EU or non-EU student. For both Masters and PhDs, fees for international students are significantly higher. 

Every year, postgraduate course fees in Ireland are set. So, for accurate, up to date figures, you can check with your chosen university or college. But, as a rough guide, if you choose to study in Ireland you can expect to pay between €6,000 and €10,000 per year. 

Regardless of which institution or course you choose, you'll soon see why Ireland is a hotspot for the UK and international students alike. Beyond education, Ireland is an excellent place to live, with plenty of attractions and rich culture on offer. Best of luck with your application! 

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