Postgraduate Study Information


Postgraduate Study Information

I want to explore postgraduate and professional education.

Choosing a Postgraduate Course

People choose postgraduate study for a variety of reasons. You might want to further your career prospects, change career direction, enter a profession that requires a specific qualification or pursue your passion for a particular subject.  When considering postgraduate study there are some important things to consider, including the type of postgraduate course you want to pursue and the mode of delivery. Consider your options between:

Taught and Research programmes.

  • Taught programmes include Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Taught Masters.
  • Research programmes include Research Masters and PhD qualifications.
  • Details of all UL postgraduate courses along with advice on the application process is available at:

Modes of Study

For some students, full time study on campus is their preferred option but many postgraduate programmes are offered on a part time basis or via online and blended teaching formats in order to facilitate those with other work or life commitments.

Application Process

Generally, postgraduate courses are applied for directly to the institution but central processing systems such as a Postgraduate Applications Centre ( are used to process applications for the Professional Masters in Education for a number of Irish universities. Typically, applications can be completed online and include the following sections:

  • Academic Qualifications & Achievements
  • Employment Experience
  • Supporting Statement
  • Transcript of Official Results
  • Interview: some postgraduate courses will interview candidates as part of the selection process.

Postgraduate Study Events in UL

To help students prepare for postgraduate study, a number of seminars are held at the end of October each year. These provide an over of postgraduate study in Ireland and abroad as well as a specialist event for students considering a Professional Masters in Education in Ireland or abroad. Details are advertised widely via email as well as on Careers Connect in advance of this event

Postgraduate Application Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t leave it to the last minute!
  • Submit your application well in advance of the closing date if you can – institutions often find themselves swamped at deadline time and some make offers on a rolling basis
  • Demonstrate that you have researched your desired course and institution on your application
  • Focus on specific achievements and interests that support your application
  • Show that you’re ready for postgraduate study by highlighting your analytical and research skills
  • If you are invited to an interview, a good rule of thumb is to treat it like a job interview

The Personal Statement

Your postgraduate personal statement is your chance to convey a sense of your passion, personality and academic abilities. It should provide the admissions committee with a sense of who you are and your motivation for applying for postgraduate study. Keep the following points in mind when completing your statement:

  • Pay attention to presentation and formatting
  • Read and re-read your statement very carefully, and spell- and grammar check it.
  • Get your final draft checked by friends, academics or a careers advisor.
  • Don't use the same statement for all applications: each will need a slightly different emphasis

Here is an example of a Personal Statement