Entry Requirements

Taught Programmes (Graduate Diploma or Masters)

The requirements below are the minimum entry requirements set by the University. Each taught postgraduate programme has particular entry requirements therefore applicants should consult the individual programme entries for further details.

Applicants to a Taught Programme (minimum entry requiments)

Applicants for a Master’s programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Garda Clearance Requirements

Student Vetting
It is the policy of the University of Limerick that students whom the University places or makes arrangements for placement at a relevant organisation as part of the student’s course of education, training or scheme, including any internship scheme, where such placement requires the student to participate in ‘relevant work or activities’ relating to children or vulnerable adults, must be vetted in accordance with the University’s Student Vetting Policy.
The University must receive either a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau or confirmation from the relevant organisation that the relevant organisation has received a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of the student. If a student’s placement involves ‘relevant work or activities’ relating to children or other vulnerable persons, the provisions of this policy apply whether or not the student has unsupervised access to or assumes a position of responsibility with a child or vulnerable adult. This is in compliance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (as amended).

Offers of places on programmes that require garda clearance will be provisional pending the outcome of the garda vetting process.  Garda vetting documents will be sent to all applicants offered places on the following programmes

Research Postgraduate Programme

The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements set by the University. Individual Faculties may have specific requirements and applicants are requested to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application for a research programme.
 

Applicants to a Research Degree Programme (minimum entry requiments)

  • An appropriate master's or equivalent qualification that has been obtained from a University or other institution recognised by UL following a period of study similar to that required in UL. A candidate who holds a master's degree in a discipline other than that in which the doctoral research is intended to be pursued shall be considered for entry under rule 5.4.1b, or 
  • An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.1 honours or equivalent qualification, or 
  • An honours primary bachelor's degree with a minimum classification of 2.2 honours or equivalent qualification, or 
  • A degree, or equivalent qualification, other than that specified in 5.4.1a, 5.4.1b or 5.4.1c and a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience at an appropriate and relevant level may be considered for entry to the master's register. 
  • Candidates within this category without a minimum of four years' acceptable professional experience will be considered for entry under regulation 5.4.4.
For further information on the Research Postgraduate Academic Regulations (Handbook of Academic Regulations & Procedures)
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