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How To Apply

HOW TO APPLY for a TAUGHT Postgraduate Programme

HOW TO APPLY for a RESEARCH Degree Programme

Please Note:

In the context of Brexit, the Irish universities wish to reaffirm their desire to encourage student mobility between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and particularly with Northern Ireland.

In the period of uncertainty following the recent UK referendum to leave the European Union, the Irish universities collectively wish to reassure all UK students currently enrolled in an Irish university that they will continue to enjoy the same conditions as other EU students regarding fees and contributions, for the duration of their degree.


Taught Programmes - Application Process

All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties.   If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:  Tel: +353 61 233034 Fax: +353 61 213062  email: Submit your question here or visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application

  • Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency.
  • Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references.  Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.   

What happens after I apply?

Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement.  It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage.  If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available. 
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter

You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:

  • An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.  
  • A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
  • Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place. 

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick

To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office.  On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted.  You will receive an orientation pack in August.  The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer

You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director.  If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted.  You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year. 

Admissions Appeals Process - 

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Research Degree Programmes - Application Process

EU & Non EU Applicants - All applicants should first try to identify a potential supervisor and a project.   Information on research activities in each Faculty are available here:

Further Information on research institutes and centres in UL is available here

Funded postgraduate research positions are advertised on the Graduate School webpage. available at  Funded PhD Positions

How to apply for a Research Degree Programme?

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD at the UL, some initial guidance and summary information is available here 

An overview of the Research Postgraduate Application & Admission Process is outlined below. In addition, a comprehensive step by step guide is available here

If you have already identified and agreed a research proposal with your proposed supervisor, please complete a research postgraduate application form available below:

    • Application Form:Research Postgraduate Degree ,please return the completed form and research proposal to the Graduate School, Foundation Building (F2-020) or

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  • Provide a detailed proposal of the research to be undertaken (on separate sheets if necessary). This should include sections on 1) Description of the topic including the aims of the research; 2) Objectives and/or hypotheses 3) Research Methodology,including how the data will be collected, and 4) Bibliography and references.

  • For Science & Engineering proposals please use the following headings: 1) Background; 2) Objectives; 3) Work to be done; 4) Methods to be used; 5) Novel aspects; 6) Scientific or Engineering theoretical issue(s) addressed; proposal to be a maximum of 2 pages.

  • Please note that funded applicants (IRC, PRTLI, SFI...) should ensure that a Financial Aid form is completed, signed and submitted to the finance office.
  • Further information on the schedule of fees for research postgraduate students available from the  Fees Office. If you have any queries please contact the Graduate School

If you have not identified a potential supervsior(s) you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form and a research prospoal

  • Note: To enable the relevant faculty and department to identify a potential  supervisor prospective applicants to should include a research project proposal

  • Faculty guidelines on completing a research proposal are outlined on page 3 of the expression of interest form

  • The completed Expression of Interest form and research proposal in PDF format should be submitted to the Graduate School, Foundation Building (F2-020) or

  • Both the Expression of Interest form and the Research proposal will be sent to the relevant faculty and department who will endeavour to identify an appropriate supervisor

  • If you have not received a response within six weeks of submitting an expression of interest application form, you should assume that your research area has not been matched with a potential supervisor(s)  

Application Deadlines

Applications for graduate research are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

What to include with your application

  • Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s). 

Evidence of English language proficiency.

If English is not your first language please indicate the score you achieved if you have completed an English language proficiency test. Table 1 below outlines the English Language Requirements

Table 1: English Language Entry Requirements

IELTS Overall score of 6.5 or above, with no leass than 6.0 in any one component
TOEFL A minimum score 580 (paper based) or 90 internet-based
Uni of Cambridge
ESOL Examination

Grade C or higher on a Certificated of proficiency in English (CPE)
Grade A on a Certificate of Advance English (CAE)

What happens after I apply?

Completed application forms are reviewed by the relevant faculty and then presented on a monthly basis to the Postgraduate Research Committee. Following this meeting applicants will receive a decision letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office. If a prospective applicant wishes to appeal the decsion of the Postgraduate Research Committee, details of the process are available from Admissions Appeal Process

Equal Opportunities

The University of Limerick is fully committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.  University policies and procedures do not discriminate against individuals on grounds such as gender, marital or family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community.

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