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Transferring from Another 3rd Level Institution

The transfer route into UL depends the content overlap of your new and old course, and competition for places on the new course in the year you apply.

Transfers are accepted into most of our courses. Some do not allow transfers due to the structure of the course. Before submitting an application, you should discuss your options with the Head of the relevant School/Department of the course you wish to transfer to.

QQI HET Higher Certificate: Students who hold a QQI HET Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6 Major Award) at credit/merit or distinction level in a compatible course will normally be considered for entry to year two of these four year courses.

QQI FET Advanced Certificate​: Students who hold a QQI FET Advanced Certificate (NFQ Level 6 Major Award) at credit/merit or distinction level in a compatible course will normally be considered for entry to year two of these four year courses.

QQI HET Bachelor (Ordinary Degree): Students who hold a QQI HET Bachelor (Ordinary Degree) (NFQ Level 7 Major Award) at credit/merit or distinction level in a compatible course will normally be considered for entry to year three of these four year courses.

Students transferring to the University of Limerick normally follow the regular course of studies with existing classes. Exceptions include a specially designed transition course which is provided for students transferring into third year of engineering and science degrees. Students follow this course for one semester and then proceed through the regular course with existing third year students.

External transfers (after Year 1) applications for our full time courses will be considered from students who have completed at least year 1 of a compatible course (NFQ Level 8 Major Award – Honours Bachelor Degree) in another HEI College. 

External student transfers from another HEI College into Year 2 or later years of a UL or MIC course will be considered subject to the following conditions: 

  • The closing date for direct applications to UL is 1st July each academic year. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the course director in consultation with the Academic Registry Admissions Team. 
  • Places must be available in the year in question of the new course of study.  
  • Students must meet the course entry subject requirements (from Leaving Certificate or equivalent subjects from their third-level programme) or the requirements of entry through an equivalent pathway (e.g. Mature Student or QQI FET Level 5 Award).
  • Students who do not have an award from another HEI must have achieved the minimum CAO cut-off points on the year they entered the HEI (including random selection and any HEAR and DARE points reduction, where applicable) or must have met the requirements of entry through an equivalent pathway on the year they entered the HEI. (Students who do not have the CAO points but have completed 60 credits and attained an average of at least 50% (honours 2.2 level) with no deficient grades in their current programme of study meet this eligibility requirement.) 
  • Students must have completed substantially equivalent learning in terms of learning outcomes to progress into at least Year 2 of the alternative course.
        -  Students who do not meet the equivalent learning outcomes requirement may be considered for a conditional offer into the alternative course subject to satisfactory performance in a number of link-in modules.
        -  A student's entry into the alternative course will be deferred until they have satisfactorily completed the specified link-in modules.
  • Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked primarily on the level of their academic qualification(s) and academic performance. Students who do not have an award from another HEI may be considered on the basis of CAO points or equivalent pathway entry requirements.  

Please note:
LM038 BA Psychology & Sociology, and LM102 BSc do not accept post year 1 transfers. 

The transfer route in to UL's courses depend on the number of places available, the content overlap of the courses and competition for places in the year you apply.

In order to be assessed, the applications must be accompanied by:

  1. Application form with all relevant sections fully completed.
  2. List the details of your current/past 3rd level studies (completed or incomplete) in the Application form.
  3. Full documentation, including course syllabus and *certified transcripts (Final results must be sent to the Admissions office as soon as received).

*Certified: All copies of original academic documents must be verified as true copies of the original. This means that the copies must be stamped and signed by the issuing institution,

In applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) the University will be cognisant of the need to ensure that the integrity of its awards is rigorously guarded and that academic standards are maintained. The learning achieved by the applicant must be equivalent to the learning outcomes or performance criteria already set down for the course of study and must be supported by evidence as required by the University. Awards will not be given more than once for the same learning achievement where this has taken place either within the University of Limerick or where this has take place in other institutions.

The University may determine that the evidence may be provided in a number of ways including:

  • participation in exactly the same form of assessment as other students entering or already on the programme of study;
  • portfolio;
  • demonstrated skill or competence;
  • reflective papers or journal articles that relate previous learning to the stated learning outcomes of the programme or module in question;
  • evidence from the workplace or other setting where the student has applied their learning or competence;
  • testimonials of learning or competence.

Assessment of RPL

  • The process will be timely, fair and transparent.
  • The process will be based on evidence provided by the applicant.
  • The recognition will result in grades being awarded for modules except in the case where exemptions are given.
  • The process will be equitable, valid and reliable.
  • The decisions will be accountable and transparent
  • The applicant will have the right to appeal.
  • The evidence and the rationale on which decisions are made will be recorded and retained by the University.

Information for applicants and supporting procedures
Applicants will be provided with sufficient information and guidance on the process to assist them in making their application. Information will be provided to applicants about the learning outcomes of the courses of study and modules for which RPL can be used to gain access or exemption.


Applications for Transfer to the University of Limerick
must be made via the online Undergraduate Application Form.

Applications will open soon.