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Applicants must hold an equivalent qualification to the Irish Leaving Certificate or A level qualification (UK system).

Non-EU Undergraduate Entry Requirements

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
  • A-Level (+GCSE O Level)


Non-EU undergraduate applicants may present with either of the following recognised exams as consideration for entry.

Undergraduate programmes in UL are categorised into four programme bands of competitiveness. Please see your desired programme band below to determine your required exam result for entry.

Entry requirements listed refer to September 2018/19 intake. Last updated 23/10/18 

If you are presenting with alternative examinations, please see your individual country webpage HERE

Recognised Exams



Law and Accounting

Psychology and Sociology

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Laws (Law Plus)


Computing Technologies

Education in Biology with Physics or Chemistry or Agricultural Science

Financial Mathematics

Product Design and Technology

Sport and Exercise Science

International Business

European Studies

Journalism and New Media

Business Studies

Electronic and Computer Engineering

Engineering (Common Entry)

Biological and Chemical Sciences

Food Science and Health

Performing Arts

Arts (Common Entry)

Construction Management and Engineering

Creative Media & Interaction Design

Equine Science

Paramedic Studies

Technology Management

IB Diploma

6 subjects including minimum of 2 at Higher Level (HL)

IB Total 38 
including bonus points

IB Total 32 including bonus points

IB Total 28
including bonus points

IB Total 26
including bonus points

A Level (+ GCSE O level)
Cambridge International

Must present with 6 recognised subjects, including at least two A2 Level subjects

General Studies is not considered.
Grades in the same subject in A2 and AS Level cannot be combined

Maximum of four A2 Level subjects will be considered

4xA2 Level:

3xA2 Level + 1x AS Level:
A*A*A+D at AS Level or 
A*A*B+A at AS Level

4xA2 Level:

3xA2 Level + 1xAS Level:
AAB+C at AS Level or AAA

*4xA2 Level:

*3xA2 Level + 1xAS Level:
A*AA+C at AS Level or A*A*B

**4xA2 Level:

**3xA2 Level + 1xAS Level:
AAA+A at AS Level

**3xA2 Level:

4xA2 Level:

3xA2 Level + 1xAS Level:
BBC+D at AS Level or ABC

*4xA2 Level:

*3xA2 Level:

4xA2 Level:

3xA2 Level + 1xAS Level:
CCC+C at AS Level or CCB

*NB The equivalences above are indicative only

In addition, please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis.


Applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought.

To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.

English Language Requirements

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • IELTS:Minimum score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 90 or above in TOEFL IBT examination.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that some programmes require a higher level of English.