English Language Requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined below.

The below qualifications and minimum scores are required to meet our English Language entry requirements. Pre-sessional language courses, whether in UCD or elsewhere, are not accepted in lieu of the requirements listed on this webpage.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University
    A minimum score of 600  in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iTB). In this iTB, a minimum of 20 must be achieved in each of the four components to this test.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
  • The minimum English language test results required for entry to the CEMS International Management programme are as follows: A score of IELTS 7.0 overall or higher or TOEFL iBT- 100 or higher is required.
  • Pearson English Language Test.  Minimum of 63 with no section less than 59.
  • University of Cambridge
    Advanced Certificate, Grade B
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C
  • UK Examining Boards/Bodies
    GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
    GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
    GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
    CSE Grade 1 Pass in English
  • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)
    English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body’s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper
  • Important note for applicants who completed the whole of their undergraduate degree in an English speaking country. If you did in one of the counties listed here, you do not need to meet our requirements by sitting IELTS, TOEFL, etc. The counties are: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana.