MSc Merit Based Scholarships for non-UCD Students / Graduates

MSc Merit Based Scholarships for non-UCD Students / Graduates

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is pleased to offer a number of scholarships which will be awarded to academically exceptional students who also have demonstrated leadership and impact achievements.
Open Date 1st October 2023
Close Date 1st August 2024
Status Open
Value A number of €2,000 scholarships toward tuition fees.

Successful scholars of these Merit Based awards will be ambassadors for their course and the School during their studies and after graduation.

The total value of each of these Scholarships is a €2,000 contribution towards fees for the Masters programme that the candidate has applied for and has accepted an offer from The School.

To be considered, students must be a graduate of an Irish Higher Educational Institution or will graduate in the summer of 2023. A candidate must hold a mid Hons 2.1 (65%) or above degree result or be in a position to achieve 65% or higher in their Bachelor Level 8 Honours degree and have completed their degree in full in the summer of 2024.

These Scholarships are for our full-time Taught Masters MSc Programmes only. It also includes our Master of Accounting.

The Scholarship is not open to those who have already commenced or have previously undertaken a Masters programme.

These Taught Masters Scholarships will be judged and then awarded to the applicants on the basis of their overall degree result (holding a mid Hons 2.1 or above) along with the quality of the two short essay questions the candidate has completed as part of their Scholarship Application Form.

If you are a non-Irish citizen but completed your education at an Irish Higher Educational Institution we welcome your application. However please contact us before you make your application on the details at the bottom of this page.

Please note that UCD Belfield programmes run in conjunction with UCD Smurfit School - MSc in Biotechnology and Business, MSc in Biotherapeutics and Business and MSc in International Law and Business - are not eligible for Scholarships.

To be considered for these scholarships, candidates must submit a programme application before the deadline 1st August 2024. Therefore, there is no separate application process for these scholarships. Awarding of the scholarship is based on an applicant's final degree results and programme application. 


Late applications will not be accepted.

For students currently in their Final Year, their Bachelor degree average at the time of application must be at an Hons 2.1 (65%) or above / Hons 1.1 level.

We will award the Scholarships in the second half of August 2024. All decisions are final.

Successful candidates can be awarded one Scholarship only from the School.

A maximum of up to two of the Scholarships on offer can be awarded to a specific UCD Smurfit Taught Masters Programme.

If an awardee does not take up a place or accept the Scholarship, the award may be made to the next ranked candidate. Awardees that receive an award and subsequently cease study will be ineligible to apply again. The Scholarship award may not be deferred.

If you would like more information on this scholarship or our MSc programmes, please contact UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on or phone +353 1 716 4321

Brian O'Malley

Brian O'Malley

MSc. Merit Based Scholarship for Non-UCD Students Recipient 2022

Being awarded the MSc. Merit Based Scholarship for Non-UCD Students is an honour, especially because of UCD Smurfit School’s prestige in addition to the financial aid it provides, both to me and my family. After my postgraduate studies in UCD Smurfit, I would like to pursue a career in finance and accounting although I have yet to figure out the specifics.

Scholarships Notice

Candidates may apply for a number of scholarships, if they are successful in attaining more than one scholarship, however, they may only accept one scholarship bursary. Scholarship bursaries cannot be added together or combined.

Candidates will be awarded the higher amount. Candidates cannot transfer or use one scholarship or bursary between or against another programme. Scholarships and bursaries are also not allowed to be deferred to a future academic year, it is only applicable and awarded to the student for the year they are offered a place in UCD Smurfit. If a student, subsequently, decides to defer their offer they will lose their scholarship or bursary and be required to apply in the future.

If candidates are in receipt of a SUSI grant they are not eligible to receive a scholarship .

UCD Smurfit School Scholarships are not applicable to courses in UCD Smurfit Executive Development, UCD Belfield campus or programmes run in conjunction with UCD Belfield including the MSc in Biotechnology and Business, MSc in Biotherapeutics and Business and MSc in International Law and Business.

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