Spotlight on: University College Dublin


Spotlight on: University College Dublin, Ireland

Located in the beautiful, historic city of Dublin, University College Dublin is frequently ranked among the top universities in Europe and the top 1% worldwide, and is the largest in Ireland. It proclaims itself to be “a distinctly Irish university, with a global impact” – of UCD’s 30000+ student population, 25% are international students, indeed making it a global university.

UCD offers a number of degree programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including research-based degrees across disciplines ranging from the Humanities and Social Sciences, to Science and Mathematics, to Law.

Key facts

1. Entry requirements

The typical academic requirements for entry into a Masters programme is a Second Class Honours Bachelors Degree grade one i.e. 2:1 (the Indian equivalent would be a minimum of 65%). Some courses have specific entry requirements such as work experience, or a higher standard for entry. For applicants who do not meet the minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available.

English language requirements for entry into a Masters programme, in addition to academic qualifications, can be met by achieving minimum required scores in an English language test including IELTS Academic, TOEFL, PTE Academic, Cambridge English, Trinity ISE etc.

2. Costs and Funding

The average annual fees for a Graduate diploma (full time) is approximately 12000-13000 Euros, while for Masters taught degree (full time), several programmes average at 19200 Euros, with others ranging up to 25000 Euros.

Scholarships: Various scholarships are available to help fund your studies at UCD, several of which are exclusively for international students: the Global Excellence Scholarships-South Asia offer 50-100% tuition scholarships for high-achieving international students who have already received an offer to study at UCD, while all international applicants are automatically assessed for partial tuition fee scholarship under the Global Scholarship. The V.V. Giri scholarship is offered exclusively to meritorious Indian students, with full tuition fee coverage.

3. Application timeline

Applications for Masters taught programmes open online on 1 October each year, and remain open until all places are filled. Some courses have specific closing dates.

If you think University College Dublin is for you, the Hurray Overseas counselling team is available for assistance. Get in touch with us at, or 8971357928.


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