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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between taught and research programmes?

Broadly speaking, a taught programme involves seminars and lectures (much like an undergraduate programme), and is usually one or two years in duration (full-time or part-time). A research programme is usually longer in duration and involves study of a specialised subject/area. The student will present a thesis at the end of their research studies

Where can I find further information on the course of my choice?

To get more information on your chosen course, you can contact the relevant Course Co-ordinator. Their details can be found under the course description on this website, within the course description in the Prospectus or on the appropriate School website. For research options, you can discuss your postgraduate studies options with the Director of Teaching and Learning of the appropriate School.

How much does each programme cost?

Postgraduate programme fee information for both E.U. and non-E.U. students is online at theTreasurer’s Office. Funding information can also be found on this website at External Funding. The definition of an E.U. student for fee purposes can be found under Entry Requirements.

How will I know if you have received my application?

The majority of taught courses are applied for online through www.tcd.ie/courses . You will be required to create an account and then submit your application electronically. Please ensure that you enter your email information correctly as this address will be used to communicate updates to you.

Can you accept applications by fax or e-mail or on-line?

No, both taught and research applications can only be submitted online as outlined above.

How do I make multiple applications?

It is possible to make multiple applications through course finder.  Each application that is made will incur a €35 application fee.

What is the closing date for programmes?

Closing dates vary for taught programmes, for more information, visit our ‘Closing Dates’ section. Please see our on-line prospectus and consult the individual course entry or contact the relevant department.

Applications for research programmes can be made at any time. However, there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

I don’t have the results of my final exams, can I still make an application?

Yes  you can and we welcome applications from final year students.  Please complete the application form and upload your earlier years transcripts as part of the process. Then when you receive your final year transcripts you can upload them to complete your file. You may be made a conditional offer pending your final year results so apply early and make sure to include as many of your available transcripts as possible.

When supplying references, do they have to be from academic referees?

Academic references are preferable, but professional references are acceptable also. Certain courses will have specific instructions.

What is a conditional offer?

You may be made an offer for a place on a programme conditional on certain criteria being met (e.g. obtaining a particular grade in your final results). When you have met the conditions specified in your conditional offer and have sent on the additional requirements, you will be notified by email (for taught courses) that your offer has changed to a firm offer. Please follow the instructions online for accepting your place.

Can I defer accepting my place?

Some courses will allow an applicant to defer their place for a year. However, most courses do not have this option and you will have to re-apply the following year. Please contect the course co-ordinator directly.

Is there an English language requirement for entry into Postgraduate Courses?

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission. Please see the English Language requirements section of this website.

Where can I find information on funding?

Please see the Awards and Funding section of this website.

I’ve paid my fees, do I need to register?

Yes. Registration is a separate process to paying fees. Registration can only proceed when all fees have been paid. Every student must register for college every year.

When can I register?

Registration for postgraduate programmes takes place in late September and in early April for April registered students. Please see the Registration Section of our Closing Dates first.


Last updated 13 March 2013 by Postgraduate (Email).