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Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum 2.1 class honours degree from an Irish university or its international equivalent.
  • For candidates who are not native English speakers and have not completed a degree through the medium of English, see the Trinity foreign language requirement.

Application and next steps:

Required materials

For this course, you will need to prepare these materials to apply:

Sample of academic writing

You will require a sample of no more than 2,500 words of your best academic writing in English.
When we assess your application, we would like to know:

  • that you are able to build an academic argument
  • that you are able to create a logical structure to your argument
  • that you can critically analyse others' options and the evidence you see
  • that you have a good understanding of the apparatus of academic writing, including referencing, quoting, signposting, avoiding plagiarism* and other forms of academic misconduct, and using a bibliography
  • that your command of academic English is strong

*we make use of Turnitin and other software to check for plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct in the samples submitted. An application may be rejected if samples of work submitted are found to include instances of such misconduct

English language qualifications

Unless you have completed a degree through the medium of English or are a native speaker, you are required to prove your proficiency with the language. 
Trinity prefers IELTS, but will accept alternative tests run by international organisations, such as TOEFL (please see table below for further details).

Degree certificate(s)

You will require the certificates that prove you have completed all of the degrees you mention in your application. If you haven’t yet completed your degree, you can still apply and supply these when you have them.

Degree transcripts

You will need official transcripts showing all of the components you have completed as part of your degree(s).

Two reference letters

You should ask two people who are not related to you to write letters of reference, recommending you for this course and laying out why you would be a good candidate.
Ideally, these would both be academic references, but applicants who have been out of the University system for some time may submit one academic and one professional reference.

If you are unable to find answers to any queries on our FAQ page, please contact Dr Martin Worthington with any queries relating to the application process.

Applications for all three entry routes (MPhil, Certificate, Diploma) can be made through Trinity College Dublin via this link, or through the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education via this link.

Please note that data you submit to Trinity as part of your application may be shared with the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education.