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English for Academic Purposes

We provide English Language Learning Support for prospective and accepted students of Trinity College who are not native-speakers of English, as well as offering specialised courses for the general public.

New: PhD Module in English for Academic Purposes

This new 10 credit module exposes Trinity's doctoral students to targeted, discipline-specific instruction in academic English.

Its purpose is to enhance PhD students written and oral academic literacy and to support their ability to effectively communicate through and publish in English-language academic fora. This module should be particularly appealing to PhD students who speak languages other than English natively.

Schedule: The module takes place each Friday of Hilary Term in R. 206, 7-9 South Leinster Street on the following schedule:

2-4 pm: AHSS students

4-6 pm: EMS and HS students

Assessment: Students' performance on the module is evaluated on the basis of good attendance and a successful pass on the following assessments:

  • An essay of approx 3,000 words in length
  • 10 minute oral presentation on a topic relating to students' field of discipline
  • Listening and reading comprehension examination assessed through a standardized test

How to Enrol: First, please discuss your decision to take this course with your PhD supervisor. Thereafter, to enrol in this module, please email Dr.Sarah O'Brien at, including in the subject line your name and the course code 'LI7899'

In-Sessional English for Academic Purposes

Michaelmas Term:

For current Trinity College students, who need English language support during their degree programme at Trinity College Dublin please complete this form. Once completed, please see below for details on paying the course registration fee.

Hilary Term:

Hilary Term English courses focus on specific disciplines and Language skills. To sign up for Hilary Term's discipline and skill specific courses complete this form . Once completed, please see below for details on paying the course registration fee.

How to pay the enrolment fee

We prefer students to pay via PayPal, using the portal below. Please note, the enrolment fee is not refundable, so ensure you have confirmed your place in the in-sessional course before paying. Please note that a 3% PayPal fee has been added to the enrolment fee.

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In-sessional EAP (CELLT)
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Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

8 Week Intensive course in English

This course is suitable for students with a conditional offer to study a postgraduate course at Trinity College, subject to reaching the minimum English language requirement. To be accepted into the course, you must submit an IELTS certificate (issued in the last two years) showing that you have achieved a minimum 6.0 overall score, with no band area below 5.5. More Information

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