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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.

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

Classes begin Friday 25th January 2019

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

*Please check back in the summer for academic year 2019/2020 details*

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.

For further information contact the Centre for English Language Learning & Teaching

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

The summer English for Academic Purposes modules are intensive courses that run before the start of the Michaelmas (Autumn/Fall) term, and focus on the development of spoken and written academic English. Classes take place for four hours daily, 20 hours per week, over 4 weeks. The summer EAP courses are available for both accepted TCD students and the general public who want to improve their academic English skills, including students intending to study at another university.

Dates: 8th July - 2nd August 2019

Entry Requirements

IELTS 6.5 (with no individual band less than IELTS 6.0) or 577 TOEFL (90 IBT). The programme is designed for students engaging in third or fourth level education, whose first language is not English (including those who have come through the CAO system in Ireland). Applicants for the Summer EAP Course must be aged over 18 years at the time of the course.

For further information contact the Centre for English Language Learning & Teaching

Application Form

How to pay

We prefer students to pay via PayPal, using the portal below. Please ensure you have confirmed your place in the pre-sessional course before paying. Please note that a 3% PayPal fee has been added to the enrolment fee. Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Course

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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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