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Pre-Master's Pathway Programme (PMPP)

Applications now open!

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is suitable for students with a conditional offer for postgraduate study at Trinity College Dublin, subject to fulfilling the minimum English language requirement. To be accepted on the PMPP, you must submit an IELTS certificate (issued within the last two years) showing that you have achieved a minimum 6.0 overall score, with no band area below 5.5.

Programme Overview

Learning and Teaching

The PMPP supports students’ development of academic literacy and oral communication skills in English through learning and assessment activities associated with their field of postgraduate study. It maximises authentic opportunities to use English in an academic context and immerses students in Trinity’s academic culture.

Classes take place for four hours daily, 20 hours per week, over 10 weeks. They are taught by EAP experts from Trinity’s Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching.

Topics covered during PMPP include:

  • Reading and evaluating academic texts
  • Writing in academic genres
  • Active listening to academic content
  • Oral communication in the academic context
  • Critical thinking and argumentation
  • Note-taking, paraphrasing, and academic referencing
  • Using academic and technical vocabulary
  • Group-work and discussion on academic issues
  • Giving fluent and accurate academic presentations
  • Cross-cultural communication


The PMPP is assessed through a combination of coursework and skills-based tests focusing on the use of English in an academic context. Coursework assignments involve writing an academic essay and giving an oral presentation on an academic topic. Passing the PMPP enables students to fulfil Trinity’s English Language requirement.

Application Information

Applications for the Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme are currently being accepted.

To apply, please follow the three-step application process below.

Remember, you must provide a relevant IELTS certificate and your conditional offer for a postgraduate course at Trinity College Dublin.

Schedule and fees
Dates: 25 May – 31 July 2020
Tuition fee: €3,450


Step 1 - Complete the application form:


The data collected in this form are used for the sole purpose of collecting feedback regarding English Language Support and is held for this purpose by SLSCS.



Step 2 - Pay the course fee of €3,450 by PayPal:

Attendee Name

Step 3 Email these documents to

  • A copy of your current language certificate (for example IELTS)
  • Your Trinity College offer letter


*An administration fee of €250 will be charged for any refunds.

Refunds will only be issued after 31 January 2020 in exceptional cases, such as international visa restrictions.

If you are unable to travel due to visa restrictions, please contact CELLT before the start of the course.


All classes will take place in 7-9 South Leinster Street, Trinity College, Dublin


Please email with any additional queries


Trinity Hall residence, Dartry, has a limited number of places available at a discounted rate for PMPP students.
The discounted rate is €46 per night on ensuite single rooms, on a room only basis, and is available from 24 May to 4 August 2020.
To avail of this discount, enter the promotional code CELLT2020 when booking on the Trinity Hall website:

Please note that these discounted places are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis before 31 March 2020.
Therefore, to avoid disappointment, please make sure to book accommodation as soon as possible.


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