Entry requirements

Primary degree / Standard of English

Those who wish to apply for the course must have the following:

(1) a primary degree in Irish, or its equivalent (e.g. B.Ed.), at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications


a primary degree in another discipline at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

(2) At least grade B (ordinary level) or grade D (higher level) in English in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.

Note: Applicants who are given a place on this course must submit a transcript of their results in the primary degree.

Entry examination / Oral examination

Applicants must sit an entry examination to show their suitability for the course. This written examination, which will contain both translation and grammar questions, and applicants will have the choice of taking the exam on two different dates: Saturday, 4 July 2020 or Saturday, 29 August 2020 (2.00pm and 4.00pm on both dates).

Important: As there are only 15 places available on the course, those who take the entrance examination in July may be at an advantage. A sample examination paper is available here.

Note: Those who have passed the end of course examination in the Dianchúrsa Ullmhúcháin i gCruinneas na Gaeilge programme will not be required to sit this entry examination. If they would like gain a higher mark than that which they received in the end of course examination, however, they are welcome to sit the entry examination.

Applicants may be required to sit an oral examination as part of the entry process.

Decision regarding allocation of places

The following will be taken into consideration when places on the course are being allocated to applicants:

• academic qualifications

• answers given on the application form

• result in the entry examination

• result in the oral examination if applicable

Deadline for applications

There are two deadlines for applications for the 2020-2021 course: Thursday, 25 June 2020 and Friday, 21 August 2020.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee per semester is €1,495. Tax relief is available from the Revenue Commissioners (www.revenue.ie) in relation to such fees.