Study Masters in Ireland

With a rich cultural, architectural, philosophical, and scientific legacy, Ireland is an appealing choice for higher education. Regardless of its small land area, the expansiveness and extent of the Irish advanced education framework makes it an outstanding alternative for postgraduate studies in every single field of expertise. International students in science and engineering fields will profit by Ireland’s interest in scholarly research and affiliations between its state-of-the-art universities and multinational corporations. While those wanting to study humanities subjects like arts and philosophy will be doing their research in the cradle of English literature and birthplace of Nobel Laureates George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats.

In spite of being a small nation, the Republic of Ireland still flaunts several globally-recognized universities and colleges. Advance studies in Ireland today can be divided into two broad pathways with international students opting for studying at a University or Institute of Technology. Depending on the coursework and area of interest, you can opt for either type of institution for your higher education.

Irish Universities

Irish Universities are academic research and teaching institutions with extensive inclusion of different fields and branches of knowledge areas. They offer a wide scope of Master’s programs and around 25% of their students are normally postgraduates.

There are seven Irish colleges altogether, however four (University College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth) are constituent colleges of the National University of Ireland. Nevertheless, this federated status does not limit the self-sufficiency of individual foundations. All are allowed to pursue their very own research programs and build up their own projects. You can in this manner treat them as independent organizations when looking at their Masters programs.

Thus a Masters degree from an Irish college can suit everyone’s needs, especially those who are looking forward to establishing a career in research and development.

Irish Institute of Technology (IoT)

In 1960, Ireland authorities came up with an excellent means of providing hands-on training and subject matter expertise to industries by setting up Institute of Technology (IoT); thereby developing a strong bond between the academia and the industry. From that point forward they have flourished and thrived to cover a wide-range of fields, including humanities, art, and media in addition to science and technology.

Most of students at IoTs are enrolled in bachelor degree programs, yet some opts for master’s program as well. You can search more about the choices accessible at IoTs at the official website of Technological Higher Education Association (THEA).

A Masters degree at an Irish IoT can be a wise decision for applicants wishing to concentrate on practical application of their knowledge in real world, with less focus on theory and research.

Irish College Rankings

In light of on the quantity of its colleges and research organizations, the Irish advanced education framework is one of the smallest in the British Isles. Nonetheless, with regards to academic standing, colleges in the Republic of Ireland are the most reputed and recognized colleges in Europe. This is clearly reflected in worldwide college rankings: colleges from the Republic of Ireland such as Trinity College of Dublin, University College of Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College of Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway, Maynooth University, Dublin City University, University of Limerick, and Dublin Institute of Technology to name a few are always placed in the upper half of the international ranking tables be it Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings or Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Course Types

The Republic of Ireland is a part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and its credentials follow a universally-recognized format. As is widespread in Europe and elsewhere, Irish Master’s degrees are postgraduate (or ‘second-cycle’) programs, pursued after a bachelor’s degree.

Course Length and Duration

Most full-time courses take minimum of one-year to finish; however, some can keep going for two years for example a Master’s degree with a focus on research. Broadly, you will spend two semesters finishing particular units of study area and related assignments, before starting work on an independent thesis and research project in the third semester and continuing with it over the next semester. This thesis will represent a large chunk of your overall grade and will usually be evaluated by external evaluators as well as the professors of your college. Students who want to pursue a PhD in the long run, normally enroll for the Masters by Research (MRes) degree and can proceed onto a doctoral program in a similar field or can upgrade their status after reaching a specific point in their Master’s degree.

Academic Year

Similarly to the UK, teaching semesters in Ireland runs from September to December and from January to June, with holidays in Christmas and Easter and a summer break over July and August. As a Master’s student, you will, as a rule, spend this last period investigating and writing your thesis paper.

Fees and Funding

The expense of Master degree programs in Ireland varies, yet foreign applicants pay a similar amount as the local students for certain courses. Financing is likewise accessible to help bolster postgraduate studies.

Postgraduate fees at most of the Irish colleges are determined by the nationality of the applicant.

EU and EEA students can expect the expense for a year of full-time degree coursework to be somewhere in the range of €4,000 and €9,000. Charges for expensive programs like medicine and business will be around €20,000 – €30,000.

Students from outside the EU and EEA can hope to pay around €9,000 every year as a base, with certain courses costing up to €30,000 every year. Once again, management and medical subjects are probably going to be at the more costly end of this range.

Different financing options exist for international applicants seeking a Master’s degree in the Republic of Ireland. Universities regularly offer fee waivers to certain Masters students or will grant scholarships and assistantship based on the availability. You can research these alternatives by investigating your university’s website or by connecting with the admissions’ department.

The Irish Research Council, same as its UK counterparts, gives three principle financing options:

  • The Enterprise Partnership program bolsters brilliant scientists trying to create key transferrable skills
  • The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship helps scholastic research in every branch of knowledge and is accessible to international students wanting to study in Ireland
  • The Employment-Based Postgraduate program works through employer associations at explicit foundations

You can find out more about these funding options at the Irish Research Council’s website.

In the event that you are keen on learning at an IoT, you might probably get support from THEA. As of now their principle funding program is the Ireland Homecoming Study program, specifically for students from the more extensive Irish Diaspora.

How to Apply

The main academic prerequisite for applying to a postgraduate program in Ireland is usually a valid undergraduate degree with second class honours or better. Universities and institutes may likewise request that candidates present an individual explanation depicting their enthusiasm for the course/field by submitting a Personal Statement or Statement of Intent and by delineating their research interests (as required). Sometimes you might be called in for a personal interview; this is preferably for the competitive courses at especially esteemed universities.

The Postgraduate Applications Center (PAC)

A few Irish colleges lead their applications procedure through a third party portal, known as the Postgraduate Applications Center (PAC). The PAC manages and controls an online enrollment and applications system that gives definite data about the prerequisites for individual courses and leads the procedure from starting applications to final admission results. Numerous applications might be made in parallel; however, the PAC charges a non-refundable handling expense of €50. To see if it offers the application procedure for a given course, visit the PAC site.

Language Requirements

In spite of the fact that the official language of the Republic of Ireland is Irish, English is the main language for a large portion of the populace and is widely utilized as the mode of instruction at all of the nation’s universities and colleges. In case English isn’t your first language (and you have not studied a program conveyed in English) you might be approached to present a score from a recognized language test, such as IELTS, PTE Academic, and TOEFL, as a component of your application.

Applying for a visa

As a part condition of the EU, Ireland permits students from other EU and EEA nations (in addition to Switzerland) to enter the country for higher studies without requiring a formal visa. And as long as you have student status, you will not require a residence permit. Having said that, residents of non-EU and EEA nations should apply for a visa to enter Ireland and register with one of the following organizations upon entry in the nation: for living in Dublin – The Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) and for living outside Dublin – The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). This will enable you to get an Irish Residence Permit (IRP), the expense for which is €300. To get familiar with Irish visa necessities and potential exclusions for residents of various nations, check the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service’s site. An Irish embassy in your country of residence can provide you with further information.

Following are the basic requirements –

  • A legitimate and updated Passport
  • Verification of enrolment at a recognized Irish college
  • Evidence of medical coverage or health insurance (whenever required)
  • Bank statement showing enough funds/savings to support yourself for the duration of your degree coursework
  • Scholarship Letter (if any)

Medical Coverage

EU and EEA natives will be provided medical treatment if they carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Students from non EU and EEA nations should obtain their own private medical insurance and a proof of this will be required when applying for a visa and residence permit.

Post Masters

Ireland universities guarantee that their students possess the key aptitude, specialized skills, and practical experience in their area of interest. Therefore, Master’s program in Ireland incorporates a plethora of summer internships and industrial training options as a part of the set syllabus.

Once you have obtained your Master’s degree, you can work full-time (as long as 40 hours per week) in the country under the Third Level Graduate Scheme which permits international students to work in Ireland for two years without requiring any additional work visa. To achieve this, you will need to renew your residence permit for one more year at a regular cost of €300. Also, you will be requiring a letter from your college, affirming that you have successfully graduated from your Master’s qualification.

Upon completing the first 12 months of your Third Level Graduate Scheme, you need to demonstrate a need for graduate employment to get it renewed for the next 12 months. You can utilize this opportunity to apply for a permanent permit to work in Ireland, (for example, an Irish Green Card). Please note that this is liable to having found justifiable employment and is not ensured in all cases.

To sum up, here are the four most convincing points to consider a Masters in Ireland in 2019:

  • Worldwide Standpoint

    The existence of around 17,000 foreign students gives Irish colleges a cosmopolitan climate

  • Scholastic Legacy

    Ireland is home to Trinity College Dublin, one of Britain and Ireland’s renowned ‘Old Universities’

  • Job Openings

    There are several employment options for students who need to work part-time or full-time in Ireland upon completing their Masters

  • English-speaking Nation

    Along with Malta, Ireland is the main English-talking nation in the Eurozone. One advantage of this is that a majority of multinational corporations have their base in Ireland

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