Instructions for DCU Taught Postgraduate Studies Application

  1. You should familiarise yourself with the entry requirements for each programme to which you apply, as detailed in the current DCU prospectus. In particular, you should note the commencement date for each programme and the submission dates for receipt of completed applications.
  2. Each applicant may only make one application, mentioning up to three course choices.
  3. After you have entered your application details, you will be expected to pay a non-refundable application fee payment of €50. This payment may be made by Credit Card (MasterCard/Visa) or Debit Card (Laser). Please note non-Irish visa debit cards are not accepted. It is also possible to pay by Bank Transfer, N.B. with a note of the applicants name and PAC Application Number, though payments by these methods are subject to an additional administration charge of €5. Applicants should preferably pay online through the secure link if possible as your application will not be assessed if the fee has not been received. Please note that you must pay the PAC application fee within 10 working days of making your application OR by the Programme closing date, whichever date is earlier. Your application may NOT be assessed if you do not pay the application fee on time.
  4. You must have an active e-mail account in order to use this facility. Applicants using webmail e-mail addresses, please note if you have the high junk mail filtering option in your e-mail account, e-mails from the Postgraduate Applications Centre, Galway and Dublin City University may be flagged as Junk. You will need to either reduce the Junk mail filter or else add the Postgraduate Applications Centre, Galway (info@pac.ie) and Dublin City University (registry@dcu.ie) e-mail addresses as two of your safe senders.
  5. All communications regarding the status of your application will be sent to you via e-mail. It is your responsibility to ensure that you check your e-mail account regularly for such correspondence.
  6. The Postgraduate Applications Centre is not responsible for the assessment of your application. The assessment of your application takes place at Dublin City University.
  7. In completing your application NON-EU applicants should note:-
    • Applicant may require an entry visa to study in Ireland. Please refer to Department of Foreign Affairs website for a list of visa required countries.
    • Applicants should acquaint themselves fully with Ireland’s visa regulations and guidelines.
    • The offer of a postgraduate place does not guarantee the granting of a study visa.
    • Department immigration regulations specify that a study visa will not be granted for part-time programmes.
  8. To complete your application you must submit supporting documentation evidencing your qualifications to date (e.g. Transcripts of Results, English Language Competency) and any other information indicated at the end of this application process. Copies of originals must be certified as true copies.
    Documentation should be posted to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland. Original documentation submitted cannot be returned. All relevant supporting paper documentation must be posted to PAC in one single pack and submitted on A4 (or equivalent) size paper.
    This information must arrive within 14 days of submitting your application online and must arrive by the submission date for the programme to which you are applying (or by the earliest submission date if you are applying for multiple programmes). The submission dates for each programme are indicated in the line DCU prospectus. Your application can only be assessed when this information is received. Your application may NOT be assessed if you do not submit your documentation before the Programme closing date. Please note that DCU graduates and current students do not need to submit evidence of examinations taken at DCU. Further information on the above is available here.
  9. Supporting documentation or information that cannot be submitted at the time of application (e.g. future exam sittings, English language exams) may be submitted at a later stage by posting to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC), clearly marked with your PAC number.
  10. If you wish to provide additional information in support of your application (e.g. publications, professional memberships) you may do so by enclosing a personal statement and full CV along with your supporting documentation e.g. CV, etc, certified copies of Transcripts by post to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) as set out above.
  11. Javascript must be enabled to fill out the application form. Please click here to view instructions.
  12. Students experiencing technical difficulties in making an application should contact PAC.
  13. Please be aware of security when logging out and ensure you close all browser windows.
  14. It is strongly recommended that you save the application form regularly.
  15. It is strongly recommended that you create any personal statements in a text file for your own records and paste them into the application form.