Postgraduate Applications Centre - DCU FAQ

1. 
You fill in an online application form and upload (electronic copies to PAC) or post in (to PAC) other supporting documentation in hard copy format.
Web Address: www.pac.ie
Logon to the PAC system*
Select Option: Dublin City University
Select Option: Apply
*First time PAC Users must create a PAC login user name (email address) and password before making an application, please select the appropriate login register section located at the top of this page.
 
2. 
Yes, there are 2 pages that need to be completed. The format varies for taught and research applications, samples application forms can be found here:
 
3. 
The online application fee (using a debit or credit card) is €50.00. Paying at a later date is possible, by a debit or credit card costing €50.00 or by bank transfer costing €55.
The online application processing fee is payable to PAC and is non-refundable.
Note that your application will not be processed until the date the Postgraduate Applications Centre receive your application fee payment. Payments by Bank Transfer should be made immediately after submitting your online application.
 
4. 
In addition to a credit Card, payments by Visa and Laser, there is also the option to send payment by Bank Transfer, payable to Postgraduate Applications Centre, with an extra processing fee of €5. Therefore, the total cost of a non-Credit Card payment is €55

However, please note that your application will not be processed until the date the Postgraduate Applications Centre receive your application fee payment.
 
5. 
Applicants using webmail email addresses, please note if you have the high junk mail filtering option in your email account, emails from the Postgraduate Applications Centre 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 (info@pac.ie) and Dublin City University (registry@dcu.ie) email addresses as two of your safe senders.
 
6. 
No, you must complete an online application. You will need a working email address to use this facility as all correspondence with regard to your application will be communicated to you by email. If you do not have access to a personal computer or at work, maybe try a relative or a friend. Internet facilities should also be available at your local library or at an Internet cafe.
 
7. 
Ensure that you have www.pac.ie set up as a trusted site on your internet browser. See 'Help' on your browser for instructions on how to do this. Please note that if you are using Netscape you may also need to set Internet Explorer as your rendering engine.
 
8. 
You will receive an email alert from the Postgraduate Applications Centre to check your application status (on the “My Account” section of the online application system. It is vital that you give the correct email address on your online application and that your email account is working. It is also important that you check your email regularly.
 
9. 
After you have submitted your application fee payment details on the online application system, you must print the Application Receipt. The Application Receipt page will include your PAC application Number. You can also log onto the PAC System, and select My Account on the right navigation menu. Your complete and incomplete applications will be displayed here.
 
10. 
We require transcripts of examinations for all years passed
 
11. 
DCU does not access applicants prior to them making a taught application but all overseas qualifications are assessed in terms of their equivalency under the educational system in the United Kingdom. Postgraduate admission must have an equivalent qualification no lower than British (honours) Degree
 
12. 
Please refer to our DCU website (www.dcu.ie) and under prospective students/postgraduate links you will find description of each taught programme, entry requirements and closing dates.
 
13. 
When you login to your PAC account, select 'My Account', then choose your application by clicking 'Status', you will see a link called Further Information under the 'Decision' column. If you click on this link you will find details on how to accept your offer as well as a contact email for our Finance Office.
 
14. 
Applicants experiencing difficulties making an online application can contact the PAC at
Postgraduate Applications Centre,
1 Courthouse Square,
Galway,
Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0)91 549260
Fax: +353 (0)91 563056
 
15. 
If you wish to cancel a particular course choice on your postgraduate taught application to Dublin City University, there is a cancellation facility on your PAC Application Status for DCU. Web Address: www.pac.ie Logon to the PAC system using your email address and logon password Select Option : My Account facility To view current application status: Click on Status To cancel an application course choice or course choice acceptance, click on the Cancel option across from the course code.
 
16. 
To register for a postgraduate research degree, a candidate must normally have obtained a primary degree classification equivalent to Second Class Honours or above, from an approved University or an approved equivalent degree-awarding body, or have an approved equivalent professional qualification in an area cognate to the proposed research topic.  See also : http://www.dcu.ie/registry/postgraduate/faq.shtml#q3  
  1. PhD applicants should hold a Masters degree by research from a recognised university.
  2. Applicants who do not hold a postgraduate research qualification e.g. Masters by Research (or equivalent) are eligible to register on the PhD Track which is stage 1 of the PhD programme.  On successful completion of the transfer process (report and interview within 21 months of start date) a student on the PhD track register will be transferred to the PhD Register with effect from their original start date in the university.  Students who do not successfully complete the transfer may be eligible to graduate with a Masters at this stage.
  3. For those interested in applying for a Masters degree by research, an honours primary degree is necessary (preferably at least 2:1) in the discipline in which they intend to undertake the research.
It may also be possible to move from the Masters Register to the PhD register on successful completion of a transfer process, as outlined above, if the student makes sufficient progress.