Welcome to the
Postgraduate
Applications Centre


On this website you can make
applications for postgraduate
programmes at higher level education
institutions around Ireland.

 
Choose a National Qualification Programme below

Postgraduate Applications Centre - FAQ

1. 
To do this, select the Institution you are applying to on the right hand menu then:
  • browse the Institution`s own website prospectus or
  • look up the programmes on the PAC website by selecting the Postgraduate Programmes link. Then select Taught/Research/etc as appropriate. This will bring you to a section where you can browse the programmes by school/department/course title. The links on this page will direct you back to the Institution`s own online prospectus to ensure that the prospectus information is always the most up to date available.
Please make note of the programme/course code, this will be required when filling out the application form.
 
2. 
By selecting the `Apply` link along the menu at the top of the page, you will be redirected to either log on to your existing PAC account or alternatively register on the PAC system.

To Register a User Account:
  • select the ‘Register’ button on the Right Hand menu on any page on the PAC system.
  • You will need to provide an email address and password for your account.
    Please ensure that the email address is one that you will continue to have access to, college emails are not recommended. You will then be asked for some basic information in order to create your account.
Once logged in, please select the type of programme you wish to apply for and you will be redirected to the start of the application form.
 
3. 
Each Institution`s application form is slightly different but the basic information required remains the same.
You are required to provide some additional personal information, details of your previous qualifications and sometimes experience to support your application.
Sample screenshots of the application form can be seen under each Institution`s FAQ section.
You can save your application form at any time in the process and return via the "My Account" when you are logged into the system.
 
4. 
Your non-refundable application fee is payable directly to PAC.
You can pay your fee online using a Credit Card (Visa,Mastercard) or Laser card for a fee of €50 for each Institution you apply to or alternatively you can pay by Bank Draft or Bank Transfer at a later date, this will incur an additional €5 processing fee.
Your application will not be visible to the Institution until you have paid your fee.
Documents will not be attached to your application until the application fee is paid.
Payment must be made before the programme closing date.

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5. 
Each Institution will have a set of supporting documentation required in order to enable them to process your application. You will be notified of what these documents are during or at the end of completing the application form. You can review the documents required via the "Important Notes" section on the status of your application.

Documents will include Result Transcripts if you graduated from an Institution other than the one you are applying to, proof of EU status in the form of a birth cert, photocopy of passport, etc.
Specific programmes may also require additional documentation just for that programme.
To submit your documentation you can either upload it directly to the system via the My Account page or alternatively post it to the Postgraduate Application Centre directly.

To upload documentation, you must log onto your PAC account, click on "My Account".
Click on the "Status" button.
On the bottom right hand side of the page, there is a box "Upload Supplementary Documentation", click on the link and follow the instructions for adding documents.

Note: You cannot add documents to your application until the application fee is paid

Documents MUST be in a clear format, be of good quality and a readable size.
Poor Quality/unreadable documents will seriously affect the assessment of your application.

Documents must be:
    * a valid doc/docx/txt/pdf/pjpeg/jpeg/jpg/gif/png/rtf file
    * no bigger than 5mb in size

 
6. 
An additional programme may be added to your completed application, if there is space available. There is a maximum of 3 programmes per application type (taught/research etc) per institute.
To add an additional programme, you must log onto your PAC account, click on "My Account".
Click on the "Status" button.
On the bottom left hand side of the page, there is a box "Additional Programmes", click on the link and follow the instructions for adding a new programme.

Note: A programme can only be added if the closing date has not expired and if there is space available on the application.

Note: If you have applied for the maximum number of courses and wish to change a course, please contact the Institute that you have applied to.
 
7. 
You can track the status of your application at any time via the My Account section of the website. Here you can upload any additional documentation you require as well as view the current status of your application.
Your application is processed by the Institution you have applied to and all correspondence on the status of your application will come from them via the PAC system.
Once the status of your application changes you will receive an email notification telling you to sign in to the My Account section.
It is very important that you keep monitoring your emails for any updates as the Institution may need you to respond to a query in a timely manner in order to continue your application.
 
8. 
Postgraduate Applications Centre Ltd.
1 Courthouse Square,
Galway,
Ireland.
Tel: +353 91 549260
Fax: +353 91 563056
Email: pachelp@pac.ie

Please note office contact hours for the Postgraduate Applications Office are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding lunch 1pm-2pm, Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays.
 
9. 
The length of time that an offer will be issued, varies from institute to institute. You must contact the institute directly regarding the status of your application.
 
10. 
Certified as True may be obtained by bringing the original document and a photocopy to your University/College, Garda Station (Local Police Station), Solicitor,Courthouse, or Commissioner of Oaths, and having the photocopy certified and officially stamped as a true copy of the original. Photocopies that are not certified will not suffice. Please note that these documents will not be returned.

Result Transcript is a copy of a student`s permanent academic record, which usually means all courses taken, all grades received, all honours received and degrees conferred to a student.

Personal Statement is a brief and focused essay about one`s career or research goals, and is frequently required for applicants to universities.

General covers any other document that you wish to upload that is not included on the list, for example: reference, cv, etc.
 
11. 
(Also called a screen grab or print screen.)

Windows

Press PrtScn, located on the upper right of the keyboard.
(To take a screenshot of a single window: Alt + PrtScn.)


To create a graphics file:
Open "Paint".
Paste screenshot (Ctrl + V).
Save file.

This file can then be added as an attachment to an email.


Mac

Hold down Command and Shift, and press 3.

This captures the entire screen and saves it as a file on the desktop.
The file can then be added as an attachment to an email.