Postgraduate Applications Centre - PME FAQ
The application fee is €80 up to and including 01 December 2016. The late application fee is €120 up to and including 17 February 2017. This online processing fee is payable to PAC and is non refundable.
Standard Applications – 01 December 2016.
Late Applications – 17th February 2017.
You will be eligible if your degree is at level 8 and you have met the Teaching Council requirements for at least one subject. If your degree level is not stated on your transcript you must provide clarification that you hold an Eligible Level 8 Degree.
Please refer to the website: The Teaching Council Subject Registration Requirements.
In the case of overseas applicants, you will need to get clarification from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (formerly NQAI) regarding your degree.
Supporting documents must be submitted within 7 days of making an on-line application, stating your PAC Application Number clearly on all documents.
Please note that you are advised to get proof of postage when sending in your supporting documentation.
Documentation Closing Date :
A completed employer reference form (download here) is also required.
Click here to download the Checklist form.
The Subject Self Declaration form is to be filled out online during the application process. This form cannot be updated once the application is complete & submitted online. There are a number of mandatory questions on the form which must be filled out.
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 top navigation menu. Your complete and incomplete applications will be displayed here.
Your HEI will be in the best position to confirm the NFQ level.In terms of ECTS credits HEIs have acknowledged that three year honours degrees are equivalent to 180 ECTS. By definition, this equates each year of study to 60 ECTS credits. Thereafter, it is a matter for the HEIs to confirm if all modules are of equal weighting. in such cases, an applicant can complete the form in the knowledge that 10 modules per year equates to 6 ECTS credits per module or 6 modules per year equates to 10 ECTS credits per module.
The Teaching Council cannot make assumptions as the NFQ level of the degree or the ECTS weightings. If these are not shown on the transcripts, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the same confirmed by their university and/or QQI (in relation to degree level).
I don't meet all the requirements for my chosen subject. Can I apply for the PME and complete these extra studies while completing my ITE studies?
Yes. You can complete the residency aspect of the requirements during the PME. However, all other requirements including the literarture requirements and the B2.2 CEFR competency level must be met prior to entering the PME. Graduates will not be registered with the Teaching Council unless they provide evidence of residency.
I am still completing my degree and/or further studies to enable me to meet the requirement for a curricular subject. Can I record these studies and ECTS on the Declaration form?
Yes. If you are in the final year of your degree or completing further studies to enable you to meet the Teaching Councils regstration requirements for a curricular subject, you can record details of these ongoing studies, including module title and ECTS credit weighting provided all relecant studies will have been successfully completed prior to taking up a place on the PME.
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.
I have completed a module that includes more than one subject area e.g an English literature module that contains both Poetry and Prose. How do I reflect this on the declaration form?
If you have completed a module that contains the study of more than one area, you should divide the ECTS credits for that module between the areas as accurately as possible. Your HEI may be able to guid in this regard or a breakdown may be provided in the relevant module descriptor or course handbook.
The duration of the PME course is 2 years full time.
Applicants whose native language is NOT English, the appropriate minimum score in one of the following English Language Examinations must be obtained. Other results of examination may be considered but must indicate competence of the standard outlined below.
1. IELTS 6.5 - TOEFL score:
90 - 91 (internet based test)
232 (computer based test)
550 (paper-based test)
2. IELTS 6.0 - TOEFL score:
79 - 80 (internet based test)
213 (computer based test)
550 (paper-based test)
3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): IELTS 6.5 - with no individual section lover than 5.5
4. University of Cambridge: Advanced Certificate, Grade B; Proficiency Certificate, Grade C
5. English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): with Grade C1
6. University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES): With English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body`s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)
The following are the list of teaching subjects that each university supports.
Univsersity College Cork :
Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, CSPE (Civic Social and Political Education), Economics, English, French, Gaeilge / Irish, Geography, German, History, Italian, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Education, Spanish.
Maynooth University :
Accounting, Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, CSPE (Civic Social and Political Education), Economics, English, French, Gaeilge / Irish, Geography, German, History, Italian, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Education, Spanish.
University College Dublin :
Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, CSPE (Civic Social and Political Education), Classical Studies, Economics, English, French, Gaeilge / Irish, Geography, German, History, Italian, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Spanish.
NUI Galway :
Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, CSPE (Civic Social and Political Education), Computer Studies / Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Economics, English, French, Gaeilge / Irish, Geography, German, History, Italian, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Education, Spanish.
Applicants experiencing difficulties making an online application can contact the PAC at
Postgraduate Applications Centre,
1 Courthouse Square,
Tel: +353 (0)91 549260
Fax: +353 (0)91 563056
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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.
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 may be flagged as Junk. You will need to either reduce the Junk mail filter or else add the Postgraduate Applications Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) email address as your safe sender.