How to Apply/FAQs | Graduate School, University of Limerick

How to Apply/FAQs

Q1. How many taught postgraduate programmes can I apply for?

You may apply for two programmes in your application. You must decide on a first and second preference.  In this regard you should note that the University processes your application sequentially based on the order of your first preference.

Q2. How will I know that the University has received my application?

Once you have submitted your application online, you will automatically receive an email from the University of Limerick confirming that your application was received.

Q3. I have not received any emails from the Postgraduate Admissions Office in relation to my application What should I do?

Check to ensure that you have given us your correct email address? If you have changed your email recently, did you let us know? Is your email working/active?   Please contact the postgraduate admissions office by email, or phone +353-61-234377 if you still have a problem after answering the above questions. If you are a Non-EU applicant please contact or phone + 353 61 202414

Q4. Is there a deadline for applying?

Programme deadlines for receipt of applications vary. Non-EU applicants should note that the closing date for receipt of completed application forms for the majority of programmes is the 1st July. Some programmes have earlier deadlines. Please refer to the Graduate School webpage for details on deadlines.

Q5. Are late applications accepted?

Late applications will be considered after the closing date for certain programmes provided that there are places available on the programme. However, programmes that have scheduled interviews may not accept late applications.

Q6. Is there an application fee and is it refundable?

An application fee of €35 (online) or €40 Cheque/Bank Draft will apply.  The fee will cover 2 programme choices made in the one submission.  Further submissions will require another application fee.  You will need to specify your first and second preference on the application form.  Bank Draft/Cheques should be made payable to the University of Limerick and posted to the Postgraduate Admissions Office with the email received upon completing your application.  Applications will be processed once the application fee has been received.  The application fee is non-refundable.

Q7. I have not finished my degree yet, can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply for a taught postgradaute programme even if you have not completed your degree. However, if offered a place on the programme, the offer will be on condition that you meet the entry requirements for the programme. You may not enrol on a programme unless all entry requirements have been met before the commencement of the programme.

Q8. If I apply for 2 programmes, will both programmes be considered at the same time?

No. Your first preference programme will be considered by the Course Director first and in the event that you are unsuccessful with this application, then, your second preference will be activated.

Q9. How will my application be assessed?

Applications can only be assessed based on the information supplied. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure that all requested information is submitted with the application form before the deadline. Applications will then be assessed based on (a) entry requirements for the programme and (b) where applicable, professional experience. Some programmes require interviews/HPAT/GAMSAT tests to be conducted also. See our webpage for specific programme requirements.

Q10. When will I know whether I have a place on the programme or not?

Applications to programmes that do not require interviews will be reviewed by the Course Director when the application is received by the University. It can take two to three weeks for your application to go through the internal process but every effort will be made to ensure a swift response to you! If offered a place, you will receive your offer in writing.  

Applications to programmes that require interviews will only be considered after the closing date for that particular programme. Successful candidates will be notified in writing after the interview.


Q11. How do I check my application status

All correspondence regarding the status of your application will be communicated to you by email and it is your responsibility to ensure that the email address that you provide is up to date, active and that you check it on a regular basis. The University may also supplement such communications with postal communications particularly at the later stages of the process. Any changes to email or postal address should be notified to the Postgraduate Admissions Office at

Q12. What documents do I need to submit with my application form?

The online application process includes a document upload facility that allows applicants to scan and upload evidence of qualifications/awards, transcripts to date and evidence of English language competency certificates. All scanning should be of original documentation and the electronic files created from the scanning process should not be interfered with in any way. You will need to submit your

  • Final Award Certificate
  • Transcripts for each year of your programmes
  • Supporting Statement
  • English language certificate if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translation of your award/transcripts
  • Birth certificate or passport

Q13. Do I need to post in original documents/awards to the University?

When you apply online, you must upload your documents and submit them with your application form. Original documentation will be requested if you are offered a place on the programme. Hence, all offers of places will be conditional on receipt of your original certificates/awards. Please do not post in your original qualifications/awards unless we ask you to do so.

Q14. How many referees do I need?

Two (2) referees are required, one academic and one from your place of employment.

Q15. If I do not have an academic referee, what referees are acceptable?

If you have been out of College/University for a long period of time and the academics in that College/University do not know you, then two (2) work related references will suffice.

Q16. My name on my application is different from that on my documents (transcripts/awards) Is this acceptable?

If your name now is different to that on your birth certificate or you final award/certificate, you will need to provide official documentation to show your name change. Documents acceptable include: a marriage certificate, a signed affidavit provided you have changed your name by deed poll.

Q17. What is a PPSN

This is your Personal Public Service number provided by the Department of Social and Family Affairs. All enrolled students with an Irish Nationality must provide this number. All non-Irish Nationals living and working in Ireland must provide this number also. The majority of Non-EU applicants will not have a PPSN number and may leave this blank.

If you do not know your PPS number or do not have a number, please contact the Department of Social & Family Affairs at (01) 8748444 or

Q18. I cannot scan documents on my computer, how do I proceed?

You must make every effort to upload the required documents with your application form. In the event that you cannot upload the required documents, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at (353) 61-234377 or email If you are a Non-EU student please notify the International Education Division

Q19. How do I accept my place on a programme?

To accept a place on a programme you will be required to pay an acceptance deposit. In most cases this deposit is €250 for EU applicants and €600 for Non-EU applicants but may be higher for some programmes. You will receive a course acceptance form in the mail with your offer letter giving details on how to accept your place on the programme.  You can pay by Bank Draft or by an Automated Telephone Pyment System.  

Q20. Is my Acceptance Deposit Refundable?

If you receive a conditional offer of a place on a programme and pay the acceptance deposit, the deposit is only refundable if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer or if you have extenuating circumstances.

Q21. Can the University decide to cancel a taught postgraduate programme?

Yes. The University of Limerick reserves the right to cancel a programme of study in any given year.

Q22. Can the University withdraw its offer of a place to me?

Yes, in circumstances where it is subsequently determined that the original documentation is at variance to those provided online, the offer will be withdrawn. Also, if you fail to produce documents requested by the University, the offer will be withdrawn.

Q23. Can I Defer my Place on a Programme?

If you wish to defer your place on a programme you need to request same from the postgraduate admissions office in writing. The Course Director may decide to grant you a deferral.  If you are offered a deferral, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will communicate this to you in writing.   In January of the following year, you will receive an offer letter again for your programme.  You do not need to re-apply online again.  If you are not granted a deferral, you will need to re-apply again online for the following academic year.

Q24. If I have any questions which are not listed above, who can I contact?

Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at
Tel: +353-61-234377 or email
If you are a Non-EU student please notify the International Education Division

Q26. Can I print my final application form

You can save your application form and re-visit it at any stage. To view your application form, login through the portal and you will see your previous application.

Q27. Can I print a version of the application form before I apply.

A preview of the application form can be found here.

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