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Studying for a Master’s degree in Ireland: Guidelines for int’l students with a 3-year Bachelor’s degree

Navigating through the international education system is never easy especially for students who are on their initial year in a new country. EduCo Ireland Managing Director Jacob Kestner encourages education agents to inform students and guide them in the process. “Our education agents are already doing a fantastic job especially with our pathway programs, which lead to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program. For those who are going straight into the Master’s degree programs, however, there are some requirements for students with a three-year Bachelor’s that need to be fulfilled before our international students can proceed with their applications,” he clarifies.

Most students need a four-year Bachelor’s degree to study a Master’s in Ireland. However, there are options for students with three-year degrees.

Most quality Irish universities require students to have a four-year Bachelor’s degree before they progress to a Master’s. EduCo Ireland has come up with several guidelines to assist those who have completed only a three-year Bachelor’s degree in their home country and wish to pursue their Master’s degree in Irish partner institutions like Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth Univesity (MU), Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and IT Sligo (ITS).


In Ireland, qualifications are given a level: A 3-year Ordinary Bachelor’s degree = Level 7; a 4-year Honours Bachelor’s degree = Level 8; and a Master’s degree = Level 9. To join a Master’s degree (L9), international students first need an Honours Bachelor’s degree (L8). In some countries, even 4-year Bachelor’s degrees are considered to be Level 7. Students can check here to determine their equivalent qualification level.

So, in most cases students with a three-year Bachelor’s will need to do one extra year before they can join a Master’s programme in Ireland. This still means it is possible to complete a Master’s degree in two years. To defray some of their expenses, students can earn while they learn. International students are allowed to work 20 hrs per week while studying during school term and 40 hours for the four-month holidays. They can them apply for a two-year Post Study Work Visa after graduating from a Master’s degree.

Institute of Technology Sligo

At IT Sligo, the process of converting students’ Level 7 qualifications into Level 8 is straightforward. Students may choose any of the following one-year courses then could apply for a Master’s degree elsewhere in Ireland or around the world.

 The % grade required by IT Sligo in the three-year Bachelor is 50%.


BSc (Hon) in Environmental Science

BSc (Hon) in Occupational Safety & Health

BSc (Hon) in Medical Biotechnology

BSc (Hon) in Public Health & Health Promotion

BSc (Hon) in Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development

Business & Social Studies

BB (Hon) in Accounting

BB (Hon) in Finance & Investment

Bachelor of Business (Hon)

BB (Hon) in Human Resource Management

BB (Hon) in Sport with Business

BB (Hon) in Marketing, Tourism & Sport

Engineering, Design, Computing & Creative

BSc (Hon) in Quantity Surveying

BA (Hon) in Creative Design

BA (Hon) in Fine Art

BSc (Hon) in Computing in Systems & Networking

BSc (Hon) in Software Development

BEng (Hon) in Electronic & Computer Engineering

BEng (Hon) Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hon) in Mechatronics

BEng (Hon) in Precision Engineering & Design

BA (Hon) in Interior Architecture & Design

Technological University Dublin

  1. Students who have finished their 3-year Ordinary Bachelor degrees are advised to take a one-year program which will turn their Level 7 qualification into Level 8.

  2. After the one-year add-on, students may then apply to a Master’s degree.

  3. The one-year, add-on degrees are: Tourism Management, Leisure Management or Hospitality Management for students with business degrees with some specialism in those areas; Biomolecular Science for biological science graduates; and Medical Device Innovation or Network Applications and Services for Engineering graduates. Graduates of an ordinary bachelor’s degree in Computer Science may also qualify for Network Applications and Services.

  4. Students may also opt to take a two-year “Advanced Entry” route. Many four-year Honours Bachelor degree programs at TU Dublin will accept Level 7 students into Year 3. Thus, instead of doing the regular four years of undergraduate study, international students will only do two years. They can then proceed to the master’s degree program of their choice. To qualify, students should have scored highly (~65-70%) in their Level 7 degree before their application will be considered by the faculty.

Dublin City University and Maynooth University

Dublin City University and Maynooth University would prefer applications from students who have graduated from a four-year Bachelor’s degree. However, for students who have completed a three-year undergraduate program in their home country, there is a way to address this and gain entry into some graduate degree programs.

  1. For Master of Science in Management (Strategy), both universities will look at a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (BComs) for entry to the Master’s.

  2. For any other Business master’s program, students of both DCU and MU would need BComs including specialist content related to the master’s degree as well as relevant work experience. This should be explained in the student’s statement of purpose (SOP).

  3. For entry into a Master’s in Humanities, for instance Master’s in International Relations or Journalism, graduates of a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA) may be considered. However, they would need to submit evidence of significant academic content plus relevant work experience to be considered by both universities.

  4. For those aiming to study for a master’s in IT, Business Tech or MSc Computing, graduates of three-year degree programs will not be considered by Dublin City University or Maynooth.