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updated on 23-02-2023


IELTS Score Requirement for Ireland Universities

IELTS Score Requirement for Ireland Universities

IELTS score for Ireland is required to get admission in an Irish University. For International students, Ireland is one among the most preferred study abroad destinations. This country is a home for more than 32000 students from places like China, Malaysia, India etc. As of now over 2000 Indian students are studying in Ireland. 

To get admission in the universities, students are required to demonstrate adequate English language proficiency. Required IELTS score for Ireland undergraduate courses is no less than 5.5, for postgraduate courses band score is 6 and above 7 for top universities.

If your plan is to study in Ireland, continue this blog till the end to know more about Ireland IELTS requirements.

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Minimum Band Score Required to Pursue Courses in Ireland

To study in Ireland universities, an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 is required for Undergraduate students. For postgraduate students an overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 is required. However, depending on the course, some universities prefer an overall score of 7.0 and also accept a band score of 6.0.

Let's have a look into the minimum IELTS band score required for pursuing various courses in Ireland.

1. For Bachelor’s degree

  • IELTS Score Requirement : 6.0-6.5
  • Other eligibility criteria : Class XII examination pass grade, overall average of 70 to 80%

The IELTS score for Ireland university for a bachelor degree program ranges 6.0-6.5 and usually remains the same for all the courses. In Ireland, You can get an ordinary bachelor degree within three years that is classified at NFQ level 7.  But to complete an honours bachelor degree you require up to 4 years which is classified at NFQ level 8.

2. For Master’s degree

  • IELTS Score Requirement : 6.5-7.0
  • Other eligibility criteria : should have 2:1 or 2:2 Bachelor’s degree (hons). An overall average of 50-55% for 2:2 degree equivalent or 65-70% for 2:1 equivalent.

For admission to Master’s programs, Ireland universities require an IELTS score of 7.0. You can complete a Master's program in the duration of 1-2 years that is classified at NFQ level 9 qualification. 

3. For Post Graduate Diploma

  • IELTS Score Requirement : 6.0-6.5
  • Other eligibility criteria : Requires a general or honours Bachelor’s degree with an overall average of 50-55%.

After the completion of a Bachelor's degree you can directly apply for a postgraduate diploma that has a standard course duration of 1 year. This course is classified at NFQ level 9, which is similar to the Master's program.

4. For Higher Diploma Programs

  • IELTS Score Requirement : 6.0
  • Other eligibility criteria : Requires a general or honours Bachelor’s degree with an overall average of 50-55%.

The higher diploma programs in Ireland can be completed in 1 year and are classified as NFQ level 8 which are similar to honours Bachelor’s degree. You can easily apply to these Higher diploma programs after the completion of your general or honours Bachelor’s degree.

IELTS Score Requirement for Top Universities in Ireland

Students can score good in IELTS exam which is divided into 4 categories: Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Have a look at the world university ranking tables given below that displays IELTS scores required to get placed in top universities in Ireland.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, one of the world’s most established standards, judges the universities based on five key performance indicators. They are: Research, teachings, citations, industry income and international outlook.

Rank University Name IELTS Requirement (Undergraduate courses) IELTS Requirement (Post Graduate courses)
1 Trinity College Dublin 6.5 6.5
2 RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences 6.5 6.5
3 University College Dublin 6.5 6.5
4 University College Cork 6.5 6.5
5 National University of Ireland, Galway  6.5 6.5
6 Dublin City University 6.5 6.5
7 Maynooth University  6.0 6.5
8 University of Limerick 6.5 6.5
9 Technological University Dublin 6.0 6.0

QS World University Rankings

The other world’s prestigious ranking systems, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings assess the world’s universities by subject and institution based on academics, employer, student and international standards/indicators.

Rank University Name IELTS Requirement (Undergraduate courses) IELTS Requirement (Post Graduate courses)
1 Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin 6.5 6.5
2 University College Dublin 6.5 6.5
3 National University of Ireland, Galway 6.5 6.5
4 University College Cork 6.5 6.5
5 Dublin City University 6.5 6.5
6 University of Limeric 6.5 6.5
7 Maynooth University 6.5 6.5
8 Technological University Dublin 6.5 6.5

Minimum Band Requirement for Ireland Student Visa

To apply for a student visa in Ireland minimum IELTS score required is 5.0, which is applicable for all the courses except 2nd level and English preparatory courses. These requirements are eligible for immigration purposes only, however the expected band score varies for different universities. 

It is important to note that your issued English language certificate should be no more than  2 years from your expected course start date.

As of now you know how much an IELTS score is necessary to study in ireland. In the next section, let’s see….

Alternative English Language Proficiency Scores to Study in Ireland

Apart from the IELTS score for Ireland, the other English language test scores accepted are TOEFL, Dulingo, PTE etc. Let's have a look at minimum score requirements for a long term study in ireland set by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)

Name of the Language Test Minimum Score Requirement
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic 5.0
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Computer-based: 173; Paper-based: 500; Internet-based: 61
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) B2
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 30
First Certificate in English (FCE) Pass
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Pass
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Pass
Business English Certificate (BEC) (Higher or Vantage) Pass

Now you got to know about the IELTS score required to get admission in Irish Universities. However, there are other alternatives as well to study in Ireland. Say, if you have pursued your higher secondary education in Ireland, then your irish leaving certificate, GCE-O level results or GCSE results can act as your alternatives to your IELTS.

Also read:

IELTS exam pattern 2023 IELTS syllabus IELTS retake details
IELTS Writing Preparation IELTS Score Validity IELTS exam dates 2023

The IELTS score for Ireland is important and purposeful to ensure that all the students can get through with English medium instructions. Hope this article helped you to get the relevant information you are looking for.

FAQs about IELTS Score for Ireland

1. How much IELTS score required for Ireland PR?

To get an Ireland PR, obtaining at least an overall band score of 5.0 in the IELTS academic test is necessary.

2. Can I go to Ireland without IELTS?

Yes, Many universities in Ireland are accepting students with alternative tests. Now Indian students can also apply and pursue their dream career in Ireland without IELTS.

3. Is 6.5 a good score in IELTS for Ireland?

Yes, Most of the universities require this score for admission. With a 6.5 IELTS band score you can get admission in top universities in Ireland.

4. How do I get PR in Ireland?

Step-1: send your application via mail to Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service's Long Term Residency Division (INIS).
Step-2: Submit the required documents for ireland permanent residency
Step-3: Wait till your application is processed

5. Can I get PR in Ireland after study?

International students planning to get Ireland Permanent residency should be employed/get a job in Ireland after their studies and stay in the country for a stipulated period of 5 years.

6. Is IELTS mandatory to apply for a visa in Ireland?

Yes, an IELTS score is mandatory for getting an Irish study visa as well as admission to the universities in Ireland.

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