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Study in Ireland: Education in Ireland

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Mary Immaculate College welcomes international students from all over the world and ensures they are fully integrated with Irish students in all aspects of College life.


Ireland inherited its higher education system from the UK when it gained independence in 1922. In the decades since, Ireland has made only minor changes to the system. Today, there are seven universities in Ireland. Bachelor’s degrees normally take three or four years to complete. Postgraduate degrees normally take one year and doctoral studies normally take between three and five years, depending on whether or not you teach whilst researching. There are also plenty of opportunities for post-doctoral studies, particularly at Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university: Trinity College Dublin. 

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Irish universities also have excellent research links and connections with other universities around the world. This gives you the opportunity to build a truly international network during your studies. 

Ireland’s grading system is also unusual. It is used in only Ireland and the UK. Overall, a student must achieve an average of 40% to pass, 50% to have honors awarded with their degree and 70% to achieve a 1:1, the highest grade. But it’s notoriously difficult to get just 60%. So don’t expect to achieve upwards of 95% on your assignments throughout your studies. 

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This is how the grading system works:

70%+

1:1

60% - 69%

2:1

50% - 59%

2:2

40% - 49%

Pass

39%<

Fail

Unless you are specifically studying the Irish language, most degree courses are taught entirely in English. As for how you study, it’s a mixture of classes and independent study.

If yo are interested in business studies an MBA in Ireland equals affordable tuition fees and numerous career opportunities for personal and career growth not only in the United Kingdom, but also globally. 

Study in Ireland

Want an overview of Ireland? This section gives you a quick insight into what life is like in the Emerald Isle, as well as Ireland's history and world-famous culture.

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Ireland to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. Don't worry! Ireland makes it process crystal clear.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Ireland.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Ireland can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Ireland, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Language & Culture

Ireland is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in Ireland in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply through Ireland's national application portal, as well as the more ad hoc approach to postgraduate applications.

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Programs

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Last update: 28 Apr 2021

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