Reduced Masters Programme Fees

10% Reduced Fee Scheme for Masters programmes in DCU

Updated 21st August 2020

DCU is delighted to offer a 10% Masters Reduced Fee Scheme exclusive to all DCU graduates and outgoing final year students from the university. It applies to any full time or part time taught Masters Programme for the 2020/21 academic year.  

This is an exciting opportunity for our Alumni Community. It underlines our commitment to continuous learning and our ever increasing list of benefits for graduates of DCU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Reduced Fee Scheme 
  • Must be a full taught masters Programme (part time or full time).

  • Applicants must be a DCU graduate.

  • The applicant must include/declare their previous DCU student number and relevant programme(s) when applying through PAC.

  • The Discount, for now, applies in respect of the Academic year 2020/21. 

  • Graduates will pay the 1st Semester fee installment as normal.

  • The 10% discount of the total course fee will be applied in full to the 2nd Semester payment.

  • If the student withdraws before the second semester or does not make the second payment, the Discount is withdrawn.

  • The Discount does not apply to repeat students.

Who does it apply to? 

The fee reduction scheme applies to all DCU alumni. It is relevant to graduates, current DCU final year students (2020) about to graduate and to students currently studying a Masters at DCU who are thinking about doing a second Masters commencing in 2020/2021. To qualify you need to be a graduate and commence your Masters in 2020/2021 academic year.

What can I study?

It can be applied to any full-time or part-time taught Masters programme at DCU. 

When will this scheme start?

This will be effective for Masters programmes starting in the 2020/2021 academic year.

How does the fee reduction work?

The applicant should include/declare their previous DCU number and previous course/s of study when applying through PAC.

The Discount is only available to students who register and pay the required first payment. The Discount on the full cost of fees is applied to the 2nd Semester payment.

If the student withdraws before the second semester or does not pay the second payment, the Discount is withdrawn.

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Frequently asked questions

Q: I cannot remember my previous student number?

A: Email alumni@dcu.ie with this query

Q: I’m going into the second year of my Masters programme. Can I get the reduced fee for the second year?

A: This reduced fee applies only to new entrants to Masters programmes, commencing in September 2020.  The Discount does not apply to a student on a continuing programme, commenced prior to 2020/21.

Q: I didn’t get my undergraduate degree from DCU but I did get my Masters at DCU. I’m thinking of doing another Masters now, can I get this fee reduction?

A: We’re delighted you enjoyed your Masters so much that you want to do a second one! The answer is yes; as a graduate of a Master’s programme you can avail of the reduced fee on a subsequent Masters.

Q: I’m thinking of applying for a Masters that starts in 2021, will this fee reduction be available then?

A: Currently this is available for studies commencing only in 2020/2021 academic year.

Q: Can I get this fee reduction for one of the DCU Connected online programmes?

A: Yes

Q: Can I use this fee reduction with another discount?

A: The Discount cannot be used in combination with another award, scholarship or discount [e.g. 10% Discount with another Scholarship or Discount.

Q: The DCU Business School provides a €1,500 discount applied to programme fees to every DCU outgoing graduate or member of the alumni community upon taking up a place on a DCU Business School full time or part time Masters in 2020/2021. What discount is applied to me?

A: Please note that you cannot avail of both the broader DCU alumni reduced fee scheme and the Business School scholarship of €1,500 together. If you commence your studies in the DCU Business School in the 2020/21 academic year, the scheme that provides the greatest discount to the student will be applied to their Masters fee.

Q: I want to start in a diploma programme and build to a Masters. Can I get the fee reduction for the diploma if I’m going to progress to a Masters?

A: This fee reduction only applies to applicants to a Masters programme.

Q: I did a Masters at DCU rather than an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree. Can I get this fee reduction for another Masters programme?

A: Yes

Q: If I defer my offer of a place on a Masters from 2020/2021 to 2021/2022, can I avail of this fee reduction the following year?

A: At present this fee reduction is offered only for the academic year 2020/2021.

Q: Can this fee reduction apply to a postgraduate diploma or certificate?

A: No, it may only be applied to a full-time or part-time taught Masters programme

Q: Can this fee reduction be used to fund research programme fees?

A: No, it may be applied only to a taught Masters programme

Q: Is this fee reduction available to part-time programmes?

A: This fee reduction is available to both full-time and part-time Masters programmes

Q: I graduated a long time ago and I’m thinking of doing a Masters – would this be available to me?

A: Yes, as a member of the alumni community you’re eligible and we’ll be delighted to see you back!

Q: Is there anything else I need to know about eligibility?

A: You’re eligible on the simple basis of being a DCU graduate (or one of the incorporated colleges). You will need to meet the entry requirements of the Masters programme you’re interested in studying.

Q: I went to St Patrick's College and graduated with a St Patrick's College degree. Can I get this fee reduction as a St Patrick's College graduate?

A: Yes. Graduates from SPD, MDI & CICE became part of the DCU Alumni community as part of the incorporation project. 

Q: I went to Mater Dei Institute of Education and graduated with a Mater Dei Institute of Education degree. Can I get this fee reduction as a Mater Dei Institute of Education graduate?

A: Yes. Graduates from SPD, MDI & CICE became part of the DCU Alumni community as part of the incorporation project. 

Q: I went to Church of Ireland College of Education and graduated with a Church of Ireland College of Education degree. Can I get this fee reduction as a Church of Ireland College of Education graduate?

A: Yes (as above).

Q: I am a 4th year Engineering and Computing student going into 5th year, as I am undertaking the Integrated Masters for CAMi and BMEDi. Does this fee reduction apply to me?

A: No, unfortunately, this fee Discount does not apply to those going into 5th year on the Integrated Masters for CAMi and BMEDi.

Q: Does the 10% Reduced Fee apply to EU and Non EU applicants who are DCU graduates?

A: Yes, the discount applies to both EU Fee and non-EU Fee Levels. 

Q: I graduated with a Certificate or Diploma from DCU, do I qualify?

A: Yes, the discount is applicable to all DCU graduate. 

Q: I deferred my Masters Study previously and intend registering for the 2020/21 academic year. Does the discount apply to me?

A: The Discount can be applied where a Student who deferred previously and is registering in 2020/21.

Q: My Masters fees will be sponsored by a third party, what happens in this case?

A: The Discount applies to the Fee paid by the sponsor. If the sponsor pays the full fee upfront, the 10% discount will be and can only be refunded to the sponsor. This will require the process of retrieving bank details and relevant information. 

Q: I hope to receive a SUSI grant, how will this work with the reduced fee?

A: The invoice provided to SUSI in respect of funded students is based on the net discounted Fee. SUSI will only pay the discounted fee.

Q: How does the discount work in practice?

A: The Discount is only available to students who register and pay the required first payment at a minimum. In November, the 10% reduction will be processed to the student account. In January, the second semester fee installment is reduced by the 10% discount calculated off the full Masters fees. The required payment profile can be explained by the following example:

First payment, prior to Registration: Full Fee x 60% (e.g. Fee €7,000. 1st Payment €4,200)

Second Payment, prior to start of Second Semester: Full Fee x 40% less the Discount (e.g. €7,000 x 40% - €7,000x10% = €2,800-€700 = €2,100)

Q: Does the discount apply to Skillnet or Springboard?

A: Discount does not apply to Skillnet or Springboard Programmes; however Students taking these programmes but not funded by the two bodies are entitled to the Discount.

The discount will not be removed from a student who registers on a Masters Programme but exits with a lower award, e.g. Diploma.*