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English language requirements for non-native speakers of English

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in DCU. 

 

Undergraduate Applicants

Temporary measure 2022/23

A minimum Duolingo English Language Test (DET) score of 110 is required.

Minimum English Standards

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English Language, through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for matriculation and/or particular programmes in individual institutions) in a recognised English language test, as specified below (note applicants are assessed on the results of a single sitting only):

The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate programmes in DCU. 

EXAMINATION Level Required
Irish Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Grade D3
GCE A-Level English Language Grade D
IELTS ACADEMIC Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
TOEFL 237 (computer-based),
580 (paper-based test)
TOEFL iBT Total Score of 92
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP) Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) C1
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

Your English language certificate must be awarded within the two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme.

In exceptional circumstances, results in examinations other than those published may be accepted as proof of competence in English language. This may include non-native speakers of English who have completed their education through the medium of English in a country where English is the official language. Please include the details of any English language examinations and proof of successful completion when applying to DCU.

 

Post Graduate

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English Language in a recognised English language test, as specified below.

Faculty of Science and health

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English Language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to the postgraduate taught programmes in the Faculty of Science and Health.

EXAMINATION

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

IELTS ACADEMIC

Overall score 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

TOEFL

Overall score 580.

CBTOEFL

Overall score 237.

TOEFL iBT

Overall score 92.

English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

C1

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

63 with a minimum of 59 in all components.

 

Temporary measure 2022/23

Duolingo English Language Test (DET)

Postgraduate applications for Science and Health will be considered with a minimum DET score of 110

Notes:

1. English language certificates must be awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme.

2. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.

3. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher than published here. Please refer to the programme page for further details.

DCU Institute of Education

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English Language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to the postgraduate taught programmes in the DCU Institute of Education.

EXAMINATION

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

IELTS ACADEMIC

Overall score 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

TOEFL

Overall score 580.

CBTOEFL

Overall score 237.

TOEFL iBT

Overall score 92 or above.

English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

C1

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

63 with a minimum of 59 in all components.

Temporary measure 2022/23

Duolingo English Language Test (DET)

Postgraduate applications for the Institute of Education will be considered with a minimum DET score of 120

Notes:

1. English language certificates must be awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme.

2. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.

3. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher than published here. Please refer to the programme page for further details.

 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English Language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to the postgraduate taught programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. 

*Please note the School of Communications programmes will have different requirements as outlined below.

EXAMINATION

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

IELTS ACADEMIC

Overall score 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

*School of Communications: Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6.0 or above.

TOEFL

 

Overall score 580.

*School of Communications: Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.

CBTOEFL

 

Overall score 237.                                

*School of Communications: or above and all section scores 21 or above.

TOEFL iBT

 

Overall score 92 or above.

*School of Communications: or above and all section scores 21 or above.

English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

C1

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)

 

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.

*School of Communications: Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

 

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.

 *School of Communications: Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

 

63 with a minimum of 59 in all components.

*School of Communications: 63 (with a minimum of 63 in speaking and writing and 59 in listening and reading).

 

Temporary measure 2022/23

Duolingo English Language Test (DET)

Postgraduate applications for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science will be considered with a minimum DET score of 120

Notes:

1. English language certificates must be awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme.

2. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.

3. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher than published here. Please refer to the programme page for further details.

4. For the MA in Translation Studies and the MA in Translation Technologies:

  • Non-native speakers should have a degree in English or advanced English skills (e.g. IELTS 7.0 points, Cambridge Proficiency Pass or TOEFL 600/250 points). Applicants may be called for interview, and their levels of English tested.

DCU Business School

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English Language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to the postgraduate taught programmes in DCU Business School.

Postgraduate Business Courses

 

Examination

Minimum entry requirements

IELTS ACADEMIC

 

Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6.0 or above.

TOEFL

Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.

CBTOEFL

Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.

TOEFL iBT

Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.

English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

C1

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading.

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

63 (with a minimum of 63 in speaking and writing and 59 in listening and reading)

 

Temporary measure 2022/23

Duolingo English Language Test (DET)

Postgraduate applications for the Business School will be considered with a minimum DET score of 120

Notes:

1. English language certificate must be awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme.

2. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.

3. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher than published here. Please refer to the programme page for further details.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English Language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to the postgraduate taught programmes in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing.

EXAMINATION

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

IELTS ACADEMIC

Overall score 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

TOEFL

Overall score 580.

CBTOEFL

Overall score 237.

TOEFL iBT

Overall score 92 or above.

English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

C1

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)

Postgraduate:    Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

63 with a minimum of 59 in all components.

 

Temporary measure 2022/23

Duolingo English Language Test (DET)

Postgraduate applications for Faculty of Engineering  will be considered with a minimum DET score of 110

Notes:

1. English language certificates must be awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme.

2. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.

3. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher than published here. Please refer to the programme page for further details

Please note: In exceptional circumstances, results in examinations other than those published may be accepted as proof of competence in English language. This may include non-native speakers of English who have completed their education through the medium of English in a country where English is the official language. Please include the details of any English language examinations and proof of successful completion when applying to DCU.

Foundation Applicants

Two Semester DCU IFP Foundation programme will be considered with a minimum DET score of 90 

One Semester DCU IFP Foundation programme will be considered with a minimum DET score of 100

 

DCU Language Services (DCULS), based in Dublin City University, offers English Language Courses which may be of interest to international applicants. For further information, please refer to their website at www.english.dcu.ie