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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.

Temporary measure for 2021/22 

For students affected by testing centre closures due to COVID-19, DCU has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for entrants to academic year 2021/22 only.

Undergraduate Applicants

Applicants to study an undergraduate programme at DCU will be considered with a minimum DET score of 110  

Postgraduate Applicants

Applicants to study at postgraduate level for Faculty of Engineering and Computing and Faculty of Science and Health will be considered with a minimum DET score of 110

Applicants to study a Postgraduate programme in the DCU Business School, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science or the Institute of Education will be considered with a minimum DET score of 120

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

 

Minimum English Standards

The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate 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 certain circumstance, results in examinations other than those outlined above may be accepted as proof of competence in English language.  This is the case, for example, for students who have successfully achieved a H7 or D3 grade or higher in an English examination which is deemed by DCU to be the equivalent of GCE A-Level examinations and non-native speakers of English who have completed their education through the medium of English in a native English speaking country.  Please include the details of any English language examinations and proof of successful completion when applying to DCU.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Science - School of Communications

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 offered by the School of Communications at Dublin City University.

Postgraduate - School of Communications 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 Proficiency in English (CAP) Postgraduate:   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 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).

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

Notes:

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

2. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher.

 

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

Undergraduate and 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) 

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

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)

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

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

International Foundation Certificate Optional one year programme for students with at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no less than 5 in any one component.
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

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

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

Notes:

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

2. English language requirements for individual programmes may be higher.

 


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