Admissions

FAQ

We will publish here the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have any query, please send us an email at info-emildai@dcu.ie.

Yes, in order to apply for this programme you need to have a relevant degree. Detailed information about accepted degrees can be found here.

Yes, in order to apply for this programme you need to be proficient in at least two languages: English and French or English and Spanish.

If you are native English speaker, you can tick the relevant box in the application portal and you will not need to submit any proof of language competence.

If you have completed a degree through the medium of English, you can select this option in the drop-down menu on the application portal, and upload as a supplemental item a copy of your study certificate stating that the language of study was English.

If you are not a native English speaker and you didn’t complete a degree in English, you must attach as a supplemental item to your application a language certificate awarded within two years prior to the start date of your DCU programme. Please see below the language certificates accepted by DCU:

  • 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. This test can be taken online, at any moment and results are sent in 2 days.
  • IELTS ACADEMIC: Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6.0 or above. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.
  • 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).

If you are native French speaker, you must upload a MS word document as a supplemental item to your application stating that your native language is French. This might be checked by academic reviewers through a language interview.

If you have completed a degree through the medium of French, you must upload as a supplemental item to your application an original copy of your study certificate in French.

If you are not a native French speaker and you didn’t complete a degree in French, you must attach as a supplemental item to your application a level C1 CEFR French language proficiency certificate including an assessment of writing, listening and speaking skills.

If you are native Spanish speaker, you must upload a MS word document as a supplemental item to your application stating that your native language is Spanish. This might be checked by academic reviewers through a language interview.

If you have completed a degree through the medium of Spanish, you must upload as a supplemental item to your application an original copy of your study certificate in Spanish.

If you are not a native Spanish speaker and you didn’t complete a degree in Spanish, you must attach as a supplemental item to your application including either a Spanish language proficiency certificate (all levels are accepted but it is recommended to have at least a B1 level certificate) or an explanation of how you know Spanish. In both cases the student selection committee reserves the right to interview applicants to verify their level of language proficiency.

If you submit your application within the first round of applications, you will be automatically considered for a full scholarship or a fee waiver. For more information see here.

If you are not from an EU-EEA-CH country you may need a visa to study in Ireland, France, Spain or Italy. Read here for more information.

No, all entry requirements must be met at the time of the application. Please note that in order to apply you need to have a Bachelor degree. If you are completing a master degree, you can apply for the programme as you already have a bachelor degree.

At DCU, students are classified according to their final average grade. Top students scoring more than 70% are considered to have a ‘first class honours degree’. Students scoring between 60%-69% inclusive are considered to have a ‘2.1 (second class, grade I) honours degree’. Students scoring between 50%-59% inclusive are considered to have a 2.2 (second class, grade II) honours degree. The DCU admission team will verify whether your original degree satisfies the entry requirements of the EMILDAI programme.

Reference letters should be issued on official headed paper by an academic referee or a former employer, and including the referee’s email address and signature.