The minimum standard for entry is a minimum grade of 2.2 Honours in a Bachelors degree. If the degree grade is given as a GPA, the standard for entry is the GPA equivalent of a Second Class Honours, Grade 2 in the institution which awarded the degree. It should be noted that this may vary from institution to institution. For degrees awarded by UCD it is a GPA of 2.48.
To be eligible to apply for the programme, primary degrees must be the equivalent of an honours level Irish Bachelors degree. Such degrees are defined as Level 8 qualifications in the Framework of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area (also known of the Bologna Framework for further information, see http://www.nqai.ie/interdev_bologna.html).
For graduates of UK universities, grading of undergraduate degrees is similar to that used in Ireland and the academic requirements defined in the initial screening criteria set out above apply directly.
For North American students, the minimum academic standard for entry equates to a GPA of around 3.0 on undergraduate degrees from most universities. To be competitive for entry, North American applicants would normally require a GPA of at least 3.5.
For graduates of other university systems, our international office or the UK National Association for the Recognition of International Qualifications, UK NARIC should be able to help. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.naric.org.uk.
English Language Requirements
If your primary language is not English, and your primary degree was not undertaken in the English language, you will be required to show evidence of English language ability. You will normally be required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above on all individual bands.
International students wishing to pursue a career in Social Work
The Higher Diploma in Social Policy can be used as a transition course for those who need to fulfil the Social Policy credit requirements for access to postgraduate training in Social Work.
Supporting documents required:
A photocopy of the transcript of your degree (if a non-UCD graduate) and a photocopy of your birth certificate or personal details page from passport (if a non-UCD graduate). These must be scanned and uploaded by you to your online application or sent by post to Online Applications, UCD Admissions Office, Tierney Building, UCD, Dublin 4, prior to the closing date. Please ensure that your name and applicant number are clearly marked on all documents sent by post.