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Entry Requirements for Specialised Courses

There are courses that are considered specialized and thus have special requirements that need to be filled before you can apply. These change depending on the course and third level institute that you are applying for.

Our easy-to-use guide here gives a breakdown of these requirements based on the course and the institute.

Architecture

Architecture

In relation to buildings, architecture has to do with the planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of material, technology, light and shadow.

Entry Requirements

University College Dublin 

To gain entry into Architecture in UCD, you will need to obtain a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in any two subjects.

University College Cork

To gain entry into Architecture in UCC you will need to obtain a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in any two subjects. 

University of Limerick

To gain entry into Architecture in UL you will need to obtain a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in any two subjects.

Dentistry

Dentistry

The branch of medicine dealing with the anatomy and development and diseases of the teeth.

Entry Requirements

Trinity College Dublin

To gain entry to Dentistry in Trinity you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level B3 and C3 in any two of the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Chemistry
  • Ag Science

However, if you don’t have a qualification in physics you must have obtained a minimum of a D3 at Higher level Maths or a C3 at Ordinary Level.

BEWARE: TCD does not accept Ag science or Biology as two separate subjects.

University College Cork 

To gain entry to Dentistry in UCC you need to obtain a minimum of an Higher Level C3 in chemistry and either physics/biology. You must also have passed Irish, English, Maths and another language.

Engineering

Engineering

The application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people

Entry Requirements

University College Dublin

To gain entry into Engineering in UCD which includes the following:
 

  • Omnibus
  • Biosystems Eng
  • Mechanical Eng
  • Electronic/Electrical Eng
  • Civil Eng
  • Chemical Eng
  • Structural Eng with Architecture

You need to obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher Level Maths , you must also have completed one Science subject at Leaving Cert and obtained a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in any of the following:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Chemistry

University College Cork

To gain entry to into a Engineering course in UCC you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level C3 Maths or a Higher Level C3 in Applied Maths with a D2 in Higher Level maths . The courses offered in UCC  include the following:

  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Electronic and Electrical Eng
  • Electrical Eng
  • Electronic Eng
  • Civil and environmental Eng
  • Energy Eng

Trinity

Trinity College Dublin

To gain entry into Engineering in Trinity you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher C3 in Maths . The courses offered in Trinity include the following:

  • Common Eng
  • Engineering with Management
  • Electrical Eng
  • Computer Eng
  • Electronic and Computer Eng
  • Civil ,structural and environmental Eng

Dublin Institute of Technology

The courses offered in DIT include the following:

  •  Common Eng
  • Electrical Eng
  • Civil Eng
  • Mechanical Eng

You need to obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher Level Maths or a C3 in Higher Level Applied Maths with a D3 in Higher Level Maths , you must also have completed one Science subject at Leaving Cert and obtained a minimum of a D3 at Ordinary Level in any of the following:

 

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Chemistry
  • Ag Science
  • DCG
  • Applied Maths
  • Construction Studies
  • Engineering

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Dublin City University

The courses offered in DCU include the following:

Common Eng

Mechatronic Eng

Biomedical Eng

Information and Communications Eng

Mechanical and Manufacturing Eng

Digital Media Eng

Electronic Eng

You need to obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher Level Maths or a C3 in Higher Level Applied Maths with a D3 in Higher Level Maths

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National University of Maynooth, Ireland

To gain entry into Engineering in Maynooth you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher C3 in Maths or a D3 in Ordinary/Higher level Science Subject . The courses offered in Maynooth include the following:

  •  Common Eng
  • Electronic and Computer Eng
  • Electronic Eng
  • Electronic and Communications Eng

UL

University of Limerick

The courses offered in UL include the following:

Aeronautical Eng

Robotic Eng

Biomedical Eng

Chemical and Biochemical Eng

Electronic Eng

Engineering Choice

Mechanical Eng

You need to obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher Level Maths , you must also have completed one Science subject at Leaving Cert and obtained a minimum of a D3 at Higher/Ordinary Level in any of the following:

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Physics/Chemistry

Medicine

The science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery)

Entry Requirements

University College Dublin

To gain entry to Medicine in UCD you need to obtain a minimum of an Ordinary Level D3 in Irish, English, Maths and another language. You must also obtain a minimum of a D3 in at least one Science Subject. To enter UCD’s 5 year medical programme, you require a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in Chemistry and a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in two of the other six subjects. 

UCC

University College Cork

To gain entry to Medicine in UCC you need to obtain a minimum of an Higher Level C3 in chemistry and either physics/biology. You must also have passed Irish, English, Maths and another language. 

Trinity College Dublin

To gain entry to Medicine in Trinity you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level B3 and C3 in any two of the following:

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Physics/Chemistry

Ag Science

However if you don’t have a qualification in Physics you must have obtained a minimum of a D3 at Higher level Maths or a C3 at Ordinary Level.

BEWARE: TCD does not accept Ag science or Biology as two separate subjects.

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National University of Ireland, Galway

To gain entry to Medicine in NUIG you need to completed one of the following laboratory sciences:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Chemistry
  • Ag Science

You must also have obtained a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in two of the other six subjects.

Royal College of Surgeons

To enter RCSI’s 6 year medical programme, you required to have complete a science subject from the following:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Chemistry

To enter RCSI’s 5 year medical programme, you required to have a minimum of a C3 in Higher level Chemistry and either Physics/Biology.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

 The science or practice of the preparation and dispensing of medicinal drugs.

Entry Requirements

University College Cork

To gain entry to Pharmacy in UCC you need to obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher level Chemistry, and either Physics or Biology. You must you need to obtain a minimum of an Ordinary Level D3 in Irish, English, Maths and another language.

Trinity

Trinity College Dublin

To gain entry to Pharmacy in Trinity you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level D3 and Ordinary Level C3 in Maths , a C3 in Higher level Chemistry and a C3 in one of the following:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Applied Maths
  • Geography
  • Ag Science

RCSI

Royal College of Surgeons

To enter RCSI’s Pharmacy course, you are required to have a minimum of a B3 in Higher level in Chemistry/Physics/Biology and either Physics or Chemistry.

Physiotherapy



Therapist who treats injury or dysfunction with exercises and other physical treatments.

Entry Requirements

UL

University of Limerick 


You need to obtain a minimum of a obtained a minimum of a D3 at Higher or B3 at Ordinary Level in any of the following:

  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Ag Science

Trinity College Dublin


To gain entry into Physiotherapy in Trinity you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher D3 or Ordinary Level C3 in Maths . You must also obtain a C3 at Higher Level in any two of the following subjects:



  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Ag Science


BEWARE: TCD does not accept Ag science or Biology as two separate subjects

RCSI

Royal College of Surgeons


You need to obtain a minimum of a obtained a minimum of a B3 at in any of the following science subject:

  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry

Science




The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment

Entry Requirements

University College Dublin


To gain entry into a Science course in UCD you need to obtain a minimum of an Ordinary Level B3 or Higher Level D3 in Maths , you must also have completed one Science subject at Leaving Cert and a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in two of the other six subjects.

Trinity College Dublin


To gain entry into a Science course in Trinity you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level D3 or Ordinary Level C3 in Maths . In addition you must obtain a Higher Level C3 in any two of the following:

  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Geography


  • Applied Maths


  • Ag Science


BEWARE: TCD does not accept Ag science or Biology as two separate subjects

Dublin Institute of Technology


The courses offered in DIT include the following:



  • Common Eng


  • Electrical Eng


  • Civil Eng


  • Mechanical Eng


You need to obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher Level Maths or a C3 in Higher Level Applied Maths with a D3 in Higher Level Maths , you must also have completed one Science subject at Leaving Cert and obtained a minimum of a D3 at Ordinary Level in any of the following:

 

  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Ag Science


  • DCG


  • Applied Maths


  • Construction Studies


  • Engineering

Dublin City University

To gain entry into a Science course in DCU you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level D3 or Ordinary Level C3 in Maths . In addition you must obtain a Higher Level D3 or Ordinary Level C3 in any two of the following:

Physics

Chemistry

Biology

Physics/Chemistry

Geography

Applied Maths

Ag Science

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National University of Maynooth, Ireland


To gain entry to Science in Maynooth you need to have completed any one of the following:


  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Ag Science


You must also have obtained a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in two of the other six subjects.

UL

University of Limerick


To gain entry to into a Science course in UL you need to obtain a minimum of a Higher Level C3 Maths and a pass in any one of the following:

  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Engineering


  • Technology


  • Design & Communications Graphics


Or you need to obtain a minimum of a B3 in Ordinary Level or a D3 Higher Level in Maths and a C3 in Higher Level in any of the following :


  • Physics


  • Chemistry


  • Biology


  • Physics/Chemistry


  • Ag Science

Veterinary



A doctor who practices veterinary medicine

Entry Requirements

UCD

University College Dublin

To gain entry to Veterinary in UCD you need to obtain a minimum of an Ordinary Level D3 in Irish, English, Maths and another language. You must also obtain a minimum of a C3 in Higher level Chemistry and a minimum of a C3 at Higher Level in two of the other six subjects.

UCD also offer a post graduate entry with an average intake of 10. You are required to Apply through CAO before 1st Feb and complete UCD Veterinary Medicine Application form including degree transcripts.

GAMSAT required (tests normally held in March).

To apply for this four-year programme, you must have completed a degree in biological, biomedical or animal sciences before entry into the programme.