Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme
These Programmes are for non-native English speakers who wish to prepare themselves for a Masters degree in Dublin City University. The IFP helps students to achieve the English language skills necessary for DCU postgraduate programmes, prepares students for the adjustment to university learning, and allows them to sample modules from the Masters degree they wish to pursue. Students who successfully complete this course will be guaranteed a place on their target degree programme in DCU. They will also be entitled to exemptions from modules successfully completed during the Foundation programme. This will improve the chances of obtaining excellent grades in the postgraduate programme and ease the strain of transition to a new education system. There is a corresponding reduction in fees.
The programme is taken on a full-time basis over one either one semester or one academic year. Students take a mixture of core and specialist modules. Core Modules All IFP students take modules in:
• Academic English
• English Language Development
• Communication and Presentation Skills.
• Individual Specialisms (Streams)
IFP students take modules from their chosen postgraduate degree programme worth approximately 10 (single semester) or 20 (year-long) credits. They are entitled to exemptions from these modules the following year, on successful completion of the IFP. (Note: A full Masters degree requires the student to complete 90 credits, including a final dissertation or project).
- To bring your English language skills (reading, listening, note-taking, academic writing, oral skills etc.) to the required level. It will also help you to adapt to a new educational and cultural environment.
- Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their academic potential and suitability for entry to DCU postgraduate degree programmes.
- To reduce the burden on students who obtain a place on a postgraduate degree programme, by granting them exemptions in modules already studied.
For information on the potential progression opportunities on DCU's postgraduate programmes, please see the following links;
The following taught Masters degree programmes accept IFP students:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- MA in International Relations (PAC Code: DC683 year long / PAC Code: DC656 Single Semester)
- MA in International Security and Conflict Studies (PAC Code: DC682 year long / PAC Code: DC653 single semester only)
- MA in Development (PAC Code: DC684 year long / PAC Code DC654 single semester only * Please note that IELTS 5.5 in the writing component is required for the year-long International Relations, International Security & Conflict Studies and Development Studies programme.
- MA in Social Media Communications (PAC Code: DC639 - single semester only).
- MA in Film & Television Studies (PAC Code: DC661 - single semester only).
- MA in Science Communication Studies (PAC Code: DC660 - single semester only).
- LLM (PAC Code DC668 - Year long option / PAC Code DC664- Single Semester Only). Both options will be offered from September 2016.
- MA in Sexuality Studies (PAC Code DC667 - Year Long option / PAC Code DC665 - Single Semester Only). Both options will be offered from September 2016.
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
- Masters in Electronic Systems (PAC Code: DC828 year long / PAC Code: DC659 single semester)
- Masters in Telecommunications Engineering (IPAC Code: DC829 year long / PAC Code: DC658 - single semester only)
- MEng in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (PAC code: DC827 year long / PAC Code: DC671 - single semester only)
- MSc in Computing (with Major) [Majors include Software Engineering; Security & Forensic Computing, Cloud Computing; *Data Analytics] (PAC Code: DC840 year long / PAC Code: DC835 - single semester only) * Please note basic computer programming skills are required for Data Analytics
DCU Business School
- MSc in Management (Business) - (PAC Codes: DC512 year long / DC650 - single semester). This course is suitable for non business graduates.
- MSc in Business (Strategy) (PAC Codes: DC512 year long / DC650 - single semester).
- MSc in E-Commerce (Business) (PAC Codes: DC512 year long / DC650 single semester).
- MSc in Digital Marketing*(PAC Codes: DC512 year long / DC650 - single semester).
- MSc in Finance* (PAC Codes: DC512 year long / DC650 single semester)
- MSc in Human Resource Management* (PAC codes: DC512 year long / DC650 single semester)
*Students do not take modules from their destination programme during the Pre-Masters programme for Finance, Human Resource Management and Digital Marketing programmes. However, the usual reduction in fees will apply on commencing these destination programmes the following September
Faculty of Science and Health
- MSc in Financial Mathematics (PAC Code: DC681 year long option only)
- MSc in Biomedical Diagnostics ( PAC Code: DC728 year long option only) *IELTS 6:0 is required for this programme.
- MSc in Bioprocess Engineering (PAC Code: DC737 year-long option only)
To view the modules taught on each programme use the following url http://www.dcu.ie/registry/module_contents.php?function=4&programme= and after the = sign add the programme code that you would like to study.For example put in http://www.dcu.ie/registry/module_contents.php?function=4&programme=IFPIS for the MA in Intercultural Studies year long programme.
Cost of the IFP
In 2016/2017 the year long Pre-Masters IFP fee* is €4,500 for EU students and €10,000 for non-EU students. In 2016/2017 the single semester Pre-Masters IFP fee* is €2,277 for EU students and €5,500 for non-EU students. This fee is payable upon acceptance of a place. Link to fees: http://www.dcu.ie/fees/fees_booklet_2016-17.shtml
IFP students who successfully complete the course will receive a corresponding reduction in fees for their chosen postgraduate course at DCU.
* Fees are subject to annual review.
This fee includes:
- Intensive English language tuition
- Postgraduate modules
- Tuition fees
- Examination fees
- On-campus student support services (Health Centre, Careers Service etc.)
You are guaranteed a place on your chosen Masters degree programme when you successfully complete the course.
You will be exempt from at least one module on your chosen Masters degree programme the following year, and will pay a reduced fee.
Your academic English skills will improve so that you can engage fully with your studies in an English-speaking university.
You will study with other Irish students for your Masters degree course modules and with other International students for your English language modules.
You will experience DCU university life first-hand and will be well-prepared for continuing your studies in the university the following year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the IFP?
There are two Pre-Masters options. The first is a year-long programme running from September to May for students who have a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher; the second runs for one semester, from February to May, and is suitable for students who have a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or higher. Repeat exams will take place in late August 2009.
What will I achieve from the IFP?
IFP students take modules from their chosen postgraduate degree programme worth approx. 20 Credits. They are entitled to exemptions from these modules the following year, on successful completion of the IFP.
Do I need to take IELTS or TOEFL again if I successfully complete the IFP?
If you successfully pass all modules in the IFP, it is deemed that you have met the minimum English language requirements for admission to DCU degree programmes, so you won't need to take IELTS or TOEFL again in order to continue your studies at DCU.
What if I don't fulfill the IELTS or TOEFL requirements?
DCU is arranging a special English examination for students who do not have satisfactory evidence of competency in the English language.
Can you tell me more about the DCU Foundation English Language Test?
Please contact the Chairperson of the programme (Tel: +353 1 7005794 / email@example.com) if you wish to apply to sit the DCU Foundation English Language Test.
The DCU Foundation English Language Test focuses on reading and writing skills. The duration of the examination is 2 hours. We would advise you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the commencement of the examination.
Download English language test application form
Are there any extra costs in addition to the application fee and tuition cost?
No, the programme fee includes all costs.
When will I know if I have been accepted?
A decision on your application will be made within two weeks after you have provided all required supporting documents to DCU. Please ensure that you always keep DCU up to date on your correspondence address and telephone number.
General Entry Requirements
Specific requirements for the targeted degree programmes and English language requirements:
Year Long Pre-Masters
IELTS: 5.5 with no component less than 5.0 or TOEFL: 500 (paper based) / TOEFL 173 (computer based) / TOEFL 61 (iBT) or DCU Foundation English Test: above 50%. DCU English language tests take place in early July, early September and early January. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in taking this test.
Single Semester (February intake) Pre-Masters Programmes
Please note all Single Semester (February intake) Pre-Masters Programmes require IELTS: 6.0 with min 5.5 in all components / TOEFL IBT 73.
In addition Pre-Masters in Intercultural Studies (DC634) & Pre-Masters in Biomedical Diagnostics require IETLS: 6.0 with min 5.5 in all components / TOEFL IBT 73
Download Foundation English Test application form here
Dates for Submission of Applications for 2017
Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible. Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) When applying for this programme use the PAC code applicable to stream of your target degree programme.
Important Information Applicants who require a student visa for entry to Ireland are encouraged to seek clarification from the relevant Irish embassy regarding the closing date for application for such a visa. Applicants who do not secure a study visa in time will be unable to take up their offer of a place on any DCU programme.
Queries on Completed Applications
Queries on completed applications can be made by email to email@example.com
How to Apply and Closing Dates
Make an Application
Applications are made through via PAC. Please note the relevant PAC code for your programme on your application.