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English Language Ability

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed in the list below. It is not necessary to submit this at the time of application, but the requirement to provide acceptable proof of English proficiency will be part of any conditional offer that you receive. If you have already achieved the required English proficiency score, you should upload your English proficiency certificate and scores along with your other documents in the upload section of your application.

The following English language proficiency tests and scores are acceptable for most programmes:

Qualifications                                                   Minimum Level Required (some programmes may require a higher score) 
ETAPP C1 (or higher)
TOEFL Paper Based Test (DIT Code 0281) 550
TOEFL Computer Based Test (DIT Code 0281) 213
TOEFL Internet Based Test 92
IELTS (Academic Version)* 6.0
GCE O Level English Grade C
GCSE English Grade C
Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Grade D
Norwegian Vitnemal Grade Average 4
Pearson PTE Academic 62
Cambridge English Language Examinations 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English i.e.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Grade C (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Grade C (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)

Grade A (CEFR Level C1)


In addition, applicants must meet the DIT requirements for the particular programme(s) applied for.  See individual programmes of study.

*Applicants for the DT574 must present a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency score of 7.5 or equivalent
*Applicants for DT344, DT349, DT346, DT9007, DT9008, DT015, DT711, DT9337 and some computing programmes must present a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency score of 6.5 or equivalent.