Education System in Ireland

The following academic awards can be achieved at Irish institutions after you have finished your A Levels in India::

Higher Certificate: Two year full-time course

Bachelors Degree: Three year full time course (NQF Level 7)

Honours Bachelors Degree: Normally a three or four year course (NQF Level 8)

Graduate Diploma or HIgher Diploma: Designed for graduates seeking a vocational reorientation – usually a one year course (NQF Level 8)

Masters degree: Either by research or through a taught programme. Normally one-two year (s) duration (NQF Level 9)

Doctorate (PhD): Usually takes a minimum of three to four years of original research (NQF Level 10)

NFQ = National Framework of Qualifications

Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade. Government policy on investment in research and “4th level” education as the key to developing Ireland as a knowledge society in the new global economy

To answer some of your immediate questions:

  • You could do a Bachelors in Ireland either 3 years or 4 years
  • Ireland accepts 15 years of education to apply for their Masters / MBA
  • In general, most Masters level programmes in Ireland are of one year duration. Some programmes that come with internship and/or work placement component may have to be done over two years