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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:


Minimum Level Required (some programmes may require a higher score) 


C1 (or higher)

TOEFL Paper Based Test (DIT Code 0281)


TOEFL Computer Based Test (DIT Code 0281)


TOEFL Internet Based Test


IELTS (Academic Version)*

6.0 - 7.5 (*see below)

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


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)

*Programmes requiring a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 or equivalent: DT086, DT087, DT118, DT121A, DT233, DT351, DT384, DT547, DT567, DT568, DT576, DT704, DT9009, DT9028, DT9032, DT9101, DT9124, DT9209, DT9211, DT9411, DT9413, DT9415, DT9417, DT9419, DT9427, DT9433, DT9434, DT9435, DT9436, DT9438, DT9501   

*Programmes requiring a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 or equivalent: DT310, DT329, DT436T, DT344, DT347, DT349, DT350, DT353, DT359A, DT388, DT390, DT711, DT9036, DT9330, DT9337, DT9700, Computing Programmes

*Programmes requiring a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 7 or equivalent: DT414, DT540B, DT549, DT569

*Programmes requiring a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 7.5 or equivalent: DT542

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