Applicants should first check that they fulfil the requirements for the particular course they wish to apply for, as shown in this section. In particular please note the scoring scheme.
Application is made through the Central Applications Office website or via paper application. There is a normal fee for applications received on or before 5pm on February 1. Late applications are accepted up to and including May 1 on payment of an additional fee. Students who wish to study Community and Youth Work (MH116) or Music (MH103) must apply before February 1.
Places on courses with QQI entry routes are available in the first instance for students under 23 years of age on January 1. If these places are not filled they will be allocated to qualified QQI mature applicants. Applicants 23 years of age or over before January 1 (21 years of age for MH802), not fulfilling normal entry requirements, may apply for matriculation on the basis of mature years. Mature student applicants with QQI qualifications are considered along with other mature applicants.
The best score for each applicant is calculated and the results are forwarded to the CAO in July of each year.
You can calculate your score using the free online points calculator at www.careersportal.ie/qqi.
This is based on the following scoring system:
Each level 5 and level 6 component is scored:
3.25 for a Distinction
2.16 for a Merit
1.08 for a Pass
This number is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum of 120 credits (a total of 390 points).
It may be easiest to multiply the individual component credit value by 3 for Distinction, 2 for Merit, and 1 for Pass, multiplying by 13 and dividing by 12. The maximum number of QQI points is 390.
The scoring is applied by the CAO. For the most current list of linked awards and specialised components visit our website. You will also find other information in relation to QQI entry pathways.
Changes made to those listed below will be implemented in the next admissions cycle, through the CAO, where possible.
Please Note: some degree programmes have additional minimum entry requirements.
The following degrees/subjects have additional minimum entry requirements (required grade depends on the degree/subject):
MH101 Arts subjects:
Accounting (O4/H7 Mathematics²)
Business (O4/H7 Mathematics²)
Computer Science (O3/H7 Mathematics²)
Economics (O4/H7 Mathematics²)
Mathematical Physics (O3/H7 Mathematics²)
Mathematical Studies (O3/H7 Mathematics²)
Mathematics (Pure) (H2¹)
Music Technology (O3/H7 Mathematics²)
Statistics (O3/H7 Mathematics²)
MH203 Biological & Geographical Sciences4
MH208 Biological and Biomedical Sciences4
MH209 Psychology (through Science)4
MH210 Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry4
MH305 Product Design and Innovation³
MH306 Robotics and Intelligent Devices³
MH403 Accounting and Finance4
MH404 BMA Business and Management4
MH404 INB International Business4
MH404 MKT Marketing4
MH404 BGC/IGC/MGC Business and Global Cultures4
MH407 Business and Accounting4
MH409 Business and Languages4
MH412 Business with Sport Science4
MH416 International Economics4
MH601 Computer Science (through Arts)³
MH602 Computer Science (through Science)³
¹ Indicates Leaving Certificate grade REQUIRED to register for this subject following entry to MH101
² Indicates Leaving Certificate grade RECOMMENDED to register for this subject following entry to MH101
³ Applicants to MH305/MH306/MH601/MH602 must present O3/H7 Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level or a Distinction in any QQI Level 5 Mathematics or Statistics module or a Merit in any Level 6 Mathematics or Statistics module.
4Applicants to MH201, MH202, MH203, MH209, MH210, MH401, MH403, MH404, MH407, MH409, MH411, MH412 and MH416 must present O4/H7 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics or a Distinction in any QQI Level 5 Mathematics or Statistics module or a Merit in any Level 6 Mathematics or Statistics module.
Applicants wishing to take Nua-Ghaeilge or Music (in the MH101 degree) must present: Leaving Certificate H4 Irish to study Nua-Ghaeilge / Leaving Certificate H5 Music to study Music. There is no equivalent QQI module for either of these two subjects.