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Academic Entry Requirements

General Information
HETAC is the qualifications awarding body for third-level educational institutions outside the university sector in Ireland. The Institute of Technology Tallaght provides opportunities for postgraduate study by research on both a full-time and part-time basis. It is a recognised provider of research degree programmes by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC). For more information check http://www.hetac.ie/

While HETAC is the awarding body for the research degree awards, the overall standards for these awards are established by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) which is the body responsible for the development and maintenance of the National Framework of Qualifications (NQF). The framework comprises ten levels, with each level based on specified standards of knowledge, skill and competence. HETAC makes awards from levels 6-10 of the framework.

A Master’s Degree (Research) award is made at Level 9 of the framework while a Doctoral (PhD) Degree award is made at Level 10, the highest award level that can be attained under the framework.

Masters Degrees

To be eligible for consideration for entry to the Master’s Register an applicant is required to hold an Honours Bachelor Degree with a performance equivalent of at least a second class honours grade 2 (at Level 8 of the NQF). The Honours Bachelor’s qualification must be in a field of study directly related to the subject matter of the proposed Master’s Degree. However, possession of such a qualification does not guarantee acceptance.

In exceptional circumstances applicants who hold recognised academic qualifications determined to be at least equivalent to the above may be considered. Prospective applicants with a recognised professional qualification (which requires experience and work achievement) and which testifies to the possession of the required knowledge, skill and competence for entry to the Masters programme may also be considered. Consideration of applications from candidates with equivalent and professional qualifications may be considered. Click here  Assessment of Academic Qualifications for more information on the assessment process that must be conducted prior to the formal submission of registration forms in such cases. In some cases a  qualifying examination may be used to determine whether the prospective applicant may be reasonably expected to succeed in the programme.

Note:

  1. For applicants holding academic degree qualifications from outside the State the assessment of the candidate’s qualifications relies on the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines to which the Institute subscribes.  NARIC Qualifications Assessment Procedure
  2. All applicants who have not been educated through the medium of Irish or English to Leaving Certificate or equivalent must present a qualification in the English language with their application. English Language Assessment Procedure

Doctoral Degrees

To be eligible for consideration for direct entry onto the Doctoral or PhD Register an applicant is required to possess a Master’s degree by research (at Level 9 of the NQF) in a cognate area. However, possession of such a qualification does not guarantee acceptance.

All other applicants will be required to be entered on the Master’s Register for at least one year full-time (or two years part-time) before applying to transfer to the Doctoral Register on the recommendation of the principal supervisor following the transfer assessment process.

In exceptional circumstances applicants who hold recognised academic qualifications determined to be at least equivalent to the above may be considered. Prospective applicants with a recognised professional qualification (which requires experience and work achievement) and which testifies to the possession of the required knowledge, skill and competence for entry to the Doctoral programme may also be considered. Consideration of applications from candidates with equivalent and professional qualifications may be considered. Click on  Assessment of Academic Qualifications for more information on the assessment process that must be conducted prior to the formal submission of registration forms in such cases. In some cases a  qualifying examination may be used to determine whether the prospective applicant may be reasonably expected to succeed in the programme.

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