Master’s Preparation Pathway

The complete solution to gaining your Master’s degree

Graduating with a Master’s degree from an international university gives you a highly-respected qualification that is recognised all around the world. It confirms your expertise in your subject area which can create new, exciting opportunities and enhance your career prospects.

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Developed by our partners, NCUK, the Pre-Master’s Programme offers you a complete solution to gaining your Master’s degree in Ireland or the UK. As well as other countries such as the US and Australia.

  • Developing academic research skills for postgraduate study.
  • Learning the advanced English language skills you need
  • Guaranteed access to thousand’s of Masters degree courses
  • Full University application support

Guaranteed Place in a Master’s Degree

Successful completion of the NCUK Pre-Master’s Programme allows you to gain guaranteed access* to leading NCUK Universities, with a choice of over 1,000 degree courses to choose from. Studying the Pre-Master’s Programme guarantees you access to NCUK’s partner universities.

NCUK Universities

DIFC Irish Universities

“A few years ago I chose to study in DIFC to prepare myself for third level education. In DIFC I received a great western-style pre-college experience and useful study tips from the staff, no mention thousands of potential offers from partner universities across Ireland and the UK.

After a year in DIFC, I entered the DIT. I did exceptionally well in DIT and received PhD scholarship in my final year of undergraduate course. I have to admit that I can never achieve these without the choice of studying in DIFC. I miss the year.”

Mingzhu Chen from China

Now studying Ph.D. in Engineering at Dublin Institute of
Technology (DIT)

What are the employment options after graduation?

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Graduates of postgraduate degrees from Ireland or UK can stay and gain work experience for up to 2 years following graduation*

* Work permit applies to country of graduation

What Will I Study during Pre-Masters?

In the NCUK Pre-Master’s programme at DIFC, you will study the following subjects

English for Academic Purpose

Orientation to Western Study

Research Methods

Applying to University

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A key component of the Foundation Year is the university placement support provided to students for your university admissions.

During your studies at DIFC, you will be full supported through the whole university application process with:

  • Weekly individual and group tutorials
  • Career planning advice
  • University visits and counselling fair

All this is designed to help you make the right choice about what and where to study based on your career objectives and how you are progressing through your studies.

Find out more about our University Application support here

Am I guaranteed a place at University?

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Yes! Our partnership with NCUK offers guaranteed access to NCUK universities once you successfully pass the International Foundation Year programme (subject to minimum grades). You may also apply to DIFC’s Irish partner universities.

View our Class of 2019 Placements

What are the tuition fees?

The tuition fees for the Pre-Master’s programme with DIFC are €15,600 plus registration. Further information available here

All student’s are offered a €3,000 scholarship towards the Pre-Masters’ tuition fees, when you pay a €500 deposit within 4 weeks of the offer date.

Master’s Fees

The tuition fees for Master’s degrees vary depending on the university. They generally range from €12,000 – €25,000 depending on the university and subject.

What Makes DIFC Different

DIFC is Ireland’s leading independent Foundation provider with 20 years experience in supporting international students to progress to top universities.

An Experience You’ll Never Forget

Your time with DIFC will equip you with vital skills to succeed at university. But it will do so much more than that. We help you to grow as a person and as a thinker – enriched with a network of friends, contacts and experiences that will be with you through your career.

Support You Every Step of the Way

Whether you are unsure exactly what you want to study or need to prepare your visa application, we will be there to hold your hand throughout the process. We support you not just academically, but also personally so that you are looked after, enjoy the whole experience and can deliver your best.

More Options Than Any Other Foundation

As the exclusive delivery centre for NCUK, DIFC offers you full guaranteed access to the NCUK university partner network, in addition to DIFC’s own Irish and European university partners – giving you the best chance of securing a University offer.

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