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Pre-Master's Programme

The Pre-Master’s Programme (PMP) is a two-semester programme, with the opportunity to progress to Master's study at a range of Irish universities. All students who successfully complete the PMP are guaranteed placement on a suitable programme of postgraduate study at one of our university partners provided they meet any additional university degree-specific requirements that may also apply. You will be informed of this at application and enrolment stages.

The level of the PMP is at Irish NFQ Level 8, and the module specifications have been developed with this level benchmarking in mind.  English provision is mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). TU Dublin is the accrediting body for the programme and makes the awards.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in Ireland. The Pre-Master’s Programme will allow you to improve your English while learning the study skills and research methods that you will need during your Master’s degree studies. 

How long will I study for?

The duration of the programme is nine months. Each semester consists of thirteen teaching weeks, one reading week, and an assessment week. The weekly hours involve students on studying a minimum of 18 (and up to 25) hours per week.

English Language forms a minimum of six hours of your timetable, is compulsory and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. 

Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

What will I study?

All students will study the following modules:

  • Undergraduate Research Dissertation

  • Academic English Language Development

  • Research and Digital Literacy Skills

  • Personal Development for Employability

  • Working in Teams

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

The ONCAMPUS PMP acquires 60 ECTS credits.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate term and will include formative and summative assignments and other assessment tasks. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in Irish postgraduate programmes.

Assessments will normally include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.

*Progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria as stated by each university

Pre-Master's Programme Quality Assurance

This programme is awarded by TU Dublin and the policies, manuals and handbooks relevant to this programme can be found here.


Students have the right to communicate any issues they may experience whilst a studying the PMP at UniHaven College. Further information as to how to do this is available here.

Programme details:

Course length: 2 semesters
Minimum age: 21+
Hours per week: 18 minimum and up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates Number of semesters

Tuition fee

Progressing to Master’s degree starting in
13 January 2025 – 08 August 2025 2 €15,790 September 2025

Additional mandatory student fees include:

  • Non-Refundable Administration Fee – €300
  • Registration fees (Includes Learner Protection policy fees, HEI Partner progression fees and administration fees) – €1,200
  • Examination fees – €300
  • Fees for programme books, online resources, and online study platforms – €200
  • Medical insurance fees – €150 unless you can show an equivalent medical insurance policy in English.

Semester Dates

13th January 2025 to 25th April 2025
28th April 2025 - 08th August 2025

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