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Check an attempt which explains some factors that contribute to the education fees values on the Emerald Isle. Compared with other Anglo-speaking nations, Ireland has a much lower average than its main competitors.
TYPES OF POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES IN IRELAND
Taking a postgraduate course in an English-speaking country is a desire of professionals from a wide range of fields. Such a programme can leverage your career and increase your chances of living permanently abroad. Ireland offers excellent postgraduate programmes in universities that are among the best institutions of higher education in the world.
Access to postgraduate courses in Ireland is quite simple: you should have a bachelor’s degree in your home country (most of degrees abroad are equivalent to Irish qualifications) and an English proficiency exam, especially IELTS. The admission process also considers your professional experience, and in some cases, it may be more relevant than your academic background.
Many people tend to compare what exists abroad with Ireland. In general, postgraduates in Ireland try to solve local industry problems. It is very common for courses to be developed in conjunction with large multinationals and local companies.
I would mention the four most common postgraduate courses in Ireland as follows:
- Higher Diplomas;
- Postgraduate or Graduate Diploma;
- Masters Degree
- Taught Masters
- Research Masters
- Doctoral degree
There is still a fifth course called ‘Higher Doctorate Degree’ which will not be covered in this text.
Higher Diplomas are usually convertible courses and have a duration of one to two years. It is very common to find these courses in the areas of administration, IT and psychology. For example, you, graduate in math, want to move area and study IT. You can take another year (Higher Diploma) and get a qualification equivalent to an Irish honours degree.
Higher Diplomas are also very efficient if you want to change the area. There are many Higher Diplomas in Data Analytics, Fintech and Computing (computing or programming). Graduates from very different areas have access to these courses, as there is a clear demand of professionals in these fields in the market.
POSTUGRADUATE DIPLOMAS E MASTERS DEGREE
Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters Degrees (Taught Masters) may have the same programmatic content. They are divided into eight or nine disciplines distributed over two academic semesters. The difference between the courses is the final dissertation, which in most cases corresponds to another academic semester. For you to get a “master” title, you will need to take a research that is not very long. It may take you an extra academic semester. *
* Just to clarify, an academic semester has around 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and it can take three to four months based on a full-time programme. One credit has an average of 30 hours which corresponds to lectures and assignments, unlike US and UK credits which account roughly for half of a European credit.
There are even convertible masters, similar to Higher Diplomas, as some masters in law, tourism and business for IT graduates. Engineering graduates benefit greatly from these courses because it is quite simple to migrate to another engineering field in just one year.
SUBDIVISION OF MASTERS
Masters in Ireland can be subdivided between taught and research masters – Taught masters endeavour to meet a labour market demand and, based on my experience, may represent about 90% of the masters in the country. Taught masters are more comprehensive within an area and are designed to solve local industry problems. An MBA is an example of these types of masters in Ireland.
“Research masters” focus on a specific topic. These programmes outline research. Unlike the “taught” courses, the student has more flexibility and is not directly subordinated to a programmatic content.
Taught masters are the most common postgraduate courses in Ireland. They are excellent in forming critical sense and personal development which are traits very desired by employers.
Masters degree and postgraduate diploma in terms of duration can be summarized as follows.
- Postgraduate diploma – 60 ECTS
- Taught masters – 90 ECTS a 120 ECTS
- Research masters 120 ECTS
Finally, I highlight the doctoral degree which is an in-depth research on a specific topic, which lasts from three to four years. Research masters can be part of these courses.
BENEFITS OF TAKING A POSTGRADUATE IN IRELAND
The courses mentioned above greatly increase your chances of residing permanently in Ireland. When studying in Europe, you show your employer a command of the English language, a great capacity for personal development and a technical-scientific knowledge that portrays the local market.
Tuition fees for international students regarding postgraduate courses in Ireland cost on average €12,000. Fees may vary depending on the university and programme. This is an excellent investment as the average salary of a professional with such qualifications is around €32,000 per year. In one year, you may have a return on your investment with a big perspective of salary increase. In addition, international (non-European) students get two years of temporary work visa in the country (stamp 1G, check an article I wrote on that) which is a stepping stone to the permanent residence in Ireland.
My name is Paulo Santiago, Education Consultant at Logos Global Education. I have been working with Higher Education in Ireland for over five years and I am well positioned to advise you on the best choice of programme to achieve your career goals. Our company has partnerships with many of the main colleges and universities throughout Ireland and we would be happy to assist with any query. Follow me on LinkedIn and Twitter @LogosEducation to find out more!
Visas for graduates in Ireland: how does it work?
International students are looking for a unique chance to live permanently in Europe. This opportunity exists and it is within your reach. Ireland encourages non-European students to come to the country by granting of a special visa, the so-called Third Level Graduate Programme. This programme allows International students (non-Europeans) to work legally in Ireland for a period of up to two years after their graduation. There is also the possibility of obtaining a permanent work visa once students participate in the programme. This initiative is attracting qualified professionals to several areas, especially those with a high demand in the country, such as information technology, pharmaceuticals, finance, among others. Every student who completes an academic course recognised by Irish education bodies, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, can take part in this initiative.
Why Ireland is attractive to international students
The Irish economy has been booming. Last year, the country’s GDP grew by about 7.3%. The indicators were driven by multinationals that see Ireland as a great country to invest in. Companies like Facebook, Google and PWC have expanded their operations in Europe. Such an expansion increases the demand for qualified professionals. Depending on the area, a graduate can quickly enter the labour market, leading to a possible permanent visa offer in the country.
The per capita income of the country is another great advantage. According to data extracted from the world bank, Ireland in 2016 had a PCI of US$ 64k per year, which is the second best performance within the European Community, ahead of countries like the United Kingdom (US $ 40k), Germany (40k) and ahead of the overall European average ($ 36k). Another positive point is the expectation of an aggregate salary during a professional career. In an article published in 2014 by The Irish Times investing in a college degree program in Ireland may lead to significantly higher earnings over the course of a professional life: an estimated €350k more, compared with a professional without a college degree. The text presents data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). For this reason, a € 15k investment in a quality education could potentially yield an aggregate profit of over 2200% over the course of your career.
Studying and competing in the Irish job market
The first step to join an Irish university is to improve your knowledge of the English language. With the technology available nowadays, it has become easy to learn the Saxon language. The proper use of the English language is critical to being accepted onto a college or university programme. Exams of language proficiency like IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL among others, are essential for admission in the best universities and leverage your career. Brazilian, Mexican and Chilean undergraduate degrees can be accepted in universities across Ireland without much bureaucracy. Generally, it is necessary to present an official translation of your academic records. However, additional academic assignments and interviews may be required as part of the admission process of some courses.
The Third Level Graduate Program grants a temporary one-year working visa after the completion of a level 8 undergraduate/ higher diploma (usually these courses have a duration of three to four years ) and two years working visa is granted to those who complete a level 9 or higher postgraduate programme. Postgraduate courses offer more advantages as the cost of these degrees can be less than a quarter of the final value of an undergraduate degree. Also, a student who completes a Taught Masters in Ireland is more likely to be absorbed by the job market as this sort of programmes are desired by employers.
World Excellence Courses
There are several opportunities to leverage your career in Ireland. Higher education institutions in the country have academic programmes of world excellence, as attractive as courses offered in the UK and US, but at a much more competitive cost. The Third Level Graduate Program is undoubtedly a great shortcut for students who want to reside permanently on the Emerald Isle. To further understand how the entire scheme process works as well as the admission process at an Irish university, contact us through our social media channels by the email highlighted below.
My name is Paulo Santiago, Educational Consultant for Logos Global Education. I have been working with higher education in Ireland for over five years. I can advise you on the best choice of your college program so that you can reach your career goals. Our company has partnerships with many of Ireland’s leading colleges and universities and will be glad to assist you with any queries. Follow us on our LinkedIn and Twitter @LogosEducation to find out more!
Why come to Ireland?
To start talking about the virtues of Ireland, I need to go back to 2010, because a friend invited me to do an exchange in Ireland and learn English. At that time I only knew the verb to be and to speak the truth, I detested the English language. I had no idea where Ireland was or what language the Irish were talking about. I remember my question to my friend “do they speak English there?” (Laughs).
Arrival in Ireland
Five years ago, I took courage and left everything in Brazil. I came to meet this Emerald Island without knowing what would happen. I could see up close why many people talk so well about this country, about culture and the people. Like any other nation, there is the positive and the negative side, but in my point of view, you fit both sides.
A virtue of the Irish
One of the initial virtues I noticed here was the welcome and attention. Disembarking in the city, lost, without knowing in which direction our Hostel was, we arrived at the central avenue of Dublin (Capital of Ireland), O’Connell Street. We opened the map we took at the airport and a passing gentleman asked, “Are you lost? Do you need help? “That, from my point of view, was out of this world, for he did not know us and he offered to help us without any fear. Unfortunately, in a big city like São Paulo, where I am from, people do not have time to stop and realize others around them.
Another virtue is the joy and authenticity of the Irishman. They are always smiling and start talking to you without even knowing you. Talk usually starts about the weather (laughs), sounds funny but true. Regardless of the real situation in which they live, people seek happiness, enjoying life in the best possible way, be it with friends, in pubs or on trips with the family.
many Irish people prefer to continue their origins, thus being authentic in their culture, keeping the names of their children in the Gaelic form (an old language still spoken by a small percentage of the population). I must confess that some names are very complicated, both spelling and pronunciation.
Culture of Ireland
Irish culture is also something that captivates my eyes. Most museums are free. I love museums. I think it’s one of the best ways to get to know the culture and history of a country.
The Irish are also humanitarian and supportive people. They do some volunteer work, whether in poor communities, with children, the elderly or at events that take place during the year in the country. Some companies provide more vacation days to employees who participate in volunteer services. This is a clever way to encourage humanitarianism in the community.
Travel around the Emerald Isle
Another plus point is the ease of travelling between one county and another. Here you can do this by train, bus or even rent a car. In an hour, you are already in another county, such as Wicklow, or in three hours, you will be in Cork, with Dublin the starting point. The best of these trips are the landscapes. Ireland is rich in natural landscapes, medieval castles, parks and ruins. You will have the opportunity to see very green, think why the Island is called Emerald. They preserve nature very much here.
In a general way, I recommend the visit to the country be it through an exchange or even on vacation. You will have the opportunity to experience a culture very different from ours, and of course, to know a country that is a box of surprises.
The text was written by Cleo Gannon @GannonCleo
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