How to apply

National College of Ireland is committed to providing equal access to education and equal opportunities for mature students. Students who are 23 years of age or older on 1st January can apply directly to NCI for entry to full-time education the following Autumn. There is no specific closing date, applications will be accepted up until 31st July. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

Mature applicants do not need to match school-leavers in terms of academic achievement, provided there is evidence of the ability to pursue and benefit from the course. Mature applicants should apply directly to the College. 

Non-standard applicants

Up to 20% of places on all full-time day courses are reserved for nonstandard applicants (mature students, transfer students), at the discretion of the College. Mature applicants must apply to the college before 31st July.

Uversity - Higher Education Scholarship for Adult Learners

NCI is a participating institution in the Uversity Scholarship scheme which is intended to unlock adult learners’ potential. Uversity’s Scholarships support adult learners, who are not otherwise in a financial position to do so, to enrol on and complete a Bachelor’s degree that will transform their lives and those around them. Uversity Scholarships take account of each individual’s circumstances and aim to provide financial support for throughout their undergraduate studies.  

Payments are made over the course of a degree programme and are subject to continued academic registration and progress. Scholarship amounts vary depending on the successful recipients’ circumstances and need.