The third-level education sector in Ireland consists of a Universities, Institutes of Technology, and Colleges of Education.

From School to Third Level - Undergraduate Education

In order to apply for undergraduate education, you have to apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO):


Post-Graduate Education

Post-graduate education includes courses for those who have already graduated from their first  third-level course.  The options include post-graduate diplomas, masters degrees and PHDs (Doctorates). Applications for postgraduate education are made directly through the college or university you wish to attend.  


General Information on Third-Level Education

Local Citizen Information Boards also have useful information about access to third level education