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Mature Student Applications

Applying as a Mature applicant

 A mature student is someone who is 23 years of age or older by the 1st January in the calendar year of proposed entry to an undergraduate programme. All mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by the 1st February at 17:15. Applications maybe made online at  Please note that for all applicants who applied to the CAO by the 1st of February  must send the personal statement for each programme and all supporting documents to the CAO by the 1st of March

Late Applications

Late Applications will be accepted after the 5th of March and up until the 1st of May 17:15 for some programmes. Certain programmes cannot accept late applications. Please refer to the table below for more details.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation - All supporting documentation as outlined in table below (e.g. evidence of prior qualifications, Personal Statement etc.) should be posted directly to the CAO. Note: You may, if you wish, also apply through the CAO on foot of your Leaving Certificate results or a QQI course. You are allowed to submit your application under all three pathways if you so wish and you can do this by selecting all 3 options. 

Assessment of Applications

Please refer to the table below for details of the entry requirements and assessment criteria for each programme. The assessment criteria varies by programme and you should particularly note any criteria such as interview or assessment test and the arrangements for same, and also the requirement to provide supporting detail, such as a personal statement, with your application.

Below you will find the course details and the entry requirements for each course. The course information is under the course code and the requirements are under the course name.

Statement of Interest Vs Personal Statement

Important information for Mature Student applicants to UL

The ‘Statement of Interest’ is a space within the Mature Student section of the CAO application form for you to provide some general information about yourself and about why you wish to study at third-level. You may be applying for a number of different courses on your CAO form, and/or courses in different colleges, but the CAO form only allows for one overall Statement of Interest to be submitted within your application form.
The ‘Personal Statement’ is an additional document which you must write for each UL programme to which you are applying, and which you must send directly to the CAO as part of your application. It is important to check which UL programmes require you to submit a Personal Statement. Further information relating to the statement of interests vs. the personal statement is available here.

Mature Student Access Certificate (MSAC)

Please be advised applicants who are currently studying for the Mature Student Access Certificate (MSAC) at the University of Limerick, and who are applying to a course to which they have a right of entry based on their performance in examinations on the MSAC, are not required to provide any additional detail evidencing course entry requirements.  Applicants who wish to be considered for entry onto any course where there is no right of entry from the MSAC, must provide evidence of satisfying course entry requirements as standard.


Course Information

Entry Requirements & Application assessment criteria

Business Courses


Bachelor of Arts in Law and Accounting 


Bachelor of Business Studies(including Business Studies with French/German/Japanese


Bachelor of Arts in International Business


Bachelor of Science in Technology Management

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Courses


LM002 Bachelor of Arts
LM020 Bachelor of Arts Law and Accounting


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Laws (Law Plus)


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and New Media


Bachelor of Arts in European Studies


Bachelor of Arts in Applied Languages

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance


Bachelor of Arts Performing Arts


Mature Nursing - PAS

All applicants applying for mature entry to Nursing/Midwifery programmes must also register and apply though the Public Appointments Service (PAS) website PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC). Further information is available at . Candidates should note there are specific CAO codes for mature entry to Nursing. These are as follows:


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)


 Bachelor of Science in Midwifery

Faculty of Science and Engineering


Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics

LM063 Bachelor Science Technology Management


Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Health

LM076 BSc Product Design and Technology
LM077 Bachelor of Engineering Aeronautical Engineering
LM082 BSc Construction Management and Engineering


Bachelor of Science in Equine Science

LM099 B Arch Architecture
LM115 BE Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
LM116 BE Engineering Common Entry


BE Electronic and Computer Engineering 

LM120 BSc Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering
LM121 Bsc. Computing Technologies
LM122 BSc Creative Media and Interactive Design
LM123 Bsc Biological and Chemical Sciences
LM124 Bsc Mathematics
LM125 Bsc Physics


Certificate/Diploma in Equine Science

Education and Health Science


BA Psychology and Sociology 


BSc Sport and Exercise Science
LM090 Bsc Physical Education
LM092 Bsc Science with Concurrent Teacher Education (Biology with Chemistry pr Physics or Agricultural Science)
LM094 BTech Materials and Architectural Technology
LM095 BTech Materials and Engineering
LM096 BSc Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Physical Science with Chemistry and Physics)
LM100 Bsc Physiotherapy


Bachelor of Science in Psychology


Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies