International Baccalaureate

The following are the NUI Galway entry requirements for students presenting the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma


Undergraduate Entry 


Irish Leaving Cert points


Irish Leaving Cert points


Irish Leaving Cert points


Irish Leaving Cert points


 Undergraduate Programmes

300 to 375 points

376 to 425 points

426 to 499 points

500 to 600 points

 International Baccalaureate

28 points

30 points

32 points

 34 points

  1. Points required vary from course to course but the minimum entry requirement is 28 points.
  2. A minimum of 6 subjects must be presented in total, with three at Higher Level and three at Subsidiary Level. Bonus points (1, 2, or 3) are awarded for an Extended Essay.
  3. Obligatory Subjects: English, Mathematics, plus a second language (each min. grade 4 – Subsidiary Level)
  4. Honours: Two subjects grade 4 at Higher Level and four subjects grade 4 at Subsidiary Level, to include English and another language plus specific programme requirements.
  5. Students will be ranked on the basis of their best six subjects from one sitting of the IB / Matriculation examination
  6. Combinations Competitive: Bonus points are not included in the calculation. 
  7. Please Note: If a course has a Mathematics requirement at Ordinary Level in the Irish Leaving Certificate, students must present Maths Methods. If a course has a Mathematics requirement at Higher Level students, must present Mathematics at Higher Level. Maths Studies satisfies matriculation requirements only.


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