Educational Requirements

Minimum Educational Qualifications

Operations Branch

School Leavers/Non Graduates (i.e those who do not meet the requirements for the Engineering or Electrical Branch) must posses a minimum of Grade C3 in 3 Higher Level papers and Grade D3 in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers, in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination. Leaving Certificate Applied does not qualify for this competition.

A minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Irish. (NUI Matriculation exemptions apply)
  3. English. (Candidates whose first language is not English must satisfy the English  language requirements in accordance with the NUI Matriculations Regulations).
  4. Any three Matriculation subjects not already selected.

Graduates must possess as a minimum Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects

  1. Mathematics
  2. Irish or English
  3. Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND                            

Must have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004. With effect from 2005 have successfully completed an Bachelor Degree programme at level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications.

OR

hold a Diploma with merit or distinction (from a recognised institution) in Nautical Science as awarded to the end of 2004, or with effect from 2005, have successfully completed an ordinary degree course (level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications) (from a recognised institution) in Nautical Science. 

Please visit www.nui.ie to check your qualifications.

Electrical or Engineering Branch

Applicants must possess a minimum of Grade D3 in the following Ordinary/Higher level subjects:

  1. Mathematics
  2. English or Irish
  3. Any four Matriculation subjects not already selected.

AND                            

Must have obtained a recognised degree i.e. a Third Level Degree awarded up to the end of 2004. With effect from 2005 have successfully completed an Honours Bachelor Degree programme at level 8 or higher of the National Framework of Qualifications in either Electrical or Electronic Engineering.

The Degree at Level 8 must be accredited with Engineers Ireland.

Please Note:

Applications for all categories of Cadetships are invited from person who have applied to sit for examinations in the competition year as will enable them to satisfy the minimum educational qualifications criteria as specified above.

Further information on matriculation is available on www.nui.ie. Candidates must provide documentary proof from the National University of Ireland at Stage 1 of the selection procedure for any educational exemptions.