Higher education applicants are going through a “life-changing” transition over the coming months and years as the application deadline for the 2018/19 academic years approaches, the Irish Times has learnt.
Key points:A number of major applications for universities across the country are on hold until next year, due to the changes to the application systemIn the meantime, applications for entry-level courses in Ireland have been delayed indefinitely, while those for master’s and PhD programmes have been frozen for up to five yearsThere are now fewer than 20 places available for students to study, with more than a quarter of all applications in 2018-2019 being refusedThe new system will see applications for admission to the next academic year held for up a year, while students who apply for entry level courses will need to wait until 2021 to start.
This year’s academic year has been the worst for applications in Ireland since the 1990s, when the number of applications was slashed by over 90 per cent.
The University of Limerick, Dublin’s main university, has been hit particularly hard, with the application rates for its masters and PhD courses at the University of Dublin in 2017 slashed by more that 80 per cent in the previous two years.
In 2018/2019, there are only 11 places available to study in the master’s programmes, with students applying to those courses now needing to wait for five years for their applications to be processed.
In 2021, applicants will only be able to apply for a maximum of five places for their entry level programmes.
The process to get an application accepted by the university is now longer, with a minimum of two years to complete the process, the university said.
“The application process for entry into the Master’s programme has now become much longer, which is why the application process to graduate and study has become much harder,” said Prof Peter McClelland, dean of the school of human and social sciences at the university.
“We have now lost almost half of the entries into the PhD programmes, and those applications have become a much longer process.”
This means that applications for students entering doctoral programs will now be held for five or six years, while the application for entry to master’s programs will only take two years.
“While there are no specific plans to shut down master’s or PhD programmes in Ireland, McCleland said there will be a reduction in entry level places in the coming academic year.”
There are a number of reasons why the entrance to master and PhD programs will not be reduced.
Firstly, we will be holding entry level applications for graduate students for the next two years,” he said.”[This] means that we will not have a significant reduction in the number, and number of students entering these programmes.
“McClendan said there was also a “lack of information” about how the system will work in the future.”
In 2021 there will no longer be a minimum number of entry level students to apply to the doctoral programmes, but we will need students to submit their applications by the next spring,” he added.”
So if you are applying for a PhD from this university, you will need some time to prepare.
“Similarly, you could apply for Master’s at another university, but you will not necessarily have to wait as long for your application to be accepted.”
The university has been forced to make some adjustments to the way its applications are processed this year as it tries to keep applications in line with the new system.
This is the second year that the application processing system has been altered.
In 2017, applications were held for a longer period of time due to changes to how the university’s website was set up.
“It was really difficult to deal with the changes.
I have no doubt we will still have a few people who are frustrated with this system, but it is a matter of trying to manage expectations,” said McClella.
McClall said the university will be making “hard decisions” in the next year about how it manages its application process.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine, University College Dublin has been left with only five places available, with an application deadline of April 6.
The college said this was a result of an “extraordinary amount of work” by its administration to maintain the university application system.
“Since January 2019, we have been preparing for a transition to a new system which will bring us into compliance with the regulations,” it said in a statement.
“At this point we will remain on hold and continue to make hard decisions about how to manage the new processes and ensure that our students are treated fairly.”
“We are currently working with the Department of Education and the Minister of Education on a solution, but this will need further confirmation,” the statement said.
The university said it will continue to provide support to students who have difficulty completing the application, and said that it would also continue to offer advice and help to students, including by offering support to those who do not meet the