All BA Stage 1 students

When should I start to choose my modules?

Module registration for Stage 1 BA students begins from 31st August 2017. Check your UCD Connect e-mail account for your Start Time for module registration.

Modules have a limited number of places so it is important that you select your modules as early as possible.

Should I wait until Orientation to begin my registration?

No. As we have said above, you must register to your chosen modules as soon as module registration opens for you.

Must I attend Orientation?

Yes. Orientation is compulsory. During Orientation there will be a series of events that prepare you for your time in UCD. The information provided during orientation is crucial in smoothing your transition to university. For further information please see

Will I receive any information about how to register?

The Registration Guide tells you how to register online. This is a section  of your Welcome to UCD booklet, which you will have received in the post. It can also be accessed online at Detailed information on subject choices for Stage 1 of your BA is also available by clicking in the section Incoming Stage 1 Students on this page.


What are my choices for completing Stage 1?

When you begin your registration you will find that you are already registered to 10 at least credits in each of the subjects that you nominated (20 if taking Economics, Maths, & Statistics). You will need to pick up another 40 credits to complete your Stage 1 (30 if taking Economics, Maths, & Statistics). You can decide to add more credit from the two subjects that you have already chosen; you may decide to study other subjects offered in the BA Programme, taking between 10 and 20 credits in them – you must take at least 10 credits in one other subject and can select no more than four subjects; you may decide to take up a 5 credit elective. Further information is available at

I pre-selected subject combinations when making my CAO application. Must I take those subjects to degree level?

As we have said you will be pre-registered to credits in each of your nominated subjects. Assuming that you successfully complete those modules, you will be able to continue with the subjects to degree level. However, if you use the remaining credits to expand your range of subjects, you will be able to take those new subjects for your degree (provided that you meet any particular requirements for the individual subjects). Information on subjects’ progression requirements can be accessed by clicking on the section Students who will be in Stage 2 in 2018-2019 academic year on this page. Go to What Subjects Can I Progress With? And choose the link appropriate to your programme. (DN500 and DN541).  Please note that you can only take one subject from within each group on the timetable grid.

I am a DN500 student who pre-selected subject combinations when making my CAO application. Can I change my mind about my subjects now?

To protect your CAO choice, you will not be permitted to drop modules that you have been pre-registered to until you are familiar with the registration process. When you have completed orientation this protection will be removed, and you will be able to drop pre-registered modules. DO NOT DROP PRE-REGISTERED MODULES UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THAT YOU WISH TO CHANGE AND ARE SURE THERE ARE PLACES IN THE SUBJECT YOU WISH TO TAKE UP. If you drop a pre-registered module there is no guarantee that you will be able to get back into it should you change your mind. Also, don’t forget that you can use your remaining credits to expand your subject choice without dropping pre-registered modules.

Do I need to think about Stage 2 when I am making my subject choices for Stage 1?

Yes. The subject choices that you make at Stage 1 will determine your subject combinations for Stage 2. When you register you must carefully note your subjects’ requirements for progression into Stage 2 i.e. the modules that they require you to have passed at Stage 1. This is particularly important if you are taking less than 20 credits in a subject.

Where can I find information about my subjects’ progression requirements?

You can access progression information by clicking in the section Students who will be in Stage 2 in 2018-2019 academic year on this page.  Go to What Subjects Can I Progress With? And choose the link appropriate to your programme. (DN500 and DN541).

What about studying Psychology in DN500?

The only way to obtain a professional qualification in Psychology is to enter the BA Programme via the special direct entry route for Psychology (DN519). As a DN500 student, Psychology can only be taken as electives after Stage 1 subject to the University policy on elective provision.


What are my choices for completing Stage 1?

As you have made decisions at CAO level about what subjects you will take to degree level, you will have already been registered to certain modules in those subjects. This can range from between 10 and 40 credits, depending on your denomination. You can choose the remaining credits from the other BA subjects and/or from the electives that are available. You may take between 10 and 20 credits in a subject (credit load permitting), and/or ten credits of electives. There are many ways to make up the required 60 credits, but remember that you cannot take more than one subject within each group on the timetable grid.

Can I drop the modules that have been pre-selected?

No. It is vital that you do not attempt to drop any of the modules to which you have been pre-registered. If you do drop any of those modules, you will not be able to finish Stage 1 in your chosen programme.


What should I do if a module that I wish to select is full?

There are physical limits in places on modules. If a module is full and the lecture theatre has reached its maximum capacity, unfortunately nothing can be done. You may inform the relevant School of your interest in the module so that they are aware that a demand exists, but you cannot ask them to put you into a module. Sometimes places become free during the change of mind time period but places cannot be reserved on waiting lists. If places do become available they will be released from 3.00 pm each Monday to Fridayduring the online registration period. Details of modules for which places will be released will be updated daily at

Can I change my mind about my subject choice?

There is a short change of mind period during which you can make certain changes to your module choices. If you do decide to change you must ensure that you use the ‘swap’ option within the ‘drop-swap’ menu on the SIS registration screens, so that you can be sure you will be able to select the new subject prior to dropping the old one. Please note that if you are a Denominated BA student (DN510-19, DN541) it will not be possible to make any changes to modules that are core to your programme. If you are determined to change you will need to explore a transfer between programmes. The earliest you can apply for this transfer is towards the end of Semester 1, so you should focus on earning credit in your current programme at present.

Will I be able to change my mind about Semester 2 modules later?

There will be a change of mind period later in the year for Semester 2 modules. However, you need to be aware that if you select subjects which have core modules in Semester 2 you are committing to those subjects for the entire year.

Must I register to tutorials?

The vast majority of modules will have associated tutorials. Attendance and participation will contribute towards your grade for the module, so you must register for them.

Why am I unable to register to certain tutorials online?

Some schools wish to allocate students to particular tutorials, which means that you will not be able to select your tutorials in the SIS online registration screens. If this is the case you may see a message ‘Contact School Office’, and you must go to the relevant School to get yourself registered to a tutorial.  Alternatively, you may see a message ‘Automatically Registered’ for modules in Mathematical Studies and Statistics.  Labs, tutorials and other practical classes are automatically assigned to students during the online registration period.

Are there particular recommendations for subjects?

Some subjects have particular recommendations.  Below, you will find those recommendations listed.  But you should also check our website for information on subjects’ progression requirements by clicking on the section Students who will be in Stage 2 in 2018-2019 academic year on this page. Go to What Subjects Can I Progress With? And choose the link appropriate to your programme. (DN500 and DN541).

  • (REVIEW)Economics - ECON 10020 Principles of Macroeconomics is a compulsory module and must be passed prior to degree completion. Students are strongly recommended to pass ECON10020 during Stage 1.
  • Linguistics - students are advised to take LING 10040 Words and Sentences to avail of all possible options in Stage 2. Please contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics for further information.
  • Music –students will be required to pass all four Level 1 Music modules offered in Stage 1 prior to degree completion.