UCD Access to Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Medicine (SEAM)

2020-21 Academic Year

This course is designed to prepare adults, who may not have the formal qualifications, for successful study at university, particularly in the areas of Science, Engineering, Agriculture or Medicine.

Our aim is to:

  • Facilitate you in finding a degree course that best suits your aptitude and interest
  • Give you the confidence and skills necessary to plan and organise study for your particular needs
  • Provide you with analytical skills to fully understand the material presented in all subject modules
  • Equip you with the skills and confidence to take on a degree course in Science, Engineering/Architecture, Agricultural Science or Medicine


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Anyone aged 22 or more on January 1st of their year of entry to UCD Access may apply for the course. This is so that you will meet the age requirement of being at least 23 on January 1st when starting an undergraduate degree. There is no upper age limit.

There are no formal educational entry requirements to the Access course. What we need to know about you is your life experience and any formal or informal learning you have undertaken previously. Give us as much information as you think relevant.

Evidence of recent prior learning is most relevant in an application, ability in maths, and prior learning in at least one of the science subjects is important.

To apply for this programme, you first need to Submit an Online Application Form.

In addition to the online application, you will also need to attend the following:

  • 'Hot Topics' Maths Workshops:  18 July 10:00 am - 20, and 22 July | 6:00 pm
  • Maths Workshop and Assessment: 25 July | 10:00 am
  • Science Lecture: 21 July | 6:00 pm
  • Interview Dates: 28, 29, or 30 July | Between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm

Attendance at the maths workshops is not mandatory but is strongly advised. It is mandatory to attend the maths assessment, science lecture, and interview in order to be considered for a place on the course.

Your individual interview day and time will be emailed to you closer to the time. Room information for the maths workshops, assessment and science lecture will also be communicated closer to the time.

Link to course application

The fee for the Access Course to Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Medicine (SEAM) course is €1,800 for the academic year.

Fees are paid in September when you begin the course. See "How to Pay" for more information on paying your fees.

There is no application fee for this course.

Each year, UCD awards Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships to students from low-income households, students with physical or sensory disabilities, students from the Traveller Community, and those with Refugee or Asylum Seeker status.

Cothrom na Féinne Scholars demonstrate clear motivation to pursue higher education, despite education barriers faced, and act as leaders in Access and Lifelong Learning.

If you are registered as unemployed and/or in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible for one of these scholarships.

If you qualify for a scholarship your fee will be reduced from €1,800 to €600 or, in the case of those with refugee or asylum seeker status, your fee will be covered by us.

Access SEAM students take the following core modules during the academic year:

Autumn Trimester - (September to December)

Spring - (January to May)

The Access SEAM course follows the same dates as the general UCD Term Timetable.

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.08* or more will be guaranteed a place on the following undergraduate degree programmes at UCD:

In addition to meeting the required standard on the course you must be eligible to apply on the grounds of mature years and make an application through the CAO.

Please note that this Access course does not offer progression onto a nursing degree. 

* Entry to Engineering is also contingent on obtaining an A- or higher in each of the mathematics modules.

** Entry to Medicine is also contingent on obtaining a minimum grade of A- in the module "Introduction to Chemistry, Physics & Biology". Applicants will be required to submit a learning journal and obtain a minimum HPAT Ireland score of 150. Two places will be offered per year and will be allocated on a competitive basis. Applicants to this course should also note the following guidelines: Access to Medicine and Applying as a Mature Student - Medicine

Link to course application