Entry Requirements

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General Requirements

National Senior Certificate

Pass in 6 subjects at NSC with at least 40%
(excluding Life Orientation)
Two subjects must be at least at Level 6 NSC

If you're following international curriculum, please see the following links for entry requirements:
Cambridge A Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Contact internationaladmissions@ucd.ie for further information 

English Language Requirements

National Senior Certificate:

English Home Language 40%
English Additional Language 60%

For additional information, please refer to 
UCD Minimum English Language Requirements

This page provides information and guidance on entry requirements for international (non-EU/ non-EEA) students only.
Please be advised that your fee assessment status determines how you should apply.
In all cases, UCD applicants who are granted EU fee status will only be admitted through the Central Applications Office (CAO) system and in line with CAO policies and procedures and National University of Ireland (NUI) matriculation regulations.
If you are eligible for EU fees please contact UCD Registry-Admissions for further advice (www.ucd.ie/askus).

Specific subjects and grades required for programme are detailed below.
The equivalences are provided as guidance and are indicative only. In addition, please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis.
The information provided below is subject to change and annual review.

        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsOther Language
Business   BSS1 Commerce 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 5  
B722 BSc Business 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 5  
BSS2 Economics & Finance Foundation Year or 1st year University required.
Alternatively, A Levels or IB Diploma will be considered.
NSC Level 7  
BSW1 Commerce International 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75%or equivalent NSC Level 5 Note: For French language combinations a minimum NSC Level 7 in French is required. 
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsOther Language
Law BSJ4 Business & Law 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 5  
LWS2 Law with French 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent   70% in Year One University in French
LWS6 Law 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent    
LWW1 Law with Philosophy 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent    
LWW2 Law with History 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent    
LWW3 Law with Politics 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent    
LWW4 Law with Economics 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 5  
LWW9 Law with Social Justice 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent    
LWWC Law with Chinese 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent   Note: No prior knowledge of Mandarin required. Those with prior knowledge of Mandarin are most welcome.
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsOther Language
Arts & Humanities BAU4 BA Modern Languages 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent Note: If you choose to study a language at advanced level during your first year, it is recommended that you have at least an NSC Level 7  in that language, or equivalent.
  BAU5 BA Arts (2 Subjects) 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent Note: For French language combinations a minimum NSC Level 7 in French is required.

German & Spanish: In First Year two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners level a minimum of NSC Level 7 or equivalent or equivalent is required.
  AYS1 Languages, Linguistics and Cultures 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  AYS2 English, European and World Literatures 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  CCS1 Celtic Studies, Art History and History 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  CAS1 Classics, Art History and Archaeology 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  CAS2 Classics, English and History 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  ENS5 English Literature 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  ENS6 English with Creative Writing 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  ENS7 English, Drama and Film 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  MCS4 Music, Film & Drama 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  HPS1 History And Politics 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
  HSS3 History 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent  
 CodeDescription2020 Entry Requirements
Liberal Arts & Sciences LBS1 Liberal Arts & Sciences 5 subjects at 40% + 1 subject at 45% or equivalent
 CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMaths
Sustainability STS1 BSc Sustainability 3 subjects at 45% + 3 subjects at 40% or equivalent NSC Level 5
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsOther Language
Social Sciences COS1 Philosophy, Politics & Economics 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 2  
  ECS4 BSc Economics 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 6  
  EMS1 Economics, Mathematics & Statistics 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 2

Note: If you obtain less than NSC Level 7 in mathematics, you must pass a "Level 0" UCD mathematics module in semester 1
 
  LSS1 Archaeology, Geography & History 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 2  
  PCS2 BSc Psychology 5 subjects at 100% + 1 subject at 90% or equivalent NSC Level 2   
  SBU2 BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 2  
  SBU3 BSc Social Science (2 Subjects) 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent In order to study Mathematics, NSC Level 7 in Mathematics is required.

In order to study Economics, NSC Level 2 in Mathematics is required.
German: In First Year two streams are offered, one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners. For the non-beginners level a minimum of NSC Level 7 or equivalent is required.
  SCS1 Computational Social Science 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 2

Note: If you obtain less than NSC Level 7 in mathematics, you must pass a "Level 0" UCD mathematics module in semester 1
 
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsLab Science
Engineering NUS1 Engineering Omnibus 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 7 NSC Level 5
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMaths
Architecture   LDS2 Landscape Architecture 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2
RCS1 City Planning & Environmental Policy 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2
SSS1 Architecture 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 2
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsLab Science
Science   BSS3 Actuarial and Financial Studies 2 subjects at 100% + 4 subjects at 90% or equivalent 75% in Year One University  
CSSA Computer Science 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 5  
SCU1 Science Omnibus 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 5 NSC Level 5
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsLab Science
Agricultural Science ANS1 Animal Science 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  CPS1 Animal & Crop Production 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  DBS1 Dairy Business 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  EQS1 Animal Science - Equine 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  ESS1 AgriEnvironmental Science 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  FAS1 Food and Agribusiness Management 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  FAW1 Food Business with Chinese Studies 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  FOS1 Forestry 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  FSS2 Food Science 6 subjects at 60% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  HLS1 Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management 6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  HMS1 Human Nutrition  5 subjects at 100% + 1 subject at 90% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
  UAS1 Agricultural Science - Omnibus
(You can decide on your area of study during first year).
6 subjects at 50% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsLab Science
Health Science BHS1 Biomedical, Health & Life Science 5 subjects at 100% + 1 subject at 90%or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
MDS2 Medicine  First Year of University required.
Alternatively, A Levels or IB Diploma will be considered.
NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
MDS4 Radiography 5 subjects at 100% + 1 subject at 90%or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
MDS5 Physiotherapy First Year of University required.
Alternatively, A Levels or IB Diploma will be considered.
NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
MDSJ Diagnostic Radiography
(Graduate Entry)

The 2.5-year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who hold a Bachelor degree (Honours) in any discipline with a CGPA of 52% and above, or equivalent.

NSC Level 2
MDS9 Medicine (Graduate Entry)

The 4-year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who hold or are expected to hold a Bachelor degree (Honours) (NFQ Level 8) in any discipline with a CGPA of 60% or above, or equivalent.  Additionally, all applicants are required to submit a current GAMSAT* or MCAT* score (minimum 57 and 503 respectively). Although only graduates are eligible to apply for this programme, the graduate Medicine degree is equivalent in standard to the undergraduate Medicine degree.

*Currency of Results: GAMSAT must normally have been issued within two years prior to the start of programme. MCAT must normally have been issued within three years prior to the start of programme.

Students who have previously been unsuccessful in any Medicine programme (i.e. have not met academic or other requirements within the programme) or have any issues which would affect their registration with the Irish Medical council will only be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances, to be considered by the Medicine programme board.

        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsLab Science
Sports and Performance  MDS8 Health & Performance Science 5 subjects at 100% + 1 subject at 90% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
SMS2 Sport & Exercise Management 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
        CodeDescription2020 Entry RequirementsMathsLab Science
Veterinary Medicine   VTS1 Veterinary Medicine First Year of University required.
Alternatively, A Levels or IB Diploma will be considered.
NSC Level 2 Chemistry 70% in Year One University
VTS2 Veterinary Nursing 4 subjects at 80% + 2 subjects at 75% or equivalent NSC Level 2 NSC Level 2
VTS3 Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) The 4 year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who hold or are expected to hold an honours degree in a biological / biomedical / animal science discipline with a CGPA of 60% or above [or equivalent].

For full details about the application and assessment procedures, including information about pre-requisites, please refer to the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine website: www.ucd.ie/vetmed

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