Registration to modules and workshops is specific to the particular strand

Discipline specific modules : i.e. credit-bearing modules delivered by a UCD School. To enrol to modules, students should complete the relevant module registration form, obtain the signature of their Principal Supervisor, and confirm that a place is available on the module from the Module -Coordinator

  • College of Business : To register for modules, students are asked, after agreement with the module co-ordinator and their supervisor, to complete and have signed the module registration form. This form should be returned to the Centre for Doctoral Research, Smurfit School for processing.
  • College of Social Sciences & Law : Submit the completed PhD Module Registration Form 16-17 to the Social Sciences and Law Graduate School Office (D111 Newman Building) within 2 weeks of the start of the module. A student cannot be retrospectively registered to a module, so please complete the form in a timely manner.
  • College of Science & College of Health & Agricultural Sciences : To register for modules, you must complete a module registration form which is available from your School after agreement with the module co-ordinator and your supervisor. This form should be returned to your School office who will register you to your chosen modules.
  • College of Engineering and Architecture : To register for modules, please complete a module registration form which is available from your School Office or at This form, approved by your supervisor and the relevant module co-ordinator(s), should be submitted to the Graduate School Office (Room 126, Engineering) where your registration will be completed.

Structured PhDWorkshops : To register for the Transferable Skills Workshops , please go on to your  SISWEb account and you will see the  Transferable Skills Modules available to you. Simply click the  button to register- full details of the dates, times and venue of the transferable skills modules are available here. There are no credits associated with these workshops but if you attend you can obtain a certificate of attendance.

Library/Data Management Workshops :

To register for the course provided by UCD library, please go to their website!/month/2016/09 and click the event that you wish to register to. You will be asked to complete a registration form online. There are no credits associated with these workshops but if you attend it will be recorded on your transcript.

Innovation Academy Modules : If you are interested in taking a module offered by the Innovation Academy or would like to find out more, complete the online Registration of interest form or contact Iseult Ó Síocháin directly at There are credit-bearing modules and there will be assessment of the learning outcomes. 

Career Development Centre Skills Workshops : Booking a place on the skills workshop is through Careers Connect. There are no credits associated with these workshops.

Accrual of relevant skills is important aspect of your research and professional development while carrying out our research programme. To aid you in building a record of the training you have received, the majority of the training you take will be captured on your student record.

Credit-bearing modules will always be recorded on you transcript. With regard to the workshops, these will be recorded as having been attended.

Modules: A module is a coherent and self-contained unit of learning, teaching and assessment, which comprises a defined volume of learning activity, expressed in terms of learning outcomes, which are in turn linked to assessment tasks. The volume of educational activity is expressed in hours of student effort which is linked directly to the credit value of the module.

Credit: The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a framework to clarify the relationship between educational activity and credit value. It was developed to facilitate educational mobility for students and interinstitutional co-operation amongst higher education institutions within the European Union.

In line with national and EU requirements, UCD operates a credit system whereby one ECTS credit corresponds to a norm of 20-30 hours of total student effort. UCD utilises the ECTS credit system with a strong emphasis on student effort and the achievement of learning outcomes as a mechanism for determining the award of credit. Student effort includes all lecture, tutorial, seminar and laboratory contact hours, all work required on assignments and projects, time spent in independent study or research, time spent revising for and completing assessments and any additional time and effort expected of a student enrolled to that module.

You will need to ask your Supervisor to sign off on any credit-bearing modules that you take. This is to ensure that the training you undertake will underpin your research or contribute to your professional development

The workshops tend to be short half day session or less and do not require supervisor sign off.


Students enrolled to any graduate programme at University College Dublin have the opportunity to enrol to a module for Audit from within the list of modules offered by the University. A student may audit a module if they wish to attend the module but not gain any credits for the module. This means that they do not receive a grade for the module, but their attendance will be recorded on the student's statement of results, and in some cases a certificate of attendance will be available.

It is very important to update your Graduate School Office if you withdraw from a module in order to keep records up-to-date. Any changes to registration can only be done up to SIX weeks after commencement of term.