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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible?

All courses have specific entry requirements which are outlined on their individual descriptor pages on this website.

If you feel you should qualify for a course or module and that your specific circumstances are not catered for in the entry requirements section of the course descriptor page, you should contact the course director to clarify.

Mature students are warmly welcomed by UCD Online.

What level of competency with computers am I expected to have?

All online courses require a basic level of competence with a computer.

What are the hardware/software requirements to take a UCD Online course?

Only a standard laptop or PC and reasonable broadband accessare required to study through UCD Online. If additional software is required this will be outlined in the relevant module descriptors.

Can I study from abroad?

UCD Online courses are delivered through e-learning platforms meaning that you can participate from anywhere in the world providing you have a computer with Internet access. Many modules will require you to travel to Dublin for an end of module exam which will be scheduled during a predefined exam period meaning one visit from abroad can accommodate multiple exam sittings.

When can I apply?

You can apply for a UCD Online course at any time using the online applications system here.

When can I start?

While all courses typically have a start date in September, some may also offer start dates in January. Please see the relevant course descriptor for the start date of the course you are interested in.

How do I apply?

You may apply for a UCD Online course by visiting the online applications page here. You will need to create a login id (username) and pin code (numerical password) with which you will be able to submit and subsequently review your application. You can log in to the applications system again from the UCD Online homepage. For more information please see the applications information page here.

What happens to my application after I apply?

After you have completed and submitted your online application form you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. After one working day your application will be uploaded to our system and you will receive a further e-mail notifying you of you application number. At this stage you can log in to your online account where you will be able to view a summary of your application, which will contain a link to a PDF file of your complete application. You can use this number when submitting any hard copy supporting documentation and in any other correspondence in connection with your application.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt of a completed application, i.e. application fee paid and supporting documentation uploaded.

What documents will I need for my application?

Undergraduate applicants should submit an electronic copy of their official second level exam results, e.g. Leaving Certificate for Irish students, A-level for UK students.

Graduate applicants who attended a third level institution, other than UCD, are required to provide an electronic copy of all their academic transcripts, detailing all modules taken and individual results.

Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of English language proficiency. For further information on English language requirements see here.

Applicants should submit any other relevant documentation in support of their application, e.g. C.V, references.

Can someone help me with my application?

Yes, you can find the relevant contact details for the course you are interested in here.