UCD Registry - Admissions
Irish and EU students are eligible to apply for admission to all undergraduate courses and should apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO):
Overseas (i.e. Non-EU) students are eligible to apply for admission to a limited number of places in all courses, except Nursing. Non-EU applicants apply direct to UCD.
Applicants presenting qualifications gained outside the EU are assessed for admission purposes on an individual basis. Guidelines of the assessment method are given on the UCD International website.
If you are not sure whether you are considered as an EU applicant or a Non EU applicant please check your fee status.
Students must normally be seventeen years of age by 15 January following entry: i.e. for entry in 2017, date of birth must be on or before 15 January 2001. There is no upper limit.
Admission to all courses is competitive (i.e. there are more applicants than places) and, other than access routes (e.g. mature years or FETAC), is based on the Leaving Certificate points system or equivalent. In the case of Medicine, the HPAT-Ireland results are taken in combination with the school-leaving results.
For Irish and EU applicants, all documentation and examination results which are being presented for assessment for entry to UCD must be with the CAO no later than the dates below:
It may not be possible to gain entry in the current year if documents and/or results are presented later than the relevant dates. This includes Leaving Certificate rechecks.
We usually receive two main batches of amended Leaving Certificate results.
If your appeal is successful and you now have points sufficient for a higher preference, the CAO will notify us of this.
We endeavour to offer all such students a place for the current year but we cannot guarantee that you would be permitted to enter this year. Possible entry this year will depend on when the upgrade is received and if places are available in the programme.
However for the amendments received in October, if we are able to offer a place, we generally advise applicants to defer the place for entry the following year, as UCD is well into the semester at this point and valuable course work will have been missed and some assessments may already have taken place.
If a deferral is recommended, we have been advised by the Department of Education and Skills that any student who accepts a deferred place in UCD as a result of an upgrade and who has already accepted and begun another university programme is permitted to remain in this programme for the year, without a fees penalty.
Please note that we cannot act on amended results until we receive official notification via CAO.
It is very rare but occasionally results are downgraded. If this means that you no longer qualify for the course you have accepted, your application will have to be reviewed.
If you are admitted to any of the following
• Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences (DN440),
• Human Nutrition (DN262),
• Medicine (DN400 and DN401),
• Physiotherapy (DN420),
• Radiography (DN410),
• Nursing (DN450-453)
You will be are required to pass a health assessment prior to admission and from time to time thereafter, in accordance with the health policy of the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences. The assessment includes testing for Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis. The assessment will cost you approximately €225.
If you are admitted to some programmes (currently: Human Nutrition, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Radiography and Nursing) you will be required to undergo checks with the National Vetting Bureau. In the event that a relevant offence is disclosed, you may not be permitted to register.
If you have lived outside Ireland for more than 6 months since the age of 18, you must provide Police Certificates for any countries in which you have lived.
You must include details of all previous third level attendance when applying. For some courses restrictions apply. Previous third level attendance may have fees implications.
As an applicant, it is your responsibility
In the light of additional information which was not available at the time of selection, an offer may be amended or, in exceptional circumstances, withdrawn. We also reserve the right to correct errors where they have been made in the communication of decisions and offers.
We (UCD) reserve the right to exclude a candidate who is considered on justifiable grounds to be unsuitable for a place on a particular course according to individual circumstances.
Full conditions of an offer are available here.
UCD's responsibility is to
Prospective undergraduate students should note that the University holds induction events for freshers in the week prior to the commencement of lectures. This involves registration, academic advisory, social and orientation meetings. It is anticipated that these meetings will commence from 6 September 2017. Lectures will commence on 12 September 2017. Further information on academic term dates can be found here.
Fees consist of three elements: Tuition Fees, Student Contribution Charge and Student Centre
Under the terms of the "Free Fees" Initiative, the Irish Exchequer pays tuition fees to the University on behalf of EU students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes. Such programmes must be of a minimum duration of 2 years.
However, the Student Contribution Charge and Student Centre Levy must still be paid by you.
Please check the website www.ucd.ie/fees for up-to-date information on fee requirements.
Please also check the website with regard to your fees status, particularly if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
Yes, for all courses you will need to buy books. Depending on your course, you may also have to pay for health screening, lab coats or other equipment. And, of course, you will need money for accommodation and living expenses.
All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.
All students must comply with the general regulations of the university