General Regulations


Who is eligible to apply?

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.


Are there age limits?

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.


How are applications assessed?

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.


When must my documents be submitted?

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.


Amended Results

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.


Do any courses require medicals?

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.


Will I have to have my background checked?

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.


Does it matter if I’ve been in third level before?

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.


What is my responsibility as an applicant?

As an applicant, it is your responsibility

  • to check entry criteria for the programmes for which you are applying. Please note, criteria can change from year to year.
  • to provide full and accurate information in the application and to notify the University and CAO of any changes or corrections made to the original application. We (UCD) may request verification from the issuing authority of any or all details on documentation presented. If documents are found to have been falsified the awarding body will be notified.
  • by accepting an offer, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the University.

    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.


    What is UCD's responsibility?

    UCD's responsibility is to


    When will I start, if I'm offered a place?

    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.


    Will I have to pay fees?

    Fees consist of three elements: Tuition Fees, Student Contribution Charge and Student Centre Levy.

    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.

    How do I know if I am eligible for "free tuition"?

    Please also check the website with regard to your fees status, particularly if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

    Will there be any other charges or costs?

    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