UCD Course Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible to compete for any course, you must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects. For all courses Irish and English are required.

Specific subjects and grades required for courses are shown below. Click on the CAO code to get course information and details of particular Leaving Certificate subjects which, while not required, are recommended.

Please also view details of the general regulations and minimum entry requirements. As the number of applicants meeting minimum entry requirements generally exceeds the number of places available, admission is competitive based on a points system. 

Key to table

O indicates minimum grade at Ordinary level at Leaving Certificate
H indicates minimum grade at Higher level at Leaving Certificate
* All applicants with a score greater than this were offered, but it was not possible to offer to all applicants with this score and random selection was applied.

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CAO Code Title 2018 Course Entry Requirements and notes Points 2017 (Rd 5) Final Points 2016 Approx No. of Places 2018 Other Entry Routes
Architecture and Engineering
DN100

Architecture

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and 2 other recognised subjects

Fees apply for the Master’s portion of this course

486 510*

57

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN120

Landscape Architecture

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics and 3 other recognised subjects

 

348 AQA

25

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN130 City Planning and Environmental Policy

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics and 3 other recognised subjects

N/A N/A 25

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN150

Engineering 

H4      in Mathematics and

H6      in a Laboratory Science subject and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, and 2 other recognised subjects

489 510

260

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

Science
DN200

Science  

O3/H6 in Mathematics and a Laboratory Science subject (OR Geography OR Applied Mathematics)

O6/H7 in Irish, English, and 2 other recognised subjects

You can only apply for DN200 ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
Biological, Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences
Chemistry and Chemical Sciences
Mathematical, Physical and Geological Sciences

No Preference (students can decide on their area of study during their first year)

If you are offered a place in DN200, you are guaranteed a place in a degree programme from within the area chosen.

From 2019:
The Mathematics requirement will be O2/H6
The Laboratory Science requirement will be O2/H6

505 510

400

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN201

Computer Science

O3/H6 in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, and 3 other recognised subjects

From 2019:
The Mathematics requirement will be O2/H6

466 485

105

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN230

Actuarial and
Financial Studies

H2       in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, and 3 other recognised subjects

577 560

47

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Agriculture and Food Science
DN250

Agricultural Science

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, and a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

You can only apply for DN250 ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
Animal & Crop Production
Animal Science
Agricultural Systems Technology
Animal Science Equine

Food and Agribusiness Management
Food Business with Chinese Studies (New in 2018)
No Preference (students can decide on their area of study during their first year).

If you are offered a place in DN250, you are guaranteed a place in the degree option chosen.

454 460

175

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN252

Dairy Business

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

401 440

20

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN253

Agri-Environmental Sciences

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

408 430

20

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN261

Food Science

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

462 485

40

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN262

Human Nutrition

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

498 530

27

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN271

Forestry

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

292 AQA

15

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN272

Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

228 AQA

16

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

Veterinary Medicine
DN300

Veterinary Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

H5 in Chemistry and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, and 1 other recognised subject and

at least 60 hours practical experience relevant to animal handling between
1 February 2015 and 19 March 2018

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Veterinary Medicine.

555*

565

82

Graduate entry pathway

DARE/HEAR

DN301

Veterinary Medicine
(Graduate Entry)

Restricted application

Based on CV, degree and GAMSAT exam – see website for details

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Veterinary Medicine.

Programme is not part of the Government “Free Tuition” scheme.

N/A

N/A

5
DN310

Veterinary Nursing

O3/H6 in a Laboratory Science subject OR Home Economics (Social & Scientific) and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics and 2 other recognised subjects

From 2019:
The Laboratory Science requirement will be O6/H7. Home Economics will no longer be acceptable to meet this requirement.

467

465

44

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

Medicine and Radiography

DN400

Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 1 other recognised subject

Admission to Medicine is based on Leaving Cert points and HPAT.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Medicine.

734

730*

90

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN401

Medicine (Graduate Entry)

Restricted application

Based on degree and GAMSAT exam.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Medicine.

DN401 is not part of the Government "Free Tuition" scheme.

59*

59*

77
DN410

Radiography

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 1 other recognised subject

498* 525

95

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN440

Biomedical, Health and
Life Sciences

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 1 other recognised subject

533 540*

40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Physiotherapy and Sports Science
DN420

Physiotherapy 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 1 other recognised subject

552 550

56

Mature

Graduate entry pathway

DARE/HEAR

DN425

Health and Performance Science 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 1 other recognised subject

From 2019:
The requirement will be O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects (subject to NUI approval)

496 495

40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN430

Sport and Exercise Management

O3/H6 Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language, and 2 other recognised subjects

From 2019:
The requirement will be O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects (subject to NUI approval)

432 435*

40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Nursing
DN450

General Nursing 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

403 420

169

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

DN451

Children’s and
General Nursing
(Integrated)

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

467 485

33

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

DN452

Midwifery  

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

462 480

22

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

DN453

Mental Health Nursing 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject and 2 other recognised subjects

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

359 385

20

Mature

DARE/HEAR

QQI-FET

Arts
DN520 Arts

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

You must choose either (not all combinations are possible):

  • 2 subjects from the following list:
    Art History; Celtic Civilization; Drama; English; French; Geography; German; Greek; Greek & Roman Civilization; History; Irish; Irish Folklore; Irish Studies; Italian; Latin; Linguistics; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Political Studies; Spanish; Statistics

Or

  • 1 subject from the following list:
    Art History; Drama; English; French; German; Greek & Roman Civilization; History; Irish; Italian; Linguistics; Music; Spanish
    with a minor in one of the following subjects: Archaeology; Film Studies; Geography; Information and Communication Studies; Philosophy; Sociology

You can only apply for DN520 ONCE.

N/A N/A 350

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN530 Humanities

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

Celtic Studies, Art History & History
Classics, Art History & Archaeology
Classics, English & History
English Literature
English with Creative Writing
English, European and World Literatures
English, Drama and Film
Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Music, Film & Drama

You can only apply for DN530 ONCE.

N/A N/A 220

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN541

Modern Languages

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

You must choose a two-subject combination from:
French, German, Italian and Spanish

You can only apply for DN541once.

450 455 50

Mature

QQI-FET - from 2018

DARE/HEAR

Social Sciences and Law

DN600

Law 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 3 other recognised subjects

You can only apply for DN600 ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
Law
Law with Chinese
Law with Economics      
Law with French Law
Law with History
Law with Irish
Law with Politics
Law with Philosophy
Law with Social Justice.
If you are offered a place in DN600, you are guaranteed a place in the degree option chosen.

If you enter without a minimum of H3 in French you will not be able to take LFL Law with French Law.

521 525 120

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN610

Business and Law

O3/H6 in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 2 other recognised subjects

From 2019:
The Mathematics requirement will be O2/H6

521 520

120

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN700 Social Sciences

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics and 3 other recognised subjects

1. Computational Social Science;

2. Economics, Mathematics and Statistics;

3. Landscapes and Society;

4. Philosophy, Politics and Economics

5. Two subject combination (not all combinations are possible)

  • Either 2 subjects from the following list
    Archaeology; Economics; Geography; History; Information and Communication Studies; Mathematics; Philosophy; Politics; Social Justice; Sociology; Statistics

Or

  • 1 subject from the following list:
    Archaeology; Economics; Geography; Information & Communication Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Sociology;
    with a minor in one of the following:
    Art History; Celtic Civilization; English; Greek; Greek & Roman Civilisation; History; Irish Folklore; Linguistics; Music; Chinese; French; German; Irish; Italian; Spanish

You can only apply for DN700 ONCE.

N/A N/A 500

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

DN710 Economics

H5       in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English and 3 other recognised subjects

N/A N/A 35

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN720 Psychology

O6/H7 in Irish, English and another language and 3 other recognised subjects

N/A N/A 78

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN750

Social Policy and Sociology

O6/H7 in Irish, English and Mathematics and 3 other recognised subjects

N/A N/A

145

Mature

QQI-FET

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

Business

DN650

Commerce 

O3/H6 in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 2 other recognised subjects

From 2019:
The Mathematics requirement will be O2/H6

499 500

210

Mature

QQI-FET

DARE/HEAR

HETAC Progression

DN660

Commerce International

O3/H6 in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 2 other recognised subjects

You can only apply for DN660 ONCE, selecting a two language combination from Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Following semester 1, you will decide which language to continue with to degree level (Minor) and which language to drop.

If you enter without a minimum of H4 in French you will not be able to take any French language combination.

From 2019:
The Mathematics requirement will be O2/H6

509* 510 95

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN670

Economics and Finance

H4      in Mathematics and

O6/H7 in Irish, English, another language and 2 other recognised subjects

589 580* 60

Mature

DARE/HEAR


Note for applicants with Leaving Certificate pre 2017

The equivalents of the grades mentioned above in the old grading system are as follows

Higher Level Ordinary Level
2017 Previous 2017 Previous
H2 HB1 O2 OB1
H3 HB3 O3 OB3
H4 HC2 O4 OC2
H5 HD1 O5 OD1
H6 HD3 O6 OD3
H7 HE    

The table above refers to entry requirements. See information on points scoring for pre 2017 Leaving Certificate.

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