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 Course Entry Requirements and notes Points 2016 Approx No. of Places Other Entry Routes
Architecture and Engineering
DN100

Architecture

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language and Maths
2 other recognised subjects
Fees apply for the Master’s portion of this course

510*

56

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN120

Landscape Architecture

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

AQA

24

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN150

Engineering 

O6/H7 in Irish, English,
H4 in Maths and
H6 in a Laboratory Science subject
2 other recognised subjects

510

250

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN514

Planning, Geography and
Environment

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

290 25

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Science
DN200

Science  

O6/H7 in Irish, English,
O3/H6 in Maths and
O3/H6 in a Laboratory Science subject (OR Geography OR Applied Maths)
2 other recognised subjects

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

NPF 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.

510

402

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN201

Computer Science

O6/H7 in Irish, English,
O3/H6 in Maths
3 other recognised subjects

485

105

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN230

Actuarial and
Financial Studies

O6/H7 in Irish, English,
H2 in Maths
3 other recognised subjects

560

47

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Agriculture and Food Science
DN250

Agricultural Science

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

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

FAM Food and Agribusiness Management
NPF 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.

460

160

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN252

Dairy Business

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

440

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN253

Agri-Environmental Sciences

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

430

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN261

Food Science

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

485

40

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN262

Human Nutrition

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

530

26

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN271

Forestry

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

AQA

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN272

Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management

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

AQA

20

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

Veterinary Medicine
DN300

Veterinary Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language, Maths,
H5 in Chemistry
1 other recognised subject
At least two weeks practical experience.

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Veterinary Medicine.

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

10
DN310

Veterinary Nursing

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Maths
O3/H6 in a Laboratory Science subject OR Home Economics (Social & Scientific)
2 other recognised subjects

465

44

Mature

FETAC

DARE/HEAR

Medicine and Radiography

DN400

Medicine
(Undergraduate Entry)

Restricted application

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
1 other recognised subject

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Medicine.

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*

77
DN410

Radiography

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
1 other recognised subject

525

57

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN440

Biomedical, Health and
Life Sciences

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
1 other recognised subject

540*

40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Physiotherapy and Sports Science
DN420

Physiotherapy 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
1 other recognised subject

550

56

Mature

Graduate entry pathway

DARE/HEAR

DN425

Health and Performance Science 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language, Maths, a Laboratory Science subject
1 other recognised subject

495

40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN430

Sport and Exercise Management

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language,
O3/H6 Maths
2 other recognised subjects

435*

40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Nursing
DN450

General Nursing 

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

420

164

Mature

DARE/HEAR

FETAC

DN451

Children’s and
General Nursing
(Integrated)

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

485

30

Mature

DARE/HEAR

FETAC

DN452

Midwifery  

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

480

22

Mature

DARE/HEAR

FETAC

DN453

Mental Health Nursing 

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

Restrictions apply to applicants who have previously studied Nursing.

385

17

Mature

DARE/HEAR

FETAC

Arts

DN500

Arts - BA Joint Honours

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

If applying for DN500, you select a single two-subject combination.

You can apply for DN500 only once.

It is possible to register for part-time study within this programme.

310

1252

Mature

FETAC

DARE/HEAR

DN510

Economics

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

495 20

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN511

English

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

445 15

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN513

English with Film

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

415 40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN515

History

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

380 15

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN519

Psychology

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

500 75

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN541

International Languages

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

If applying for DN541, you select a single two-subject combination.

You can apply for DN541 only once.

455 40

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Social Science

DN550

Social Science  

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

415

145

Mature

FETAC

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

Law

DN600

Law 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
3 other recognised subjects

You can apply for DN600 only ONCE, selecting one of the following options:
BCL Law
LCS Law and Chinese Studies
LES Law with Economics      
LFL Law with French Law
LHY Law with History
LIH Law with Irish
LPS Law with Politics
LPY Law with Philosophy
LSJ 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.

525 125

Mature

DARE/HEAR

DN610

Business and Law

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
O3/H6 in Maths
2 other recognised subjects

520

120

Mature

DARE/HEAR

Business

DN650

Commerce 

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
O3/H6 in Maths
2 other recognised subjects

500

215

Mature

FETAC

DARE/HEAR

DN660

Commerce International

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
O3/H6 in Maths
2 other recognised subjects

You can apply for DN660 only ONCE, selecting a two language combination. 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.

510 97

Mature

HETAC Progression

DARE/HEAR

DN670

Quantitative Business - Economics and Finance

O6/H7 in Irish, English, Another Language
H4 in Maths
2 other recognised subjects

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      
H3 HB3   O3 OB3
H4 HC2      
H5 HD1      
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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