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In 2017, in terms of Irish Leaving Certificate, matriculation is a minimum of 2 Higher H5 and 4 O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate which must include Irish and English. In addition, there are specific subject requirements for different courses. Please see the entry requirements page for full details.
As there are normally more eligible applicants than places, admission is competitive based on a points system.
Please Note: for Medicine (DN400) you must achieve the minimum entry (matriculation) requirements and minimum course entry requirements in the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate and there are additional requirements.
The LCVP is accepted as a subject for points purposes only; it does not count as a matriculation subject.
Points are awarded as follows:
Distinction: 70; Merit: 50; Pass: 30 in 2016
Distinction: 66; Merit: 46; Pass: 28 from 2017 onwards
If you are applying to change to semester 2 within UCD, the closing date is 1 December. If places remain in any course after assessment of applications received by the closing date, late applications may be accepted between 5-9 January.
A restricted application course is one for which you must apply by 1 February. This is usually because there is an additional test or assessment involved. In the case of UCD the restricted courses are
DN300 Veterinary Medicine (work experience required from 2017)
DN301 Graduate Entry Veterinary Medicine (GAMSAT test)
DN400 Medicine (HPAT-Ireland test)
DN401 Graduate Entry Medicine (GAMSAT)
Some categories of applicant (HEAR, DARE and most Mature applicants) must also apply by 1 February.
If you are admitted to UCD, we will need to see the original at time of registration.
All applicants: Don't forget to check your statement from CAO which you should receive in May.
Each year, depending on availability of places, some entrants are granted exemption from stage 1. Generally these are graduates or those who have at least 1 year of successful third level experience in a relevant discipline. School leavers are not considered.
However if you are an Arts graduate and just want to add one subject you might be interested in the Higher Diploma in Arts.
Only for Graduate Entry Medicine (DN401) in UCD if another GEM course was already on your form by 1 February, otherwise you can't apply for it late
You cannot apply late for Graduate Entry Veterinary Medicine (DN301) or for Physiotherapy graduate entry (DN420).
For Nursing/Midwifery mature codes (DN460-463), if you already had one of these down elsewhere you can add UCD.
I'm applying for graduate entry; can I add UCD courses using Change of Mind?
If you got an E on an honours paper, you may be able to pass it by compensation. This does not apply if the requirement is higher than grade D3 at ordinary level, nor does it apply to Nursing.
From 2017, the minimum required for these subjects, unless otherwise specified, is H7/O6 and compensation will no longer apply.
In 2016, 25 additional points will be awarded for a grade D3 or better in Leaving Certificate Higher Mathematics, where that subject is one of the six subjects being counted for points purposes.
In 2017, 25 additional points will be awarded for a grade H6 or better in Leaving Certificate Mathematics, where that subject is one of the six subjects being counted for points purposes.
It will also apply to applicants seeking assessment on previous year’s examinations.
For details on how it applies to EU examinations, please see the EU applicants website.
Medicine requires that points be attained in the same sitting as all matric requirements. The HPAT-Ireland aptitude test which takes place in February/March each year and which must be applied for separately.
I'm going to repeat my Leaving Cert/A-level for medicine but I've got a good HPAT-Ireland score. Do I need to repeat it?
Yes you must repeat it. HPAT results are valid for one year only. See ACER website for details.
If you have got a UCD offer it may be possible to apply for a different UCD course at the end of semester 1. Please see the transfer page for details.
Can I defer for more than one year?
Deferral is normally allowed for one year only. However, in exceptional cases requests to extend deferral may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
However, if you have accepted a UCD course it may be possible for you to transfer at the end of semester 1.
I didn't get an offer and I think I have more points than it says in the paper/online?
If none of the above resolves it, contact us at email@example.com - include your CAO number in the email.
Note: after 1 October, you must submit an official withdrawal form to your Programme Office.
After 1 October, deferral requests will only be considered in extenuating circumstances such as serious illness.
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.
For Arts (DN500-541), Social Science (DN550), Law (DN600, DN610), Agricultural Science (DN250-272) and Science (DN200-230) courses separate registration for the MSAP-Ireland assessment is required.
For Medicine (DN400) separate registration for the HPAT-Ireland examination is required.
For Nursing mature codes (DN460-463), registration for the written assessment is required. Details about the assessment are available at www.nursingcareers.ie
Please note that, in accordance with CAO procedures, applicants will only be offered their highest successful preference so it is extremely important that you fill out your CAO choices in order of genuine preference.
There are also a number of Master's available which allow graduates change career direction. Some examples are
For information on all our graduate courses is available here.
Alternatively you may wish to consider a FETAC course.
Please note, if you are a non-EU applicant, you should apply for first year via the Non-EU application form, and if offered, apply for recognition of prior learning.
We recommend that you contact UCD International for assistance..
Admission to Medicine is highly competitive. Applicants must present with an excellent academic profile. Emphasis is placed on performance in the sciences, in particular chemistry. Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, compassion, maturity, and a well-informed motivation for medicine is also required..
Please see the International Website for more details.
The ACT college code number is 5512.
UCD Entrance Scholar: awarded to any candidate who has attained 560 points+ in LC or other exams. There is no money involved in this but it is recorded on the transcript. No application is necessary.
UCD Ad Astra Academic Scholars: scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the academic criteria of 6 H1s in the first sitting of the Leaving Cert, as well as an online application.
The application consists of a personal statement and a statement of achievement ‘beyond the classroom’. Applications close on 1st July.
If you are a graduate from earlier or have any difficulties with this, please contact the Student Desk.
Initially the applicant should contact the School/College which has made the decision (or, for applicants to undergraduate degrees, the Admissions Officer) in writing stating how s/he considers the application to have been unfairly considered. The appeals process cannot set aside the rules for applicants who appeal for special treatment.
If a resolution is not reached applicants may further appeal, in writing in line with the procedure, using this form.