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Entry Requirements/Matriculation
What does matriculation mean? Matriculation refers to the minimum requirements for entry to the University, often referred to as Entry Requirements. Before you can be considered eligible for admission you must meet these minimum standards. As there are normally more eligible applicants than places, admission is competitive based on a points system.
What are the minimum entry requirements for Irish Leaving Certificate applicants?

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.

For all courses in UCD, this must include Irish (unless exempt) and English.

What are the minimum entry requirements for A level applicants? In terms of A level/GCSE, matriculation is a minimum of 2 grades C at
A level and 4 grades C at GCSE which must include English (and Irish if not exempt, see below). In addition, there are specific subject requirements for different courses. Please see the A level page for full details.
As there are normally more eligible applicants than places, admission is competitive based on a points system.
If I'm repeating do I need to take all the matriculation and course entry requirement subjects again? You can combine the results of Leaving Certificate examinations obtained in different years for matriculation purposes. However, this applies to matriculation only. It does not apply to points which are calculated on results from one year only. Make sure you tell CAO about all your Leaving Certificate sittings when applying.

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.

Can I get an exemption from Irish? You are eligible for exemption from Irish in the following circumstances and should see NUI Website for details of procedure to apply for exemption:

  1. If you were born outside the Republic of Ireland (26 counties)
  2. If your primary education up to the age of eleven years was outside the Republic of Ireland (26 counties); or
  3. If your second level education took place for at least three years outside the Republic of Ireland.
What is NUI? NUI is the National University of Ireland of which UCD is a constituent University. NUI is the degree awarding body for the constituent Universities.
Do you accept Foundation Irish? The Leaving Certificate subject ‘Gaeilge – Bonnleaibhéal’ (Irish-Foundation Level) is not acceptable for matriculation registration purposes.
Do you accept Foundation Maths? The Leaving Certificate subject ‘Mathematics Ordinary Alternative/Foundation Level’ is accepted for matriculation registration purposes (as a 6th subject), but not as a substitute for the subject ‘Mathematics’ in courses for which the subject ‘Mathematics’ is an entry requirement. Points are not awarded for this subject.
What languages will meet the language requirement? All languages currently offered in the Irish Leaving Certificate meet the general language entry requirement for UCD programmes. Please note, not all programmes require a language other than Irish and English and for some programmes a specific language is required.
Do you accept the LCVP (Leaving Cert Vocational Programme)?

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

Do you accept the Leaving Certificate Applied programme? The Leaving Certificate Applied Programme does not currently meet matriculation and entry requirements.
Do you accept Applied A levels or AVCE? No, at present we do not accept any applied A-level subjects/AVCE.
Do you accept GNVQ? GNVQ awards are not acceptable for purposes of matriculation in the National University of Ireland or admission to University College Dublin.
Do you accept BTEC in combination with A levels? No, you can't combine BTEC qualifications with A-levels. There are some progression routes for those who have completed a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND).
I'm being home-schooled. Can I still apply? If you are being home-schooled, we recommend that you present a recognised qualification, such as ICCE or A-level and GCSE. If you are studying in the US system, you must have an official High School transcript together with SAT I scores. For more competitive courses SAT II will be required and for very competitive courses AP scores are also required.

We regret that if you don't have documented prior learning you cannot be considered for admission to UCD in competition with other school-leavers. For some courses, an alternative route is to take a 1 year FETAC course and apply on that basis.
Is there an age requirement for entry to UCD? Yes. You must 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. If you will not be old enough and wish to appeal this, you can write to the Registrar. Your letter should be accompanied by a letter of support from your School Principal. Your request will be then be considered.
I'm younger than the age requirement allows. What can I do? If you wish to enter UCD but are below the age requirement, you may seek exemption from this age requirement by writing to the Registrar, Tierney Building, UCD, Dublin 4, stating your reasons for seeking exemption. Your letter should enclose a supporting letter from your school principal.
CAO Applications
How do I apply? If you are from Ireland, or another EU country and you want to start in first year of an undergraduate course, apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).
Non-EU and transfer applicants apply direct to UCD.
What is the closing date for CAO application? The normal CAO closing date is 1 February, but there is a discount for applying by 20 January online.
There is a late closing date of 1 May but this is not available for all courses or for some categories of applicant.
There is a special late closing date of 22 July for students registered in UCD or another HEI who wish to transfer to the first year of a course.
What is the closing date for transfer (advanced entry) application? If you are applying to enter stage 2 or later in September, the closing date is 1 July. If places remain in any course after assessment of applications received by the closing date, late applications may be accepted between 22 August - 1 September.

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.

What is a restricted application course?

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.

I've put in my CAO application and forgot to put down a restricted course - what can I do? CAO has a window after 1st February when you can correct errors or omissions (usually up to 1 March). Any changes made in this window are deemed "on time".
What will this year's points be? Points won't be known until Round 1 offers issue in August. You should put down the courses you want in your genuine order of preference and not worry too much about the points as they can vary significantly from year to year. You should ensure that you will meet the subject requirements (e.g. there is no point applying for Engineering if you are not taking higher level maths).
What documents do I need to send to CAO? You need to send

  • Results of school-leaving exams other than Irish Leaving Certificate Standard
  • Results of Irish Leaving Certificate pre 1985
  • Transcripts of any previous third level or Certificate of attendance if you left without taking examinations.
  • Personal statement if applying as a mature applicant (template and list of requirements available on mature years website)
  • In addition, applicants applying via HEAR or DARE will need supporting documentation.
Should I send copies of the documents or originals? You should NOT send originals (except for Graduate Entry Medicine - DN401 where originals are required). For all others they should be certified copies (e.g. by a school stamp).

If you are admitted to UCD, we will need to see the original at time of registration.

My documents are not in English, do I need a translation? A certified English translation is required for any results and qualifications not issued in Irish or English. You should still send a copy of the untranslated version.

I've made my CAO application and sent my documents. Do I need to do anything else?

If you are applying for any of the following there are additional steps:

  • Medicine (DN400), apply for HPAT-Ireland
  • Graduate Entry Medicine (DN401) or Veterinary (DN301), apply for GAMSAT
  • Veterinary Medicine (DN300) provide details of work experience (from 2017)
  • Mature student for Arts (DN500-541), Social Science (DN550), Agriculture (DN250-DN271), Science (DN200-DN230) or Law (DN600, DN610) courses apply for MSAP-Ireland
  • Mature entry nursing (DN450-453), you must also apply to the Public Appointments Service for the test.
  • Mature student, for all courses, make sure to submit a personal statement (template on mature page)
  • Graduate Entry Physiotherapy (DN420), please send your original transcript to Admissions - we don't need UCD transcripts.

All applicants: Don't forget to check your statement from CAO which you should receive in May.

Do you have a 5 year Medicine course? All applicants apply for a place on the 6 year medical programme.

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.

What documents do I need for graduate entry medicine?

For Graduate Entry Medicine (DN401) CAO must receive an original of your transcript and proof of award. For proof of award: the date of award may be stated clearly on the transcript in which case that will suffice. If not a certified copy of the parchment is required. Please see CAO website for further details and also GAMSAT booklet (available on ACER website).
How long is my GAMSAT result valid for? A GAMSAT result has a currency of 2 years.

I've got GAMSAT Australia/GAMSAT UK will this do?

Yes, you can be considered on these BUT CAO will not be automatically notified of the result - you need to send a hardcopy to CAO.

I'm an EU applicant for graduate entry medicine; do I need to take an English language test?

No. Gaining a sufficient result in GAMSAT to gain admission will be taken as proof of English level.

I'm a graduate applying as a mature student for Arts (DN500); do I need MSAP?

Unless your points are likely to be sufficient you do. The only mature applicants who don't need MSAP are those progressing from the UCD Access course.

However if you are an Arts graduate and just want to add one subject you might be interested in the Higher Diploma in Arts.

I'm a school-leaver who didn't apply by 1 February; can I make a late application?

Yes, but not to Medicine (DN400) or Veterinary Medicine (DN300)..

Can I apply late for graduate entry courses?

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).

I'm a mature applicant, who didn't apply by 1 February; can I make a late application?

Some courses will accept late applications - please see mature website for details.

Change of Mind
When can I use the Change of Mind facility? The change of mind facility opens in early May (check CAO website for exact date) and runs until 5.15 pm on 1 July.
I'm a school-leaver; can I add UCD courses using Change of Mind?

Yes, with the following exceptions
  • Undergraduate Medicine (DN400) can only be added if another Medicine course was on your form at 1 February.
  • Veterinary Medicine (DN300) cannot be added by change of mind.
I am a mature applicant; can I add UCD courses using Change of Mind?

You can, but you will not get mature year's assessment for courses added using change of mind as the assessments will already have taken place. You can re-arrange your order of preference without it effecting your mature year's assessment.

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?

  • Graduate Entry Veterinary Medicine (DN301) can't be added
  • Graduate Entry Medicine (DN401) can only be added if another GEM course was already on your form at 1 February
Is there a charge for using the change of mind facility?

No, there is no charge for using the CAO change of mind facility from May - 1 July.
How will I know if CAO got my change of mind?

CAO will send a statement out with your revised choices. If you haven't received this by 7 July contact CAO. Please check the statement carefully - every year we have people contact us in August saying they made an error on the change of mind.

Vetting Requirements
Are there any vetting checks carried out? Yes, for some courses you must be Garda (Police) vetted in line with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. Some courses also require health screening.
I have been Garda vetted previously, will UCD accept this? No, we have a duty to carry out our own Garda vetting on all entrants.
What if I have lived outside Ireland? If you have lived outside Ireland for more than 6 months since you reached the age of 18, you will need to provide Police Certificates from any country you lived in, in addition to completing Garda vetting.
Can I appeal the decision on my Garda Vetting? Yes, if you are appealing on one of the grounds listed in the Appeals Process.
Can I have a copy of my form back? We can provide you with a copy of the letter sent to your School about you, on request. If you require Garda Vetting records, you will need to make a data protection request under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and submit it to the Records Management and FOI Unit.  If you wish to request information about what the Gardai hold on file about you, please contact the Garda Siochana directly.
I will need to be vetted for jobs, will UCD do this? No, we only vet for purposes of courses or volunteering in UCD. Your employer will carry out vetting. If you want to get an Irish Police Certificate you can contact the Garda Siochana directly.
Questions when results issue
I failed Irish/English/my other foreign language. Will I still get an offer in UCD?

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.

For full details please see NUI handbook

From 2017, the minimum required for these subjects, unless otherwise specified, is H7/O6 and compensation will no longer apply.

Will the points go up or down this year?

It is impossible to predict until the first round of offers issues. Points won't be known until 22 August when round 1 goes out. Points are not "set" by the universities - each institution sets the number of offers for each course and the offers are issued to this level. The score of the last person offered becomes the points level for the course as published in the papers.

Will I get bonus points for taking Higher Mathematics?

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.

I'm going to repeat my Leaving Cert/A level. I've already passed a required subject. Do I need to repeat it?

No, unless you want to do Medicine (DN400). Entry/matriculation requirements can be combined over any number of years provided your points are only taken from one year. But be sure to supply details of this year's leaving cert when you are applying next year.

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.

I'm going to start first year in university and repeat HPAT. Can I combine next year's HPAT with this year’s Leaving Cert for medicine?

Yes, under current regulations there is no requirement for HPAT-Ireland and Leaving Cert to be taken in the same year. However, if you get Medicine next year, beware of the fees issue if you have done 1st year elsewhere. You may get exemption from some or all of stage 1 depending on the compatibility of your modules but we can't guarantee admission to stage 2 as this is subject to availability of places.

I have got my A-level results. How can I tell if I've got enough points?

Information about how points are calculated is availalble on the A-level website but we won't know what's required for the course until round 1 issues. Be careful to check that you meet the subject requirements for the course.
I think I'm going to get an offer. Can you send me some information about it?

We aim to post information packs to everybody who gets an offer on the day the offer goes out (from round 1 onwards). In the meantime, you can check the UCD website for information on the course and the Current Students Website for information on registration and orientation (usually available from mid-July).

Offers
How can I tell how many points I've got? You should be able to see your points score under the course code on your notice from CAO (or online). If there is an asterisk beside it this means you've been deemed ineligible, probably because you haven't met one of the subject requirements.

I've just got an offer. Can you send me some information about it?

Information packs are posted to everybody who gets a round 1 UCD offer on the day the offers issue. If you haven't received a pack by the Thursday following, please email admissions@ucd.ie. The pack contains a welcome booklet with lots of information about UCD and in particular registration and orientation. Information about orientation for your specific course is available online.

When does term start?

Term usually starts the second Monday in September BUT there will be orientation events in the week prior to that so you may need to be in UCD from early September. Please see full term dates.
I can't come to orientation. Does it matter?

Yes, you will be missing out on valuable information in relation to study skills and module choices. You really should try to organise it so that you can attend. If you can't change your plans you should report to the student adviser for your area when you arrive at UCD.

I'm trying to register and I can't log on

You won't be able to register until 2 working days after you accepted. If this time has passed, please check

  • Are you using your CAO number (it should be 8 digits and the first 2 digits are the year.)
  • If you were in UCD before you should use your old UCD number.
  • Are you using your date of birth in the correct format? (DDMMYY)
  • If it still doesn't work, please contact the Student Desk
Can I apply for a place in clearing? Clearing is operated in the UK system when results issue because the UK universities give conditional offers. The Irish universities only make offers after the school-leaving results issue and do not operate a clearing system. The last date for application is normally 1 May. You could look at Available Places on CAO website, which lists any courses which are not full and have no waiting list following round 1, which will now accept applications.
If I have the points, can I still apply for a different course?

No, at this stage, application can only be made to Available/Vacant Place courses which are advertised on the CAO website.

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.

How do I defer my place?

You may request deferral to next year for most undergraduate degree courses with the exception of DN301 (Vet Medicine Grad Entry). There is no guarantee that a deferral will be permitted as there is a limit to the number of deferrals we can grant.

Deferrals will not be permitted if you want to attend another course of more than 1 year’s duration or if you want to repeat the Leaving Certificate to apply for another course.

Please see full deferral procedure here.

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.

I want to repeat my LC. Can I defer my UCD place?

No. Applicants who are granted deferral must not repeat the Leaving Certificate examination with the intention of applying for a different 3rd level course. In order to get your deferred place next year it must be the only preference on your CAO form.

Will I get an offer in the next round?

It is impossible to predict whether there will be more offers for any course. It just depends whether all the places are filled at the end of the current round. We do NOT hold places back for round 2 – our aim is to fill on round 1. So we offer more than the number of places based on our history of acceptance rates.

If I phone admissions after the reply date for this round will they be able to tell me if I'll get an offer in the next round?

We won't know for sure until the next round of offers goes out and you will know via CAO by then anyway

I have an offer through the CAO. If I accept this, am I still eligible for a higher offer?

Yes, if you merit a higher offer in another round, then you will get it, whether you accept this one or not.

I've been offered my first preference but would really prefer a lower one?

Sorry, there is nothing that can be done about that. You can never be offered a lower preference.

However, if you have accepted a UCD course it may be possible for you to transfer at the end of semester 1.

I have a Department of Education Irish exemption [or exemption from my school] but my offer notice says I am ineligible for UCD courses?

You need to have a NUI Irish exemption. Check your statement of results. If it doesn't show NUI Irs X then we don't know about your Irish exemption and you should contact NUI immediately. We will try to accommodate you in a later round if your exemption comes through and you are eligible but if the course is full we may not be able to.
There is an * beside the points for a course. What does this mean?

This means that everybody above the points listed has been offered a place but we were not able to offer places to everybody on the points listed at this stage. So random selection was used to select from the applicants at that points score. See the CAO handbook for details of how it works. We will not know until after the closing date if we will be able to offer to the rest of the applicants on those points.

I didn't get an offer and I think I have more points than it says in the paper/online?

  • Check your results on CAO-- are all your results showing?
  • Do you meet the basic entry requirements such as Irish?
  • If you have an Irish exemption does it show (IRS X)
  • Do you have all the subject requirements? [Entry requirements and points are available here]
  • Are you counting more than 6 subjects?
  • Is it on random selection?

If none of the above resolves it, contact us at admissions@ucd.ie - include your CAO number in the email.

I'm a HEAR or DARE applicant and I think I'm within the points range but I didn't get an offer?

UCD has a reserved number of places to offer eligible DARE / HEAR students. UCD allows eligible applicants to compete for places with a reduction of approximately 15% off the published points for the course they wish to enter. There are approximately 5% of UCD places reserved for eligible applicants.
You must meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for one of the reduced points places.
Unfortunately, for some courses, there are more eligible applicants within 15% of the points than we have places for and the places available are offered in order of merit.

It just says 1 beside my UCD preference, what does this mean?

This is what's called a holding score. It usually means that we're still waiting for some documents.
I'm thinking of doing FETAC next year instead of repeating. Can I apply on that basis? Many courses in UCD consider applicants on the basis of FETAC.

 

I did FETAC and didn't get an offer in Round 0

Usually, FETAC applicants are offered in Round 0. However, for some courses we are not able to offer to all the applicants who meet minimum requirements. For these courses we may make further offers in later rounds– it is a separate quota so it just depends whether the FETAC places are full.
   
Acceptances
How do I accept my place?

You can accept online at www.cao.ie or by returning the form sent to you by CAO which has instructions on the back of it BUT don't do both. If you're posting, be sure to get a certificate of posting.

I forgot to accept my place. Can I accept it now?

If you haven't accepted your offer by the reply date, the offer has lapsed. If there were extenuating reasons why you didn't accept, you can write/e-mail immediately to the Admissions Officer (admissions@ucd.ie) explaining and enclosing cert of posting. However, the place may already have been offered to somebody else in the next round and it may not be possible to accommodate you.

Did you get my acceptance?

There is normally a 2 day delay before acceptances are on our system because there are overnight processes involved. We email applicants as soon as their acceptances are loaded into the system.

I don't want to accept my place. Do I need to tell you?

No. Just do nothing as the offer will automatically lapse when the reply date has passed.
I want to cancel the place I accepted, what do I need to do?

Please let us know in writing (or by email to admissions@ucd.ie), quoting your CAO number. Please do this as soon as possible so that your place can be made available to somebody else. Please note if emailing you must use the email address on your CAO application.

However, if you wish to cancel your place only because you are accepting higher CAO preference there is no need to let us know - it will automatically be cancelled.

Note: after 1 October, you must submit an official withdrawal form to your Programme Office.

I've already accepted my place, can I still defer?

It may still be possible to defer if you have accepted during the first few weeks of term. You must write /e-mail to the Admissions Officer immediately explaining why you wish to defer now. It is very urgent that you do so because if you're deferring, the place needs to be made available to somebody else.

After 1 October, deferral requests will only be considered in extenuating circumstances such as serious illness.

I've just accepted one of the courses with a subject choice; did I get my subject preference?

Yes! You may not see the subject code on the acceptance form but you will get it in your acknowledgement.

   
Leaving Certificate Re-checks
I applied for a re-check in some of my subjects. If my points go up will I get an offer in my higher preference?

If your upgrade is successful, we will receive notification from the CAO. We will do our best to accommodate any applicant who would have been entitled to a place had the results been correct. However, it may depend on when the upgrade is received and if places are available in the course.

If we are not able to accommodate you this year, we will guarantee an offer for entry next year. If you get an offer, we generally recommend that you consider deferral as re-check decisions usually issue in mid-October at which stage the semester will be almost half way through and you will have missed valuable course work and semester 1 exams will be approaching.

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.

   
Applying as a Mature Student
What is a mature applicant? A mature applicant is anyone who is at least 23 years of age on 1 January of the proposed year of entry and whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for admission. For admission in September 2016 your date of birth must be on or before 1 January 1993.
I am a mature applicant, how do I apply? For all our full-time undergraduate degree courses, and for some of our part time degrees, mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The application can be completed online at www.cao.ie.

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

I am a mature applicant, what should be included with my application? You need to provide supplementary information in addition to your CAO application form. Further information is available on our website.

Supplementary information such as examination results, a CV and a personal statement must be sent to CAO with the completed application form. If you apply online ensure that you forward supplementary information to CAO immediately after submitting your online application.

The CAO Handbook contains useful advice regarding the application process. You should read it carefully, taking particular note of the sections about mature student applications.
I am a mature applicant, when should I apply? The opening date for CAO applications is early November. For most of our courses the closing date is 1 February - completed CAO application forms and all supplementary information should be returned to CAO by this date (there is a reduced application fee for applications made prior to 20 January).
Some courses may accept late applications up to 1 May but this is subject to the availability of places.
For dates of supplementary tests, please see list of dates
How are applications on grounds of mature years assessed? All applications on the grounds of mature years received by the 1 February closing date are forwarded from CAO to UCD. The relevant Programme Board then evaluates applications for their courses. Generally, the Programme Board is looking for evidence of academic ability, interest in and aptitude for the course for which you have applied. Details of what is taken into account for each course are available on the Mature Students Website.
N.B. Applications submitted by 1 February are processed and forwarded to the relevant Programme Boards by mid-March each year. It is vital that applicants ensure that all supporting documentation is submitted to CAO promptly (within seven days of application).
I am a mature applicant, when will I know the outcome of my application? Normally, you will hear from us informally when we have a decision from the Programme Board. This is usually mid/late May.

If you are offered a place you will receive your official offer from CAO, usually in early July. Sometimes mature applicants may receive an offer in a later round, either because not all mature places were accepted or under a different route such as FETAC.

The CAO offer will state the date by which you must accept the place (usually about a week after the offer). Places that have not been accepted by that date will be offered to other applicants at a later stage. If you plan to be away from home between July and September, make sure to access CAO online to check the status of your application or arrange for someone to deal with your post for you.

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.

Is there a separate application form for mature applicants to UCD? No, application is via CAO only. However, you should use the templates on our website for your personal statement. This can be submitted to CAO with your other supporting documents.
Are there special places for graduates in undergraduate courses? Three of our undergraduate degrees have graduate entry routes:

  • Veterinary Medicine - 2 routes depending on the relevance of your previous degree:
    • DN300 Veterinary Medicine (5 Year course )
    • DN301 Veterinary Medicine (4 Year course Graduates only)
  • Medicine - DN401 (Graduate Entry only)
  • Physiotherapy - DN420 Physiotherapy

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.

I have missed the application date for this year, what can I do? You may be interested in some of our Adult Education courses as preparation for next year. Students tend to find these very helpful.

Alternatively you may wish to consider a FETAC course.

   
Transfers
I've just found that I failed 1st year and I want to change courses, but CAO is closed. What can I do?

There's a special date for applicants in this position, both in UCD and in other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). You can apply via CAO up to 22 July. You must apply using the paper form and you must get the form stamped by your current HEI to say you are a student.

I've just found that I failed 1st year. I had applied but now I want to change my mind. If you are registered in UCD or in other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), you can use the change of mind facility up to 22 July. You must use a paper form and you must get the form stamped by your current HEI to say you are a student.
Is it possible to come in to 2nd year in UCD or change to 2nd year of a different course in UCD? Yes, if your first year programme is compatible with the first year programme in UCD, you might be eligible to apply for transfer. The full criteria is available here. Application is made direct to UCD.

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.

I failed 1st Arts in UCD and want to change my subjects; can I re-apply via CAO?

No - you only need to re-apply if you are changing your course. If you want to change your subjects (whether you passed or failed), you contact the Programme Office about repeating.

I've been offered a course in UCD but I'd prefer to do a different UCD course - do I have to wait a year to transfer?

It might be possible to transfer at the end of semester 1 - please see transfer website for full rules. The closing date is 1 December.

If I start a Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree (level 6/7), can I get my level 8 degree in UCD? Yes, a number of our courses have progression routes from Institutes of Technology for applicants who have completed a level 6 or 7 of a relevant qualification with Merit or Distinction. Please see HETAC Transfer information.
I have done a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND); can I enter a level 8 degree in UCD? Yes, unless otherwise specified applicants with a relevant BTEC HND can apply to the same courses as are available to those with level 6/7 qualifications. Please see HETAC Transfer information.
   
Direct Applications
Who should apply direct to UCD?

Generally as follows:

Do all non-EU applicants apply direct? For some courses applicants from Botswana, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Russia and USA should apply via our agents in those countries. Agent details are listed under the relevant country on the International website.

We recommend that you contact UCD International for assistance..

How do I apply for Medicine as a non-EU applicant? UCD School of Medicine allocates most places to students applying via existing partner organisations (i.e. The Atlantic Bridge Program (USA/Canada), IUMC and PMC in Malaysia and in Singapore). Direct applications will also be considered.

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.

What are UCD's SAT and ACT codes? If sending your transcript(s) via College Board our Designated Institution (DI) code is 6675-University College Dublin

The ACT college code number is 5512.

I'm from USA/Canada and want to apply for Veterinary Medicine? Non-EU applicants from USA and Canada should apply via VMCAS. There is a UCD Supplemental Application which is mandatory for all VMCAS applicants. For more detailed information please refer to the VMCAS online tutorial.
Can I apply for Nursing as a non-EU applicant? Due to restrictions imposed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board, UCD does not currently offer Non-EU places in the Nursing programmes.
I've applied as a non-EU applicant. When will I know the decision?

Decisions are made on an on-going basis, so if all your documentation is complete it should be within a few working days.

I've applied as a transfer applicant. When will I know the decision?

The closing date for end of academic year transfers is 1 July. We send the files to the Programme Offices for decision within a few working days of that. They come back from the Programme Offices at different times (depending on the volume they are dealing with) and the decisions are entered on the system as soon as we get them. However, Programme Offices should generally have all decisions back to us by early August.

Graduate Applications
I see an Online Application hold on my record. What does this mean?

The OA (Online Applications) hold appears automatically against the student record of applicants who have accepted a place via the applications system, with some exceptions. This hold is removed once documentation has been verified. The onus is on incoming students to ensure that their documentation has been verified as soon as possible and no later than September 21st. If possible you should bring your original transcripts and your birth cert or passport to the Student Desk before 6 September for verification.

Graduate applications are made direct to UCD at www.ucd.ie/apply. Please see Graduate Studies website for separate FAQs
General Queries
What is a Programme Board? In UCD we refer to courses as programmes, so you will hear people talk about the Arts programme or the Science programme. The Programme Board is the body which is responsible for designing and running the programme.
When are UCD Open Days? Open Days usually take place in November and there is normally an open evening in January. Campus tours run frequently and there are a number of other events throughout the year, relating to specific courses. It is also possible to arrange a specific campus tour for yourself. For details of all events, please see Visiting UCD.
Where can I get a prospectus? The UCD prospectus is available online but if you want a hardcopy please order a prospectus here.

I am a Guidance Counsellor, can I arrange for speaker to come to my school? For contact details to arrange a visit please contact Schools Liaison.
You may also be interested in some of the upcoming events listed on Visiting UCD.
Our information for Guidance Counsellors webpage also has links to recent Alert Lists.
What will my fees be? That depends on a number of factors, such as whether you are an EU or non-EU student and whether you are eligible for "Free Tuition". Please see the full schedule of fees.
I'm from the UK/Northern Ireland, what will my fees be following Brexit? Existing enrolled UK students will retain an EU fee status, if they already have it, for the duration of their degree programme.
UK students due to enrol in September 2016, and who have an EU fee status for that year, will retain this status for the duration of their programme.
Where do I get a grant? Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the awarding authority for grants in Ireland.
How do I apply for an Entrance Scholarship?

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.

Are there other scholarships in UCD? Yes, we have a range of scholarships and awards.
I have a UCD degree, where can I get my transcript? For most students who graduated since 2000, you can access this your transcript online.

If you are a graduate from earlier or have any difficulties with this, please contact the Student Desk.

What is UCD Horizons? UCD Horizons is the name given to the modular and credit-based structure for taught degrees at UCD.
What are modules? Modules are the units with a course (or in UCD terminology, programme). For most programmes you will take 12 modules per academic year, worth 5 credits each, so a total of 60 credits per year.
How can I appeal the decision on my application? An applicant is entitled to appeal a decision where s/he feels that the application has not been considered in line with the published policies.

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.