Minimum Entry Requirements (matriculation)

Applicants presenting the Irish Leaving Certificate (established) must have six recognised subjects, selected according to course requirements, and must obtain Grade H5, or better, in two subjects and Grade O6/H7, or better, in the remaining four subjects. For all courses in UCD, this must include Irish (unless exempt) and English.

UCD is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and full regulations are published on their website.

Please note: the Applied Leaving Certificate does not meet matriculation and entry requirements.


Are all subjects recognised?

All subjects of the Leaving Certificate – Higher and Ordinary level – are recognised by the National University of Ireland for matriculation purposes, except as outlined below:

Subjects and combinations of subjects not permitted:

The subject ‘Physics and Chemistry’ may not be presented with either ‘Physics’ or ‘Chemistry.

Agricultural Economics’ may not be presented with ‘Economics’.

Classical Studies’ may not be presented with ‘Latin’ or ‘Greek’.

The subject Mathematics Ordinary Alternative/Foundation Level’ will be accepted for matriculation registration purposes. However, points will not be awarded for this subject and it cannot be used as a substitute for the subject ‘Mathematics’ in courses for which ‘Mathematics’ is an entry requirement.

The subject ‘Gaeilge – Bonnleibhéal’ (Irish-Foundation Level) will not be accepted for matriculation registration purposes or points.

Applicants presenting older leaving certificate results, including subjects which are no longer offered, should contact admissions@ucd.ie for advice with regard to any exclusions which may apply.

A list of A-level recognised subjects is available here. For other EU qualifications, generally the subjects recognised in the Leaving Certificate and A-level are recognised.


What are Laboratory Science Subjects?

The following subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate/A-level are recognised laboratory science subjects:

Agricultural Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics and Chemistry (Joint)

Physics

In addition Science at GCSE (grade C or better) is recognised.

For Science (DN200) the subejcts Geography and Applied Maths may also be used as a Laboratory Science subject.

Home Economics (Social & Scientific) may be used to meet the Laboratory Science subject requirement for the BSc in Veterinary Nursing (DN310).

Can I be exempt Irish?

Generally, a minimum grade of O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate Irish is required for all applicants born in Ireland.

If you

You are automatically granted an exemption and do not need to apply for one.

Exemptions from the Irish requirement may also be possible for applicants

If any of these are relevant to you, apply for an NUI exemption from Irish. To apply for an exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.

NB: A Department of Education and Science exemption will not suffice; it must be an NUI exemption. This will show on your CAO statement as "IRS X".

Language Exemptions

Applicants with specific learning difficulties affecting language acquisition (dyslexia) may apply for exemption from the requirement of presenting another language. To apply for an NUI exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.

NB: A Department of Education and Science exemption will not suffice; it must be an NUI exemption.



How does UCD support Equity of Access to Higher Education?

UCD is committed to the objective of promoting 'equality of access to higher education, irrespective of social class, age or disability'. To widen access to 3rd level, participating colleges have developed a range of initiatives including the following supplementary admission routes: