Progression from Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree

Am I eligible?

You need to have the following to apply for DN650 Commerce stage 2


An overall award of merit/distinction in a Higher Certificate (level 6) or Ordinary Degree 
(level 7) with content which corresponds to the first year course in UCD.


An O3 (OB3 pre 2017 grading) in Leaving Certificate mathematics. If you don't have this grade (or equivalent) you will not normally be considered.
Please note for applicants applying in 2020 the maths requirement will be O2 (OB1 per 2017).

How many places are there?

There is a maximum of 10 places in stage 2 for progression transfers in DN650 Commerce.

How will I be assessed?

If there are more applicants than places, it will be competitive based on your academic performance in your Higher Certificate and/or ordinary degree and taking into account your Leaving Certificate Mathematics result.

There must also be a significant curricula match between the level 6/7 programme and the Bachelor of Commerce. Please view details on the Bachelor of Commerce programme here.

How do I apply?

Closing date

The closing date is 25 June. Incomplete applications will not be considered - your application, including application fee, must be submitted by the closing date.

If your result won't be out by the closing date, you should enclose any results already available with a note saying when the final result is expected. Your result must be forwarded ASAP. As applications are assessed soon after the closing date, if you are awaiting results you will only be considered if places remain following initial offers.

Applications open in Early March

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If places remain in a course after assessment of applications received by the closing date, late applications may be accepted in a late window in August/September. If you are considering transfer before the normal closing date, don't postpone applying until this date as there may be no places available.


If you are considering a transfer please check the fees implications at

Some programmes will not normally consider applicants who have been unsuccessful in a similar programme - full details are on the restrictions page.

The above is summary information only. Full regulations are included in the transfer protocol.

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.
All students must comply with the general regulations of the university