Module Places
As part of your registration you will be choosing Option and Elective modules (if relevant). However, you may find that you cannot always get into a module that you want. Read about the reasons for this and for advice on what to do if you have not been able to get a place on a module you want.

Where possible, additional places on previously full modules are released at 3.00pm Monday to Friday during online module registration. Once online module registration opens in August this page will show a list of modules that have additional places available. Bookmark it and check back once you start registering.

Why can’t I get a place on my preferred module?

There are three possible reasons. 

No places left in the module:

  • A module that has no available core/option places will be listed as full on the Core/Options page of the online registration application.
  • Modules that do not have either in-programme or general elective places available will not appear on the Electives page.
The module clashes with something else on your timetable:

  • You may be prevented from registering to a module if it clashes with any element (e.g. lecture, tutorial, practical, etc) of another module to which you are already registered. The system will prevent you from registering to the clashing module and inform you of the clash.
  • If this occurs, you may be able to select an alternative offering of either module and avoid the time-clash.

 You may not be eligible to take the module:

  • You may be prevented from registering to a module because you have not taken another module which is a pre-requisite requirement.
  • You may also be blocked from registering because you are not currently taking a co-requisite module which must be taken in conjunction with the module you want.
  • You may be blocked from registering to a module because you are also registered to, or have already been registered to, an incompatible module, the content of which is too similar to the module you want.
In each of these cases, the system will prevent you from registering to the clashing module and inform you of the reason.
What is ‘Module Capacity’?

A module’s capacity is the total number of students who can be accommodated within the module. Every module has its own fixed capacity determined by factors such as room capacity, staff/resources available to support it, the requirement to keep to a given staff/student ratio etc. 

Each module’s capacity is set by the School responsible for its delivery and is divided into four categories:

  • Programme (i.e. Core/Option) Places
  • General Elective Places
  • In-Programme Elective Places
  • International Places

These places are frequently revisited and, where possible, amended to meet demand.

Does UCD try to ensure that there are enough places?

Yes. Throughout the registration period, Registry staff actively monitor module capacity relative to demand and work with Schools to ensure that as many students as possible can get places on their preferred modules. 

What can I do if I’ve been unsuccessful in getting a place on a preferred module?

The best advice is to immediately go for a place on an alternative module, bearing in mind that you can change your module registration until registration closes. However, there are a number of ways you may still be able to get a place on your preferred module:

  • Try to get an alternative type of place. Module capacity is divided into four categories. Just because one of these categories is full does not mean that there are no places remaining on the module. If, for example, you have been unable to get a place on one of your options through the Core/Options tab, you may still be able to get an In-Programme or General elective place.
  • Regularly check the Module Places web page. Where possible, additional places on previously full modules will be made available at 3.00pm every weekday during the Registration season. The modules affected will be listed on this page so bookmark it and check back regularly for updates.
  • Keep trying! Places often become available as other students change their minds and drop/swap modules - particularly in the first week or two after lectures begin.