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As part of your Online Registration you will have a wide range of Option and Elective modules (if relevant) from which to choose. However, you may find that you cannot always get into a module that you want. The section below will explain the reasons why this can happen and will offer some useful advice on what to do if you have been unsuccessful in getting a place on a preferred module. It also outlines explains a number of ways in which you may still be able to avail of a place on a ‘full’ module.

Once online module registration opens in August, details of modules for which places will be released will be listed on this page (which will be updated frequently) so please add it to your favourites and check it regularly for updates.
Why can’t I get a place on my preferred module?
There are three possible reasons why places may be unavailable on a given module.
Module Capacity:
  • 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 have neither in-programme nor general elective places available will not appear on the Electives page.
Module Capacity is explained in greater detail below.

Time-clash:
  • You may be prevented from registering to a given module if the offering to which you are trying to register 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.
Requisites:
  • Your ability to take certain modules may be affected by your registration to other modules:
    • You may be prevented from registering to a given 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.
    • Finally you may be blocked from registering to a given module because you are also registered to, or have already been registered to, an incompatible module whose content 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. In the run-up to, and throughout, the registration season, a dedicated member of Registry staff is responsible for actively monitoring module capacity relative to demand and working with Schools to ensure that as many students as possible can get places on their preferred modules.

Over the course of the 2011/12 Registration season, for example, 7,032 places were amended on 578 modules. 2,898 of these were new places which were added to meet dynamically-identified demand. In addition to this, 502 elective places were added to targeted modules with high competition prior to the elective allocation process.
What can I do if I’ve been unsuccessful in getting a place on a preferred module?
Unfortunately, once a module fills up you are unlikely to get a place on it. 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. As highlighted above, 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 http://www.ucd.ie/students/moduleplaces.html. Where possible, additional places on previously full modules will be made available at 3.00pm every weekday each day during the Registration season. Details of modules for which places will be released will be listed on this page. It will be updated frequently so please add it to your favourites and check it regularly for updates.
  • Keep trying! Module places change frequently as other students register to modules and as they drop them. Keep an eye on the registration application to see if any new places become available as other students change their minds and drop/swap modules - particularly in the first week or two after lectures begin.