Mature Years at UCD

Mature students make up the largest component of non-traditional students in UCD


How do I apply to UCD as a mature student?

Information on applying to UCD as a mature student via the Mature Years Entry Pathway can be found on the dedicated UCD Admissions Webpage.  Several courses in UCD require mature applicants to complete an assessment as part of the application process, usually:

Are there other pathways I could consider?

In addition, you may also qualify to apply to UCD via the QQI-FET pathway, UCD Open Learning Certificate Pathway, UCD University Access Programme Pathway or via one of the four UCD Social Sciences progression routes.  You can apply under as many pathways as you qualify for.

Who can I contact for further advice?

UCD has a dedicated Mature Student Adviser, Catherine Tormey, who can offer you advice and support from application stage and throughout your time in UCD.  She can advise you on the possible application pathways to UCD in addition to the academic skills supports, financial support and social supports available to you at UCD.

Catherine can be contacted by emailing