UCD Access to Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Medicine (SEAM)


This course is designed to prepare adults, who may not have the formal qualifications, for successful study at university, particularly in the areas of Science, Engineering, Agriculture or Medicine.

Our aim is to:

  • Facilitate you in finding a degree course that best suits your aptitude and interest
  • Give you the confidence and skills necessary to plan and organise study for your particular needs
  • Provide you with analytical skills to fully understand the material presented in all subject modules
  • Equip you with the skills and confidence to take on a degree course in Science, Engineering/Architecture, Agricultural Science or Medicine


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Anyone aged 22 or more on January 1st of their year of entry to UCD Access may apply for the course. This is so that you will meet the age requirement of being at least 23 on January 1st when starting an undergraduate degree. There is no upper age limit.

There are no formal educational entry requirements to the Access course. What we need to know about you is your life experience and any formal or informal learning you have undertaken previously. Give us as much information as you think relevant.

Evidence of recent prior learning is most relevant in an application, ability in maths, and prior learning in at least one of the science subjects is important.

There are four steps in applying to the Access to Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Medicine (SEAM) course:

  1. Submit an Online Application Form
  2. Attend a series of four mathematics workshops and be assessed in course material.
  3. Attend a pre-entry science lecture. Following this you will also be given a short written piece fo complete.
  4. Selected candidates will then be invited to attend an interview

The maths assessment, lecture and subsequent written piece, along with interviews are mandatory.

Link to application form

The fee for the Access Course to Science, Engineering, Agricultural Science and Medicine (SEAM) course is €1,800 for the academic year.

Fees are paid in September when you begin the course. See "How to Pay" for more information on paying your fees.

There is no application fee for this course.

If you are registered as unemployed and/or in receipt of a social welfare payment, you may be eligible for fee support. This will reduce your fee from €1,800 to €600

Students who are asylum seekers or who have Refugee/Subsidiary Protection/Humanitarian Leave to Remain status may also be eligible for support through the Sanctuary Programme. Please keep in mind that the deadline for 2020 Sanctuary Programme applications was strictly July 7th, 5pm.

Access SEAM students take the following core modules during the academic year:

Autumn Trimester - (September to December)

Spring - (January to May)

The Access SEAM course follows the same dates as the general UCD Term Timetable.

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.08* or more will be guaranteed a place on the following undergraduate degree programmes at UCD:

In addition to meeting the required standard on the course you must be eligible to apply on the grounds of mature years and make an application through the CAO.

Please note that this Access course does not offer progression onto a nursing degree. 

* Entry to Engineering is also contingent on obtaining an A- or higher in each of the mathematics modules.

** Entry to Medicine is also contingent on obtaining a minimum grade of A- in the module "Introduction to Chemistry, Physics & Biology". Applicants will be required to submit a learning journal and obtain a minimum HPAT Ireland score of 150. Two places will be offered per year and will be allocated on a competitive basis. Applicants to this course should also note the following guidelines: Access to Medicine and Applying as a Mature Student - Medicine

Before applying for one of our University Access courses please consider the following:

  • You must be at least 22 years old since the first of January.
  • Since COVID-19 restrictions have come into play, and social distancing is a part of life for the foreseeable future, we expect to offer our courses in a virtual format. Therefore, you are advised that participating students will be required to have a reasonable level of computer literacy along with access to a computer/laptop and wifi. As a minimum requirement for success, can you send and receive email; create, save, and retrieve documents; do online searches? This can be discussed further at interview.

Link to course application