Fees, Funding & Scholarships

In order to complete the registration process and gain unrestricted access to University student facilities you must register and pay the appropriate fees. A detailed breakdown of your fee obligation is available while registering in the SIS (Student Information System) through your UCD Connect account. You can also look view course fees on the UCD Fees Website.

Student Centre Levy

In addition to fees you must also pay the Student Centre Levy of €254.00 (2020/2021).

When to pay fees to UCD?

Students may pay fees by semester:

  • If you are on a 1 trimester programme, all fees must be paid in advance.
  • If you are on a 2 trimester programme, you may pay your fee in halves by semester.
  • If you are on a 3 trimester programme, you may pay your fee in thirds by semester.

Full information is available on the UCD Fees Website.
Please note: If you require a visa to study in Ireland, visa application requires that you pay the greater of €6,000 or half the tuition.

How to Pay

If you have an Application Number or a Student Number you can pay directly by credit or debit card using UCD's online payment facility. This is available through UCD SISWeb.
A receipt will be emailed to you at your default email address or another that you specify.

International Students

Students making payments from outside Ireland may also pay UCD directly by International Bank Transfer to:
UCD Fees Account,
Bank of Ireland,
College Green,
Dublin 2.
IBAN : IE82 BOFI 9000 1720 6115 11
Swift Code: BOFI IE 2D

Pay via the PayToStudy payment facility. This facility is especially useful for students who require a VISA.
If you pay UCD directly by International Bank Transfer it is essential that you include your student number (or application number) - if known- as the sole narrative. A copy of the Bank Transcript should also be sent to UCD

The guide below will help you work out the costs for living expenses such as accommodation, food and other basics. Lots of things can affect how much money you’ll need, so these numbers are indicative only and subject to change.

Also please note that all non-Irish nationals, who are not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register in person with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival and after completion of registration at UCD. The GNIB will issue you with a residence permit/GNIB card. The fee for this card is €300 and should be included in your budgeting calculations.

Guideline Living Expenses Table for UCD Graduate Studies


The Irish Government through The Higher Education Authority offers means-tested for Irish students or students satisfying minimum Irish residency requirements.

All applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).  Please visit www.studentfinance.ie for further information or to make an application.

SUSI Application Number

You will receive a 13 digit alpha numeric application number from SUSI when you submit your application.

Registering for your Course

During registration, please provide the SUSI application number in the ‘Personal Details’ section of the Online Registration System. This will allow us to communicate with SUSI regarding the outcome of your grant application. 

Student excellence and achievement are recognised in UCD, through a variety of scholarships and awards. Students are advised to contact the UCD School in which they are interested in studying to ask about current funding possibilities.  


The Irish Research Council

The Irish Research Council manages a suite of inter-linked research schemes, funding scholars at various career stages, from postgraduate study to senior research project-based awards. For early stage researchers there are a number of funding opportunities operated  by open, peer-reviewed funding competitions.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific- and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are likely to generate new  knowledge, cutting edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the three broad areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Sustainable Energy & Energy Efficient Technologies (Energy)

Health Research Board (HRB)

Health Research Board (HRB) supports research that will create new knowledge and evidence to benefit people’s health through clinical research,  patient-oriented research, population health sciences research and health services research. The HRB supports researchers and health professionals through career development awards, project and programme awards, and infrastructure initiatives supporting health research.

Universities Ireland

Universities Ireland promotes collaboration between universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They usually offer a  number of bursaries to students undertaking a recognised Master’s course (taught or research) in the other jurisdiction.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a statutory role in  coordinating environmental research. EPA Research has a strong focus on policy and has been driven by national regulations and European Directives.
EPA Research consists of three key pillars:

  • Climate
  • Water
  • Sustainability

A series of research calls are being announced periodically over the course of the EPA Research programme.


Teagasc is the leading organisation in the fields of agriculture and food research in Ireland, undertaking innovative research in:

  • Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation
  • Crops, Environment and Land Use
  • Food
  • Rural Economy and Development

The annual research portfolio comprises some 300 research projects,  carried out by 500 scientific and technical staff in research centres  throughout Ireland.

Irish Cancer Society

Irish Cancer Society research can span from the laboratory, to clinical  research, to clinical trials, to physical activity research for survivors.

For more information on funding and details about how to apply to these schemes jointly with UCD, we would advise that you talk to your potential supervisor in UCD.


The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. Springboard+ courses are designed to help you gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in your current job. Click Here for further Information

The AIB Graduate Account is available to anyone who holds an AIB Student Plus Account and has graduated from full time third level education in the last two years.

Or anyone new to AIB who has graduated from a full time third level course of three years duration or more in the last two years. 

  • You will not be charged account maintenance and transaction fees on your AIB Graduate Account.
  • Bank Service Charges will apply
  • Full details of AIB fees and charges are published in 'A Guide to Fees and Charges for Personal Accounts'.

This booklet is available on the AIB website www.aib.ie or from any AIB branch.

Graduate Admissions