Applicants should normally possess a first degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent.
Applicants for research degree modules should normally possess a first degree of at least an upper second class honours standard or the equivalent and/or Master's degree or its equivalent. The requirement for a first degree may be waived in the case of post-experience modules for candidates who can demonstrate sufficient relevant work experience.
There are currently over 9,000 students enrolled in Graduate study at UCD accounting for a significant proportion of our overall student body.
UCD offers on campus crèche facilities. Further details are available at: http://www.ucd.ie/creche/
During school holidays UCD Sport Centre offers a range of fun activities for Children to allow for them the opportunity of trying new Sports, making new friends and having lots of Fun! With Camps at Easter, Mid-term, Halloween and summer, UCD Sports centre offer Children the chance of taking part in over 25 Sports/activities during Camp weeks. Visit http://www.ucd.ie/sport/sportscamps/ for more details.
A research degree involves the sustained and in-depth study of a specific topic, which is then written up as a thesis for examination.
All research students are appointed an academic supervisor. Your supervisor will be knowledgeable in your field of research and will provide guidance and advice throughout the research process.
The UCD PhD aims to enable UCD PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. The PhD includes several innovative measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. Further information is available on our PhD Lifecycle page.
A taught graduate course generally involves taking taught modules offered in the qualification of your choice, you may be asked to submit essays or projects during that time. This is then usually followed by independent research, leading to you writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
Teaching is mainly carried out through seminars, workshops and lectures. Dissertation work will normally be individually supervised on a one-to-one basis.
There are a number of links and resources regarding Fees and Funding which can be found at: Our fees and funding page
Students are liable to pay programme fees to the University. In addition to programme fees students must budget for their own maintenance (including accommodation). University fees are fixed for each year and are subject to an annual increase.
For information on fees for Graduate programmes please visit: http://www.ucd.ie/fees
The Student Desk is responsible for the production of official documents relating to your registration and academic history. For more information, please visit http://www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/documents.html or contact the Student Desk using the Student Desk Connector for information about transcripts.
Citizens of certain countries require an entry visa for Ireland. The following link gives a list of countries whose passport holders do not require a visa to enter Ireland: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/check-irish-visa
If you require an entry visa for Ireland you will find useful guidelines and details of requirements for study visa applications at: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Study .
Visa processing times vary greatly from country to country. Early application is advisable. See http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/visasandimmigration/ for more information.
Courses at UCD are given almost entirely in English. All students applying for degree courses must be able to speak, read and write English fluently in order to take part in tutorials, seminar discussions and examinations. If your mother tongue is not English, or if you have not taken your secondary education in English, you will need to have passed an approved test before registering for a course.
All non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the GNIB. See here for more details on registration with the GNIB.
The UCD Global Office offers a wide range of supports to both international students who wish to study in UCD and Irish students who wish to study abroad.
There are currently over 6,000 international students enrolled in our Belfield and Blackrock campuses, representing 122 countries. UCD is proud to be Ireland’s Global University.
A useful summary of guidance and policies on research degree programmes at UCD