Applicants for graduate taught programmes should normally possess a first degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent. Check specific entry requirements for each programme at the Graduate Course Search.
Applicants for graduate research programmes 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.
In certain circumstances, applicants who has demonstrated other evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experience as satisfies the Governing Board of their suitability for admission to the degree programme. These criteria are considered non-standard admission requirements.
There are currently over 12,000 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 UCD Crèche webpage.
During school holidays UCD Sports Centre offers a range of fun activities for children to allow 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 offers children the chance of taking part in over 25 sports/activities during Camp weeks. Visit the UCD Children's Multi Sport Camps 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.
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).
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 https://www.ucd.ie/students/studentdesk/documents/ 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. Applicants must meet the UCD Minimum English Language Requirements.
All non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the Irish Immigration Service (INIS). See here for more details on registration with the INIS.
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.
Welcome to Ireland and to UCD!
UCD Global is the dedicated team who looks after our international students, running a Global Lounge and other social and cultural activities.
Please see the UCD Global FAQ for all information relevant to incoming international graduate students, as well as helpful resources and practical tips for those arriving in Ireland.
There are currently over 7,000 international students enrolled in our Belfield and Blackrock campuses, representing 122 countries. UCD is proud to be Ireland’s Global University.
Our Careers Network offers many services to graduate students. This includes help finding internships and a range of other supports.
For graduate research students, there is a dedicated Career & Skills Consultant, Ms Ger Lardner (firstname.lastname@example.org) works with individuals and groups to help them find where to find meaningful and rewarding careers
A useful summary of guidance and policies on research degree programmes at UCD