FAQs

The Application Course Finder lists all courses available on the application system. Courses currently accepting applications are marked as ‘Open for Applications’. 
In the Application Course Finder, you can refine the list of courses by using keywords or selecting from the Course Type, Discipline, College or Special Groups menus before searching. This will display all relevant courses in alphabetical order. You can click on the course title for more information.
To apply, please use the Apply button for that course. Please pay particular attention to the term and application type when applying.

Not all graduate research courses use the UCD online application system. You should check the course information for the correct application procedure. Please visit the UCD Graduate Studies website or the relevant School website.
If you select one of the menu options (for example, a particular discipline or Special Group), it will refine the search. Please be sure you have selected the correct option.

If you have already started an application for a particular course and search for it again, that course will not have an Apply button next to it in the Course Finder search results. 
To return to an application you have already started, please log in to your application account on the UCD Applications website by clicking on the Sign in to Existing Account link and then selecting My Applications.

With some exceptions, courses open for application on 1 October each year and generally remain open to applications until all places are filled. If there is a specific closing date for applications to a particular course, it will be listed in the Course Finder. 
If a closing date is not listed there, the relevant School may be able to advise you further. Please click here for UCD Schools’ contact details.
To confirm whether there is a known opening date for a course that is currently closed to applications, please contact the relevant School directly

To return to your the application account, please go to www.ucd.ie/apply, click on the ‘Sign in to Existing Account’ link and then select ‘My Applications’ to access the login screen.

This message means that your new application record was merged with an existing UCD student number/applicant ID. 
You will receive an automatic email when your application record is merged, explaining how to log in to your account in future. If you still experience a difficulty logging in, you can contact the UCD Applications team.

Both your applicant ID number (which is your unique reference on the system) and application number (which is the unique number of the individual application) are listed in the Personal Details section of your application. 
To access your application account, please go to the UCD Applications website, click on the Sign in to Existing Account link and then My Applications to log in.
You can also find your applicant ID number in the automatic email you receive when you create an application account. Please check your junk/spam folder in case it was misdirected.

It is not possible to change the course after the application has been submitted. 
If you have applied for the wrong course, you can use the Withdraw button in your application to cancel it. You can create a new application for the correct course by clicking on the Start a New Application button in your application account. 
You will not need to enter all of your details again; personal/contact details and previous education/employment details are saved in your application account.
Please do not use the Withdraw button if you wish to edit your application; this button will cancel your application and it is not possible to start a second application for the same course.

With the exception of your contact details, it is not possible to edit the information included in an application after you submit it.  If there is additional information you wish to include, you can upload it as a Word document in the Additional Documentation section of the checklist.

Please do not use the Withdraw button if you wish to edit or amend your application; this button will cancel your application and it is not possible to start a second application for the same course. If you withdraw your application by mistake, please contact the UCD Applications team.
With the exception of your contact details, it is not possible to edit the information included in an application after you submit it. If there is additional information you wish to include, you can upload it as a Word document in the Additional Documentation section of the checklist.

If you have not submitted the application, it will not go forward to be assessed and you can simply disregard it. 
If you have submitted the application, you can use the ‘Withdraw’ button (which is beside to the application status in your application) to cancel the application.

An application fee is payable for each term (e.g. for entry in September). You can make as many applications as you wish for the same term, with one application fee payment. 
If you apply for a different term (e.g. for entry in January), that will require a separate application fee payment.

The application fee is €50. You can pay the application fee by credit or debit card in the checklist section of your application.
The UCD Fee Payments office provides tips for those who encounter a difficulty making payments and information on alternative methods of payment.

Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2
Bank Sort Code: 90-00-17
Bank Account Number: 20611511
IBAN Number: IE82 BOFI 9000 1720 6115 11

When making payment by bank transfer, applicants must include their applicant ID/student number as a reference.

The preferred method is the upload facility in your application checklist (except for the work reference required for Nursing and Midwifery). Where documents are not in English, you must provide official translations.
Alternatively, you can post hard copy documents to the following address: 

UCD Applications
Tierney Building
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

Applicants posting hard copy documents for the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School should use the following address: 

Smurfit School Admissions
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
Carysfort Avenue
Blackrock
Co. Dublin
Ireland

Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to submit and complete their application on time, including all required supporting items. Failure to do so may mean that the application cannot be considered.

The automatic email includes a list of all required items for the course selected. This is for information purposes; the list will be in the email even if you have already provided some or all of the items.
You can view your application, including the checklist, by going to the UCD Applications website, clicking on the Sign in to Existing Account link and then selecting My Applications.

If reference letters are listed in your application checklist, you should note that some courses require that hard copies of letters be submitted. If hard copies are not required, the letters can be uploaded in your application checklist.
In cases where hard copies are required, either you or your referees can send the reference letters to the UCD Applications team. We will upload them to your application. Our postal address is:

UCD Applications
Tierney Building
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland 

Normally, academic references should be received in sealed envelopes written on headed paper. Some courses use specific reference forms, which can be found on their website. 
Please ensure your referee includes your full name and your application number or applicant ID number so that we can match the letter to your application.
Please note that UCD comes under the terms of the Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003. In the context of the UCD application system, this means that an applicant can request any documentation presented as part of the application process, including sealed references sent directly by the referee to UCD.

A transcript is the document that states the results of every subject you did in each year of your qualification. 
Please note that the transcript is not the parchment that you received at your graduation. If you do not have a transcript, you can request it from your university/college/institution.

To confirm whether there is a deadline for supporting documentation, please contact the relevant School directly.

UCD Applications uploads the supporting documents we receive, in order of receipt. After we do this, you will be able to see the documents in your application checklist.
We aim to upload documents as quickly as possible following receipt; due to the large volume of documents we receive, the checklist may not be updated on the day your documents are received.
If documents were sent to another office/unit, they may not be uploaded to your application checklist. You should contact the relevant office/unit directly to confirm receipt.

UCD operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued as soon as possible after a submitted and complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).
Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled. Please note that some courses may have a specific closing date for applications.  Please consult the Course Finder or contact the relevant School directly

No confirmation email issues when a conditional offer is accepted. You can view your updated application status in your account. 
To return to your application account, please go to the UCD Applications website, click on the Sign in to Existing Account link and then My Applications to log in.

A deposit is payable to secure a place on most courses. Deposits are non-refundable. If you receive an offer and a deposit is payable, it will appear in your application checklist. You can pay the deposit using a credit/debit card or one of the alternative methods of payment.

Generally, you must accept an offer and pay the deposit within 14 days of the offer date, unless indicated otherwise in your offer letter. 
Any request to extend the deadline for accepting an offer should be made directly to the office that issued the offer. Please see your offer letter for relevant contact details.

UCD has a comprehensive payments and refunds policy. Students who accept an offer of a place in UCD also accept the terms and workings of this policy.
Please contact the relevant School directly to request a refund of a deposit payment. 
In accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations, application fees are refundable upon written request within 14 days from date of receipt of payment. Please include your UCD student number/ applicant ID number. If the request is in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations, the refund will be processed and the relevant application(s) cancelled.
Please note that by submitting an application, you consent to the University proceeding with processing your application. If the University issues a decision in respect of your application within 14 days, you will lose your right to cancel and request a refund. This is because the application process will have been fully performed by the University.

If your application is successful, an offer will be entered on the system. You will receive an automatic email to say there has been activity in your account. 
When you accept a full (i.e unconditional) offer, a UCD student record will be created for you. If you have an existing UCD student number, you will continue to use it. If you do not have an existing UCD student number, one will be created for you. 
You will receive an automatic email confirming your acceptance and informing you of your UCD student number.

Please contact the Student Desk team using the Student Desk Connector

As the UCD Applications team does not assess the applications, unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on a decision. Generally, you should contact the School office directly to request feedback. Please click here for UCD Schools’ contact details. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Office.

Please see the contact details on the UCD Applications website.

Yes you can order a prospectus from the Graduate Studies office alternatively you can view the prospectus at the Order a Prospectus page

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 8,000 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.

For travel information please click here. A map of the Dublin City and the UCD Campus can be accessed here.

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 on academic supervisor. Your supervisor will be knowledgeable in your field of research and will provide guidance and advice throughout the research process. 

The UCD Structured PhD aims to enable UCD PhD students to achieve the best possible experience of graduate research and training. The Structured PhD includes several innovative measures designed to support you in achieving your academic and professional objectives. Further information is available on our Structured PhD 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

Please contact the Student Desk using the Student Desk Connector for information about transcripts.

For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year long qualifying course may be available in some cases. In addition many Master's programmes have an associated Diploma course which, if passed at an appropriate honours level, may provide part of the necessary academic qualification for entry. In this case relevant work experience may be an essential requirement.

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.

The UCD International 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. The services offered by the International Office include:

Check out the Handbook for International Students for more information.

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/international/study-at-ucd-global/coming-to-ireland/visa-and-immigration/ for more information.

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.

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.