Graduate Orientation

Welcome to Ireland's Global University!

Welcome to UCD, No 1 in Ireland for Graduate employability. Please see below for further details for September 2023 Orientation and check with your School for programme-level activities.

<strong>Welcome</strong> to Ireland's Global University!

 Programme/School Orientation

  • Provided by your School or Programme Office.

  • You will receive information directly from your School regarding their planned activities. Smurfit students should refer to the SISWeb Incoming Students Portal for Orientation details/information.

  • Research students should liaise with their Principal Supervisor.

 BrightspaceIntroduction to UCD on Brightspace

UCD has a Virtual Learning Environment called Brightspace, to access teaching, learning and assessment materials for taught modules. When you log into Brightspace, you will also be able to access the  module, which must be completed by all incoming students. It will cover topics including Academic Integrity, the Active Bystander Programme: UCD Says No to Sexual Misconduct, UCD for ALL, and Discover IT.

To access Brightspace:

  1. Accept your offer
  2. Go to UCD Connect
  3. Log into SISWeb
  4. Begin Step 1 of Registration
  5. You can then log into Brightspace and begin the 'Introduction to UCD' module, located in the 'My Modules' section.

Graduate Research Student Orientation Day 2023/24

(Incoming Graduate Research Students only)

An Orientation Day for incoming graduate students on a research programme (i.e Doctoral, MD and Research Master’s degree programmes) will take place on Friday 22 September from 10am to 1pm in the UCD Village Auditorium. This event is intended to give research students a helpful overview of key information and supports at UCD as well as an opportunity for you to meet other incoming research students from across the University.

Register for the Graduate Student Orientation Day 2023/24




GradsCONNECT Welcome


This is a welcome event for all new graduate students who are on taught programmes, such as Master’s and Higher Diploma degrees. GradsCONNECT will take place on Thursday 21 September from 4.00 to 5.30pm in O'Reilly Hall where UCD President Orla Feely will welcome you to UCD. This event is an opportunity for incoming taught students to meet each other and liaise with representatives from a host of student support services who will be present (i.e. Registry, Library, Access services, Student Advisors, Global, Students Union, Student Centre and more), followed by refreshments in the conservatory.

Register for the GradsCONNECT Welcome 2023/24