Welcome to University College Dublin.

I am delighted that you have chosen UCD as your university of choice to pursue graduate education. Founded in 1854, by John Henry Newman, UCD is Ireland’s largest university.  Today, UCD is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 8,000 graduate students, with almost a quarter of those being graduate research students.

UCD is one of Europe’s leading research intensive universities where undergraduate education, taught masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity. As Ireland’s number one university for research funding, we are at the forefront of global knowledge and research studies that have real societal impact.

Community has always been a distinguishing feature of UCD. You are now part of the UCD graduate community.  Central to our mission and vision is the building of a supportive and inclusive community of students, faculty and staff, alumni and diaspora. As you join this community, you will form lifelong friendships in class and through extra curricular activities, you will develop invaluable networks that will support you throughout your careers. We encourage you to get involved in all that UCD has to offer both academically and socially.

Students are at the core of the University. The capabilities of our graduates underpin our reputation. We actively promote university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery. We aim to give each of you a holistic, student-focused and research-led educational experience; to inculcate in you a lifelong desire to learn and to create, and to instil in you a sense of purpose, a capacity for critical thinking, a desire to make a difference in society and an awareness of the global community in which you will find yourselves.  As  you start your journey with us embrace these attributes and take them with you into the classroom and beyond.


Professor Barbara Dooley

Dean of Graduate Studies

Incoming Students

We are delighted to welcome you on the commencement of your graduate studies at UCD.  This page will provide you with important information regarding your registration at UCD. COVID-19 means that some aspects will be a little different to usual but the University is fully committed to providing the best experience for all our incoming and returning students. 

Welcome to UCD Guide for Graduate Students 2019/20 (2020 version available Aug 2020)

You will need to register online before you can begin your graduate studies. Registration allows you to obtain your Student Card (UCARD) and gain access to the wide range of facilities available to our students. Check key dates to see when online registration opens for your programme.

To access online registration, go to UCD Connect and click on the SISWeb icon. Enter your UCD Connect username and password when asked.

  • Your username is your UCD Student number.
  • If you created a SISWeb password during the application process, please use that to log in. Otherwise, your password is your date of birth (in the format ddmmyy). For your own security, make sure you change that password by using the Change Password tool in UCD Connect.

Your UCD Connect account will be available 48 hours in advance of online registration. Blackboard/Brightspace access will be available within 24 hours of registering to your programme. If you have any questions or problems with the registration process, please contact your College/School directly. Please find a step by step guide to registration for support.

To access UCD Connect email, you will need to go to www.ucd.ie/connect and click on the Mail icon. Enter your username (UCD student number) and your password (Date of Birth in ddmmyy format).

A detailed breakdown of your fee obligation is available while registering in the SIS Student Information System through your UCD Connect account. To make the process easier you can take advantage of our online payment facility in SISWeb during online registration. Details of other payment options and fee payment dates are available on our website.

SUSI  (Student Universal Support Ireland) Grant Scheme

All students in receipt of the Student Grant Scheme must pay the Student Centre Levy plus any fees not payable under the grant scheme.

If you have applied for the Student Grant Scheme through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) please ensure that you provide us with your SUSI application number in the ‘Personal Details’ section in the online Registration System. This is a 13 digit alpha numeric number you will have received from SUSI. This will allow us to communicate with SUSI regarding the outcome of your grant application. Further information on the student grant system can be found at www.studentfinance.ie or www.susi.ie

Support Services:

IT Services

Your UCD Connect account gives you access to unlimited email and Google Drive combined storage, an integrated Google calendar, Google+, eLearning resources, software and much more. If you have a smart phone you can download the free app “UCD Mobile” with a campus map, library catalogue search, directory search, access to Brightspace mobile learn and UCD news. For an overview of the IT services available and solutions to common queries visit: www.ucd.ie/it. For helpful hints and tips, you can also check the Student IT Guide.
You can also contact the IT Support Helpdesk, email: ithelpdesk@ucd.ie, phone: +353 (0)1 716 2700.
For research related IT queries regarding hosting and other research specific requirements please visit: http://www.ucd.ie/itservices/ourservices/researchit/

UCD Library

Graduates will find the services and collections of UCD Library the perfect place to start their research and study. There is a deep research collection available in five different libraries as well as thousands of high impact journals to support all disciplines of the university. There are over 3,000 quiet study places in the Library, individual study rooms which can be booked in advance by postgraduates, group study rooms and a dedicated Postgraduate Research Centre in the James Joyce Library. Access is currently limited due to COVID restrictions, see the Library website for the most up to date information.

We have a dedicated Special Collection Library and a Research Service unit which provides a research repository, digital library, bibliometric support, data management, mapping and more.

The Library also offers a range of classes including literature searching, using social media for research, mapping, managing your data, using metrics on your CV, using technologies in the humanities to facilitate research insights and using reference management software tools to help you manage your references. For more information, please view the Library's schedule

Student Support Services

There are a range of student support services available to you while studying in UCD:

UCD Student Advisers provide support to students throughout their university experience. Our dedicated Student Adviser for graduate research students is Ms Carita Bramhill (carita.bramhill@ucd.ie)


While the UCD community is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in September, the health and safety of our students is our utmost priority.

  • The University is maintaining a dedicated website with information and guidance for incoming and current students. As all details are subject to change in line with public health guidelines, this website is the best source of up to date information. 
  • The current availability of campus amenities and supports is here

Your Students’ Union Graduate Officer for 2020/21 is Carla Gummerson.

As Graduate Officer, Carla is responsible for providing assistance with issues relating to both your education and welfare. She can be contacted by email (carla.gummerson@ucdsu.ie). Carla would love to hear any ideas you have for events and campaigns for the year and would encourage you all to be involved in the Students’ Union by attending the various SU events and by becoming class representatives this year. To see various ways to get involved, follow the link www.ucdsu.ie/get-involved


The Belfield campus is located 4km from Dublin city centre on the N11.  
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is located 10km south of Dublin City Centre in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Our dedicated campus is easily accessible by car, DART and bus.

Due to COVID-19, this information is subject to change based on public health guidelines. Please see the UCD COVID site for the most up-to-date information. 

As of 15th July 2020, the current commuting info is:

The UCD – Sydney Parade Dart Shuttle Bus has been suspended until further notice.

Public transport services are operating operate under revised timetables since March 30th.

For the latest service updates please see the links below:
• Dublin Bus
• Go Ahead Ireland
• Luas
• Dart and Irish Rail
• Bus Eireann

On-campus parking is available but is limited, Guide to Parking on Campus


A warm welcome to all our incoming graduate students for 2020/21. 

This may be a year like no other, but UCD remains committed to providing the best experience possible for all our students.
UCD Dean of Graduate Studies and Deputy Registrar Professor Barbara Dooley invites you to participate in graduate orientation:
  • Wednesday 23rd September 2020: Orientation day for graduate research students.  (Note: We are maintaining a FAQ specifically for UCD graduate research students, which you may find helpful)
  • Friday 25th September 2020: Dean's welcome for all postgraduate students, taught and research
Further details to follow, but we can confirm that both these events will be virtual
Save the date(s) and full details will be communicated in August 2020. 

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