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.

Welcome to UCD Guide for Graduate Students 2019/20

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

It is essential that you collect your card as soon as you have registered and arrive on campus as you will need it for payments, access to facilities, and as identification.

In order to collect your card you must complete the following steps:

  • Register online
  • Upload your photograph. (Ideally should be uploaded when you are completing online registration to ensure your card is available at time of collection) Instructions are available on Sisweb on the photo upload section of 'My UCard'

Once you have completed the above steps, please allow one working day for processing.
Please ensure to bring your passport or birth cert with photographic ID in order to collect your student UCard from the UCard Central Hub.

For further information visit http://www.ucd.ie/ucard

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Please note: students attending the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School will be advised by their Programme Manager where and when they can collect their card.

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, or drop into one of two IT Centres on campus. 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.

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.

If you are a national of a non-EEA country, you are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau each academic year.  You may only register with the GNIB after you have completed registration at UCD, paid your fees and collected your student UCard.  Special evening registration sessions with the GNIB are organised by UCD Global.  Following your registration with UCD, please visit UCD Global reception if you wish to sign up for an evening session and for information on the documents required. For further information please visit http://www.ucd.ie/global/

Your Students’ Union Graduate Officer for 2019/20 is Conor Anderson. As Graduate Officer, Conor is responsible for providing assistance with issues relating to both your education and welfare. He has office hours on both Belfield and Smurfit campuses which can be found on the Students’ Union website, please feel free to pop down to meet him during those times. He can also be contacted by phone (01 716 3113) or email (graduate@ucdsu.ie). Conor 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 events the SU hold on campus and by becoming class representatives this year. Please join the SU Postgraduate Facebook Page to keep up to date with the Students’ Union as well as each other.

The Belfield campus is located 4km from Dublin city centre on the N11. Check out the UCD Commuting Guide
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.

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

Please see www.ucd.ie/commuting for further information on transport options. 

Our campuses are based in one of Europe's most vibrant capital cities.  

Here are some links to some services you may need.

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UCD Services 

Graduate Taught Programme

  • You will need to register online before you can begin your graduate studies at UCD. Registration allows you to obtain your student card and gain access to the wide range of facilities available to our students. Please see www.ucd.ie/students/registration.html  for further details on Registration 2017/2018 including a step by step guides and other support information.
  • Pay your fees, either online or via bank giro. 
  • Pick up your student UCARD. 

International Students Specifically

  • Register with the GNIB
  • Attend the International Orientation Session. For full details of the programme please log on here or contact international@ucd.ie

Graduate Research Programmes

  • Go online and confirm your registration.
  • Pay your fees, either online or via bank giro.
  • Pick up your student UCARD.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Regulations/Policies for UCD Research Degrees.

International Students Specifically

Finally, enjoy your time as a graduate student at UCD.

Welcome to University College Dublin!

All incoming Sept 2019 graduate students are invited to the 2019 GradsCONNECT event hosted by UCD Graduate Studies. The event will be held on Tuesday, 17th September 2019 at 4pm in the O'Reilly Hall.
This welcome reception is an opportunity for graduate students to meet each other and to connect with representatives from a host of student support services who will be present. Stands will be held by the likes of Student Desk, Library, Innovation Academy, Access Services, Students Union, Student Societies, International Office, Information Technology Support, Careers, and the Sports Centre.
President of UCD, Professor Andrew J. Deeks and Dean of Graduate Studies & Deputy Registrar, Professor Barbara Dooley will give a welcome address.
Refreshments will be served.

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