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You can find the UCD Academic Schedule here. This section is updated each year and details term time, exam dates and other important UCD submission dates that a student should be aware of. For programme specific information, you should contact the (opens in a new window)School Office or your programme coordinator.

Lost property found on Campus is generally handed into the Estate Services Office, located on the lower ground floor of the Agriculture building. If you have lost or found an item please contact them on 01 716 7000 or (opens in a new window)estates@ucd.ie.

Yes, the School and its students, as part of the College of Health and Agriculture Sciences are accountable to the UCD Academic Regulations which can be reviewed here.

Students are expected to participate in all activities associated with the modules or other learning experiences they are registered for. This includes regular and punctual attendance at and engagement with lectures, laboratories and other teaching and learning activities. Engagement and participation requirements may be incorporated into assessment strategies or programme specifications. You can view the School’s “General Principles and Information on Student Engagement and Attendance" here.

The Student Desk is a hub for current students and has information relating to a number of queries which may arise throughout your studies e.g. online registration, fees, exams, etc. You can contact the Student Desk here.

You can review the exam information held here for FAQ’s and your exam schedule (if available).

Yes, there is some resources provided by the Exams Office which helps explain the marking schemes, calculating GPA and jargon used in assessments. You can review this here.

Yes, the School has a Student Code of Conduct policy which you can download here. This covers subjects like attendance, how you should conduct yourself on placement or in class, showing dignity and respect, etc. UCD also has a Student Code of Conduct policy which all students should become familiar with. This can be viewed here.

The University monitors student performance and progression through its governing boards. From time to time students may experience difficulties with their studies meaning that their performance is academically unacceptable. The Continuation and Readmission policy provide guidance when students have been identified as falling below the required standards of performance and progression. The School follows this University policy and more information can be found here about this.

Students are expected to meet the academic demands of their chosen programme.
However, they may experience a range of serious and unanticipated difficulties, which adversely affect their ability to study, complete assessments or attend their required classes and other learning activities. It is recommended in this case to review your options under the Extenuating Circumstances procedure. You can read more about this here.

The University and the School expect that coursework will be submitted on time as this develops the important skill of planning work and completing it to a deadline. However, we also recognise that, on occasion and due to circumstances beyond control, this may not be possible. The student should contact their module coordinator or Programme Director to notify them of the need for “Late Submission”. They will in turn discuss what options are available. You can view the University’s Late Submission Policy here 

We recommend students applying for a leave of absence to review the information provided here before starting the process.

It is deeply regrettable to the School if a student wishes to formally withdraw from their programme of study and we would highly recommend that all options are exhausted before considering this step. However, if there is no other option at this time, we recommend starting by reviewing the information provided here.

The University uses email as an official means of communication with students and provides UCD Connect email to each student as the formally supported email service. In addition to the UCD Connect email, from 1 July 2015, communications will also be sent to the personal email account for all applicants and students who have provided a non-UCD Connect account.

Practice Placement Allocations

At the beginning of your undergraduate studies, students are assigned an ARC account together with a username and password. Using this system ensures the following:

  • ARC allows students to access information about their clinical placements, their geographic locations, the instructions required prior to commencement of a clinical placement and the students absenteeism whilst on clinical placement.
  • ARC also allows students to access information about their Health Screening and Vaccination Programme.
    Access the ARC Login page (opens in a new window)here.

Full attendance is mandatory on all practice placements. If a student fails to report absenteeism in the correct manner to their host organisation, then the following protocol comes into action “Protocol on non-compliance with absence reporting procedure while on super-numerary clinical placement” and can be viewed here.

Yes you do need to meet certain standards. Your programme of study at the School will require you to undertake learning in professional settings, involving working with patients. The University and the School have an important duty of care to members of the public to ensure that students are fit to practise during professional placements and training. The Student Fitness to Practise Policy and procedures have been established to ensure that students have the necessary attributes and competencies to become a practitioner in their chosen profession. You can view this policy here.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The School has prepared a helpful video to explain what plagiarism and academic integrity is which we recommend students watch. (opens in a new window)Click to watch the presentation (30 min). Here are some other helpful resources:

If you have any questions, please contact
Ciara Kirwan (School Plagiarism Advisor) (opens in a new window)ciara.kirwan@ucd.ie
Dr. Carmel Davies (Chair SNMHS Plagiarism Policy) (opens in a new window)carmel.davies@ucd.ie

Written Assessment and Effective Writing

The UCD Library has prepared some helpful information to assist in explaining Harvard Rereferncing which can be viewed (opens in a new window)here.

Yes, the UCD Library has prepared this helpful guide for students to access.

Taught Graduate

At UCD’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems (SNMHS), we offer a wide variety of programmes covering all clinical disciplines. In addition, we offer programmes in Leadership, Management and Health Systems. Awards range from Professional Certificates and Diplomas, Graduate Diplomas and Masters qualifications. Please check our Taught Graduate Courses page here.

Each programme will have specific entry requirements, for example: academic record, employment history, references, etc. Entry requirements vary from programme to programme and are available on each course page.

This varies across programmes. You will normally be required to provide transcripts of previous degrees or diplomas, a form of ID such as a passport or birth certificate, your NMBI pin, a professional reference and other documentation specific to your programme. Supporting documentation lists can be found on each course page.

You can search for the fees for your programme in the Graduate Fees section of the UCD website at www.ucd.ie/fees (enter the programme title or keyword in the search function). Programmes fees are set for each academic year.

Your hospital or organisation may sponsor you to pursue further study. We recommend that you contact your line manager for details on how to apply. Please note that your hospital/organisation may have a contract with UCD and will therefore be invoiced directly for your fees. Please check with your funding body before you start. If you are funding yourself it is possible to make payments per semester.

Applications are made via the UCD online applications system at www.ucd.ie/apply.

Yes, UCD charges a fee of €60 for processing applications.

Yes, offers cannot be made unless the application fee has been paid.

No, the application fee will only be refunded if the course is cancelled by UCD.

The amount of time you will spend in UCD will vary across programmes. You will have to attend some lectures on campus. The number of lectures you attend will also vary across programmes.

It is possible to complete a programme over one or two years. You will find a list of all programmes online at www.ucd.ie/apply.

Yes you can. When applying online, you may need to submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio. Please contact the programme administrator for further details. You will find contact details for each programme on the course pages. You can view the RPL/RPEL Guideline Document here and the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning here.

There is a range of academic supports available, including academic writing skills workshops, referencing and citation tutorials and information sessions on how to use Blackboard (eLearning). In addition, students who require one-to-one help with writing skills can contact the UCD Writing Support Centre at www.ucd.ie/writingcentre.

You don’t need a laptop to attend class but you do need to have access to a computer for the duration of your course. Assignments need to be submitted electronically and course materials will be posted on Brightspace (the Virtual Learning Environment).

Blended learning is a combination of online activity and class attendance. This type of learning ensures students continually maintain regular contact with each other and their lecturers, as is the case in more traditional programmes.

Yes, all new taught graduate students are required to attend for an orientation/induction programme which is held before the start of your programme. Information will be made available to students by their Programme Administrator.

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible for a place on your preferred programme. Some programmes can fill up very quickly. Please check each programmes individual webpage for further details.

Each programme has an academic and an administrative point of contact - please use the contact form to get in touch. In addition, we recommend that you talk to colleagues in your hospital or organisation who have completed the programme as they will give you a great insight into how the programme works.

Contact the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Health Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
T: +353 1 716 6488 | Location Map(opens in a new window)