In order to assist our students, for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice, UCD Professional Academy will be reducing our required deposit to 5%.

For part-time programmes commencing on or after the 1st of May 2020, we will also be facilitating students starting their online programmes provided that a minimum of 50% of their programme fee has been paid prior to the programme start date.

The remaining balance will be required within 30 days of the programme start date in order for a student to remain a participant. Any student that fails to pay their balance will be removed from the programme and the below refunds policy will apply. The above temporary adjustments do not negate the remaining terms and conditions.


All UCD Professional Academy online lectures are recorded. You are not obliged to appear on camera, however if you do have your camera and your microphone on you may feature in the recording. Recordings are shared with the participants of that class via private and unlisted links. Any unauthorised sharing of the recordings is prohibited.


Early Bird and other discounts provided are only applicable on certain courses. If you attempt to use the discount code against a course which is not included in the promotion, we reserve the right to reject your application.

Discount codes must be used at the time of initial booking, they cannot be retroactively applied to your account.


A learner may express their right to cancel their purchase via email up to 10 days prior to course commencement. On this expression a full refund will be issued without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days.

If a refund is requested in writing less than 10 days prior to commencement a Service and Administrative charge of €250 will be deducted from the refund due. Refunds are issued to the card from which the programme fees were taken. In the cases of deferral a student's initial purchase will be considered their commencement and as such a €250 charge may be deducted from their fees upon cancellation of their new intake.

Once the Program has been commenced by a student, this is an indication of use of service and express acceptance of the above terms and conditions, and as a result no refunds will be issued at that point as it negates the cooling off period.

The UCD Professional Academy reserves the right to cancel, postpone or modify the course delivery dates. This will only occur to such an extent as is necessary.


Learners will be granted access to the programme once course fees have been paid in full. A minimum deposit of 20% is required to hold your place on the course.

Professional Diploma in Software Development: Learners undertaking the programme may avail of payment structure as follows:

  • 50% of the fee payable upfront.

  • 50% of the fee payable paid in 3 instalments spread across 6 months (from the course start date).

Learners will be granted access to the first semester of the course once the first payment (50%) is made, the remaining fee must be paid within 6 months at which point full access to the second semester will be granted.

Failure to make payments in the above timeframe will result in the student being withdrawn from the programme. All fees paid up to this point are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Validity of Invoices/Quotes

An invoice issued by the UCD Professional Academy is valid for a 14 day period from the date of issue, the UCD Professional Academy reserves the right to withdraw an invoice within this period by notifying learners in writing.


You may be asked to provide a credit, charge or debit card number from a card issuer that we accept in order to pay for your course. You acknowledge and agree that the UCD Professional Academy, will not have any liability whatsoever for any insufficient funds or other charges incurred by you as a result of attempts to charge, and/or place holds on, your specified payment method as contemplated by these Terms.

You agree to pay us, through our payment processors, all charges at the prices then in effect for any purchase in accordance with the applicable payment terms presented to you at the time of purchase. We reserve the right to correct, or to instruct our payment processor or financing partner to correct, any errors or mistakes, even if payment has already been requested or received.


On failure of your agreed course fees payment we will attempt to contact you a further 2 times. On failure of the third attempt we will proceed to cancel your booking and you will no longer have access to our services. Service will only be reinstated on payment of remaining balance upfront.

Deferrals/Program Changes

Learners who wish to defer their commencement date may do so in extenuating circumstances. Deferrals may only be applied to learners who have paid the program fees in full and no more than two times from the original start date. All deferrals are at the discretion of the UCD Professional Academy.  Learners who wish to change their program of study may request a change in writing to the UCD Professional Academy. Program changes will not be facilitated after the program commencement. If there is a cost difference associated with the programs the additional fees (where necessary) must be paid by the learner.

Leave of Absence

A Leave of absence may be accommodated for learners in extenuating circumstances to an initial maximum period of 3 months and are accommodated at the discretion of the UCD Professional Academy.


UCD Professional Academy reserves the right to refuse tuition fees and reserves the right to deny any applications.


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Events Outside the UCD Professional Academy's Control:

UCD Professional Academy will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform or delay in performance of any of its obligations under the Conditions that is caused by events outside reasonable control (a “Force Majeure Event”).

A Force Majeure Event includes any acts, events, non occurrence, omission or accident beyond reasonable control and includes, in particular (without limitation) the following:

  • strikes, lock outs or other industrial action; or

  • civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack or (whether declared or not) threat or preparation for a war; or

  • fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic, other natural disaster; or

  • impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; or

  • impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunication networks.

UCD Professional Academy's obligations under the Agreement will be suspended for the period of the Force Majeure Event. We will take reasonable steps (if within its reasonable control) to bring the Force Majeure Event to a close or to find a solution by which the UCD Professional Academy's obligations under the Agreement can be performed despite the Force Majeure Event.


All programs:

  • Students must be 18 years or older.

  • Previous training, study and/or professional experience in a related field is recommended.

  • For non-native speakers of English, a language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent) is required.

Please note that all UCD Professional Academy courses are conducted through English. Learners must have a level of English proficiency sufficient to allow them to participate in class activities and complete assignments to a satisfactory standard.


UCD Professional Academy welcomes students with disabilities and makes every effort to provide facilities and support, where possible. We ask that students who may need additional support or facilities during their course inform us at the time of application.

Code of Conduct

All staff and students of the Academy are expected to abide by its Code of Conduct. In the case of serious breaches, students may not be permitted to attend the remainder of their course, and no refund will be given.

Professional Diploma in Software Development

In order to ensure successful participation on this program, the below guidelines would be indicative of their suitability for the program:

You will be required to participate in a series of challenges via the Code Institute platform to assess your suitability for the programme.

Expert Diploma in Digital Marketing

In order to ensure successful participation on this program, the below guidelines would be indicative of their suitability for the program:

Minimum second class honours Bachelor's degree in business / commerce / marketing, plus a minimum of 1 years’ digital marketing experience OR

Minimum second class honours Bachelor's degree in any discipline plus a minimum of 2 years’ relevant digital marketing experience OR

Significant digital marketing work experience (minimum 4 years). Demonstrable and relevant experience of responsibility at a senior level sufficient for entry to the Expert program.

Please note these are minimum requirements and are not an automatic entry to the Programme. Admission is at the discretion of the Digital Marketing Institute and UCD Professional Academy.

Springboard+ 2020

Professional Diploma in UX Design (UX Design Institute in partnership with UCD Professional Academy)

To access the RPL document please click here: UXDI-UCD-RPL-Policy


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