You must submit your application via an online form. You can create a new account or sign in to an existing account by clicking on the Apply to UCD button. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been submitted and all required supporting documentation, including the application fee if applicable, provided by the relevant closing date. Name, address etc. must be entered in the Roman alphabet and an offer will not be issued in cases where personal details have been entered in another alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese etc.). If you need assistance please see the instructions for applicants [pdf]. Information about the application process can be found on our FAQ section.
When do applications open?
Applications may open at various stages throughout the year but, in general, applications for graduate taught programmes to start next September, open on 1 October.
What are the closing dates?
Closing dates vary and may be seen on the course finder if it has been decided in advance. However, most courses operate a rolling admissions policy with decisions being taken as soon as possible after receipt of completed applications. Therefore, it is advisable that you do not delay making an application as competition for places may result in courses reaching capacity quickly. In general, courses remain open until such time as all places have been filled.
The programmes that accept online applications can be found in the Course Finder section. If the programme you are looking to apply for is closed, please contact the office of the programme directly to find out further information regarding the opening and closing dates. Contact information for different schools can be found on the Colleges webpage.
Who can apply?
Applicants for all UCD Graduate Taught programmes and many Graduate research programmes apply online. Non-EU applicants and Transfer applicants (post-initial year) for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes also apply through the applications system.
If you are an EU applicant (EU fee status) and wish to apply online for one of our undergraduate programmes, you must apply via the Central Applications Office. Visit Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
Applications for the Professonal Master's in Education and the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health) must be made through the Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC).
Visit the Programme listings section to see a list of programmes that can be applied for online. For information about the programme you are applying for and closing dates, please contact the programme administrator directly or, for graduate programmes, visit the Graduate Studies website.