After you submit your online application, a list of required documents will be emailed to you. The preferred method of document submission (with the exception of the Work Reference Requirement for Nursing and Midwifery) is via the upload facility which is available as part of the application process.

What is required?

The documentation required varies depending on the programme you have applied for. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information on the different types of supporting documentation for graduate programmes.

How do I upload my documents?

When you have answered all the questions on your application, go to Application Checklist section. Here you will see any outstanding documents.

Simply click on the upload button and navigate to the appropriate document on your computer. Do not upload all your documents to one checklist item - your application will show as incomplete and may not be reviewed.

Are copies sufficient?

Unless otherwise specified, copies are sufficient at this stage. However, any offers which issue will be conditional on the checking of your qualifications.

If I can't upload my documents who do I send them to?

If the documents are too large to upload then please email them directly to the unit which will be assessing your application. This will be either the relevant school or, in the case of the majority of non-EU applicants, UCD Global.

Applicants for the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business should send their documents to:

Smurfit School Admissions
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business
Carysfort Avenue
Co Dublin, Ireland.

For non-EU applicants to graduate programmes, where it is required that reference letters be sent directly to UCD, referees should be asked to direct them to:

Global Lounge
International Admissions Officer
UCD Global
Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield , Dublin 4, Ireland

Or by email to

Are my documents retained by UCD?

Yes, documents are retained in line with the UCD Applications Records Management Policy.

Can I get my original documents back?

Under normal circumstances you are not required to provide original hard copy documents to UCD. Please see the information on our Qualification Check page for details of what is requried. If however, you do provide original hard copy documents and you want to have them returned, you should forward a stamped addressed envelope. Applicants from outside the Republic of Ireland should forward a self-addressed envelope along with the appropriate reply coupon. Information regarding Universal Postal Union coupons is available here. Information about the cost of postage in Ireland can be obtained from An Post. UCD cannot take responsibility for documents that go missing in the post.

Alternatively you can collect your documents at the Student Desk compliant to the time conditions set out in the Applications Records Management Policy. 

Are references confidential?

UCD comes under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and the Data Protection Act 2018. In the context of the UCD Applications system, this means that an applicant can request any documentation presented as part of the applications process, including sealed references sent directly by the referee to the institution.

Terms & Conditions

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.

General Regulations

All students must comply with the general regulations of the university.