Students with UK citizenship and who meet the criteria for EU/EEA fees should apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO). Prospective applicants presenting A-levels who are assessed for non-EU fees should apply direct to UCD.
Applicants presenting A-level and GCSE must have six recognised subjects, selected according to course requirements, and must obtain Grade C, or better, in two subjects at A-level (A2) and Grade C, or better, in the remaining four subjects at GCSE. (please see below for conversion of Irish leaving certificate requirements to A-level/GCSE grades)
For all courses in UCD, this must include English. However, admission to all courses is competitive and candidates will generally need at least 3 A-levels to have a competitive points score.
Do I have to take Irish?
If either of the following applies to you, you are automatically exempt from Irish and it is not necessary for you to apply for exemption.
- your permanent residence is in Northern Ireland and you are presenting GCE/GCSE qualifications
- you were born outside Ireland (32 Counties) and
- your permanent residence is outside Ireland and
- you are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate for matriculation.
Applicants with specific learning difficulties affecting language acquisition (dyslexia) may apply for exemption from the requirement of presenting another language. To apply for an NUI exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.
Are all subjects recognised?
If you are presenting subjects through a GCE/GCSE examination programme ensure that you refer to the National University of Ireland listing (pdf) for details of which subjects and combinations are acceptable.
Are there specific subject requirements for each course?
Yes. The details of the requirements for each course are on the main entry requirements page. To compare the grades mentioned with A-levels, please use the table below:
|Higher Level Requirements||Ordinary Level Requirements|
|Irish Leaving Certificate Grade||A-level (A2)||AS||Irish Leaving Certificate Grade||A-level (A2)||AS||GCSE|
The following subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate/A-level are recognised laboratory science subjects:
- Agricultural Science
- Physics and Chemistry (Joint)
In addition Science at GCSE (grade C or better) is recognised. Additional subjects are also shown on the NUI list.
For Science (DN200) the subejcts Geography, Computer Science and Applied Maths may also be used as a Laboratory Science subject.
How do my A-level grades compare to points?
|Scoring is as follows||Notes|
* Extended project (EPQ)is scored as an AS level and an A* is available in this.
|Please see also subject entry requirements and previous years' points.|
Are re-sit A levels accepted?
Generally, yes but scoring remains as above i.e. applicants are scored on their best 4 A level subjects from one academic year or their best 3 A level subjects from one academic year plus one AS in a different subject from the same or the preceding academic year only.
For DN400 Medicine, the requirement is that the score must come from the same sitting in which matriculation is met. For A-level candidates this means minimum subject entry requirements for the programme must be met in the normal timeframe of GCSE examinations being presented 2 years prior to the A Level results used for scoring.
How do I apply?
Application is made through the Central Applications Office.