Am I eligible?

You need to be a UCD student who

  • in the current year, has accepted a UCD offer via CAO and is registered to stage 1 of that UCD programme

  • meets the full entry requirements of the target programme, including points cut-off score, subject requirements and any additional tests or entry criteria.

  • meets the Leaving Certificate points required for the course. Applicants in Access categories (e.g. mature years, HEAR, DARE, QQI-FET) can be considered if places remain in that category's quota.

How many places are there?

It is likely that there will not be any places available in most courses. Where places are available it will be very small numbers.

During the CAO season we endeavour to fill all places in accordance with CAO procedures. Transfer will only be possible if places remain in a course following the close of the CAO offer season. The number of places available (if any) will not be known until the close of the CAO season.

How will I be assessed?

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked on their points score.

What is the timeline?

We may be able to offer this transfer route in 2022. If there are no changes in the CAO schedule it is anticipated that the timeline may be as follows:

Draft Timeline 2022 
Monday 3 October 
  • Application form available here
Wednesday 12 October
  • Closing date for transfer application (3 PM)
Thursday 13 October
  • Close of CAO Season
  • Applications will be assessed
Friday 14 October
  • Offers will be issued to UCD email address
  • NB offers must be accepted the same day. Late acceptances will not be considered.
  • Because of the short time-frame for acceptance we strongly recommend that you discuss your proposed transfer with your Student Advisor and/or Programme Office before applying.
Monday 17 October
  • Students must start the new course.

What about the material I've missed in the first three weeks?

If you decide to transfer, the onus is on you to catch up on anything you have missed.

If you are considering applying for a transfer, please check the fees implications at

Some programmes will not normally consider applicants who have been unsuccessful in a similar programme - full details are on the restrictions page.

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer. In line with the Admissions Policy, offers for taught programmes will not be made after the third week of a trimester. Deferral or Leave of Absence is not permissible for the trimester following acceptance of a transfer/re-admission offer.

In some cases, students may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning in addition to that granted by the transfer process (see Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy).

All students must comply with the regulations of the University.

The above is summary information only. Full regulations are included in the Transfer Policy.