Progression from Higher Certificate or Ordinary Degree

You must hold an Ordinary Degree in Architectural Technology with Merit/Distinction from one of the following institutions recognised by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland:

  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

How many places are there?

There are usually about 3 places for transfer applicants.

How will I be assessed?

If there are more applicants than places, it will be competitive based on your academic performance in your ordinary degree.

How do I apply?

All EU/EFTA applicants to start stage 1, Autumn Trimester of a course apply via CAO.

Note: registered students may apply
up to 22 July


Application is made to CAO and the normal closing date is 1 February  or 1 May otherwise. You must declare your previous third level attendance on your application. (Note applicants applying via access routes must apply by 1 February).

However, except for access routes, there is a special late closing date of 22 July for students who are currently registered in a participating higher education institution in Ireland. To avail of this date, you will need proof from your university that you are a registered student. Please see CAO handbook for details of this exceptional late closing date.This date does not apply to graduate entry programmes or for categories of applicant who require early assessment (e.g. mature students)


Applications open in mid-November

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.

An applicant who accepts a transfer place ceases to be a student of the previous programme (this includes acceptance via CAO). Internal transfers who change their mind about the new acceptance within the first three weeks of the trimester may be permitted to change back to the original programme, subject to availability of places and with the agreement of Admissions and all relevant Governing Boards.

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.