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Social Policy and Sociology

Am I eligible?

If you have obtained, or expect to obtain, one of the qualifications listed in relevant discipline then you may apply for entry to the stage shown:

Qualification May apply for
  • Higher Certificate (level 6 NFQ) with an overall award classification of Merit or Distinction
  • BTEC HND in Health and Social Care (Applied Social Studies) with an overall award classification of Merit or Distinction
  • Ordinary Bachelor Degree (level 7 NFQ) with an overall award classification of Merit or Distinction

Stage 1 Social Policy & Sociology

Stage 1 Social Policy & Sociology


Stage 2 Social Policy & Sociology


How many places are there?


How will I be assessed?

If there are more applicants than places, admission will be competitive based on your academic performance in your BTEC HND, Higher Certificate and/or Ordinary Bachelor degree.


How do I apply?

Stage 1

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

Application is made to (opens in a new window)CAO and applications open in mid-November. The normal closing date is 1 February and the late closing date is 1 May. 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 an exceptional 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 the 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).

You must follow the CAO application timeline and closing dates.

Stage 2

Apply using the link beside DN750 Social Policy & Sociology on the Indicative Places page.

After the closing date, all complete submitted applications will be screened by Admissions. Applications which meet the minimum requirements (as outlined above in the "Am I Eligible?" section) will be sent to the College/School Offices for consideration by the relevant Programme Board. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the minimum requirements cannot be considered.

In 2023, we expect that the application decisions will be available to applicants in the first two weeks of August. Admissions will contact applicants by email with the outcome of their application(s).

Applicants for stage 2 must refer to the Application Dates section below for the relevant information (stage 1 applicants must follow CAO timelines and closing dates).

Application Dates

Applications open on Wednesday, 12 April 2023. The closing date is Wednesday, 21 June 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered - your application, including application fee, must be submitted by the closing date.

If your result won't be available by the closing date, you should enclose any results already available along with a note saying when the final result is expected. Your results must be forwarded ASAP. Applications are assessed soon after the closing date so if you are awaiting results, you will only be considered if places remain following initial offers.

Subject to availability of places, late applications may be considered between 10 and 17 August 2023. Please note that registration starts from mid-August so any successful late applicants are likely to be late joining registration processes.

If you are considering applying for a transfer, please check the fees implications at www.ucd.ie/fees.

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 toUCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer. In line with the(opens in a new window)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 (opens in a new window)Transfer Policy.

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