Am I eligible?

You need to have all of the following

  • All the subject entry requirements for the course. If you didn't have these in your school-leaving exams, it may be possible to meet them from your university examinations.
  • The Leaving Certificate points required for the course (or equivalent admission requirements such as QQI-FET)
  • Have passed 20 credits including sufficient modules and grades relevant to the course you want to enter in a level 8 degree.

Important Note: external applicants can only be considered if their results are received in time to commence the trimester, in accordance with the Admissions Policy.

How many places are there?

The number of places available is very small and is dependent on the numbers who have left during the first trimester. For many programmes there will be no places available. We will not know availability until near the end of the first trimester.

How will I be assessed?

Usually there are more applicants than available places. Admission is competitive and there is no guarantee that any application will be successful.

If your application is eligible, it will be assessed primarily on the basis of the compatibility of your modules and overall academic performance in your third level studies.

As offers will not be made after the third week of the trimester, in line with the Admissions Policy, applications can only be considered if the results are complete by the end of week 2 of the Spring trimester

How do I apply?

Closing date for Spring trimester 2022/23: 

15 December 2022


  Open the list of courses with places available and use the link beside the appropriate course. Please note that not all courses will have places available to open to applications.

Applications will open on 15 November 2022 and close on 15 December 2022.

Incomplete applications will not be considered - your application, including application fee, must be submitted and complete by the closing date of 15 December 2022. Results outstanding at the time of application must be received by week 2 of the Spring trimester.

Please note: provisional results must be centrally issued by your HEI's Examinations Office. Any offer arising will be conditional on the basis of provisional results being ratified. If your final results will not be available by week 2 of the Spring trimester in UCD then your application cannot be considered.


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.