Am I eligible?

You need to have all 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 (in a level 8 NFQ degree programme) including sufficient modules and grades relevant to the UCD programme that you are seeking to enter.

External Applicants: please note that for a UCD degree to be awarded, at least 50% of the overall programme credits must normally have been earned in UCD. Your official, ratified examination results must be supplied by the end of week 2 of the Spring trimester in UCD for the application to be considered. Please check with your current university whether your results will be ratified and available in time. In 2023/24, the final date for receipt of results will be Friday, 2 February 2024.

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. The assessment may also include your school-leaving results or other relevant criteria.

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 applicants' official, ratified results will be received by the end of week 2 of the Spring trimester. In 2023/24, the final date for receipt of results will be Friday, 2 February 2024.

Applicants not awaiting Autumn trimester examination results can expect to receive the outcome of their application from Admissions by mid-January.

Applicants awaiting Autumn trimester examination results will receive the outcome of their application after their results are received and processed by Admissions. For current UCD students, Autumn trimester examination results are due to be released on Tuesday, 30 January 2024.

The Spring trimester teaching term will start on Monday, 22 January 2024 and consequently, successful applicants may be late registering and joining their new course in the Spring trimester.

Applicants are advised to refer to the relevant minimum eligibility requirements and to consult the UCD Course Search for course content information.  If, after reviewing that information, you have a query about potential compatibility between your current course and your target course in UCD, the respective College/Programme Offices are best placed to advise you (but please note that they may not be in a position to provide detailed advice in advance of an application being received).

How do I apply?

Closing date for Spring trimester 2023/24 applications: 

13 December 2023



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 for applications.

Applications will open on 15 November 2023 and close on 13 December 2023.

Incomplete applications will not be considered - your application, including application fee, must be submitted and complete by the closing date of 13 December 2023. Results outstanding at the time of application must be received by week 2 of the Spring trimester. In 2023/24, the final date for receipt of results will be Friday, 2 February 2024.

External applicants: please note that provisional results must be centrally issued by your university's Examinations Office. Any offer arising will be conditional on the basis of provisional results being ratified. If your final, ratified results will not be available by week 2 of the Spring trimester in UCD (i.e., by Friday, 2 February 2024) 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.

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.