Yes, the dates of term have been delayed.
In 2020, for first year undergraduates term will start on 28 September. Please note that entrants to Stage 1 of the Graduate Entry programmes Veterinary Medicine (DN301/VTS3), Medicine (DN401/MDS9 ) and Radiography (DN411/MDSJ ) will start on September 21st. This is also the start date for later stages at undergraduate level and for graduate programmes.
Please see full term dates
We understand that the current COVID-19 crisis has created real uncertainty for all our future students, particularly those who need to travel from outside the Ireland to take up their place at UCD. We're absolutely committed to delivering the highest-quality learning and student experience at UCD and we're very much looking forward to seeing students on campus as soon as we can; however, we recognise that this might not be possible for a little while.
We're currently planning for every eventuality in order to follow Irish government advice and either begin the new semester wholly online, or deliver some activity on campus but provide our lectures and some other aspects of learning online. What this means is that students will still be able to engage with their programme effectively, and receive the highest quality learning and student experience, no matter what the circumstances.
In September, the University intends to reopen the campus within the national public health guidelines and to give you the best possible campus and blended learning experience so that you can engage in university life with your fellow students and with UCD faculty and staff.
The University Management Team has set out a series of guiding principles on class delivery and campus experience for the coming academic year. This framework has been sent to UCD faculty and staff for consultation. We will publish further information on these arrangements as soon as possible.
We are working towards the following principles:
- The delivery of all programmes will be to the highest standards on which our reputation is based.
- UCD is a campus-based university and we are committed to delivering the best face-to-face teaching and campus experience possible within whatever public health restrictions apply at the time.
- Core modules are expected to have elements delivered in person on the campus.
- Recognising that availability of students to attend campus may change through the course of the trimester, at-distance alternatives will be available.
- Elective-only modules will be delivered at-distance wherever possible.
- Module offerings may be reduced in order to minimise the mixing of students.
- Continuous assessment or other open book assessment formats will be used to the greatest extent possible and examinations will not be held in the RDS prior to Christmas.
- Where public health restrictions affect placements or mobility, these elements will be delivered at a later date or students will be provided with alternatives so that, by graduation, these students will have received the required components for international recognition and/or professional accreditation.
The UCD community is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in September. We will seek to ensure that your education in UCD enables you to access and use our campuses and maximises your personal interaction with your friends and faculty.
Yes the 2020 calculated grades and 2020 Leaving Certificate examination will count as a single sitting for points purposes.
However, it is most unlikely the results of the examination will issue in time to start a course in 2020 - applicants who become entitled to a place following the issue of the examination results will be given a deferral to 2021.
Not necessarily. In the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, students who have applied for a calculated grade in a subject or subjects in the Leaving Certificate 2020, with a view to satisfying matriculation/minimum entry requirements and for whom the Executive Office for Calculated Grades has been unable to award a Calculated Grade in the subject(s), will be granted an exemption in the subject(s) solely for matriculation/minimum entry purposes where the requirement is O6/H7. (These exemptions will be granted automatically: it will not be necessary for students to apply individually.)
Please note this exemption will apply in 2020 only – you are advised to sit the subject in the Leaving Certificate later in the year if you may need it for future applications.
The subject(s) will count as a subject(s) for matriculation but will not attract points and the exemption(s) cannot be used to satisfy programme requirements greater than O6/H7.
For full details of UCD entry requirements please visit our website.
Your application is important to us and we are continuing to assess all applications in the usual way. If you are concerned about how Covid-19 may affect your plans to study at UCD after you’ve received a decision from the University, please read the advice being shared with current students on campus.
Since the points levels in any year are determined by the Leaving Certificate results of those who apply, it is not possible to forecast how many points will be necessary to gain entry this year, or at any future date.
In this respect, this year is no different to any other year.
We will endeavour to be as flexible as possible with timelines for submission of results. If you are aware that your results will be delayed, please upload a note to this effect in the "additional documents" checklist item in your application.
At the moment we have no plans to alter the start of our Academic Year for graduate programmes but any updates will be posted on our websites.
All new applications for study at UCD are treated in the usual way, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these FAQs as necessary.
Yes – please still apply as the situation in all countries will change a lot over the next few months. Most of our courses are still open for 2020, and we continue to welcome new applications at all study levels. If your application is successful, we will be in touch with you about the next steps leading up to registration. We will continue to follow public health guidance and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.
No, at the moment our accommodation application deadlines are unchanged. For the latest information visit our Accommodation website. In advance of campus accommodation bookings opening, incoming students will receive information, via email, with details of the accommodation booking process.
To support students who cannot attend campus in the early part of the trimester for personal or travel reasons, the University is proposing at-distance alternatives for undergraduate and taught masters students, with the expectation that these students will attend campus when it is possible for them to do so.
If your examination is one which we normally recognise, we will continue to accept the results provided they are formally issued by the examining body, in accordance with the timelines for 2020 admissions.
However, we will keep the situation under review and if there is a significant difference in grade distribution relative to Leaving Certificate results, we reserve the right to implement a system of proportionality.
We understand some of the providers are likely to offer alternative means of assessment in the coming weeks. We are also recognising Duolingo Test of English for 2020 only. This can be examined remotely. Please check our English language tests page for a full list of recognised examinations.
No. If an interview is compulsory as part of your application, the relevant School or Unit will be in touch and it will be offered remotely.
Due to the current situation, the final date for submission of experience is extended until 31 July.
Yes, the closing date for transfer applications has been extended to 2 July. Please see www.ucd.ie/transfer for details of procedures.
Yes, UCD Global has a website of FAQs for non-EU applicants.
Students will be charged the full published tuition fees for 2020 entry. There will not be a discount. We are absolutely committed to delivering the highest-quality learning and student experience at UCD and are very much looking forward to welcoming students onto our campus as soon as we can. We are currently planning for every eventually to follow Irish government advice. We are confident that students will still be able to engage with their programme of study effectively and receive the highest-quality learning and student experience, no matter what the circumstances.
‘Online teaching’ will take place where it involves large groups of students or we are unable to ensure that we follow the government’s social distancing rules. Large lectures will be delivered online in virtual spaces and supported with timetabled activity to structure the study week. The online lecture material will allow students to work at their own pace, where and when this suits them. It will also bring opportunity for Q&A and other interactivity, across different formats in timetabled slots. The lecture material will be available for students to watch and re-watch whenever they wish, to catch up on anything they may have missed. When campus is fully opened, and some lectures will revert again to face-to-face, student lectures will still be captured digitally so that students can watch them back online, with our lecture capture service.
‘On-campus teaching’ will be activities such as seminars, small group sessions and practical elements of courses. Students will have safe face-to-face contact with our world-leading academics through seminars, tutorials, practicals and other teaching activities on campus. Exactly how this works will depend on Irish government advice, especially on social distancing, at the time.
In 2020/21 academic year we aim to provide as much face-to-face teaching as possible in our safe and welcoming campus. You will debate topics in seminars, develop practical skills in labs and tackle big issues in workshops. We are putting measures in place to help you stay safe. This may mean teaching in smaller groups, delivering shorter sessions or staggering start times.
Large group activities, like lectures, will take place through digital methods. You will be able to ask questions, contribute to discussions and, with recorded sessions, look back on what you have learned. Methods and systems will vary from course to course. Your school will provide more details closer to the start of the year.
We expect you to enjoy as much classroom experience as we can provide, and therefore expect you and support you to be here on campus. We hope we can increase the amount of face-to-face engagement and social activities that we are able to offer over the year. This will depend on Irish government advice and when coronavirus is brought under control.
We understand that some of you will not be able to join us in UCD, due to circumstances caused by coronavirus which are beyond your control. This may be due to travel restrictions or because your health situation requires you to shield.
If you are in this position, we will do our best to help you maintain a strong connection to our University community and your programme of study. This will be through online options that will allow you to engage with your learning and assessment.
As the year starts, you will need to tell us if you are in this position [needing to study online only] so that we can support you effectively. You will need to submit an online form which will be available soon.
If you can return to the on-campus experience before the end of the academic year, complete the same form to tell us. We will support you to do this wherever possible.
We have made the decision for all lectures to happen online for the first semester due to their size and it being extremely hard to manage social distancing with large groups of students. Students will have safe face-to-face contact with our world-leading academics through seminars, tutorials, practicals and other teaching activities on campus. Exactly how this works will depend on Irish government advice, especially on social distancing, at the time.
Your safety and wellbeing are our priority. We are implementing social distancing measures across our campuses. As part of our approach we will use dedicated entrances and exits along with one-way systems, queues and distance markers combined with other safety measures like hand sanitising stations. This will include:
- teaching and study spaces
- social and sports facilities
- and our outdoor spaces.
Our buildings will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, and additional handwashing and sanitising facilities will be provided.
We will follow government guidance between now and the proposed physical re-opening of our campus. Any action we take will be made with your safety in mind.
Many of our academics are undertaking world-leading research on public health and our pandemic response protocols are founded on the latest science and expertise. We are busy making our campus safe, putting appropriate social distancing and new cleaning measures in place. Students will receive clear guidance on how our teaching spaces, libraries, study spaces and labs will operate to ensure everyone’s safety. Students will be fully briefed on health and safety, as part of our welcome and induction activities.
We will follow government guidance between now and the proposed physical re-opening of our campus. Any action we take will be made with your safety in mind. Plans are in place to ensure we can support you towards your desired learning outcomes, whatever the circumstances.
We expect most students to join us in UCD for the start of the academic year. However, we are aware that there might be some students unable to join us at that time, for example due to travel restrictions or medical advice. To ensure that no-one is excluded or disadvantaged, we can confirm that students will be able to access our welcome and induction programme online and then study wholly online until they are able to join us later in trimester 1 or at the start of trimester 2.
UCD modular system ensures that you will be exposed to a range of different types of assessment. There will be no sit-down invigilated examinations at end of the first trimester. Depending on your School, your Module Coordinator will plan alternative assessments for each module taking account of the learning outcomes to be assessed for that module. This will mean that once to commence your studies you will be working towards your assessments through essays, project work, online activities, practicals, laboratory work and in some cases where appropriate online examinations.
In line with government policy, the administrative office in UCD are closed and staff are working remotely. Please contact us via the website
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Updated 25 June 2020