Yes, the dates of term have been put back by two weeks and our schedule for the first trimester is now planned as follows
|Autumn Trimester:||Monday, 14 September 2020 – Sunday, 17 January 2021 inclusive
|1st Year Orientation:||Monday, 14 September – Friday, 18 September
||No. of days varies depending on course|
|Teaching Term:||Monday, 21 September – Friday, 11 December
|Exams:||Monday, 14 December – Wednesday 23 December||8 days|
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.
The document verification hold will not be in place for Trimester 2 exams. Please note that the hold will be in place for graduation. Documents will be verified and processed in order of receipt.
Keep in mind that other holds that may also prevent you from graduating: Fees holds, Police Vetting holds etc
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.
The CAO Change of Mind facility will operate as usual, it is currently open and will close on the 1st July at 17:15.
Please see Change of Mind Section of our FAQs page for further information.
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.
If you are required to supply documentation to support your application you should post your documents to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway. Documents already in the postal system will be delivered to the office when the restrictions are lifted. These documents will then be processed when the CAO office re-opens.
At the moment we expect the CAO Office to re-open in sufficient time for documents to be included in the assessments which take place over the coming months.
Please note: if you are a mature applicant who applied by 1 February, your documents should have been received by CAO before they closed and any documents received now will not be included in assessment of your application.
The date for receipt of documents for Graduate Entry Medicine has been extended to 17 July 2020. Please see CAO website for full details.
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.
The GAMSAT exam due to take place on 21 March has been postponed - for further details click here.
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.
In line with government policy, the administrative office in UCD are closed and staff are working remotely. Please contact us via the website
General FAQS are available:
Updated 25 June 2020