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How does UCD Applications work?

How does UCD Applications work?

UCD Applications is an online application system which is the official UCD application system for all Graduate Taught programmes as well as for Non-EU undergraduate and Transfer applications to undergraduate programmes. It may also be used for graduate research programmes.

  • Complete application accurately and completely by the closing date.
  • Pay application fee
  • Upload supporting documents
  • If offered a place, accept and pay deposit
  • Present originals of relevant documents for verification
Admissions Tutor/Graduate School Board
  •  Prepare application form with admissions, specifying requirements.
  • Notify Admissions of open and closing dates for application 
    (note: all closing dates should be notified at least a week in advance, so applicants will have adequate warning)
  • Assess applications and enter decisions (or UCD Global for non-EU students if authority has been delegated)
  • Ensure offer process is complete by third week of teaching term, in accordance with UCD policy.
  • Report on acceptance to Graduate School Board, if appropriate
  • If documents are verified locally ensure records are updated and notified to Admissions so that the document verification hold can be released.
  • Prepares application forms in liaison with school
  • Opens and closes applications
  • Scans and records documents received
  • Troubleshoots applicant difficulties
  • Verifies documents on receipt of originals
  • Trains and assists staff

Please note that Admissions does not have a role in the initial decision-making process but carries out frequent audits of decisions.

Offers should be made in accordance with your approved and published entry criteria. In general, offers are made on a rolling basis until your programme quota is reached; this may happen as early as October or as late as August. In each case, once the programme quota is full, no more offers are made. Applicants must therefore be encouraged to apply as early as possible to any given programme. 

Under the Admissions Policy , offers for taught programmes will not be made after the third week of a trimester. Where results are received later than this due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control, a deferred offer may be issued.

Offers are made on copies of documents; a hold is put on the record until original documentation is verified or the Admissions Tutor has given approval. This hold currently prevents students viewing examination results.

For qualifications gained outside Ireland, UCD Registry - Admissions can give you access to our subscription to (opens in a new window)UK ECCTIS Qualifications Database and we are happy to assist you in dealing with complex qualifications. 

Evidence of English, where required should be in accordance with our minimum English Language requirements - please use the Detailed English language requirements for staff if your programme requires a score above the minimum.

We have(opens in a new window) online instructions  (UCD Connect login required) available to assist staff and we are happy to arrange training for you if necessary. There is also a test version of the system which you can use to see what the application is like from an applicant perspective. For security purposes access to this is restricted. If you require access you need to contact IT Services (eag.support@ucd.ie) directly.

The Instructions for Applicants.pdf may also be of interest to staff involved in advising prospective applicants.

Annual Statistics are also available.

Admissions manages the system on a daily basis with assistance from IT Services. Overall policies, procedures and development priorities are decided by the Application Steering Group.

Contact UCD Registry

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 1555 | Location Map(opens in a new window)