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Capacity Management

  • Schools should regularly monitor the capacities of their modules
  • Capacity data is available in Infohub
  • Administrative Services will change capacities as requested by the School

This means dynamically monitoring student registrations to the module in relation to the Core/Option, General Elective, First-Year Elective and International places available and amending as appropriate.

If you contact Administrative Services with a request, we can increase the number of places available on the module or re-balance the Core/Option, General Elective, First-Year Elective and International places for the module.

If, for example, a module has 50 Core/Option and 50 General Elective places, Core/Option places could be increased by either:

a) Increasing the overall capacity of the module from 100 to 120 places and increase the Core/Option places from 50 to 70


b) Maintaining the overall capacity of the module, but decreasing General Elective places by 20 and adding these to Core/Option places.

To amend a module's capacity, please e-mail (opens in a new window)systems.data@ucd.ie citing 'CAPACITY' in the mail's title, and in the body of the email, please provide the Module Code(s) together with the breakdown of places for:

  • Core/Option
  • General Elective
  • First-Year Elective
  • International
  • Open Learning
  • Overall (total) places

Where changes are made to a module with spare places, Administrative Services will make these changes on the spot. If, for example, a module only has 8 Elective places remaining and you wish to add another 10, this will be done on receipt of your request.

Where places are being added because there are none available, these will be made available to students at 3pm each day (Monday-Friday) during the main registration period. In the interests of openness and fairness, students will be able to check the web in advance of these releases to see which modules are to be included. The list of upcoming releases is available to students through the Module Places web page.

For example, if you wish to add 30 Core/Option places because there are no such places remaining, this module will be listed on the web and the places will be released at 3pm the next working day.

All details of the School's Modules:

  • Semester 
  • Coordinator
  • Max and Available places for all categories of module places; Core/Option, General Elective, First-Year Elective, Open Learning and International places

This automated process will be run in early September and will randomly allocate students where demand exceeds the General Elective places for the module.

Once this process is run, General Elective places will no longer be classed as provisional.

General Elective modules which are full, will no longer be available for student registration unless additional places are made available either by the School or by a student dropping an elective place on the module.

Contact UCD Registry

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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