Support for Transfer Students


Congratulations on your admission to UCD Science, which is a testament to your personal and academic achievements to date. We are delighted to welcome you to the programme as you take the next steps in your educational career. Students looking to make future transfer applications should refer to the UCD Transfers website.  

As you begin making this transition into life in UCD Science make sure that you take full advantage of all the resources available to you. As a new student to UCD you are bound to have questions and programme information can be found on our Current Students page. Our Student Handbook 2020/21 (PDF) is available and we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with the regulations that apply to your area of study. This booklet also contains useful information on a number of key details including contact details, programme specific policies, email usage, and applications for extenuating circumstances etc. In addition general university information is available via UCD Registry. You may also find the Welcome to UCD New Students website useful to learn more about the wider university. 

Remember that the staff of the Science Office are always available to assist you with any queries that you may have or any issues that may arise. In addition, there is a Science Student Adviser Ms Catriona Keane, along with many other support staff in the College of Science Office whose function is to help you to settle into University life. Contact information for the Science Office are available on our Contacts Page. You are welcome to call into the Science Office or submit a query using our Science Contact Form.

We wish you every success with your studies and look forward to meeting you during your time with us.

FAQs for Transfer Students

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Once you have accepted your place in UCD Science you need to complete your registration as a UCD student, to the Science programme and to your modules.

Registration allows you to obtain your UCD Student Card (UCARD) and gain access to the wide range of facilities available to our students. Registration is carried out online (via your SISWeb account). A step by step guide on how to do this is available online

Students are entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applications for RPL for Science, Computer Science and Actuarial & Financial Studies are approved at the discretion of the Science Programme Board. For Bachelor level programmes, the maximum amount of credit will normally be 50% of the whole programme of study. The Application Form is available online on the UCD University Governance website (Application Form) and it should be returned to the Science Office either in person in E1.09 UCD O'Brien Centre for Science or via email at

An application for RPL should be made as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme. An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the semester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted at the discretion of the Board governing your programme.

You can view the Recognition of Prior Learning policy online

We would also suggest that you view the Guide for RPL Applicants.

If you submit an RPL application relating to a particular module(s) after the module(s) has commenced you should register for, attend and participate in the module(s) until you are informed of the decision of the Board governing your programme. If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module(s).

You may expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four weeks of submitting it. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure you supply all necessary supporting evidence and documentation and sign the form as required.

Additonal Information:
External Transfer Applicants information on eligibility can be found on the UCD Registry website

The Academic Regulations can be viewed online