Frequently Asked Questions

For MSc Courses (including the Master of Accounting)
If you are interested in our MBA / EMBA programme please visit our course page.

All applications are made online. Here you can find information on the specific Masters you are interested in, including fees and entry requirements.

We cannot confirm whether you are eligible for a course before application. This is a decision that only the Student Recruitment & Admissions Team can make once they have received your application and all of your supporting documents. If you feel you meet the minimum requirements then you should apply online.

There is no official deadline for applications, as we operate a rolling admissions system. Some of our courses are very popular and have regularly been oversubscribed in the past. We would therefore recommend that you apply early, in order to avoid disappointment.

You are able to apply to more than one course but must complete a separate UCD application form for each programme that you are interested in. The UCD application fee of €60 covers more than one application. Our experience tells us that applicants need to be focussed and the majority of our applicants apply for one programme.

If you do intend applying to more than one programme, you must indicate your first and second preferences in the UCD online application system.

  • Complete all your requested personal details, employment history and third level academic record.
  • Complete our two short essay questions of maximum 300 words each.
  • Complete the Referees Section by naming two with their name, email address and contact phone number.
  • Upload your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae / Resume.
  • Upload all your Academic Transcripts of your undergraduate degree, including details of any modules you have yet to complete. Transcripts need to show all modules taken and all results*
  • Upload your English language certificate(s) (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) (if applicable to you).
  • Pay the UCD Application fee (€60 online).

*Note: students/graduates of University College Dublin do not need to upload Transcripts or Statements of Results for their undergraduate as the Student Recruitment & Admissions Team has access to these through UCD’s systems.

You do this online when applying. Take your time and ensure to upload all documents and complete all sections of the application.

Please note that we cannot accept documents submitted via email.

Please do not post any hard copy documents to us.

If you come as a student to the School, you need to bring the originals of all your Transcripts and English Language Certificate(s) (if applicable to you). We check these with you in person in September at the start of your course.

We will normally accept either one professional and one academic reference, or two professional references. These can be from anybody who has taught or tutored you during your University education or knows you through employment / professional work environment, including internships.

Generally we do not require these for our MSc’s and Master of Accounting programmes. We do however require for our MBA and EMBA programmes. In some cases for individual MSc candidates, we may require or ask for a high GMAT or GRE score for MSc programmes such Finance, Quantitative Finance and others.

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. Please visit our English Language Requirements page for more information

We recognise only the following English Language tests:



Pearson Academic

Cambridge Advanced

Cambridge Proficiency

Please visit our English Language Requirements page for details.

If you are a non-native speaker of English and you have been educated entirely in English for the duration of your undergraduate degree and completed this qualification within the last 4 years in a native English speaking country, this will be sufficient to satisfy us of your language skills.

Please contact us if you are in any doubt about the suitability of your qualifications and experience.

You can apply before you have completed your degree. You will need to supply interim transcripts of your marks and modules to date with your application. You can also apply before you have received your language score. You should put the date of your English test in your online application form (if applicable to you) and you can upload your test result and inform us of this score later. In both cases, if an offer is made it will most likely be conditional and dependant on you achieving the required grade/score for admission.

The normal timescale for processing MSc and Master of Accounting applications is about two to three weeks, assuming that the application is complete with all supporting documents and you have paid the application fee.

No. We only have one intake per year for our masters courses, which is in early September.

You may track the status of your application online in UCD SIS.

The only distance learning programme we offer is the Distance Learning MSc Management Part-Time over two years. Find out more about the admission requirements for this course.

UCD Smurfit Career Development Centre offers a wide variety of career development supports to our MSc and Master of Accounting students:


Attend an on-campus event

The Smurfit Career Development Centre organise many on-campus events to ensure that you have the opportunity to meet with employers on-campus and access graduate and internship opportunities. These events range from Skills workshops, to expert panel discussions, to networking events to Recruitment Fairs. These events are ongoing throughout the academic year.


Upload your CV to VMOCK, our new online CV platform

All our students have access to VMOCK, an online platform that advises you on how to improve the presentation, impact and content of your CV by giving you detailed feedback and enabling you to improve your CV score. VMOCK is used by top business Schools around the world.


Meet with a Careers Consultant via our 1: 1 Student Appointments Service

UCD Smurfit MSc students can book an appointment with a Careers Consultant to talk about anything career related, from discussing career options to advice on how to apply and interview effectively for vacancies.


Access to a range of online resources

We have a wide range of online careers resources including access to free psychometric assessments, country specific recruitment information, advice from employers and insights into working in different organizations, professions and industries.


Find a graduate position or internship

Students can access job opportunities via our Vacancies portal. Additionally, we regularly circulate opportunities directly to current students or recent graduates by emailing specific classes.


Access to major recruitment directories and graduate employer recruitment information

Drop in to our office and collect some employer and recruitment information and pick up a copy of our most recent UCD Career Guide.

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