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Step 1: Collating Documentation

The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application.  Please ensure that you have clearly scanned, titled and collated your documents in numerical order.

These can include but are not limited to:

Your full, official transcripts. Please note we require official documentation. If you have not completed your undergraduate degree, please send us the most up-to- date version of all years studied so far.

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS VERIFICATION - Notice for incoming students September 2021

All students who gained their previous degree qualification outside of UCD must present their full original academic transcript(s) in person or via email to the UCD Smurfit Admissions Team this October 2021.

In addition, any student who is required to meet the UCD Smurfit School entry requirement for English Language, such as IELTS, TOEFL, etc must also present their original certificate to the UCD Smurfit Admissions Team in person or via email by 31st October 2021

Information on how to complete this important step is being communicated directly to students and will also be available on the UCD Incoming Student Portal.

It is important that you ensure you bring these important documents with you upon arrival in Dublin.

The verification process will commence from the 1st of October 2021 and the deadline for completion is the 31st October 2021.

Failure to present your original transcripts within this timeframe is serious and will result in your UCD semester one examination results being withheld and a “graduation hold” also going on your UCD Student Record.

To Complete the process, you have two options:

Option 1: In person
Present your transcripts in person to the UCD Smurfit Services Desk in Blackrock Campus

  • Drop-box (in/out) facility located at Services Desk in Blackrock into which transcripts may be hand delivered to a member of the Services staff which are then deposited for collec-tion of a member of the Admissions Team.
  • Students should place their transcript in an envelope with their Name, student ID and email on the outside of the envelope.
  • Sign the sheet at the Services Desk
  • Transcripts will be verified, and students emailed when ready for collection within 48 hours.

Option 2: Via Email
Students can also submit virtual transcripts by email via a secure link from their previous institution / University confirming their undergraduate degree to

Please do not send your transcripts to UCD Belfield.

UCD undergraduate students DO NOT need to take any action.

If you have any query re document verification, please email the Admissions Office at

Please include an updated CV detailing all relevant work experience and extra-curricular activity. It is useful to demonstrate leadership skills.

If English is not your first language, an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes.  The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.  For more information visit our English Language Requirements webpage.

Two references are generally required, preferably one academic and one professional.

Feel free to send us other information that you believe will help your application.

Step 2: The Application Process

Once you have collated the required documentation and reviewed the entry requirements for your programme of interest, you can now apply online.

You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal.  You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

Application Deadlines:
Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note certain scholarships may require you to apply before a certain date – please refer to our scholarship page here.  If you have any questions in relation to deadlines or availability please email

You will then be asked to submit your application and pay the €50 application fee. No application can be assessed until the fee has been paid. You can apply for multiple programmes with the one application fee, but please be sure to mark your preferred course.

Once submitted, it usually takes 2-3 weeks before a decision is made on fully completed applications. This time period can sometimes be longer and can vary at different times in the year and in different regions. We may offer you a conditional place based on the completion of a number of criteria, such as degree, English test, or another qualification. This reserves you a place on the course and once you have fulfilled this criteria we will issue you a full offer.

Acceptance is completed by paying a non-refundable deposit (varies from either €500 or €1000 depending on the programme. Most of our programmes require a €500 deposit). Your offer email will detail the exact deposit amount required.  Once you have accepted you will then be supported by the Programme Office who will contact you with further course and start details.

*Please ensure that you have clearly scanned, titled and collated your documents in numerical order

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