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Undergraduate Scholarships

Academic Scholarship Programme

From September 2014 incoming students will be awarded €1000 by gaining a CAO points’ requirement through the Leaving Certificate or equivalent exams. The points’ requirement for students who wish to study a course in the following faculties is as follows:

Faculty of Engineering and Computing: 

Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: 

Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000

Faculty of Science and Health:

Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000

Dublin City University Business School:

Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000

There is no application process for this new academic scholarship. If students gain the stated number of points, meet the specific entry requirements and register in DCU, they will automatically receive the scholarship.

In addition to the cash prize, the students, along with their parents or guardians and former school principals, will be invited to come to DCU for an awards ceremony in November. The students will receive their scholarship prize and the former school principal will receive a plaque for the school marking this significant achievement.


McAleese Scholarship for Northern Ireland students

The DCU McAleese Scholarships were introduced this year to make study at DCU more accessible to Northern Ireland students. Open to all CAO applicants applying to DCU with a permanent home address in Northern Ireland, up to 40 scholarships are available for entry 2015.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet DCU minimum entry requirements and specific programme entry requirements as outlined on the DCU website:

The scholarships are based on presentation of three A-levels, with a minimum requirement of 2 ‘A’ and 1 ‘B’ grades. The required personal statement will be used in the event of ties on point scoring.

How to Apply

To be eligible, applicants must have applied through the Central Applications Office (CAO) AND submit the McAleese Scholarship Application Form directly to DCU, by the normal closing date of 1st February 2015 no later than 5.15pm, or before the late closing date of 1st May 2015 no later than 5.15pm. 

Application form and submission details are available at: 

Further Information

For further information, contact: DCU Schools Liaison Office



Elite Sport

DCU is one of the leading third level sporting institutions in Ireland and has evolved into a modern hub for sporting excellence with a growing academic portfolio of sports related degree programmes allied to a multi million-euro capital investment programme. Alongside the state of the art sporting facilities and academic programmes, DCU prides itself on its sport development programmes, elite athlete development programmes and Sports Academy.

The act of balancing academic achievement, sporting excellence and personal development remains a challenge for talented Irish sports people. Through its high performance structures and initiatives, DCU is committed to enhancing the academic and sporting achievements of young sports men and women in the country, as well as making a positive impact on the future of Irish Sport. DCU’s high performance sport initiatives include:

Access and HEAR

Access Routes to Third Level

Various socio-economic factors are taken into consideration including long-term unemployment, low family income, little or no family tradition of progression to third level education, limited study facilities at home and family stresses - particularly those related to limited finance. Students will normally be available for a Local Authority Grant although this is not the only criterion.

What criteria must applicants to HEAR or Access DCU satisfy to obtain a place?

Achieve the minimum entry requirements of the University and any specific programme requirements

  • Meet the socio-economic criteria
  • Have a high level of motivation
  • Attend an interview/audition if necessary
  • Successfully complete the Summer School / Orientation programme
  • Complete the application form and provide all necessary documentation

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Postgraduate Scholarships

All opportunities for postgraduate funding, including scholarships, bursaries and grants are advertised on the Graduate Studies Office Postgraduate Scholarships page.