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Early University Entrance


Transition Year students with high academic ability may participate in Early University Entrance at Dublin City University. Here students get the opportunity to study modules from a degree programme of their choice on one day each week, over the course of one or two semesters.

Courses are based on degree programmes on offer in DCU. Each follows 2 modules from the associated degree programme.  

Business Studies (based on modules from the B.A. in Business Studies)

Introduction to Microeconomics (semester 1)

Management Accounting for Decision Making (semester 1)

Biology (based on modules from the Common Entry into Science)

How Life Works 1 (semester 1)

How Life Works 2 (semester 2)

Engineering (based on modules from Common Entry to Engineering)

Introduction to Electronics (semester 1)

Materials Engineering (semester 1)

Software Development for Engineers (semester 2)

Statics (semester 2)

Law & Politics (based on modules from the B.A. in Economics, Politics & Law)

Irish Legal System (semester 1)

The Irish Political System (semester 1)

American Political System (semester 2)

Constitutional Law (semester 2)

Philosophy (based on modules from the Bachelors of Arts (Joint Honours))

Introduction to Philosophy (semester 1)

Environmental Philosophy (semester 1)

Semester 2 to be confirmed

Physics (based on modules from the B.Sc. in Applied Physics)

Light and Optics (semester 1)

Second module to be confirmed (semester 1)

Semester 2 to be confirmed

Psychology (based on modules from the B.Sc. in Psychology)

Child Development (semester 1)

Cognitive Psychology (semester 1)

Biological Psychology (semester 2)

Social Psychology (semester 2)

Sports Science (based on modules from the B.Sc. in Athletic Therapy and Training)

Introduction to Athletic Therapy and Training (semester 1)

Biomechanics 1 (semester 1)

Semester 2 to be confirmed


Please note all modules are subject to change.

Brochures are available here

In order to be considered for the Early University Entrance programme, the student will need to do the following:

-Complete the application form, detailing your basic details and any academic honours achieved

-Complete the contained Letter of Motivation, considering questions such as why you would be a suitable candidate, how a place on the programme would help you to achieve your academic and personal goals, etc. 

Our Programme Manager will then assess the application and decide whether the student is eligible for the programme.

The deadline for applications for Semester 1, 2020-21, is Friday, 26th June 2020. Applications received by Friday 29th May 2020 will be eligible for a €100 early fee reduction.

Completed Applications should be emailed to catriona.ledwith@dcu.ie or emily.daly@dcu.ie or posted to Early University Entrance Programme, CTY Ireland, Dublin City University, Dublin 9

EUE is open to both students who qualified for our CTYI/CAT programmes, but also to those who have never taken an assessment with us.

Questions in relation to Early University Entrance should be directed to Dr. Catriona Ledwith at catriona.ledwith@dcu.ie or Emily Daly at emily.daly@dcu.ie


EUE Semester 1, 2020-21 - Lecture Delivery in light of Covid-19

All of us here at CTYI hope that you and your family are keeping safe during these troubled times. Please be assured that student health is our number one priority and we will follow all relevant guidelines to ensure that we create an environment that all students are safe and secure during their time in DCU.

The EUE brochure that you are reading was prepared in mid-March 2020, when the Coronavirus had begun to cause huge interruption to daily life.

We are hopeful that the university will be reopened at the time of this programme in September 2020 and that schools will be running as normal. However, we do have a contingency in place should that not be the case. In semester two of Early University Entrance earlier this year we were able to move all our classes online and students could use Google Classroom to access their lectures and participate in classes. Feedback to date has been very positive so in the unlikely event that the university is still closed we will start the coming term online and continue with physical classes when restrictions are lifted.

Please note we will contact you well in advance if this is the case.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please don't hesitate to contact either EUE Programme Organiser, Dr. Catriona Ledwith at catriona.ledwith@dcu.ie or EUE Assistant Emily Daly at emily.daly@dcu.ie