New Incoming Postgraduate Student & Online Distance Learning Students

NEW INCOMING POSTGRADUATE STUDENT (including Research students)

16th August (2pm) - **Early Start Institute of Education Programmes Only**


21st August - 1st September 2023 - All other Postgraduate programmes (including Research students) & Online Distance Learning programmes


New incoming postgraduate students (*including Research students) to DCU will receive communication from the University, containing login username and password information. You must use this information to register online for your programme of study in Academic Year 2022/2023 from:

16th August - Early start Institute of Education Postgraduate Programmes only

21st August to 1st September 2023 - All other Postgraduate Programmes (Including Research students)

* Please note if you are a Postgraduate Research student made an offer after the registration period above, please contact Registry in relation to your registration at the following link - HERE

Register for your course

To complete the online registration process students must -

  • log onto with your username and password
  • check your registration schedule and make note of your optional modules, where a choice exists (You will be directed to the registration schedule when you login. Use this as a guide for selecting your modules)
  • check / update your PPSN, biographical and next of kin details online
  • click ‘I Accept’ to accept the rules and regulations of the University for the coming year
  • register online correctly for your qualification (programme of study) and your modules
  • pay your fees (Please note you are NOT registered by paying your fees only, you must complete all relevant steps of the online registration process)
  • Your lecture timetable is due to be available on your Student Apps page from TBC.  Your email address will be activated 24 hours after you have fully registered for your programme of study



Online Registration Step by Step Guide

Please click HERE to view the step by step Online Registration Guide which will assist you with the registration process.

DCU Orientation

Postgraduate Orientation for all new students will take place online, further details on this will be posted on our DCU Postgraduate HUB 2020 page, please check this regularly for updates
You may also separately receive communication from your Faculty concerning course specific orientation.


ID Validation and DCU Student ID Card


During on-campus orientation you will collect your DCU ID card


To receive your Student ID card, you must present with proof of your student number/CAO number AND a valid form of identification 

These are the only forms of identification accepted to obtain your student ID card:

  • Irish Driving License or Learner Permit (New credit card format)
  • Current Valid Passport (from country of citizenship)
  • Irish Public Services Card issued by the Department of Social Protection (must be accompanied with a document which contains date of birth)
  • National Age Card issued by An Garda Siochana (must be accompanied with a birth certificate)
  • Garda National Immigration Bureau Card (GNIB)
  • National Identity Card for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens



Distance Learners and Postgraduate students

For distance learners and some postgraduate students who may not attend campus regularly or attend campus after 5pm, you can use the form below to apply for a Student ID card. 

Please allow between 5 - 7 working days for your card to be posted


You must be registered and have the appropriate fees paid to receive a DCU student card



**Proof of payment or proof that grant has been approved through SUSI ( or is required prior to receiving your student card.


Registration Queries

If you see an error in your registration, please ensure you contact the Registry with your student number and details HERE immediately to have it rectified.