Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)
The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) is based in Galway. It is an application centre that provides the facility for applicants to apply online for Postgraduate taught and research programmes at DCU. There are currently approximately 100 taught and over 90 research DCU courses available through PAC.
Applicants apply for DCU postgraduate courses online at www.pac.ie. Applicants can apply for up to three taught programmes or one research programme when making an application to DCU on PAC. Programmes should be selected in order of preference as sequential processing and assessment of programmes means that if an applicant is offered their first choice no further assessment of the other programmes is made. The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable fee payable to PAC.
You can upload documentation relevant to your application through your PAC account.
On receipt of the application fee, your application will be available to view on the PAC system. Applicants are notified by email as each step of the review route is progressed. It is therefore, imperative that applicants have a secure email account and review it regularly for updates, as no other means of communication between DCU and prospective applicants will be used.
To assist in each stage of the application process web links are provided both on the PAC system and here on our webpage. They provide relevant information from the initial stage of making an application to accepting an offer online. Applicants also have the facility to pay the initial deposit online on accepting an offer and for subsequent fee liability.
Closing Dates for Applications
EU and Non-EU applications to full-time and part-time postgraduate taught programmes should note that each programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. Applications may be reviewed before or after the submission date. While initial submission dates are set for all programmes, a faculty may extend these submission dates. Also, some programmes are offered on a modular or web basis so that applications can be taken any time. Please note that all Postgraduate programmes offered through PAC have entry requirements. In addition to qualifications some require additional information and applicants are asked to familiarise themselves with their progrramme(s) of choice before making an application. For details on the current submission dates applicable to postgraduate taught programmes, click on the this link
Queries on Current PAC Applications should be directed as follows:
Specific Non-EU Qualifications
Postgradute Research Applications
Before making an EU or Non-EU application to full-time or part-time postgraduate research programmes, the candidate must consult with the appropriate School regarding the proposed programme of study, and must ascertain whether or not the School would be prepared to recommend his/her application to Academic Council. Please click on the following link for information on - How to Apply
For further information, please see our Graduate Studies page.
DCU offers a number of educational programmes that require students to undertake placements, with external agencies, which will bring them into contact with the public and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust of confidence, the University is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes.
DCU is required by section 12(4)(d) of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 to operate a system of Garda vetting in respect to those students who will undertake work or activities which involves unsupervised access to children or vulnerable persons as part of their programme of study.
DCU uses the National Vetting Bureau service (NVB) to assess the suitability of such applicants and may also require applicants to provide an enhanced disclosure by the completion of a sworn declaration as part of the student registration process.
For the programmes listed below DCU requires students to be Garda Vetted before they fully complete their registration as a student of the University.
- BSc in Athletic Therapy and Training
- BSc in Education & Training
- BSc in Physical Education with Biology
- BSc in Physical Education with Mathematics
- BSc in Psychology
- BSc in Science Education
- BSc in Sport Science and Health
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
- Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)
- Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) - Gaeltacht Applicants
- Bachelor of Religious Education and English
- Bachelor of Religious Education and History
- Bachelor of Religious Education and Music
- BSc in Nursing (General)
- BSc in Nursing (Mental Health)
- BSc In Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
- BSc in Children’s and General (Integrated) Nursing
- BSc in Health and Society
- Higher Diploma in Children’s Nursing
- Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health
- Graduate Certificate in the Education of Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Learning Support and Special Education
- Professional Master of Education
- MSc in Guidance Counselling
- Master in Special Educational Needs (where Garda Vetting is relevant)
- MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work
- Professional MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy
- MSc in Psychotheraphy
- MSc in Child & Adolescent Health Care Practice
- MSc in Child & Adolescent Nursing Practice
- Msc in General Health Care Practice
- MSc in General Nursing Practice
- MSc in Intellectual Disability Health Care Practice
- MSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice
- MSc in Mental Health Care Practice
- MSc in Mental Health Nursing Practice
- Master in Special Educational Needs (where relevant for research only)
- MSc in Dementia Nursing Practice
- MSc in Dementia Healthcare Practice
- MSc in Psychology
- MSc In Psychology and Well-being
- Graduate Certificate in Sexuality & Sexual Health Education
- Graduate Certificate in Relationships & Sexuality for People with Intellectual Disability
- Doctorate in Psychotherapy
- PhD or other research programme (where Garda Vetting is relevant)
Students who accept places in programmes which require Garda Vetting will be sent the necessary forms by DCU. Your rights in relation to this are available on the website of the Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) www.garda.ie
An applicant (both EU and non-EU) who has resided outside of Ireland and students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of time (after the age of 18) are required to provide the following supporting documentation when submitting their Vetting Application form:
- An original Police Certificate from the jurisdiction(s) of previous residence covering the dates of residency in that jurisdiction
- If the Police Certificate is not issued in English the student must provide a certified translation
There may be costs associated with this. The following are useful links for Police Certificates
These links are for information purposes only. Please use the information which is relevant to you. Dublin City University has no affiliation or connection to any information displayed on these websites.
Where an applicant or student cannot provide a Police Clearance Certificate/disclosure record, supporting documentation will be sought by Dublin City University from the student as to why a Police Clearance certificate cannot be obtained. Dublin City University reserves the right to seek a statutory declaration where a satisfactory police/criminal records disclosure cannot be obtained.
Please note that the said declaration may be accepted by Dublin City University in the following restricted circumstances only:
a) where DCU is aware that police clearance is only obtainable by residents of the country concerned;
b) the applicant resided in the country for a period of less than six months;
c) the applicant was travelling through the country and had no fixed address;
d) the applicant resided in the country more than 10 years ago;
e) the country is at war or experiencing political upheaval; or
f) the applicant has provided correspondence demonstrating that police clearance cannot be obtained.
Notwithstanding the above, DCU reserves the right to refuse admission or cancel a registration in the absence of a satisfactory police clearance certificate/criminal record disclosure.
Garda Vetting Process
The following sections describe the details of the various stages that are involved in the Garda Vetting process.
Completion of Vetting Invitation Form
Applicants who have been provisionally offered, and have accepted a place on the programme are sent a Vetting Invitation Form and the instructions for completion of the form. In addition, identity and address validations are required as part of the vetting process. Information on relevant address and identity validations are included in the vetting information pack. This documentation highlights for students the importance of full disclosure. Where an applicant is under 18 years of age, they must arrange the completion of an additional form ‘Garda Vetting Parent/Guardian Consent Form’.
Students complete provisional registration during the first year registration process. Their registration is conditional until they have completed the vetting process and satisfied the University of their suitability to be enrolled in the programme.
Completion of Liaison Person section of form
Students return their completed Vetting Invitation form to the Liaison Person. Once the Liaison Person is satisfied that all sections of the form are duly completed, the details on the form are submitted to the National Vetting Bureau system.
Completion of Vetting Form by Student
The student will receive an email from the National Vetting Bureau inviting them to complete the vetting form online. When completed by the student, the online vetting form is reviewed by the Liaison Person and submitted online to the National Vetting Bureau.
The NVB processes the vetting application and when the process is complete, returns a Disclosure for each student to the Liaison Person. The Disclosure is reviewed by the Liaison Person and then sent by email to the student. Where disclosures with convictions exist, the Liaison Person shall furnish details to the Chairperson of the University Student Vetting Committee. The Chairperson, having reviewed the disclosure, will determine whether the nature of the disclosure requires consideration by the University Vetting Committee.
University Student Vetting Committee
The University Student Vetting Committee will consider all relevant information in relation to disclosures and make determinations on behalf of the University.
The University Student Vetting Committee shall take particular note of offences of a sexual, violent, dishonest or drug-related nature
A decision of the University Vetting Committee may be appealed by the student within 14 days of the issue of the decision. The appeal should be made in writing to the University Registrar citing one of the three grounds for appeal.
Students who have satisfactorily completed Garda Vetting (and any other requirements of the registration process) will be deemed to be fully registered as students of Dublin City University
Disclosure of Criminal Convictions
All applicants who have been convicted of a criminal offence must disclose this to Dublin City University.
Under Section 26 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001 it is an offence for a convicted sex offender to apply for a position, to enter into a contract of employment or to continue to work or study in an area either knowing, or if they ought reasonably to have known, that a necessary and regular part of that work/placement involves unsupervised access to, or contact with children, without informing their employer of their conviction.
All prospective applicants or registered students must inform Dublin City University of any such conviction at the earliest possible opportunity. If during the course of the application/registration process it transpires that an applicant has a criminal conviction (either by way of Garda Vetting or by applicant disclosure) full details of the conviction will be sought and the Student Vetting process will commence.
The provision of false, inaccurate or misleading information will disqualify applicants from the selection process and for existing students may result in disciplinary action (up to and including withdrawal of registration and exit from programme).
The DCU Policy for Student Vetting can be found at
In addition, information on Spent Convictions Scheme for Offences Committed Aged Under 18 can be found at http://www.iprt.ie/contents/2335
Document Name : Procedure for Student Vetting
Version Reference 4.0
Dcoument Owner: Registry
Approved By: DCU Executive
Date: November 2017
 Garda vetting may be required following completed initial registration.