DCU Undergraduate Admissions



Welcome to DCU.

Before submitting an application to DCU, please explore the following useful resources to support you in selecting the right DCU course. 

Prospective Student  Information

Undergraduate Admissions FAQ


New Courses 2021 DCU Online Prospectus EU Criteria

Application and Entry Requirement Information

  • General Entry Requirements (GER) for all first year routes to DCU (Leaving Certificate, A Level and FETAC) can be found by clicking on this link. 
  • Programme Entry Requirements (PER) for every programme can be found on the individual programme pages in the prospectus or on the DCU website. They can be reviewed by clicking on this link. For some programmes there are additional assessments, tests and interview processes.  
  • All applicants are required to produce evidence of their competence in the English language. The recognised examinations of English Language Competency are outlined here
  • Apply through the CAO
  • Entry Requirements Criteria for EU/EFTA Applicants (other than Irish Leaving Cert) - Please check this document here.
  • Mature applicants are those aged 23 years, or above, on 1st January in the year of entry. All candidates (presenting with EU/Non EU qualifications) applying on the grounds of mature years should apply ONLY through the Central Applications Office by 1st February. 
  • For many DCU programmes, mature application assessment is based on the CAO application and in some instances, an assessment and/or interview. 'Other' experience, apart from performance in examinations, may be taken into consideration - this may be work experience, further studies, or other such experience deemed to be relevant to the application. Interviews will take place in April either in person or remotely.
  • For some programmes, mature applicants are required to present the entry requirements as outlined in the prospectus such as Leaving Certificate Science or Mathematics. 
  • Non-native English speakers will need to provide evidence of their English language competency. 

Please note special mature application procedures outlined below:

Bachelor of Nursing Programmes

All candidates applying for the BSc in Nursing programmes must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February regardless of their status as EU or Non-EU, or their eligibility to be considered as a mature applicant. 

The application process for Mature Nurses has changed.  Mature Entry candidates are assessed by the Nursing Careers Centre (NCC) of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, NMBI). More information available in the CAO Handbook

Please take a look at the Nursing Board website for application information and important dates:


The timetable for mature applicants is: 

  Action for Applicant Date Where
1. Apply to the CAO By Feb 1st CAO
2. Access test familiarisation material See website for more details and dates  NMBI

For details please visit: www.nursingcareers.ie or email: careersinformation@NMBI.ie to request a copy of their nursing and careers booklet. All candidates are required to apply through CAO.   

Bachelor of Education

Mature applicants must apply to CAO by 1st February.  In March, those meeting the eligibility criteria will receive an email from the CAO with a link to a supplementary form, instructions for completing and submitting this form. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and complete the supplementary form will be invited to attend for a general interview and oral Irish test. For further information about special entry requirements for these programmes, please see this link 

Bachelor of Religious Education & Music (DC012)

This course is no longer restricted and applicants will not be required to take a music assessment but they must have a H4 in Music or equivalent. Applicants can also avail of the change of mind process (1st July) once they have made their initial application by 1st May. 

Bachelor in Journalism (DC132)

Mature applicants must apply by the 1st February and are asked to submit, along with their other paper documentation, a hard copy of an article of c. 750 words of their own composition, written for a specific publication [published or unpublished]. If the article has been published, state when and in which publication. If the article is unpublished, indicate the newspaper or periodical for which you think your submission would be best suited.

Applicants presenting Non-EU School Leaving examinations (except for Nursing) should apply directly to DCU.  Applications are processed by the DCU International Office. For further information, please visit the International Office webpage

Internal Transfers (Transferring within DCU)

Some students may find that their chosen programme of study is not suitable for them. In some cases, students may be allowed to transfer internally onto another programme in the University. Please ensure to read the internal transfer form and guidelines in detail, as there are strict application rules and deadlines. The Online Application form will open in April 2022 for internal applications for all years.

Advanced Entry

Candidates taking higher education studies at another institution who are seeking to transfer onto a programme of study at DCU can apply via the advanced entry route on the CAO from 1st February to 1st May at www.cao.ie. Full documentation, including course syllabus and transcripts, must be included in the application. An interview may be required as part of the application assessment. Transfer applications are not accepted to all programmes. Please see programme requirements under relevant programme pages here. For further information on eligibility for applying as a transfer applicant, please click on this link


The Higher Education Access Route is a college and university scheme that offers a limited number of places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers (those under the age of 23 as of 1st January in year of entry) from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. Eligible applicants compete for a quota of reduced points places at DCU. The timeline for submission of an application for this scheme is as follows:

1st February - Make a CAO Application by 17.15

1st March -  Fully complete your Application Form by 17.15

15th March  -  All supporting documentation must be received by CAO by 17.15

For further information contact DCU Access Service 


The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers (those under the age of 23 as of 1st January in year of entry) whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education. The timeline for submission of an application for this scheme is as follows:

1st February - Make a CAO Application by 17.15

1st March - Fully complete your Application Form by 17.15

15th March - All supporting documentation must be received by CAO by 17.15

For further information contact DCU Disability Services

Performance Sport - CAO Points Concession

DCU has put in place a special academic entry scheme for performance athletes at undergraduate level. A number of academic places offering a CAO points concession are reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who are committed to continuing to develop their sporting and academic careers. All applicants must present the DCU general entry and programme entry requirements, as outlined in the DCU prospectus. Under this scheme, applicants are not assessed solely on the basis of their academic performance, their sporting achievements are also taken in to consideration. Applicants should apply through CAO by the normal closing date of 1st February or before the late closing date of 1st May and complete a DCU online application form which will open on 1st February, please click here to access the online application form. The closing date for applications is 1st May. Paper applications will not be accepted. For further information on the scheme, please click here

McAleese Scholarship for Northern Ireland Students

For entry September 2021, DCU applicants with a permanent home address in Northern Ireland, may be eligible to apply for a McAleese Scholarship. The scholarship includes a cash award and allows successful applicants to gain one of up to five reserved places across a number of DCU undergraduate courses. 


There are a number of programmes which will not be included in this scholarship process due to externally driven restrictions to programme quotas.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet DCU minimum entry requirements and specific programme entry requirements outlined here. 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 below will be used in the event of ties on point scoring.


To be eligible, applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office before the normal closing date for applications, 1st February at 5.15pm, or before the late closing date for applications, 1st May at 5.15pm. See: www.cao.ie for further information. In addition, students must submit the online form below before 1st July 2021

Applications received after this date will not be processed

For further information about this scholarship, call Registry on 01-7005338 or email your query to http://dcu.ie/registryqueries

IMPORTANT NOTE: The McAleese Scholarship will continue for entry 2021/22, this Scholarship will be reviewed for entry September 2022.

Undergraduate admissions – Applicants presenting EU Qualifications –, please email ugadmissions@dcu.ie where a member of the admissions team will be in touch with you.

Undergraduate admissions – Applicants presenting Non-EU Qualifications – Please email international.office@dcu.ie 

  • Admissions Changes: Following publication of the DCU prospectus each year, there can be changes to course offerings or entry requirements. This information is captured in the DCU Alert List which can be found on the CAO website here.
  • Request a Prospectus – the DCU prospectus is available online using this link, DCU Prospectus. Alternatively, if you require a hard copy prospectus, please complete this Prospectus Request Form.
  • Open Days & School Visits – the DCU Student Recruitment Team arrange Open Days and School visits, for further information, please visit the Student Recruitment webpage
  • Fees Queries: Fees contact information can be found using this link, Fees Office.
  • Accommodation Queries: Accommodation contact information can be found using this link, Accommodation Office.

DCU Admission Appeals Policy:  The purpose of this policy is to define the grounds for an appeal against an admission decision: To access the policy, please click here