Parents & Guardians

As parents and guardians of students hoping to attend DCU in the next academic year, you may have many questions about studying with us.

With this in mind, we have created this page to ensure you can find the information required for informed decision making about where to study.

Academics & Awards

  • DCU is 1st in Ireland and 23rd in the World for Graduate Employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2022).
  • 96% of DCU graduates are in employment or start further studies within 6 months of graduation.
  • Graduates have the highest median salary, earning more than any other Irish university (CSO).
  • 80% of courses include a DCU INTRA (INtegrated TRAining) work placement as part of their degree.
  • DCU Futures: Ten new programmes and specialisms designed to adapt and thrive in an unscripted world. See a list of the courses and specialisms here.
Student Experience
  • Our university community is vibrant and diverse, with more than 18,000 students from 122 countries. 
  • We have over 130 Clubs and Societies in DCU.
  • Overall Best University Track & Field Championships 14 Years in a Row.
  • We are recognised as 1st globally for welcoming Students for On-Campus Orientation (International Student Barometer, 2021).
  • DCU has the best student/academic staff ratio in Ireland (Higher Education Authority, Ireland).
  • DCU ranks 14th globally in World’s Most Sustainable Universities (2022 GreenMetric World University Rankings).
  • New €50 million Future Tech building to advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in STEM disciplines and a capacity to accommodate over 3,000 additional STEM students.
  • DCU is the world’s first autism-friendly university.


DCU Business School

DCU Business School is in the Top 5% of business schools globally, and is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

DCU's Business and Accounting courses rank 151-175 globally (Times Higher Education rankings 2022).


DCU Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Home to world-leading academics in Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Graduates are employed in some of the biggest tech companies across the globe including, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and SAP.

Computer Science at DCU is in the top 300 courses globally (QS World University Rankings).


DCU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

DCU’s Communications programme is within the top 150 communications programmes worldwide and ranked No. 1 in Ireland (QS World University Rankings).

DCU's School of Law and Government was awarded the Law School of the Year Award at the Irish Law Awards 2021.


DCU Faculty of Science and Health

New €50 million Future Tech building to advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in STEM disciplines and a capacity to accommodate over 3,000 additional STEM students.

DCU’s Sport-related subjects are ranked within the Top 130 of similar courses worldwide (QS World University rankings).


DCU Institute of Education

Education at DCU ranks among the Top 150 education courses globally (QS World University Rankings).

More than 700 Primary and Secondary School Teachers graduate from DCU each year.

Student Experience


DCU Student Support & Development (SS&D) covers a wide variety of student services in DCU, ensuring our student population thrives in university. These services include:

Access, Disability & Mature Student Services - These services support economically disadvantaged students, students with a disability or learning difficulty and mature students respectively.

The Student Advice Centre This is a service where students can access advice and guidance on all matters academic, personal and financial. Students can avail of confidential one-to-one meetings with a student adviser to discuss their query. They also deliver programmes and workshops to enhance the student experience. The service is provided to the entire student population across all campuses and online.

The Writing Centre and The Maths Learning Centre - These services allow students to book free appointment during the academic semesters. These appointments are lead by PhD-level tutors, who assist students with their academic writing or mathematical difficulties. Their websites also contain extra writing and mathematic resources.

The Careers Service - this service offers one-on-one consultations, online and in-person skills sessions, hosts career events and runs the MyCareer Platform, highlihgting job opportunities for DCU Students.

DCU Counselling Services - Provides free and confidential counselling service available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is staffed by four qualified, accredited and experienced counselling psychologists/psychotherapists.

In addition the service offers a mindfulness, wellbeing and stress reduction lunchtime series and a student empowerment and life skills programme (bereavement facilitated student forums; online cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety;  stress, anxiety and low mood workshops).

DCU Chaplaincy - Provides pastoral care and confidential support to students and staff. Also home to Ireland's only dedicated Inter Faith Centre at third level.

DCU has over 130 Clubs and Societies, with an interest and community for everyone. Students can register for Clubs & Societies online and attend a huge variety of events, including live performances, charity events and trips abroad. 

Involvement in extra-curricular activities is sought after by employers, as it shows a development of soft skills, such as organisation, leadership, team work and time management.

As such, DCU created the Uaneen Award, a module where 3rd or final year students can gain academic credits from their involvement in extra-curricular activities, such as Clubs and Societies, volunteering and community involvement.

There is 24/7 Security on each of our DCU Campuses to give peace of mind and help all staff and students. They can be contacted by phoning +353 1 700 5999 at any time.

In addition to this, students are encouraged to download the SafeZone App to efficiently call DCU security, allowing them to respond quickly to any alerts.

Information regarding on-campus accommodation can be found here.

Information and supports regarding off-campus accomodation can be found here.

DCU is well served by public transport. See here for a full list of routes that serve DCU. Information on parking on campus can be found here.

The DCU Student's Union (DCUSU) is the representative body of all 18,000 + DCU students. As soon as you become a student, your are automatically a member of DCUSU. 

DCUSU run fun, educational and engaging events throughout the year and supports and advocates for students on a local and national level. Their website lists a wide variety and opportunities and supports and their contact information.

Costs & Financial Supports

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF)

This fund provides support for part-time and full-time students who are experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education. 

Applications to the SAF open for three weeks in both semesters, however emergency applications can also be made outside of these timeframes.

Queries should be sent to or phone 00 353 1 700 60 55.

The 1916 Bursary Fund is a targeted funding scheme established by the Department of Education and Skills to support the implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019. The National Access Plan is working to increase the number of students who are currently under-represented in higher education. 

The Bursary is being offered to undergraduate students experiencing socio-economic disadvantage who are commencing third level education in September 2022 for the first time - and will fund the entire duration of a student's programme of study.

Information for applicants can be found here.

A list of FAQs can be found here.

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. 

Entry Requirements, Eligibility and Application Forms can be found here.

For further information about this scholarship, call Registry on 01-7005338 or email your query to:

Student's intending to go to DCU who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who are committed to continuing to develop their sporting and academic careers can apply for a CAO Points Concession and a Sports Scholarship.

Applications for programmes for the 2022-2023 academic year will open on the 1st of February 2022.

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 1st of May 2022 at 5.15pm. Late Applications will not be accepted.

More information about the CAO Points Concession and Sports Scholarships can be found here.

HEAR / DCU Access Service

The DCU Access Service co-ordinates a range of programmes aimed at increasing participation in higher education by students who, for a variety of financial or social reasons, might not view going to university as a viable option. Find out if you are eligible to apply through DCU Access Service or HEAR (Higher Education Access Route).


DARE / Disability & Learning Support Service

The aim of the Disability & Learning Support Service is to provide a student-centred multi-disciplinary service that empowers and enables students to reach their full potential in an inclusive learning environment. Read their FAQs here or learn more about DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) here.

The DCU Student's Union are here to provide all manner of supports to students. Click here for their information on financial supports, or contact a member of the SU Team.

SUSI is a means-tested student grant, paid out monthly. For more information and to check your eligibility, please visit

DCU RAG (Raising & Giving) is a student run volunteering society on campus. They aim to support as many people as possible within the local community, including students. They offer a weekly foodbank service to DCU students who are struggling to buy food.  To avail of this completely confidential service, email

Key Dates

Below is a simplified version of our 2022-2023 Academic Calendar, only featuring dates important to first year undergraduate students. We will update this page with the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar once it becomes available.

Click here to read our full 2022-2023 Academic Calendar.


September 2022
SEMESTER 1 2022/2023 12/09/2022 - 22/12/2022
First Year Undergraduate Orientation (General) 14/09/2022 - 16/09/2022
First Year Undergraduate Orientation (Programme Specific) 19/09/2022 - 23/09/2022
Change of module choice (Semester 1) 26/09/2022 - 30/09/2022
Semester 1 teaching starts (1st year undergraduate students) 26/09/2022
Last date for registration for 1st year and continuing students (late registration fee applies thereafter) 30/09/2022


October 2022
Reading week (for Faculties with this option except 1st years) 24/10/2022 - 30/10/2022
Close of registration for academic year 2022-23 28/10/2022
Closing date for receipt of deferral of Academic Year 28/10/2022
Closing date for Withdrawal Free Fee Tuition 28/10/2022


November 2022
Latest date for publication of Semester 1 exam timetable 17/11/2022


December 2022
End of Semester 1 teaching 03/12/2022
Exam study period 04/12/2022 - 09/12/2022
Exam period Semester 1 10/12/2022 - 22/12/2022
Inter-Semester break 23/12/2022 - 02/01/2023


January 2023
Exam marking and processing period 03/01/2023 - 23/01/2023
Online registration for Semester 2 starts only - late registration fee applies thereafter 09/01/2023 - 16/01/2023 - 10:00 am
Change of module choice (Semester 2) 16/01/2023 - 20/01/2023 - 04:00 pm
Semester 2 teaching starts 16/01/2023
SEMESTER 2 2022/2023 16/01/2023 - 06/05/2023
Closing date for Withdrawal Half Fee Tuition 27/01/2023


February 2023
Promulgation of examination results 09/02/2023
Consulation days for students 13/02/2023 - 17/02/2023
Reading week (for all Faculties) 27/02/2023 - 05/03/2023


March 2023
Meeting of Appeals Board 03/03/2023
Latest date for publication of Semester 2 exam timetable 22/03/2023


April 2023
Semester 2 teaching ends 15/04/2023
Exam study period (except BEd year 1) 17/04/2023 - 23/04/2023
Exam period Semester 2 24/04/2023 - 06/05/2023
Exam study period (BEd - year 1 only) 24/04/2023 - 30/04/2023


May 2023
Exam period (BEd - year 1 only) 02/05/2023 - 06/05/2023
Exam marking period 08/05/2023 - 15/05/2023
R30 (Extenuating Circumstances Form) submission deadline for Semester 2 09/05/2023
Progression and Award Boards and Graduate Training Award Boards 26/05/2023 - 31/05/2023


June 2023
Promulgation of examination results 07/06/2023
Period of consultation for students 08/06/2023 - 09/06/2023
Latest date for publication of resit continuous assessment details and submission dates 19/06/2023
Closing date for lodging appeals, assessment reviews and rechecks 19/06/2023


August 2023
RESIT PERIOD 2022/2023 01/08/2023 - 14/08/2023
Resit examinations for Semester 1 and Semester 2 01/08/2023 - 14/08/2023
R30 (Extenuating Circumstances Form) submission deadline for resit exams 15/08/2023
Promulgation of examination results 29/08/2023
Consultation days for students 30/08/2023 - 31/08/2023

Additional Resources

DCU holds information and guidance seminars for parents and guardians at each of our Open Days.

See the full list of in-person and virtual events here and watch a recording of one, presented by DCU Student Support and Development, here.

Learn more about supporting your prospective DCU student throughout the CAO process here

Take this virtual campus tour of our three academic campuses in Glasnevin and Drumcondra.


You may be interested in listening to this really useful 20min podcast on "The CAO Application" with Donnchadh O'Mahony of the 'Leaving Cert Guidance Podcasts' with answers on:

  • What are the most common mistakes on the CAO application that can prohibit applicants from an offer? (e.g. don't forget to include your exam number on the CAO application form)
  • Where should applicants be at this stage in the CAO journey?
  • What is a Genuine Order of Preference and how significant is it?


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