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University College Dublin Admissions 2024: Application Deadline, Acceptance Rate, Requirements

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What’s new at UCD? The applications for University College Dublin for international students are now open. Students can access the UCD portal and apply for their preferred course. Generally, undergraduate applications are expected to close on July 15, 2024, whereas, graduate applications close once all places on all places on the program have been allocated. 

According to various unofficial sources, UCD acceptance rate is 20%, which means, that the university is quite selective when it comes to admissions. The University College Dublin offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses to Indian students. For the University College Dublin admission, Indian applicants need to have Class 12 qualification fo undergraduate courses. On the other hand, for admission to postgraduate courses, the applicants must have a bachelor's / masters's degree (as applicable).

University College Dublin Admissions 2024 Highlights

 At the undergraduate level, some of the study areas for Indian students at UCD are Engineering, Business and Management, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, etc. Indian students willing to pursue any postgraduate course from UCD can choose any course from the study areas such as Business, Arts and Humanities, Science, Engineering and Architecture, etc. The important details about the University College Dublin admissions are given below:



Application Portal

University Portal

Application Fee

UG: Euro 50

English Language Tests Accepted

IELTS / TOEFL / Duolingo / PTE Academic

UCD Acceptance Rate

Only 20%

Standardized Test Scores (PG)

GMAT / GRE (as applicable)

International Application Deadlines

UG: July 15, 2024

PG: As soon as the places in a program have been allocated

UCD Fees & Courses 2024

A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs is offered by the University College Dublin to international students. The table given below can be checked to know about the University College Dublin courses, along with their duration and tuition fees.

Courses 1st Year Tuition Fees Duration & Eligibility
MS (66 courses)
INR 9 L - 25 L
Duration: 12 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7TOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 - 65Duolingo: 110 - 120
BE / BTech (9 courses)
INR 23 L - 25 L
Duration: 3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & AboveTOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above
MBA/PGDM (2 courses)
INR 21 L - 33 L
Duration: 12 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & AboveTOEFL: 100 & AbovePTE: 65 & AboveDuolingo: 65 - 130GMATGRE
MIM (34 courses)
INR 12 L - 25 L
Duration: 12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7TOEFL: 90 - 100PTE: 63 - 65Duolingo: 65 - 130
MBBS (1 course)
INR 51 L
Duration: 6 years
Exam AcceptedSAT: 1200 & AboveIELTS: 6.5 & AboveTOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above
MA (89 courses)
INR 10 L - 25 L
Duration: 1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7.5TOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above
PG Diploma (42 courses)
INR 11 L - 18 L
Duration: 9 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 - 7TOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above
BSc (35 courses)
INR 19 L - 30 L
Duration: 3-5 years
Exam AcceptedTOEFL: 90 & AboveIELTS: 6.5 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above
BBA (8 courses)
INR 18 L - 25 L
Duration: 3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & AboveTOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above
MEng (8 courses)
INR 23 L - 25 L
Duration: 1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & AboveTOEFL: 90 & AbovePTE: 63 & AboveDuolingo: 120 & Above

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University College Dublin Application Deadline 2024

The applications for undergraduate courses are expected to close on July 15, 2024, whereas, the application deadline for the graduate courses closes once all places on a program have been allocated. The applications for competitive programs may close early because of the demand, hence, UCD recommends that applicants should apply as early as possible.

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Students Ratings & Reviews

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Vibe of Campus
  • Academically oriented
  • Friendly
  • Fun loving
  • Sporty
Student Views
  • 71% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work4
Post study jobs4.3
Quality of faculty4.6
Student Life4.3
Value for money4.1
Public transportation4.7
Indian Food3.7
Permanent Immigration3.9
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MSc Computer Science (Conversion) - Batch of 2023
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
University College Dublin has excellent teaching faculty.
Tips: No cultural shift but the competition is high. Students coming here should have background knowledge of the course before entering the course since it gets easier to pick up things. The process is slow for everything. Choose college and courses based on your need and don't blindly follow anyone.
Likes (Quality of faculty): Dedicated professor for each subject. Easy to approach at any time and any day with a quick response via email as well. A good amount of projects + assignments for career building make you ready for the job market. Teachers are from all around the globe.
Dislikes (Post study jobs): Good opportunity for IT. Almost every company is ready to sponsor stamp 1 and salary and roles are purely according to the market. Better to start applying for jobs once you land in Ireland as many companies are ready to wait till the course is over as the process is slow.
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MSc Information Systems - Batch of 2022
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
Good faculty with great experience at UCD.
Tips: You might experience some cultural difference from India. Look out for scholarships once you have the offer, and also for the internships provided by the college. I have received a good amount of scholarship based on my resume, so update your resume before applying. The University is very well managed and the faculty is very cooperative.
Dislikes (Indian Food): You have a massive variety of options for food in Dublin. You can find all types of cuisine there. I mostly prefer cooking at home, as it is quite reasonable. Some of the good options to explore: Indian Tiffins, Hyderabad Kitchen, Pickle, Andhra Bhawan.
Reviewed on 18 Dec 2023Read more
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MSc Social Data Analytics - Batch of 2021
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
UCD, one of the top colleges in Ireland
Tips: The education system is of next level and need to study more in order to pass. I got a sponsorship of 2000 euros and the tuition fee was 20000 euros which is very high. The education is good and there will be more things to learn. It will be difficult to maintain both college and personal life working part-time.
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MSc Food Business Strategy - Batch of 2023
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I had a great time in this university.
Tips: Do proper research on your choice of course before joining any university. UCD is one of the best universities in Ireland. You can focus on your studies and side by side you can enjoy your student life. Also, look for the career opportunities for your choice of course.
Likes (Safety): For me, I feel completely safe while roaming in Dublin. But some of my friends are having a few bad experiences. Some of my friends faced racism but the number of such cases is less. Because of this issue, some of my friends got attacked. But fortunately, I didn’t face such an issue.
Dislikes (Indian Food): I prefer cooking myself because there are limited Indian food options in Ireland. And the available options are expensive. So, for me, it is better to prepare my meal at home. In Dublin, we just had a few options for Indian food. I am facing an issue regarding that.
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LLM International Commercial Law - Batch of 2024
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
Life of an international student at UCD is amazing
Tips: The university is great. But the thing the students should keep in mind is the weather in Ireland. Very different from India. It can start training any time of the day. Also, the university does give out scholarships to students which is how I got a scholarship worth 7500 euros. Overall it's a fun place to be. Also, keep in mind the housing crisis as well.
Likes (Student Life): Since I am a masters student I only have three classes in a week. It gives me plenty of time to go over my reading and assignments and to have a social life as well. The campus organises career fairs and talks regularly and they have a dedicated team as well. There are numerous societies to build up your social life, they have a bit of everything.
Dislikes (Indian Food): Unlike UK, Ireland does not have many Indian restaurants and the ones that are here are somewhat expensive comparatively. Also, vegetarian food is a bit expensive if you want to eat out but the groceries are priced okay so you can cook for cheap at home.
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University College Dublin Admissions 2024 FAQs

Q:   How to apply to University College Dublin for international students?


Given below are the steps to apply to University College Dublin for undergraduate and graduate courses.

  • The applicants can apply directly using the University College Dublin’s online application system
  • To complete the UCD application process, pay the application fee. The application fee is €50
  • After this, the university will tell the applicants the documents that have to be submitted
  • The required documents must be posted or uploaded to arrive within 2 weeks of submitting the application (undergraduate)

Q:   Is the University College Dublin hard to get into?


According to various sources, University Colleg Dublin acceptance rate is 20%. This means that UCD is highly selective of its applicants when it comes to admissions. Indian students who want to take admission to the undergraduate courses of UCD are required to have at least 70% - 85% (Depending on the subject, exceptions are there) in Class 12. For graduate programs, generally, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a second class honors is required.


Q:   How many Indian students are in UCD?


According to the academic year 2019/20, the University College Dublin is proud to have more than 850 Indian students. UCD is a global university in Ireland and is the most popular destination for international students. It is home to over 35,000 students. Over 9,500 of the students at UCD come from outside of Ireland. Furthermore, UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutes worldwide.

Also Read: Why Study in Ireland?


Q:   What are the minimum requirements for the University College Dublin?


The course-wise University College Dublin entry requirements are given below:


  • The applicants must have completed Class 12 from CBSE / CISCE / Intermediate exam (some state boards) / Higher or Senior School Certificate / Examination (most state boards)
  • Average is calculated on the best 5 recognised subjects. The average varies as per the subjects
  • English Language Requirements: CBSE / AISSCE / CUSCE / ISC – English Language 80% OR TOEFL / IELTS or equivalent


  • For graduate programs, usually, a minimum of bachelor’s degree with a second class honors is required

Q:   How can I get into the MBA course at the University College Dublin?


. The University College Dublin admission requirements for the MBA course are given below:

  • A university degree – Bachelor’s degree with a Second class honors
  • A minimum of 3 years’ quality professional experience at the time of application
  • GMAT score
  • English language test: IELTS (7.0 overall and minimum 6.5 in each band), TOEFL (100 overall with minimum score 24 in Writing, a minimum score of 20 in other components), Duolingo (120, with at least 100 in each subscore)
  • Online application form
  • CV
  • Two completed recommended forms from former or current employers or clients if you are self-employed
  • Copies of the official final transcripts of degrees and / or professional qualifications

Read: MBA in Ireland


Q:   Can I apply to UCD without IELTS?


To be admitted to the University College Dublin, students are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language. So, for the same purpose, the applicants can submit IELTS score. Given below are the minimum test scores required in the English language proficiency tests. However, note that some programs may have higher requirements:


Minimum Score


6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each band


90 with no less than 21 in Writing and at least 19 in every other section

PTE Academic

63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section


120 with minimum 110 in each sub-score


Q:   How much is the application fee for UC Dublin?


The application fee for UCD is €50. In order to get your application reviewed, students are required to pay the application fee. To pay the application fee, follow the steps given below:

  • First of all, log into your application
  • Then, select ‘my applications’ and then, sign into an existing account
  • Next, under the ‘checklist’ items next to the application fee, select the button to pay the application fee
  • After this, you will be given other instructions on how to pay. The University College Dublin application fee can be paid via credit or debit card

Q:   What GMAT score is required for UCD?


To take admission to the UCD MBA course, students are required to submit a valid GMAT score. The preferred minimum GMAT score required at UCD to pursue an MBA course is 600. However, according to the MBA class of 2022/23, the average GMAT score was 680 and the average work experience was 7 years.


Q:   How much is MSc in Business Analytics at University College Dublin?


MSc in Business Analytics at the University College Dublin for full-time international students is €24,800 for academic year 2024/25. This roughly accounts to INR 22 Lakh. Apart from the tuition fees, students are required to pay the amount for other expenses like hostel & meals, books and materials, mobile, etc. The amount for these other expenses will be around INR 12 Lakh. The duration of the MSc in Business Analytics course is 12 months.


Q:   Where is University College Dublin ranked for MBA?


MBA course at UCD has been consistently featured in global rankings over the last ten years and is ranked in the Global Top 100 as per the Financial Times. In the Financial Times, UCD ranks at #94 for its full-time MBA ranking 2023. The duration of the full-time MBA course at UCD is 12 months. Apart from this, 90% of MBA students are employed within 3 months. Over the last few years, MBA graduates have secured roles in the organizations like Google, EY, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, KPMG, Accenture, etc.

Also Read: MBA in Ireland


Q:   Where is the University College Dublin Business Analytics ranked?


The University College Dublin is ranked at #33 in the QS Masters in Business Analytics Global Ranking for 2023. According to the latest graduate outcomes survey published in December 2022, 97% of MSc in Business Analytics graduates of UCD were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. The companies that hire MSc in Business Analytics graduates are Amazon, Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, etc.


Q:   What are the entry requirements for MSc in Business Analytics at the University College Dublin?


The University College Dublin admission requirements for MSc in Business Analytics course are given below:

  • A minimum second class honors primary degree or equivalent that includes quantitative techniques including Engineering, Computer Science and other Sciences. The applicants who have Business Studies background must have taken MIS-Management Information Systems subjects, Maths or other quantitative courses
  • An applicant may be asked for GMAT or GRE score at the director’s discretion
  • English language test scores
  • Academic Transcripts
  • CV
  • Two references, preferably one professional and academic

Q:   Is UCD's MSc Computer Science good?


MSc in Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) at UCD is a flexible and innovative program. Module choices are available for students. Apart from this, the previous graduates of MSc in Computer Science are in demand and their employers include Google, SAP, Microsoft, PayPal, Pfizer, Deloitte, etc. Recent graduates have secured roles in the areas like Hardware Design, Data Programming & Analysis, Software Engineering & QA, Senior Management & CEO roles, etc.


Q:   What are the requirements for MS CS at University College Dublin?


This programme is planned for applicants with a Computer Science or ICT background. To pursue this programme at UCD, the following entry requirements must be met:

  • An upper second class honors degree, or the international equivalent in Computer Science or a related area or a minimum of three years’ of relevant work experience
  • English language proficiency proof – IELTS (6.5, with no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent
  • Other required documents

Q:   How much does MSc in Computer Science at UCD cost?


The cost of an MSc in Computer Science (Negotiated Learning) at UCD for international students is Euro 27,720 per year. In INR, this amount is around 24 Lacs for first-year. Besides the tuition fee, students are required to pay the expenses of hostel & meals, transportation, books and supplies, social life, etc. These other expenses will be around INR 12 Lakh.


Q:   How long does University College Dublin take to respond?


The University College Dublin takes approximately two weeks before making a decision on the applications that have been completed and submitted. However, this can take longer during peak times. The applications are processed in the order they are completed. In all cases, UCD recommends that an applicant must apply to his / her chosen course early, especially if the admission has to be taken into a competitive programme and a visa is required to study in Ireland. Read: Know all about Ireland Student Visas


Q:   Does the University College Dublin offer scholarships to international students?


Yes, a range of scholarships is available for international students studying at UCD. Before applying for a scholarship, students are required to apply online first to their desired program. The scholarships applicable for Indian students at UCD are:

  • Global Excellence Scholarship
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Scholarships
  • V.V. Giri Scholarship

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Q:   Is University College Dublin good?


According to QS, University College Dublin is globally recognised for its excellence in teaching and learning. Furthermore, four of the University College Dublin’s subjects are ranked in the Top 50 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023. The four subjects of UCD that are ranked in the top 50 are:

  • Library & Information Management: 23
  • English Language & Literature: 39
  • Veterinary Science: 39
  • Petroleum Engineering: 40

Read: University College Dublin Rankings


Q:   What are the best things for the University College Dublin students to do on the weekends?


Some of the things that UCD students can do over the weekend are:

  • Visit the National Gallery and History Museum
  • Go for hiking at Bray or Wicklow Mountain or swimming
  • Go to the Viking splash during the day
  • Go for shopping on Grafton street

Q:   Is University College Dublin any good? How would you compare it to the good UK universities?


According to the experts and student reviews on an unofficial source, UCD is an excellent all-round university, with particular excellence in certain areas such as the Bio-Sciences, in some of the Arts and Humanities. Also, UCD has Ireland’s premier graduate business school.

  • It is also a member of Universities 21, a global network of research-intensive universities. In the UK, the universities included in the 21 members are Glasgow, Birmingham, Nottingham, etc.
  • The faculty at UCD is super-experienced and supportive
  • UCD offers various scholarships to Indian students such as Global Excellence Scholarship, Engineering and Architecture Scholarships, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Scholarships, etc.

Also Read: Top Ranked Universities in UK 


Q:   What do you need to get into the University College Dublin for MSc in Data & Computational Science?


UCD admission requirements for MSc in Data & Computational Science are given below:

·         The applicants are required to have an Upper Second Class Honors degree or higher or the international equivalent, in a highly quantitative subject such as Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Engineering

·         IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent


Q:   Who is eligible for the UCD MSc in Finance?


The University College Dublin MSc in Finance admission requirements are given below:

·         CV

·         A bachelor’s degree in Business / Commerce to include a number of Quantitative subjects such as Economics or Finance or Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or a Finance-related area with a minimum 2:1 award at NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent

·         English language proficiency score

·         Two reference; one academic and one professional

·         Students may be asked for GMAT

·         Applicants should show a demonstrated strong academic ability in a number of Quantitative modules in their degree such as Statistics, Mathematics, or Econometerics



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