Mature Applicants

Age Requirement

To be classified as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age or older on or before 1st January in the year you’re applying. You must also be an Irish/EU citizen. 

You make your application for admission to the first year of any undergraduate full-time course through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

How to Apply

You must apply via the CAO. Supporting documentation should be posted directly to the CAO, clearly marked with your application number.  This may include:

  • Details of your schooling
  • Any further education you may have completed
  • If you are currently studying, details of these studies
  • Information about your work and life experience
  • A personal statement about how these relate to your application
  • Provide any documents you think will support your application (transcripts, certificates, etc.)
  • Our Admissions Team will be able to access and assess them

The CAO processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Decisions on admissions to undergraduate courses are made by the HEIs who instruct CAO to make offers to successful candidates.

It is recommended that mature students apply to the CAO before the 1st February.

Late Applications

Late applications will be accepted on behalf of TU Dublin through the CAO up to 1st of May (subject to the payment of a late fee). But please note that places are limited and there is no guarantee that late applications will be considered, especially for our more popular courses.

Late applications will not be accepted for restricted programmes where candidates are expected to attend a suitability test or an audition, or submit a portfolio.


We will assess your CAO application, considering all aspects of your prior learning and work experience. Depending on the course you have applied for, you may be asked to attend for interview/or suitability test. This mainly applies to mature student applicants who do not wish to compete on the basis of a Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 5/6 Award.

Assessment will focus on the following:

  • Evidence that the applicant has researched the courses applied for
  • Preparation for higher education (recent courses/study)
  • Any relevant experience or training
  • Awareness of the demands of full-time higher education (workload, finances, impact on personal and social circumstances, etc.)
  • Career goals

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