Undergraduate FAQs

FAQs for Undergraduates


A general rule of thumb is, you can move up the preferences in the next round but you can never move down.


  1. If you have been offered your first CAO choice you will not be offered another one as this is your first choice you cannot go any higher and therefore if you do not accept within the relevant timeframe you are out of the system for this year. 
  2. If you have been offered a lower preference in round 1, i.e. your third choice you will never be offered a programme below your third choice but depending on points changes you may be offered your second or first choice in the 2nd round or subsequent rounds.   For this to happen you can accept your third choice and then wait for the next round/s to see if you have been made a higher offer. 
  3. If you are made a higher offer, you have the option to accept that or to stick with your acceptance.  Please note if you choose to accept your new offer via the CAO system, your previous acceptance goes straight back into the CAO system and is circulated to another student so you effectively lose any right to this once you have accepted your new place.
  4. If you have made a mistake on your CAO form and you meant to put your options in a different order, there is unfortunately nothing we can do to help rectify this and you will be offered based on the preference order you have outlined.
  5. If you have filled out level 8  programmes and level 6/7 programmes you may be offered a level 8 programme and a Level 6/7 at the same time. You choose whichever programme suits you best for example: Mary has been offered her 9th level 8 choice and her 2nd level 7 choice.  She considers her options and decides that she would prefer to take the level 7 programme and perhaps look to progress onto a level 8 programme in the future.  Mary accepts, but she is still hoping that she may be offered a choice at level 8 that is higher than her 9th choice. In round two the points drop slightly and Mary is then offered her 7th level 8 choice which she decides she prefers and so she goes ahead and accepts her 7th level 8 choice which means she gives up her entitlement to her previous level 7 choice and this goes back into the system.

If you are wondering why you may not have been offered a place even though you have met the points requirements for the programme. 

There are two main reasons:

  1. You have not met the minimum entry requirements in terms of subjects needed to progress onto the programme.
  2. The programme was oversubscribed and random selection by the computer system has unfortunately not allocated you a place.
  3. The positioning on your list of choices.

Points may go up or down each year depending based on the popularity of a programme

There is strictly no internal transfers in first year, this means that you should not accept a programme with the inclination that you may move internally during first year.  

Students can avail of the advanced entry system via CAO after first year but there are no guarantees you will be accepted on the programme.

25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above.

For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant.

Accompanying conditions:

  • The six best scores, in recognised subjects, in one Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points computation. If you receive a H6 grade or higher in Higher Level Mathematics then you include the additional 25 bonus points first, and then identify your best six scores. The bonus points are included in the overall points calculation only when Mathematics is one of the applicant's best six subjects following the addition of the bonus
  • Only one sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points purposes.
  • Remember, you must first meet the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for entry to a course.

The University will not consider Foundation Level Irish for the purposes of entry requirements or for points.

The University will accept Foundation Level Mathematics for the purposes of entry requirements in the case of any programme where Higher or Ordinary Level Mathematics is not a requirement.
Points will not be awarded.

The University recognises the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) for admission purposes and results in the Link Modules element of the programme will be considered as follows:

  • Distinction 66 points
  • Merit 46 points
  • Pass 28 points

The Link Modules may be used as one of the six subjects for overall points calculation but will not be considered as a subject for the purposes of minimum entry requirements.

For many of the programmes which specify a pass in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination as the entry requirement, the Senior Trade Certificate of the Department of Education and Science with one endorsement in Mathematics or a science subject will satisfy the minimum entry requirement.

Students holding this Certificate with three endorsements in academic subjects are eligible for consideration for entry into related degree level programmes. Where endorsement subjects are not offered in trade examinations, a pass in an appropriate subject of the Elementary Technological Certificate of the Department of Education and Science is an acceptable equivalent.

Restricted Entry

The reason for the restriction in the case of these programmes is the inclusion of Suitability Tests  or other assessments as part of the selection process. These programmes are marked 'restricted' in the CAO Handbook.

Advanced Entry, Transfer, Deferring, Re-Admission

Advanced Entry is where an applicant has previous work experience and/or educational achievements that are considered directly relevant to the programme they wish to apply for. In such a case, it is possible to gain entry to the second or subsequent year of an Undergraduate programme in TU Dublin.

First year fulltime undergraduate: 

If you are a first year registered student on a fulltime TU Dublin undergraduate course, you may be eligible to apply for a transfer into another fulltime undergraduate course in TU Dublin. 

Eligibility for the course you seek to transfer to is based on: 

  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements  
  • A space becoming available  
  • Agreement from head of course/department  

To apply for the transfer use the form >HERE<

All other students: If you are not a first year or fulltime student, please seek advice from your relevant department or Admissions Office.

A facility to defer for one year may be available. For more details click here.

FAQs for Mathematics Competency Test for Level 8 (Honours) Degree Programmes

TU805 Engineering (General Entry) Level 8 (Honours) degree programme requires a higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics grade. The purpose of the Maths Competency Test (MCT) is to offer candidates an alternative route (a second chance) to achieve this maths minimum entry requirement.

If you have applied through the CAO for TU805 and are ineligible for consideration due to the minimum entry requirement in Mathematics, then you should take this special exam.


It is a mathematics exam organised, conducted and examined by TU Dublin.  

The MCT is not obligatory and no extra CAO points are awarded for successful applicants. Those applicants that are successful will have met the minimum entry requirement of a Higher Level Maths for the programme TU805 Engineering (General Entry) only. 

The MCT is held twice a year - once in April before the Leaving Certificate and again in August/September following the Leaving Cert results. Applicants are welcome to sit one or both MCT sittings. 

Further information and how to register for the MCT >CLICK HERE