Applying for University
Which degree is right for me?
Choosing which course to study at third level is a big decision. Some students have a definite career path in mind from an early age, while others may still be uncertain about their ambitions right up to and beyond the Leaving Certificate. In all cases, the key is to choose a subject that reflects your interests and aspirations.
Before embarking on a journey, it's important to educate yourself about the destination and how best to get there. If you have an interest in a particular area, do your research. Talk to your teachers and your guidance counsellors. If possible, make contact with graduates or people working in your chosen area. A lot of information is also available online (see http://admissions.nuim.ie for a list of useful sites).
Another major decision is whether to opt for a denominated (specialised) or non-denominated (general) degree. Nondenominated courses give you flexibility, allowing you to select a diverse range of subjects. These kind of programmes suit students who want a degree in a general area such as science or arts, but do not yet know where their exact ambitions lie. Conversely, denominated or specialised degrees are aimed at students who already have a strong sense of where they want to go in life (e.g. Digital Media, Electronic Engineering). Specialised courses allow you to study your chosen subject in-depth from the very beginning.
Are there any age restrictions?
In general, students must be 17 years or older by 15th January in the year after entry to university. If you are younger, you must make a special application to the university president.
Can I defer my university place?
Under certain circumstances, you may defer your place for one year. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.