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Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)

The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) is based in Galway . It is an application centre that provides the facility for applicants to apply online for Postgraduate taught and research programmes at DCU. There are currently approximately 100 taught and over 90 research DCU courses available through PAC.

Applicants apply for DCU postgraduate courses online at www.pac.ie . Applicants can apply for up to three taught programmes or one research programme when making an application to DCU on PAC. Programmes should be selected in order of preference as sequential processing and assessment of programmes mean that if an applicant is offered their first choice no further assessment of the other programmes is made. The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable fee payable to PAC.

You can upload documentation relevant to your application through your PAC account, alternatively documentation can be posted to PAC at the following address:-

Postgraduate Application Centre
1 Courthouse Square

On receipt of the application fee, your application will be avaiable to view on the PAC system. Applicants are notified by email as each step of the review route is progressed. It is therefore, imperative that applicants have a secure email account and review it regularly for updates, as no other means of communication between DCU and prospective applicants will be used.

To assist in each stage of the application process web links are provided both on the PAC system and here on our webpage.  They provide relevant information from the initial stage of making an application to accepting an offer online. Applicants also have the facility to pay the initial deposit online on accepting and subsequent fees.

Closing Dates for Applications

EU and Non-EU applications to full-time and part-time postgraduate taught programmes should note that each programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. Applications may be reviewed before or after the submission date. While initial submission dates are set for all programmes, a faculty may extend these submission dates. Also, some programmes are offered on a modular or web basis so that applications can be taken any time. Please note that all Postgraduate programmes offered through PAC have entry requirements. In addition to qualifications some require additional information and applicants are asked to familiarise themselves with their progrramme(s) of choice before making an application. For details on the current submission dates applicable to postgraduate taught programmes, click on the this link


Specific Non-EU Qualifications

Postgradute Research Applications

In making an EU or Non-EU application to full-time or part-time postgraduate research programmes, the candidate must consult with the appropriate School regarding the proposed programme of study, and must ascertain whether or not the School would be prepared to recommend his/her application to Academic Council. Please click on the following link for information on - How to Apply

For further information, please see our Graduate Studies page.

Postgraduate Research Administration

Information on Garda Vetting for Students

    Revised 2015

    DCU offers a number of educational programmes that require students to undertake placements, with external agencies, which will bring them into contact with the public and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust of confidence, the University is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes.

    DCU uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) service to assess the suitability of such applicants and may also require applicants to provide an Enhanced Disclosure by the completion of an affidavit at the time of registration.

    For DCU students undertaking programmes in Nursing, the partner hospitals/Health Service Executive (HSE) completes the Garda Vetting process. These students must satisfy the requirements of the partner hospitals/HSE for Garda Vetting before they can fully complete their registration as DCU students.

    For other relevant programmes (listed below) DCU requires students to be Garda Vetted before they fully complete their registration as a student of the University.

    Undergraduate Programmes
    BSc in Athletic Therapy and Training
    BSc in Education & Training
    BSc in Physical Education with Biology
    BSc in Physical Education with Mathematics
    BSc in Psychology
    BSc in Science Education
    BSc in Sport Science and Health
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
    Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching)
    Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) - Gaeltacht Applicants
    Bachelor of Religious Education and English
    Bachelor of Religious Education and History
    Bachelor of Religious Education and Music

    Graduate Programmes
    Professional Master of Education
    MSc in Guidance Counselling
    PhD or other research programme1 (where Garda Vetting is relevant. Garda vetting may be required following completed initial registration)

    Students who accept places in programmes which require Garda Vetting will be sent the necessary forms by DCU. Your rights in relation to this are available on the website of the Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) www.garda.ie

    Police Certificates 
    An applicant (both EU and non-EU) who has resided outside of Ireland, including Northern Ireland and students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more (after the age of 18) are required to provide the following supporting documentation when submitting their Garda Vetting Application form:

  • A recent (less than one year old) original Police Certificate from the jurisdiction(s) of previous residence 
  • If the Police Certificate is not issued in English the student must provide a certified translation 
  • There may be costs associated with this. The following are useful links for Police Certificates

    A-Z list of countries and how to get Police Certificates
    UK Police Certificates 
  • These links are for information purposes only. Please use the information which is relevant to you. Dublin City University has no affiliation or connection to any information displayed on these Websites.

    Dublin City University reserves the right to seek a sworn declaration where a satisfactory police/criminal records disclosure is not available

    If you require Garda Vetting records, you will need to make a data protection request under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and submit it to the DCU FOI Unit. http://dcu.ie/foi/request.shtml

    Garda Vetting Process
    The following sections describe the details of the various stages that are involved in the Garda Vetting process. 
  • Garda Vetting Policy June 2015

    Stage 1:
    Completion of student section of form
    Applicants who have been provisionally offered, and have accepted, a place on the programme are sent a Garda Vetting Form and the instructions for completion of the form. This documentation highlights for students the importance of full disclosure. Where an applicant is under 18 years of age, they must arrange the completion of an additional form ‘Garda Vetting Parent/Guardian Consent Form’. 

    Stage 2:
    Students complete provisional registration during first year registration process. They acknowledge at registration that their registration process is not complete until they have satisfied Garda Vetting requirements for the programme. 

    Stage 3:
    Completion of Authorised Signatory section of form
    Students return their completed confidential form to the Authorised Signatory. Once the Authorised Signatory is satisfied that all sections of the form are duly completed, the form is signed. Then, in line with the requirements of the GCVU, the batch summary form and the forms are forwarded to the GCVU.

    Stage 4:
    Completion of Garda Central Vetting Unit section of the form
    The GCVU responds to the vetting request by ticking and signing one of the relevant sections of the form: 1. No Convictions 2. Convictions or 3.Prosecutions are pending. The form and any attached documentation are returned in confidence to the Authorised Signatory.

    Stage 5:
    Confirmation of GCVU response by Authorised Signatory

    Where the information supplied by the GCVU is inconsistent with the response from the student the Authorised Signatory will contact the student to clarify if the information supplied by the GCVU is correct. If the student does not agree that the information supplied by the GCVU is correct, the Authorised Signatory will request the GCVU to review their information and confirm or change their initial response.

    Stage 6:

    Where disclosures exist, the authorised signatory shall furnish details to the Chairperson of the University Vetting Committee. The Chairperson, having reviewed the disclosure, will determine whether the nature of the disclosure requires consideration by the University Vetting Committee.

    Stage 7:
    University Vetting Committee

    The University Vetting Committee will consider all relevant information in relation to disclosures and make determinations on behalf of the University.

    Stage 8:
    Appeal Process

    A decision of the University Vetting Committee may be appealed by the student within 14 days of the issue of the decision. The appeal should be made in writing to the University Registrar citing one of the three grounds for appeal.

    Stage 9:

    Students who have satisfactorily completed Garda Vetting (and any other requirements of the registration process) will be deemed to be fully registered as students of Dublin City University

    Disclosure of Criminal Convictions
    All applicants who have been convicted of a criminal offence must disclose this to DCU.

    Under Section 26 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001 it is an offence for a convicted sex offender to apply for a position, to enter into a contract of employment or to continue to work or study in an area either knowing, or if they ought reasonably to have known, that a necessary and regular part of that work/placement involves unsupervised access to, or contact with children, without informing their employer of their conviction.

    All prospective applicants or registered students must inform DCU of any such conviction at the earliest possible opportunity. If during the course of the application/registration process it transpires that an applicant has a criminal conviction (either by way of Garda Vetting or by applicant disclosure) full details of the conviction will be sought and the Garda Vetting process will commence.

    The provision of false, inaccurate or misleading information will disqualify applicants from the selection process and for existing students may result in disciplinary action (up to and including withdrawal of registration and exit from programme).

    The University Vetting Committee shall take particular note of offences of a sexual, violent, dishonest or drug-related nature

    Further detailed Garda Vetting information can be found here: Garda Vetting Policy 2015