How to Apply
Mature applications for the 2023/2024 academic year will open on 5 November 2022.
If you are an EU applicant and are over 23 years of age on 1 January in the year of application, you may apply to be considered for a mature student place. All full-time undergraduate degree programmes are open to mature applicants. Mature applicants are not required to meet either the minimum academic (matriculation) requirements or the competitive academic entry level (Leaving Certificate points).
Mature applicants must make a Central Applications Office (CAO) application by 1 February 2023. No late applications will be accepted.
The CAO Handbook is an important document and has been prepared to provide information about the CAO application process. By reading the CAO handbook carefully you will find out the information that you need to assist you with your application.
A supplementary application form is NOT required.
References are NOT required at application stage.
There is NO requirement for mature applicants to Trinity to sit an externally administered mature student admissions test.
You may find this webinar with the Mature Student Officer, Clodagh Byrne, helpful when preparing your application.
Statement of Interest
Part 9 of the Mature Applicant section on the CAO application form asks you to provide a Statement of Interest. The space allocated here is approximately 200 words. This space is not sufficient to allow the academics assessing your application to make a decision on whether or not to call you for an interview. We ask that you provide up to 1500 words for each Trinity course that you apply for.*
You may find this template helpful when recording this additional supporting information TCD Statement of Interest Template
For more information on making a mature student application to Trinity, please download the Mature Student Guidelines 2023 (pdf, 4 MB)
Applicants may be short-listed for interview on the basis of information supplied on their CAO application. The interviews take place each year between mid-March and late May. Applicants shortlisted for interview are required to attend to proceed with their application.
* Please note that mature applicants for Nursing/Midwifery are not required to complete a Statement of Interest UNLESS they are also applying for other courses and wish to be considered on the grounds of mature years for those courses.