New/Incoming students

  • If you need any supports for your studies at MTU because of your learning difference, health condition or disability you will need to apply to the Disability Support Service (DSS) once you have received your MTU Cork campus place. Please see our DSS application page.
  • If you need an academic personal assistant for physical tasks, sign language interpreters, physical access to campus/buildings, or mobility training, please email as soon as possible so we can arrange an early Needs Assessment with you before university starts.
  • The DSS Student Guide gives a good overview of DSS/MTU supports. Make sure to look through it.
  • If you have a specific query please email with your name, date of birth, and CAO/MTU student number.


MTU information


2022/23 events

DARE/DSS New Student Orientation 17th September 2022:


  • There is an in-person orientation for DSS students on Saturday 17th September 9.30am-12.00pm on the Bishopstown campus.
  • Download Powerpoint slides (PDF - 3.7MB)
  • This is a student only event, but there is a general Access Service parents/guardians information session running on campus that morning.
  • The DSS is part of the MTU Access Service who will also have orientations for mature and HEAR students on the same morning.
  • 2022 orientation Youtube playlist for anyone who can't attend.


Transitions programme for new students on the autism spectrum - online talk Wednesday 21st September 6.30-7.30pm

  • The DSS has a transitions programme for autistic students who are new to MTU Cork campus for their first year of university.
  • There will be an online talk on Wednesday 21st September 6.30-7.30pm for students/parents interested in this support.
  • This talk is aimed at students starting university in September 2022 and their parents/guardians/supporters.
  • Download Powerpoint slides: (PDF - 2MB)


Parents/Guardians/Supporters information - online talk Wednesday 14th September 6.30-7.30pm.


If you have any questions about the DSS please email  But please be aware of the confidential nature of our service we can only discuss details of student with their written permission.


College Preparation Sessions September 2022

The DSS also run a number of workshops for new MTU students before they start university.

These include on campus/online College Preparations sessions on tips for academic skills with Learning support staff, and Assistive technology tools demonstrations with the Assistive Technology Officer.

  • We plan to have the recordings available in early October
Date Session Location  
Thurs 15 Sept 10-11.30am Learning Support skills - notetaking, writing and studying.  In person - Bishopstown campus  Download a copy of the workshop slides: (1MB PDF)
Thurs 15 Sept 12-1pm Assistive technology tools for reading/writing In person - Bishopstown campus  
Tues 20 Sept 10-11.30am Learning Support skills - notetaking, writing and studying. ONLINE - Zoom  
Tues 20 Sept 12-1pm Assistive technology tools for reading/writing ONLINE - Zoom  


Resources are available on the DSS Canvas module and Learning Support and Assistive Technology pages. Students can contact the DSS for instructions on how to enrol on the module


DSS supports

Front cover of the DSS guide with a picture of 5 students sitting


Information about the MTU Cork DSS supports is in our guide.

Our website has information about the different supports and information that might apply to you.

If you think you need supports/ reasonable accommodations for accessing your course, your lectures, or exams you must apply to the DSS in order to access these.

See our Applying for Supports webpage.



CAO and DARE information and offers

  • Information about the DARE places available and the offers process is on our webpage:
  • If you are eligible for DARE you will be considered for reduced points places if needed and these offers will be made in the CAO round 1.
  • Students who are or who are not eligible for DARE who get a MTU place on their own merit are welcome to apply for DSS supports.
  • For more information about starting a course at MTU Cork in the new academic year please see the Admissions webpage and you can also e-mail them at or make an appointment to speak to someone on their page.


Student accommodation

If you need accommodation in Cork and have not secured this so far please be aware that there is a severe shortage of accommodation for students. The MTU Cork Student Accommodation office has information on their website.

Unfortunately the DSS was unable to come to an agreement with private student accommodation providers ,so we cannot help students to source accommodation.


DSS Queries

If you have any queries please email and please include your name, date of birth and CAO number.