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. 
  • If you have a specific query please email with your name, date of birth, and CAO/MTU student number.


MTU information


2023/24 events

The DSS is running an online talk and in person orientation for new students and parents/guardians/supporters in mid September, as well as some college preparation sessions – more details and booking links are below. 


Online talk for DARE/DSS New Students and their parents/guardian/supporters

Monday 11th September 6.00 -7.30pm 

The DSS will be giving an online Zoom talk on the supports available in MTU Cork campus and how to apply for these for new MTU students, parents/guardian/supporters, and there will be time for questions. The information part of the talk will be recorded.

Booking is essential – please fill out this form:

Bookings will close Monday 11th September at 12pm. For any accessibility requirements please contact the DSS as soon as possible at


DARE/DSS New Student On-campus Orientation 

Saturday 16th September 2023:


Transitions programme for new students on the autism spectrum 

  • The DSS has a transitions programme for autistic students who are new to MTU Cork campus for their first year of university.


Parents/Guardians/Supporters information 

  • Please see DSS Student Guide for details on the types of supports available, as well as our confidentiality information.


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


College Preparation Sessions 

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 DSS Learning support staff, and Assistive technology tools demonstrations with the DSS Assistive Technology Officer.


Booking is essential due to limited numbers available especially for in-person sessions, and will close 24 hours before each session.

Please note these sessions are for new students only. Booking links to be updated shortly.


  Session Location  
  Learning Support skills - notetaking, writing and studying.  In person - Bishopstown campus (Limited places)  
  Assistive technology tools for reading/writing In person - Bishopstown campus  
  Learning Support skills - notetaking, writing and studying. ONLINE   
  Assistive technology tools for reading/writing ONLINE   


Resources are available on Learning Support and Assistive Technology pages. 




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 


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.