University Name

University College Cork


University College Cork, a world-class university, was founded in 1845 and combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship.

UCC is unrivalled in the quality of its academic programmes. Its courses are internationally recognised and some approximately 21,000 students take its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. International students are part of a dynamic, multi-cultural community of scholars, academics and professionals. UCC enjoys a global reputation which draws 3,000 students from over 100 countries across the world. The university offers a research-led curriculum that attracts the highest calibre of Irish and international students. The university offers 120 degree and professional programmes based in it’s four Colleges: • Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences • Business and Law • Medicine and Health • Science, Engineering and Food Science.

Situated in Cork, Ireland’s second city, UCC is the comprehensive globally-orientated research led university of the south of Ireland, providing a full range of internationally recognised programmes across all disciplines. UCC researchers work at the leading edge of high-impact academic scholarship, innovation, commercialisation, and industry collaboration. UCC is one of Ireland’s leading research institutions and its research income, collaboration rate with national and international industry is consistently very high.   The university hosts several renowned research centres including the Tyndall National Institute, APC Microbiome Ireland, Environmental Research Institute, Boole Centre for Research in Informatics and Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility, to name a few.

At UCC there is an emphasis on academic rigour, practical application and participation with many courses including work placements and industry input. It’s why we have graduate employment rates of 94% + it’s how UCC helps create graduates that are both work ready and world ready.

Our vibrant and modern campus is located in picturesque Cork, where students can combine heritage and a contemporary lifestyle. It offers students all the advantages of a bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Cork is permeated with parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, theatres and historical buildings so students are never short of recreational options. The city and university work well together in providing students with a rich academic and extra-curricular experience.  It’s the perfect environment to succeed and excel.

Why UCC:

An extensive range of highly ranked undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from
Excellent student services and peer to peer support throughout your time at UCC to ensure your success
A truly international student and alumni community that you will be part of for life, with over 130,000 alumni worldwide
Career guidance and support with an exceptionally high number of graduates securing employment within three months of graduation
A well-rounded student experience with first class facilities and services
A highly respected university in the top 2% of universities in the world
A vibrant student experience, with over 100 sporting clubs and societies to choose from
A beautiful campus that is recognised by Tripadvisor’s site, Flipkey, as one of the top-40 ‘must-see’ universities in the world
An extensive range of modern, purpose built campus accommodation for international students
Our performance across various global rankings and accreditations is testament to the quality of our degrees and calibre or our teaching, research and student experience:

In 2019 UCC maintained its position in the top 50 universities in Europe for learning and teaching as measured by Times Higher Education
UCC has taken a lead role globally in relation to sustainability. This is evidenced by the following:

In 2019 UCC ranked number 21 in the world for 'Impact' as measured by Times Higher Education including being 1st in the world for responsible production and consumption
UCC maintained its 9th place globally for sustainability as measured by the UI Green Metric Global university ranking


Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Accounting & Finance

Financial Mathematics & Actuarial Studies
Business Information Systems

BSc Business Information Systems
Civil & Environmental Engineering

BE Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Applied Psychology
Arts International
Arts with Music
Digital Humanities and Information Technology
Drama and Theatre Studies
Early Years and Childhood Studies
Economics (through Transformational Learning)
Film and Screen Media
Geography and Archaeology
Social Science
Social Work
Sports Studies and Physical Education
World Languages
Youth & Community Work

College of Business & Law

Business Information Systems
Commerce International with Chinese Studies
Commerce International with French
Commerce International with German
Commerce International with Hispanic Studies
Commerce International with Irish
Commerce International with Italian
Law (Pathways into International & Clinical Law)
Law and Business
Law and French
Law and Irish

College of Medicine & Health

Children’s and General Nursing
General Nursing
Intellectual Disability Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Public Health
Speech and Language Therapy
Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs


MSc Print Biotechnology

MSc Analytical Chemistry
College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Applied Coastal and Marine Management (MSc)
Applied Linguistics
Applied Psychology (Mental Health Psychology) (MA)
Archaeological Excavation
Archaeology - Human Osteoarcheology
Art History - Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism (MA)
Arts (Archaeology)
Asian Studies
Celtic Civilisation (HDip in Arts)
Celtic Civilisation (MA)
Coaching Psychology (MA)
Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts
Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts (PG Dip)
Contemporary Chinese Culture & Business Studies
Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies
Contemporary Religions
Creative Writing (MA)
Criminology MA
Digital Arts and the Humanities
Digital Cultures (Online) (MA)
Drama and Theatre Studies MA
Early and Medieval Irish
Economics (Competition, Governance & Society)
Education (Professional Master of Education)
English (American Literature and Film)
English (Irish Writing)
English (Modernities: Romanticism, Modernism, Post-modernism)
English (Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance)
English MA
European Development Studies
Film Studies
Gaelic Literature (MA)
Geography – Cities Space and Culture (MA)
Geography MA
Greek and Roman Civilisation
Health and Society (MA)
Health Economics Practice
History - International Relations
History - Medieval History
History - Medieval History MA
History of Art
Irish Folklore
Irish Studies: Identities and Representations
Landscape, Built Heritage and Design (MA)
Languages - Advanced Languages and Global Communication
Languages and Cultures (MA)
LLM (Intellectual Property and E-law) MA
MA Digital Arts and Humanities
Modern Irish
Museum Studies (MA)
Music - Composition (MA)
Music and Cultural History
Music MA
Philosophy (HDip in Arts)
Philosophy (MA)
Philosophy (PG Dip)
Planning and Sustainable Development
Politics (HDip in Arts)
Politics (MA)
Psychological Research Methods (MA)
Psychology (conversion course)
Social Policy
Social Policy (HDip)
Social Work (MSW)
Social Work Studies
Sociology (HDip in Arts)
Sociology (MA)
Sociology of Development and Globalisation
Strategic Studies (Online) (MA)
Study of Religions
The Beginnings of Irish Christianity (MA)
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
Translation Studies
Women’s Studies
Youth Work with Community Arts and Sports Studies (MSocSc)

College of Business & Law

Accounting and Corporate Finance
Economics – Health Economics Practice (Online)
Law (LLB)
LLM – Business Law
LLM (Child and Family Law)
LLM (Criminal Justice)
LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy)
LLM (Mode A)
LLM (Practitioner)
MA - Chinese - Contemporary Chinese Culture and Business
MAcc (Masters in Accounting)
Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)
MSc - Food Business
MSc (Business Economics)
MSc (Business Information Systems)
MSc (Co-operative and Social Enterprise) (by distance learning)
MSc (Corporate Finance)
MSc (Electronic Business)
MSc (Food Marketing)
MSc (Government)
MSc (Information Systems for Business Performance)
MSc (Innovation in European Business)
MSc (Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship)
MSc (International Public Policy & Diplomacy
MSc (Management & Marketing)
MSc (Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems)
MSc Asset Management
MSc Financial Economics
MSc Health Economics

College of Medicine & Health

Dental Public Health (MDPH)
Evidence Based Therapy Practice (MSc)
Midwifery (Dip)
MSC Midwifery (MSc)
Nursing - Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing (PG Dip/MSc)
Nursing - Gerontological Nursing (PG Dip/MSc)
Nursing - Medical Surgical Nursing (PG Dip/MSc)
Nursing - Orthopaedic Nursing (PG Dip/MSc)
Nursing - Peri-operative Nursing (PG Dip/MSc)
Nursing (Non-EU Applicants) (MSc)
Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MSc)
Occupational Health (Online) (MSc)
Older Person Rehabilitation (MSc)
Older Person Rehabilitation (PG Dip)
Public Health (MPH)
Public Health (Online Programme) (MPH)
Public Health Nursing (PG Dip)

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

Actuarial Science
Analytical Chemistry
Applied Computing Technology
Biology - Bioinformatics with Computational Biology
Chemistry – Analysis of Pharmaceutical Compounds
Computing Science
Cooperative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development
Data Science and Analytics
Ecological Assessment (PG Dip)
Ecology - Ecological Assessment (MSc)
Education Science (Post-Primary) (MEd)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEngSc)
Exploration in Field Geology
Food Business
Food Microbiology
Food Science and Technology
Food Science MA
Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing
Information Technology in Architecture Engineering & Construction
Interactive Media
Marine Biology
Marine Renewable Energy (MEngSc)
Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing
Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automated Systems)
Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation
Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering (MEngSc)
Sustainable Energy


UCC has a strategic priority and a policy of widening access which has resulted in almost 25% of the current student population coming from under-represented areas including Disability Support Service; Mature Students; UCC Plus+.

The Disability Support Service provides support to over 1,500 students with disabilities and is a core element of Access and Participation in UCC.   The Service works to increase access and retention of students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties and does this by delivering a very proactive and innovative pre-entry programme through which we engage with primary and secondary schools as well as students with disabilities and their parents.

UCC is the most successful university in Ireland in providing access to undergraduate programmes through admission from Further Education colleges (termed the QQI-FET (FETAC) route) and there is a substantial annual increase since 2013.

The Mature Student Office (MSO) works with full-time undergraduate students who are over the age of 23 (on 1 January of the year of entry to the third level) and with QQI-FET students.  In 2018/19 there were 1052 mature students and QQI-FET students registered in UCC.

The Sanctuary Scholarships Scheme 2018 has successfully filled its seven undergraduate scholarship offers for asylum seeker students aged between18-23. Students are engaged in a range of courses awarded through the CAO, across three Colleges, namely Arts, the College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science and the College of Medicine and Health.

Nine of this year’s Quercus Talented Student scholarships will be offered to CAO applicants. At least a further 60 Quercus Entrance scholarships, will be awarded to incoming students on the basis of their high performance in the Leaving Certificate examination.

In 2017 based on primary degree graduates 93.7% were in employment or completing further study such as Masters Degrees. Only 2.8% were seeking employment which is extremely low while a further 3.5% were not available to respond.

Again based on 2017/2018 data the 4 year degree total graduation rate is 84% and the 5 year degree total graduation rate is 93%

UCC has a great record for the retention of first year students. Based on 2017/2018 data this is running at 92%, circa 6% ahead of the National Average.

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UCC's Academic Strategy (2018 - 2022) was launched on 4th December 2018, following almost a year of development, and sets out a roadmap for our academic ambitions over the coming years. It focusses on six key areas:

  1. Develop a Connected Curriculum, building on existing strengths and best practice globally.
  2. Align curriculum offerings with demand and with teaching and research priorities.
  3. Constructively align effective assessment practices with learning outcomes.
  4. Facilitate students' development of core values and graduate attributes.
  5. Establish a student enrolment plan that aligns with student recruitment targets.
  6. Reform academic governance such that innovation is enabled, coherence is restored and risk is reduced.

The Connected University programme is a five-year investment programme in our student and academic services that will create a truly connected university. This programme of work is informed by the goals and actions of the university’s strategic plan (2017–2022) and will deliver change and improvement through a number of individual strands i.e. The Academic Strategy, Student Central, Student Administration Systems, The Student Hub and the Virtual Learning Environment. Significant progress has been made in the programme.

New Virtual Learning Environment Introduced – Canvas

Canvas is a cloud-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) developed by a company called Instructure. Canvas is used by some 3,000 institutions globally, and it has been selected to replace Blackboard as UCC’s VLE for the 2019/20 academic year.

On 27 February, 2019, UCC launched a new Sports Strategy. The four-year strategy was launched by Olympic rowing hero Paul O’Donovan and athlete Mary Fitzgerald, who recently won three gold medals at the 2019 IWAS World Games.  This new strategy aims to develop a new UCC Sports Park in Curraheen to replace the current facilities at the Farm in Cork – a leading action in the University Strategic Plan.  A new sporting club, ‘Sport for Life Club - Many Tribes-One Team’, will be launched to connect players, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and alumni.  Other plans include the launch of a new #ActiveUCC sports participation programme, and an annual UCC Sport Hall of Fame Day. Also, a new line of UCC Sport Skull and Crossbones-branded apparel will be developed. With the year only in its second month, it has already been a phenomenal start for UCC sport. UCC completed the first Sigerson-Fitzgibbon cup double in 31 years this year, while earlier this year UCC beat UL to take the Collingwood Cup to clinch their 14th win in the competition. UCC also extended its partnership earlier this year with Cork City FC.

Equality Diversion and Inclusion:  UCC launches its first ever Diversity Calendar for the third level sector in September. Based on submissions from UCC staff and students, this calendar marks significant religious events, internationally recognised dates (e.g. relating to civil rights) and national and local diversity-related events and dates. The calendar is proposed to create conversations about diverse religious and other events that affect students' and staff's lives and their engagement with UCC duties and tasks. UCC is adopting the expanded Athena SWAN Charter Principles, which become mandatory in Ireland from 2019.

Autism Friendly University Initiative: A three year project to create an academic, social and physical environment that will support autistic students from the pre-entry stage through to graduation and employment was launched by the Deputy President and Registrar on July 3rd, 2018.   The initiative, spearheaded by the UCC Students’ Union, is undertaken in collaboration with, the autism support and advocacy organization.  The initiative will deliver a state of the art building in the heart of the campus open to all students, which will provide an inclusive, quiet space, housing a sensory room, an eating area, a meditation room as well as accessible and gender neutral bathrooms.

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