University College Cork

Cork, Ireland
UCC is one of the leading research institutions in the State and its research income is consistently one of the highest in the country. The university offers a research-led curriculum that attracts the highest calibre of students.



University College Cork (UCC) was founded in 1845 and is one of the oldest universities in Ireland. It combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. Its degrees, conferred by the National University of Ireland, are internationally recognised. UCC is Ireland's leading research university.


The University has four colleges - Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences: Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science; and Medicine and Health. There are over 17,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. UCC attracts a large number of international students with more than 2,400 students from 98 countries and all five continents currently registered.At undergraduate level the University offers a large variety of degree programmes and there is a full range of postgraduate degrees (both taught and by research) at the level of Master and Doctor in all departments.


University College Cork is Ireland's premier research university attracting the highest peer-reviewed research income per head nationally and is home to a number of major national research institutes and centers that have been established over the past few years.


Work Placement Officers, based at the Careers Service, are responsible for the management and development of programmes in Business and Law, and in Food, Science and Engineering and this site gives details on these. A number of other Work Placement programmes, including Business Information Systems, are managed directly by our academic departments and information on these can be obtained from the relevant academic staff.Each year, over 900 students are placed with a network of 700 employers, both at home and abroad. Work Placement gives students the opportunity to gain practical work experience relevant to their course and gives employers a valuable source of skilled labour.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (32)
Humanities (24)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University College Cork!


Housing services

Off Campus AccommodationThe University is situated in a pleasant residential area where there is a wide variety of housing options to suit individuals or groups. Rents vary according to size, location, distance from the University and facilities. UCC Campus Accommodation aims to provide “a home away from home” for our international students. Campus Accommodation is more than just a place to eat and sleep - it provides a background for social, cultural and sporting outlets and the chance to develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

  • Castlewhite Apartments
  • Victoria Lodge
  • University Hall

Library services

UCC Library brings together many sources of information not readily available elsewhere in Munster. Library Resources

  • 735,000 titles (of which approximately 220,000 are e-books)
  • 2,194 serials in print
  • 81,000 e-journals
  • 180+ databases
  • The Multimedia Centre on Q+3 Floor facilitates the use of DVDs, CDs, audio cassettes, LPs and Videos.

Medical services

At the Student Health Department we endeavour to do our best to serve the healthcare needs of the students of University College Cork. We are deeply committed to trying to deliver a quality experience in a highly professional manner. We hope that our students value our service and do not have cause for disappointment about the level of service we offer.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus is situated along a riverside garden setting, radiating a warm, personal charm, which greatly enhances the learning environment.

UCC's main campus is within walking distance of this mass of activity and life. What's more with the beauty of its campus, UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole.

Cork was also very proud to have been designated 'European Capital of Culture 2005', reflecting the strong tradition of music, art and theatre in the city.

Cork international airport is only 6 kilometres from the University.

Sports facilities

Sport Clubs

  • Aikido
  • American Football
  • Archery
  • Association Football
  • Athletics
  • Aussie Rules Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Camogie
  • Canoe
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Darts
  • Equestrian

Student clubs

CARL is an initiative within University College Cork that supports community and voluntary groups to carry out research which is important to them. Your initial question is translated into a research project to be carried out by students on your behalf. The students are given an opportunity to develop skills and abilities, while being supervised by experienced researchers. Projects carried out through the university structures are seen as being scientifically impartial and thus can provide organisations with increased legitimacy in political debates or enhance their lobbying activities amongst other benefits.


The Accounting and Finance programmes at UCC are recognised by the leading national and international professional finance and accounting organisations for their academic rigour and the preparation they provide our graduates entering the professional workplace.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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