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University College Cork

Location

Western Road, Cork, IE, Cork Ireland

Ranking

# =292QS World University Rankings

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119Undergraduate programs

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156Postgraduate programs

International

3380International students

About 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 24,000 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 4,000 students from over 130+ countries across the world. The university offers a research-led curriculum that attracts the highest calibre of Irish and international students.

The university offers 130 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 96% for undergraduate studies and 96% for postgraduate studies, 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 200,000 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 53 sporting clubs and 104 societies to choose from
  • 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:

  • Ranked in Europe's top 50 for teaching excellence as measured by Times Higher Education
  • Consistently graduate over 200 doctorate graduates per year

UCC has taken a lead role globally in relation to sustainability. This is evidenced by the following:

  • World's first Green Flag campus
  • Ranked 8th in the world by Times Higher Education Impact rankings for sustainable social and economic impact
  • Ranked 7th globally for sustainability as measured by the UI Green Metric Global university ranking

About 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 24,000 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 4,000 students from over 130+ countries across the world. The university offers a research-led curriculum that attracts the highest calibre of Irish and international students.

The university offers 130 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 96% for undergraduate studies and 96% for postgraduate studies, 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 200,000 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 53 sporting clubs and 104 societies to choose from
  • 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:

  • Ranked in Europe's top 50 for teaching excellence as measured by Times Higher Education
  • Consistently graduate over 200 doctorate graduates per year

UCC has taken a lead role globally in relation to sustainability. This is evidenced by the following:

  • World's first Green Flag campus
  • Ranked 8th in the world by Times Higher Education Impact rankings for sustainable social and economic impact
  • Ranked 7th globally for sustainability as measured by the UI Green Metric Global university ranking

Available programs

Undergraduate Courses

UCC offers students a large variety of degree programmes to suit an extensive range of interests. UCC has four Colleges which deliver almost 70 undergraduate degree programmes to students. 

•  College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences 

•  College of Business and Law 

•  College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

•  College of Medicine and Health 


Many programmes have paid work placements built into the degree or periods of study abroad which is hugely beneficial to students when they are looking for employment post-university. In fact, 95% of UCC undergraduate students are provided with placement opportunities and 94% of undergraduates employed or in further study or training within 9 months of graduation.

Postgraduate Courses

The university has almost 3,500 postgraduate students, across all the major academic disciplines, including 930 students undertaking PhD degrees. We have a range of taught programmes that are offered on a part-time basis and the university is committed to increasing flexibility in its programmes, e.g., by introducing on-line learning programmes.  Our taught masters degree programmes equip graduates to pursue solutions to global challenges in four key areas:

  • Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
  • Green and Blue Economies
  • Technovation
  • Global Citizenship in a Changing World


UCC is organised into four colleges:

  • College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
  • College of Business and Law,
  • College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
  • College of Medicine and Health.


Each of these colleges offers a wide variety of postgraduate programmes. Please visit the following link to view the taught postgraduate programmes on offer at UCC:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/taughtcourses/

UCC has a world class research reputation with many internationally renowned research institutes and centres. For further information on your research options at UCC please visit the following link: www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/noneu-pg/research  

Student Experience at UCC

 

UCC offers a world-class student experience with the highest quality teaching, learning and research. With an emphasis on independent learning, there is a rich and dynamic range of opportunities for students to engage with. Students are encouraged to challenge ideas in a community environment that offers top-quality pastoral care for all. With over 100 societies and sports clubs to choose from students at UCC never get bored. Students can also avail of excellent free sporting facilities and join teams which help integration into our university. Cork City provides endless entertainment in the form of plays, concerts, exhibitions, shopping and festivals.

Arts (BA (Hons))

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Postgraduate Courses

UCC offers students a large variety of degree programmes to suit an extensive range of interests. UCC has four Colleges that deliver almost 120 postgraduate degree programmes to students.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences 

College of Business and Law 

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

College of Medicine and Health 


Many programmes have paid work placements built into the degree or periods of study abroad which is hugely beneficial to students when they are looking for employment post-university. 

The university has almost 3,500 postgraduate students, across all the major academic disciplines, including 930 students undertaking PhD degrees. We have a range of taught programmes that are offered on a part-time basis and the university is committed to increasing flexibility in its programmes, e.g., by introducing on-line learning programmes.  Our taught masters degree programmes equip graduates to pursue solutions to global challenges in four key areas:

  • Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
  • Green and Blue Economies
  • Technovation
  • Global Citizenship in a Changing World


UCC is organised into four colleges:

  • College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
  • College of Business and Law,
  • College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
  • College of Medicine and Health.


Each of these colleges offers a wide variety of postgraduate programmes. Please visit the following link to view the taught postgraduate programmes on offer at UCC:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/taughtcourses/

UCC has a world class research reputation with many internationally renowned research institutes and centres. For further information on your research options at UCC please visit the following link: www.ucc.ie/en/study/international/noneu-pg/research  

Student Experience at UCC

UCC offers a world-class student experience with the highest quality teaching, learning and research. With an emphasis on independent learning, there is a rich and dynamic range of opportunities for students to engage with. Students are encouraged to challenge ideas in a community environment that offers top-quality pastoral care for all. With over 100 societies and sports clubs to choose from students at UCC never get bored. Students can also avail of excellent free sporting facilities and join teams which help integration into our university. Cork City provides endless entertainment in the form of plays, concerts, exhibitions, shopping and festivals.

History (MA)

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Philosophy (MA)

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Anthropology (MA)

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Audiology (MSc)

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Dementia (MSc)

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Midwifery (MSc)

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Criminology (MA)

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Law LLM (LLM)

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Social Work (MSW)

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Sociology (MA)

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University information

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Tuition fee and scholarships

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Rankings & ratings

University College Cork is one of the top public universities in Cork, Ireland. It is ranked #=292 in QS World University Rankings 2024.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #190
  • 2014
    #=210
  • 2015
    #=230
  • 2016
    #=233
  • 2017
    #=283
  • 2018
    #=283
  • 2019
    #=338
  • 2020
    #310
  • 2021
    #286
  • 2022
    #=298
  • 2023
    #303
  • 2024
    #=292

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