University College Cork
University College Cork
University College Cork
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University College Cork

University College Cork (UCC) was established in 1845 as Queen's College Cork, one of three Queen’s Colleges - at Cork, Galway and Belfast.  In 1908 it became UCC and, since then, it has grown - from 115 students to over 20,000 including over 4,000 postgraduate students. We offer over 100 postgraduate courses across 4 colleges in humanities, business, law, science, engineering and health sciences.

UCC is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of our research output and is Ireland’s first 5-star university (QS ranking)

UCC is the Sunday TImes University of the Year 2016, the only university in Ireland to receive this award four times.

UCC is the first university in the world to be awarded the esteemed ‘Green Flag’ by the Federation for Environmental Education, Copenhagen.

UCC offers over 4,000 on-campus student clubs and society events annually.

UCC is ranked 1st in Ireland for its sport’s facilities, international office, IT services and graduate studies and in the top 3 globally for its International Office and Careers and Work Placement Service in a comparative survey of 209,000 international students from 238 universities globally, undertaken by the independent International Graduate Insight Group.

UCC was voted the safest campus in Ireland and one of the safest in the world by the independent International Graduate Insight Group

UCC is located in the heartland of Ireland’s Energy, Food, Pharmaceutical and Software ICT industries. UCC is the university of choice to meet these industries’ needs through its research partnerships and through entities.

Innovation and a tradition of independent thinking is at the heart of UCC since its foundation:
UCC’s first professor of mathematics, George Boole is regarded as the most significant mathematician ever to have worked in Ireland and the father of the information age.

UCC had the first website in Ireland and the 9th website in the world!

Master the universe with a Masters from UCC!

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Studying in Cork

Cork has the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a capital city, with all the facilities you’d expect in a modern European city and yet you can still walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances!

In Cork city everything you need is within easy reach: cafés, restaurants, nightlife, cinemas, theatre, music venues, sports facilities and great shopping. UCC’s campus is an easy ten-minute walk from the city centre and is only 15 minutes away from Cork International Airport.  In Cork, city and county life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, sea and water sports and outdoor activities right to your doorstep.

On campus there are plenty of places to socialise with a selection of different coffee shops, restaurants and student bars.  
Campus Culture is represented through Art, Music, Irish Language and Theatre.  
The most visible sign of the Visual Arts on campus is the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, voted Best Public Building in Ireland in 2005.
The UCC Department of Music promotes an annual series of public recitals and concerts known as Fuaim (Gaelic for ‘sound’).
If you wish to be immersed in Irish Language culture, there is a wide-ranging programme of Irish Language services, courses and events throughout the year.
UCC’s Granary Theatre produces and presents new and experimental work by artists across several disciplines.

Discover UCC’s incredible society and club tradition, with over 100 societies (including: French, German, Hispanic and International) and over 60 clubs from which to choose.

UCC boasts three large sporting and recreational facilities: Mardyke Sports Grounds, Curraheen Road Sports Grounds and the Mardyke Arena Sports Centre which has recently undergone a €16 million redevelopment and is now one of the leading indoor sports facilities in Ireland.

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Taught Masters

Once you have choosen your course, you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). You will need to apply before the closing date that is noted for the course on the online propectus. Late applications may be accepted on some courses but only if there are spaces left on the course and prioritiy will be given to applicants who have applied before the original closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

For additional information on how to apply for a Taught Masters, please visit here.

Research Masters

Academic requirements: Students need an honours level degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum of a 2.H1 (second class honours, grade 1) before being considered to study as a PhD or research masters in University College Cork. Although students generally choose a topic for their research from their degree discipline you are not restricted to your primary degree subjects.
Once students know which area or topic they wish to research, they then need to find a supervisor.

For additional information on how to apply for a Research Masters, please visit here.

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University College Cork - Impressions of your Masters study

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Overview of Masters programmes - University College Cork

comprehensive profile   Actuarial Science
comprehensive profile   Architecture (Joint Programme with CIT)
comprehensive profile   Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
comprehensive profile   Biology - Marine Biology
comprehensive profile   Biology - Marine Biology Conversion Programme
comprehensive profile   Biology - Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation
comprehensive profile   Biotechnology
comprehensive profile   Chemistry - Analysis of Pharmaceutical Compounds
comprehensive profile   Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
comprehensive profile   Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
comprehensive profile   Chemistry - Environmental Analytical Chemistry
comprehensive profile   Computer Science - Applied Computing Technology
comprehensive profile   Computing Science
comprehensive profile   Dairy Technology and Innovation
comprehensive profile   Data Science and Analytics
comprehensive profile   Dementia
comprehensive profile   End of Life Healthcare Ethics
comprehensive profile   Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
comprehensive profile   Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
comprehensive profile   Engineering - Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering
comprehensive profile   Engineering - Sustainable Energy
comprehensive profile   Financial and Computational Mathematics
comprehensive profile   Food Microbiology
comprehensive profile   Food Science
comprehensive profile   Food Science and Technology
comprehensive profile   Health Protection (Online)
comprehensive profile   Human Nutrition and Dietetics
comprehensive profile   Interactive Media
comprehensive profile   Mathematical Modelling and Self-Learning Systems
comprehensive profile   Nurse/Midwife Prescribing
comprehensive profile   Nursing - Gerontological Nursing
comprehensive profile   Nursing - Medical and Surgical Nursing
comprehensive profile   Nutritional Sciences
comprehensive profile   Older Person Rehabilitation
comprehensive profile   Statistics
    (Online) Engineering - Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
    Applied Coastal and Marine Management
    Archaeology - Archaeological Excavation
    Archaeology - Human Osteoarchaeology
    Art History - Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism
    Asian Studies
    Beginnings of Irish Christianity
    Business Economics
    Business Information and Analytics Systems
    Business Information Systems
    Celtic Civilisation
    Chinese - Contemporary Chinese Culture and Business
    Chinese - Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MATCSOL)
    Co-operative and Social Enterprise
    Comparative Aesthetics and the Arts
    Comparative and World Literature
    Cooperative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development
    Creative Writing
    Dental Public Health
    Digital Arts and Humanities
    Digital Cultures
    Drama and Theatre Studies
    Ecology - Ecological Assessment
    Ecology - Ecological Assessment
    Economic Science
    Economics - Health Economics
    Electronic Business
    English - Irish Writing and Film
    English - Modernities: American and British Literature and Film
    English – Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance
    European Development Studies
    Evidence Based Therapy Practice
    Executive MBA
    Finance - Asset Management
    Management Accounting
    Masters Qualifying Examination (Business)
    Nursing - End of Life Healthcare Ethics
    Print Economic Science

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Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Scheme

Are you a French or Spanish student considering taking out a loan under the Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Scheme? UCC is a great place to invest in your postgraduate qualification.

What are Erasmus+ Master Loans?

Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students from participating programme countries to apply for financial support to do a master's degree abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favourable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment.

Can you apply?

Higher education students who have been accepted for a full master's course in another Erasmus+ programme country can apply for a loan to contribute to their costs. Ireland is a programme country. This means French or Spanish students can come and study a master’s degree in Ireland and Irish students can study a master’s degree in France or Spain under this loan scheme. The application process for UCC is available here.

Your destination country must be different from your country of residence, and from that where you obtained your Bachelor's degree.

What can I study?

A master's degree (or equivalent) full course that will lead to a degree.

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Funding for Taught Postgraduate Programmes

There are a number of independent funding opportunities available to students pursuing specific courses of study in UCC. Each one has particular closing dates and processes so please visit here for more information.

Please note that ALL applicants for postgraduate programmes (Irish/EU and non-EU) must complete the online postgraduate application PAC APPLICATION FORM to be considered for a place on the specific programme first.
See here for info on how to apply Online for a postgraduate taught programme.

See here for a listing of UCC POstgraduate Scholarships and Prizes.

Funding for Research Programmes

There are a number of bodies which provide funding opportunities for research programmes. For a full listing and more information, please visit here.

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University College Cork

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T12 YN60 Cork
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