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University College Cork


Overview of University College Cork

University College Cork is a world-class university and the oldest running institutions in Ireland. UCC was established in 1845 and was formerly known as Queens’ College Cork. The beautiful campus and the warm Irish friendliness draw over 3000 students from 104 countries.

UCC is also ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world and gives its alumni the distinction of an internationally recognised education. UCC is the recipient of numerous awards, among the many awards conferred on it, are – 5-time winner of the Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ as well as the first university to meet the ISO 50001 standard in Energy Management in 2011.

University College Cork Courses

The UCC degrees are conferred by the National University of Ireland and recognised internationally around 19,000 students take their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Students who take their undergraduate course can obtain a degree within 3 years in subjects like Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Arts, while the duration of most of the courses is 4 years. Most programmes have paid work placements which is a part of the degree which is a benefit to students when they look out for employment post-study

UCC provides a series of postgraduate programmes at the Diploma and Masters level. Around 140 doctoral courses are available across the four colleges. 

  • College of arts, Celtic Study and Social Sciences
  • College of Business and Law
  • College of Medicine and Health
  • College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Business Management, Computer Sciences and Information Systems, Engineering, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy and Physics are some of the top courses at UCC. 


UCC is one of Ireland’s leading research centres in its 4 colleges. UCC aims to build a centre of Excellence to carry out world-class research in the fields of Nanoelectronics, Food and Health; and Environment Science. According to the reports by the UCC’s Governing Body, in the year 2008, UCC was the first institution in Ireland to conduct research using Embryonic Stem Cells in Research.

The university is home to many well -known research centres like Tyndall National Institute, APC Microbiome Ireland, Environmental Research Institute, Boole Centre for Research in informatics and Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility.

University College Cork Scholarships 

UCC awards 1,000 scholarships and bursaries annually to domestic and international students across all areas of study. The Government of Ireland and the College of Business and Law, UCC offer scholarships for Indian students for one-year Masters by Research. Apart from the Government funding the scholarships, there are private institutions who offer academic and financial support to students studying at the university.

For International (non-EU) students on taught masters programmes, students with a First Class Honours (1H) get a 20% off on tuition fee, a student with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division or equivalent (2H1) get a 10% off on tuition fee. These scholarships are automatically awarded at the offer stage. 

University College Cork Ranking

  • QS 2020- 310
  • Times Higher Education – 301-350
  • US news worlds and Rankings- 451
  • Shanghai University Ranking – 401-500

University College Cork requirements

In some circumstances, applicants may have to submit evidence of an English language qualification to satisfy the university programme entry requirements. The entry requirements are as follows

IELTS: 6.5 with no section below 5.5


PTE: 63 no score below 59.

Apart from the requirements mentioned above, students may have to submit other essentials like a LOR (for few courses)


Accounting - Undergraduate
Agricultural Science - Undergraduate
Applied Plant Biology - Undergraduate
Applied Psychology - Undergraduate
Architecture (Joint Programme with CIT) - Undergraduate
(Bio) Pharma Processing Major - Postgraduate
(Bio) Pharma Processing Minor - Postgraduate
Accounting - Postgraduate
Actuarial Science - Postgraduate
Alternative Methods for Freshwater Quality Monitoring - Postgraduate

Cork is the second-largest and southernmost country of Ireland and is located near the south coast of Ireland. The city is vibrant and buzzes with activities. The city provides a lot of advantages for the students as it has a lot of parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, theatres and historical buildings. Hence, students are never short of leisure options. It provides endless entertainment like plays, concerts, exhibitions, shopping and festivals.

The city has a wide range of pubs, clubs and music venues. Live music, from traditional and classical to heavy metal, can be found in places like The Bowery, An Spailpin Fanach, The Bodega, The Cork Opera House, to name a few. 

Cork is known as the Food Capital of Ireland, so for the foodies, the English Market is worth visiting as you get to taste the local Irish food along with some international flavours. Apart from the English market being an attraction for tourists, there is the Cork City Gaol, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the scenic town of Cobh or the last port call for the Titanic or Blarney Castle that draws the attention of the tourists.

Student Life

The university is located in Ireland’s second-largest city and only a 10- minute walk from the Cork City Centre. UCC celebrated 10 years of becoming the first university in the world to be awarded a Green Flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education. UCC has cut waste tonnage by 25%, reduced carbon footprint by 36 %, hosted Ireland’s first single-use plastic-free café and became the only university outside of North America to be awarded a STARS Gold rating from the Foundation for Environmental Education.

The campus has more than 59 sports clubs and societies. The Mardyke Arena, is the leading indoor sports facilities in Ireland, as it consists of a 25 m swimming pool, international-sized basketball court, dressing rooms, climbing wall and an external viewing gallery over a recently installed indoor and outdoor running track. Other facilities include a multi-purpose sports hall, gyms, cafes, restaurant office and support facilities. 

The college conducts campus placements for their students in major companies like Xerox, Apple, IBM, Dell, Intel, Accenture, Ernst and Young, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company, Amazon to name a few. 

On-Campus Details

Accommodation is available on -campus in 5 residential villages, with Wi-Fi facility. The complexes have a large kitchen and a lounge area in each apartment. Daily cleaning and self-catering service options are available. 

The 5 residential villages are University hall and Victoria Lodge (10 minutes from the campus). The Castle White apartments are in line to the university’s main campus; the complex accommodates 298 students, and there are no en suite bedrooms. The Mardyke Hall has 14 apartments with a total of 48 bedrooms. The apartments are located in an attractive courtyard which is a minutes’ walk from the main campus and Cork city centre. Aras Ui Thuama village is situated close to the Lee parks. This block contains nine apartments with two, three and four bedrooms. All communities have facilities for students with disabilities. 

UCC campus accommodation is based on Random Selection Lottery and for students who live more than 45 km from the campus. A mail is sent to successful applicants regarding the information about their rooms. Successful applicants should confirm their apartment within a week and pay a deposit of €300 for booking. You can pay the fees in two instalments.

Single bedroom – the 1st instalment is €3,344 and 2nd instalment €2,280 (electricity and utilities included)

Twin bedroom- For the full academic year (37 weeks)you will pay € 4,144

For an en- suite room the fees for the whole academic year is €6,253 (electricity and utilities included)

Off-campus Details

Off-campus accommodations are available for students. These apartments are situated close to the university and cater to the needs of the students.  

  • The residence type comprises a studio apartment which consists of 3, 4, 5-bed apartments
  • Apartments are soundproof for students.
  • Each unit offers self-service laundry, Wi-Fi, 24-hr warden service
  • The apartments are well-maintained with a living room and a fully furnished kitchen with washer/ dryer and microwave.

The rent off-campus is a minimum of € 200 and maximum of € 800

Useful Facts
  • Half of the buildings in the university is named after George Boole
  • Students do not walk through the centre of the quad during exam time as they don’t consider it lucky.
  • Cork is the third-largest city behind Dublin and Belfast
  • Cork is ranked as one of Europe’s top eight ‘Ideal cultural and creative cities’ by the European Commission
  • UCC is voted as the safest campus in Ireland and one of the safest in the world
  • UCC international students are amongst happiest in Ireland
  • Cork is a host to more than 24 major festivals each year.
  • Cork is listed as the top 10 places to visit by the lonely planet
  • Cork city is a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.

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