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University College Cork

University College Cork


One of the oldest colleges in The Republic of Ireland, University College Cork is a school that has a rich and unique history spanning over a hundred and fifty years.


Established in 1845 University College Cork (or UCC) has a rich and unique history spanning over a hundred and fifty years.  Originally one of three "Queen's" colleges, it was renamed University College Cork under the Irish Universities Act of 1908. The Universities Act 1997 saw another change and by a Ministerial Order of 1998, the university was renamed University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.  It continues however to be known almost universally as University College Cork.

UCC campuses

The distinguished roster of UCC alumni spans the arts, business, medicine, sciences, sports, law and Irish politics.  These include novelist Seán Ó Faoláin; short-story writer Daniel Corkery; composer Seán Ó Riada; Kerry Group's Denis Brosnan; Dr. Paul Whelton, President & Chief Executive Loyola University Health System; Dr. Colm Quigley, Chairman of the Medical Council of Ireland; and Dr. Eamonn MM Quigley, President of the World Gastroenterology Organisation & Vice President of the American College of Gastroenterology; former Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin; Gaelic footballers Séamus Moynihan, Maurice Fitzgerald and Billy Morgan.

Among these notable alumni and professors is George Boole who was the first professor of Mathematics at UCC.  Mr. Boole later on developed Boolean algebra that would later make computer programming possible.

UCC has consistently ranked among the TOP 2% of universities worldwide by QS, that arbiter of university rankings. The university has also been the recipient of many awards over the years including:

  • UCC's School of Nursing and Midwifery is number 34 in the top 50 nursing schools in the world according to QS University Rankings;
  • UCC's School of Pharmacy is number 49 in the top 50 pharmacy schools in the world according to QS University Rankings;
  • Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times for four years (the most recent for 2015/2016);
  • Top Performing University by the European Commission funded U-Multirank system;
  • It is Ireland’s First Five Star University (QS Stars 2011);
  • European Award for Languages 2008.

Undergraduate Studies for Non-EU Students

The undergraduate courses at University College Cork are open to international students from all over the world. Every year UCC welcomes students from over 100 countries and we are delighted to facilitate their integration into our university. UCC offers approximately 60 degree courses at undergraduate level.  Choose from:

Postgraduate Studies for Non-EU Students

University College Cork offers a range of Taught Postgraduate programmes at Diploma and Masters Level as well as a range of Research Masters and PhD's across the following 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

University College Cork offers approximately 140 Taught Postgraduate programmes across the four colleges to international students and is Ireland's premier research university.

Want to know why you should consider enrolling in UCC for your postgraduate diploma or masters, Ph.D. degree? CLICK on this link to read the UCC Brochure.

Conversion Courses at UCC

Have you been wanting to change your career path but lacked the previous experience to do so?  University College Cork has a solution!

UCC offers a wide variety of CONVERSION COURSES to provide opportunities for individuals to take up a postgraduate qualification in an area where they do not have previous experience.  

Taking a conversion will work for you in any of the following situations apply to you:

  • You have just finished some courses but strongly feel like changing your study direction;
  • You completed an undergraduate degree, have a few years work experience but know you'd like to change career paths; 
  • You'd like to study a subject where you've had no previous experience but want to study to enhance your job prospects.

Choose from any of the following conversion courses to start your career in Ireland now!

  • Accounting and Corporate Finance (HDip)
  • Asian Business (MSc)
  • Biology – Marine Biology Conversion Programme (PG Cert)
  • Computer Science – Applied Computing Technology (HDip)
  • Computer Science – Interactive Media (MSc)
  • Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development (PG Dip)
  • Creative Writing (MA)
  • Digital Arts and Humanities (MA)
  • Economics (Competition Governance and Society) (HDip)
  • Electronic Business (MSc)
  • Executive MBA (MBA)
  • Information Systems for Business Performance (MSc)
  • Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship (MSc)
  • International Public Policy and Diplomacy (MSc)
  • Management and Marketing (MSc)
  • Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems (MSc)
  • Psychology (Conversion Course) (HDip)
To discuss your option to change careers or study pathways, book an orientation session with IVC's SAGE division. Call us at +63 (2) 683.0617 or +63 (0917) 529.8472 

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You will be able to enjoy working part-time while studying full-time programs in UCC - unless you enroll in their online courses.  There are immigration benefits as well AFTER graduate as graduates of some courses are allowed to stay and look for a job for up to one year in Ireland.

Why Study in University College Cork

Cork - the city that has it all!

The greater metropolitan area of Cork, Ireland's second largest city, has a population of almost 300,000.

Cork has a number of "sister cities" around the world; these include San Francisco, Shanghai, Rennes and Cologne. UCC receives many students from these cities who experience a warm and friendly welcome and a sense of being "home from home".

Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with all the advantages of a capital city with none of the disadvantages! It has the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city while its inhabitants can still easily walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances. The city is also the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland. It is a busy, thriving seaport and home to a large number of modern industries.

As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in the country. Therefore, 'city and 'county' life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and ourdoor pursuits right to your doorstep. According to National Geographic, you'll find one of the best walks in Cork!

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. This allows for constant access to the international destinations and also highlights Cork itself as a globally attractive and exciting location.

UCC Facts and Figures.

If you intend to enroll in UCC especially in research, you would enjoy working with state of the art facilities and a hands-on approach to learning.  And as an applicant, you would be happy to know that UCC:

  • Offers a variety of programs, from undergraduate to Ph.D. courses - all for you to choose from;
  • Has more than 1,200 qualified academic faculty staff;
  • Ensures that students needs are looked after as UCC has a student union that acts as the representative body of the 15,000 plus students attending UCC. You will automatically be a member as your student levy will be part of your miscellaneous fees;
  • Has over 80 active societies and 50 different sports clubs.  There are also various clubs that center on a variety of activities such as academic, charitable, religious, creative arts as well as sports.  You'll never get bored and you'll enjoy opportunities to network;
  • Encourages its societies to engage in altruistic and humanitarian works such as raising funds for an orphanage in Cambodia and financial support for the Cork Hospitals Children's Club;
  • Established its own Accommodation and Student Activities Office that can provide you with advice and information on renting accommodation in Cork City;
  • Has impressive graduate statistics in that ninety percent (90%) of primary degree graduates are in employment or further study.


Aside from stylishly-furnished rooms that can accommodate 1,200 students, you may want to consider studying in University College Cork for the following reasons:

  • Favorable student visa process;
  • The Republic of Ireland is an English-speaking country. There's no need to learn a new language;
  • It is the Gateway to Europe for leading global companies. In fact 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies are located in Cork;
  • Your needs and rights will be protected. UCC's International Office was ranked 1st in Ireland and 3rd in the world with a 944% satisfaction rating.  UCC offers one of the best student support and careers service;
  • It was the 1st university in the world to be awarded the international Green Flag;
  • It was voted "Safest Campus in Ireland" by international students;
  • 87% of UCC's graduate are in employment;
  • Your degree is respected and recognized as UCC belongs to the top 2% of research institutions in the world;
  • Everything you need is only minutes from Cork City Centre:  accommodation, library, green campus, shops, restaurants and art gallery!

Academic Programs

Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, etc.)

Chemistry, Physics, Biology

Wages and Salaries in Ireland

Wages and Salaries in Ireland

And if expenses are in Euros (€) remember, you'll be earning in Euros (€) as well!  These are the new  hourly minimum rates of pay that are in force in Ireland from January 1, 2017:

  • Experienced adult worker €9.25 per hour  (€9.15 effective January 1, 2018 )
  • Over 18 and in 2nd year of first job  €8.33 or 90% of the minimum wage (was €8.24)  
  • Over 18 and in first year of first job  €7.40 or 80% of the minimum wage  (was €7.32)
  • Aged under 18   €6.48 or 70% of the minimum wage  (was €6.41)

An experienced adult worker –  for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act –  is an employee who has an employment of any kind in any 2 years over the age of 18.

Source of information is http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/employment/ last accessed on November 9, 2017

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