Why University College Cork?

On a limestone bluff overlooking the River Lee in Ireland is University College Cork (UCC). Its motto ‘Where Finbarr Taught, Let Munster Learn,’ refers to the 6th century Saint Finbarr, whose monastery and school once stood nearby.

Originally named Queen’s College, Cork, the university was established to provide access to higher education in the Irish province of Munster (Ireland’s second city), and was named after Queen Victoria, along with two other Queen’s Colleges in Galway and Belfast.

UCC’s first students arrived in 1849 and, from 1850, the institution formed part of the Queen’s University of Ireland. In the 1880s it became part of the Royal University of Ireland, and by 1908 joined the federal National University of Ireland (NUI), where it was a founding member

Year Founded


Student Population


Staff Population

22.2 Students per staff member

Male to Female ratio

57:43 male to female students

“UCC is proud to be ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world.”


In recognition of the historic role of George J. Mitchell in advancing the security, hope and opportunity for generations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship has been established. The purpose of the Scholarship is to create opportunities for the exchange of university students between Ireland and the State of Maine.

University College Cork has been nominated by the Minister for Education and Science to send suitably qualified students under the Scholarship to an institution in the University of Maine System. To qualify for the Scholarship a student must be:

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Be registered full time and have completed at least one full year.
  3. Have a record of high academic achievement.
  4. Have demonstrated leadership abilities and a commitment to community service.

Students who are immediate past graduates of UCC are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.

The successful candidate will receive remission of tuition and academic fees and free room and board, from the University of Maine.

Further information is available from the International Office, University College Cork.

The Graduate School in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science offers a number of Travel Bursaries for students currently registered for a postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD) in the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science.

The purpose of these awards is twofold:

  • To enable students to present their work at an international conference
  • To facilitate the training of students who wish to acquire skills that are essential for their academic development, but which they cannot otherwise receive in UCC.

PhD student applicants can apply for up to €500 in financial support that may be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation and registration fees for relevant conferences or training courses.

Available to EU and International (Non-EU) Applicants

UCC invites applications for the first Lilly Research Scholarships which have been established to promote research in one of the following disciplines:

  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biotechnology related areas
  • Chemical Engineering

These scholarships aim to support students and integrate them into the academic, social and cultural aspects of University College Cork. The scholarships are targeted at high performing students proposing to undertake impactful research, possibly of an inter-disciplinary nature, at the highest level in the broad areas of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biotechnology related areas, and Chemical Engineering under a supervisor or supervision team with significant experience in the area.

Available to EU and Non-EU applicants.

Applications are invited for the Lauritzon Food Research Scholarship, details of which are below.

Fully funded postgraduate (MSc or PhD) scholarship in the highly innovative area of food science and food-related disciplines.

Scholarship will cover full tuition fees plus monthly stipend and consumables for up to 4 years.

Quercus Taught Masters Academic Scholarships are awarded to top-performing postgraduate applicants to Masters courses across the University.

The scholarships will be awarded to candidates who have a minimum 1H undergraduate honours bachelor degree (or equivalent result in a NFQ Level 8), or a 1H postgraduate degree (or equivalent result in a NFQ Level 9) and who are deemed by their college of choice to demonstrate an exceptional level of academic excellence and commitment to their Masters course of choice.

The Quercus Taught Masters Scholarship is a 50% contribution towards postgraduate fees for the duration of the postgraduate course.

The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme supports suitably qualified Research Masters and Doctoral candidates pursuing or intending to pursue full-time research in any discipline.

Mr. Dennis J. Doherty of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, endowed one postgraduate scholarship to commemorate his wife Frances P. Doherty, his mother Catherine E. Doherty (née O’Connor) who came from Co. Kerry, and his sister Kathleen L. Doherty. The value of the scholarship is c. €10,000. The award of the scholarship is subject to the following conditions which have been approved by the donor and University College Cork:

  • Each scholarship shall be designated “The O’Connor Scholarship”.
  • One scholarship shall be offered for award annually and shall be open for competition among suitably qualified graduates of University College Cork, who were born in Ireland. The scholarship is tenable at University College Cork and is confined to graduates with a parent whose surname on birth was O’Connor.
  • The scholarship shall be renewed for at most one year, subject to satisfactory academic performance by the holder.
  • If a scholarship is not awarded in any one year, an additional scholarship may be offered in the following year.

The O’Connor Scholarship is managed by the Student Records and Examination Office, UCC. For further information, please contact this office directly.


International (non-EU) students on taught masters programmes


UCC First Class Honours or equivalent (1H): 20% off tuition fee

UCC Second Class Honours, Upper Division or equivalent (2H1): 10% off tuition fee

UCC Second Class Honours, Lower Division or equivalent (2H2): €1,000


Awarded automatically at offer stage

The NUI (National University of Ireland) Travelling Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI. 
The NUI Travelling Studentship Scheme has as its main objectives:

  • to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;
  • to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  • to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  • to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

In recent years, the value of a Travelling Studentship has been offered at a maximum of €24,000 per annum. This covered a stipend of €16,000 and potentially included a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate. The competition is open to NUI graduates.

UCC offers 11 Excellence Scholarships every year to applicants who intend to start a PhD Track (initial registration for a PhD) or MPhil degree in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in September 2019 or January 2020.  

The scholarships cover EU tuition fees and are tenable for the duration of the student’s chosen postgraduate course (2 yrs for MPhil, 3 years for PhD and 4 years for PhD Digital Arts and Humanities and DSocSc).

The scholarships are open to EU and non-EU students. However, the funding will only cover the EU fee, so successful non-EU applicants will be responsible for the balance.

Applicants must have at least Second Class Honours (Grade 1) or equivalent in their undergraduate or postgraduate degree and must have already applied for their chosen postgraduate course at www.pac.ie/ucc before applying for the scholarship. A referee’s report will be required as part of the application process.

Please note it is the responsibilty of each applicant to ensure that their referee submits the report.

The Government of Ireland and the College of Business and Law, University College Cork are delighted to offer one full scholarships for an Indian Student for a one year Masters by Research.

The Scholarship includes fees and €10,000 euro towards living expenses.

Note: The successful scholar will need €3,000 minimum extra for living expenses in Ireland

A place will be offered annually at University College Cork to a student of English from one of the Dutch universities.

  1. This student will be called the Harting Scholar and will be attached to the Language Centre, a constituent part of the School of Language and Literature.
  2. The Harting Scholar will be allowed to choose one or more courses at undergraduate or postgraduate level from the programmes offered by the School of Language and Literature and/or the Departments of History and Modern Irish and cognate departments in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.
  3. The fees will be waived for the Harting Scholar.
  4. He/she will be prepared to teach and assist in examining Dutch as required by UCC with a maximum of four hours of weekly teaching.
  5. The Harting Scholar must have attended a three-day instruction course, which is held every year in May, especially for the twenty-six or so Harting Scholars who are going to teach Dutch at universities in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
  6. Travel expenses and subsistence will be arranged by the Harting Committee.

top 2% of universities

UCC Ranked 301-350th World University Ranking 2019 and is proud to be ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world.

Top in Engineering & Technology

UCC ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in engineering and technology.


UCC’s vibrant and open campus has plenty to offer both students and the wider Cork community.

UCC is home to more than one hundred different societies.

Hear from UCC students

Sabrina Woods

“I found the course content to be relevant and interesting and to this day I continually apply my learning to everyday situations in my work. As CEO, I feel that I now have an extensive understanding of the wider co-operative movement and the reasons why so many people globally continue to be motivated to work or volunteer in the sector. It was daunting at first to commit to a Master’s Programme, however the staff in UCC made it all possible. The support they offer is second to none and I never felt like I was on my own. I could contact them any time for advice or information and they were always happy to help. I particularly enjoyed the online interaction with other students on the course. I found myself in discussions with colleagues from all over the world on a range of relevant topics. This provided a valuable insight into how co-operatives and social enterprises work in other countries and how we could apply their techniques here in Ireland. It also helped develop my critical thinking skills which has been a great asset. I have never felt a greater sense of achievement and personal development in my professional life than when I graduated from the MSc course and it has created some amazing opportunities for me since, including travel. I would encourage anyone working in the sector to enrol on this course; it has helped me in all aspects of my working life and has definitely been a positive contribution to our credit union.”

– Sabrina Woods, CEO Connolly CIE Credit Union 

Pat O’Sullivan

“I found the course to be of great benefit in giving me a broad knowledge and appreciation of the co-operative model in the context of my work as a director in a credit union. I particularly liked working on the dissertation as it introduced me to research and broadened my knowledge and perspective into my chosen research topic which was very relevant to my work on the board and where I found great support from my tutors. Overall the programme helped me to enhance my skills and knowledge and thus my ability to make an informed contribution at board level, particularly in relation to governance, entrepreneurship and in developing strategy which are now key elements of board responsibility. On a practical level, I found the online learning facility to be of great benefit as it meant that I could work around the times that suited me best.”

– Pat O’Sullivan, Chairperson, Douglas Credit Union

Frequently asked questions

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Disability Support

UCC has an excellent Disability and Learning Support Service. This service is used by students who are blind or vision impaired, students who are deaf or hard of hearing, students with mobility disabilities, students with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, students with hidden disabilities such as mental health difficulties or significant on going illnesses such as epilepsy. The service provides an individualised customised response to each student’s needs.

UCC provides a range of student support including:

  • Student services
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counselling
  • Student Health Unit
  • Student Connect
  • Career Guidance
  • Community Connector
  • Student Hub Common Room
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