University College Cork

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Undergraduate programs


Postgraduate programs

3380 EUR

Tuition Fee/year

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.


  • 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

University information

The Quercus Talented Students’ Programme is aimed at supporting and promoting excellence in academia, sport, creative and performing arts, active citizenship, and innovation/entrepreneurship for both prospective undergraduate/level 8 students and students already registered in UCC. In addition to the scholarships in these areas, we also offer three types of Quercus Academic Scholarship. In 2018, UCC was designated University of Sanctuary status, and launched a Scholarship Scheme for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. The scholarships will cover full fees and tuition, in addition to a number of annual bursaries covering travel and expenses. UCC’s Sanctuary Status is a marker not just of what has been achieved in UCC, but an indicator of the need for sustained and creative work to support asylum seekers and refugees locally and internationally. UCC has a strategic priority and a policy of widening access which has resulted in almost 25% of the current student population coming from under-represented areas including Disability Support Service; Mature Students; UCC Plus+. The Disability Support Service provides support to over 1,500 students with disabilities and is a core element of Access and Participation in UCC. The Service works to increase access and retention of students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties and does this by delivering a very proactive and innovative pre-entry programme through which we engage with primary and secondary schools as well as students with disabilities and their parents. UCC is the most successful university in Ireland in providing access to undergraduate programmes through admission from Further Education colleges (termed the QQI-FET (FETAC) route). The Mature Student Office (MSO) works with full-time undergraduate students who are over the age of 23 (on 1 January of the year of entry to third level) and with QQI-FET students.
Total StudentsInternational studentsTotal faculty staff
UG Students- 83%
PG Students- 17%
UG Students- 57%
PG Students- 43%
Domestic Staff- 61%
International Staff- 39%

Tuition fees

International Student  Tuition Fees: 3380 EUR (Tuition Fee/year)

Rankings & Ratings

University College London (UCL) is one of the top private universities in Cambridge, United States. It is ranked #1 in QS World University Rankings 2024.


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Europe University Rankings – Northern Europe

Rankings Criteria



Academic Reputation
Employer Reputation
Faculty Student Ratio
Citations per Faculty
International Faculty Ratio
International Students Ratio
International Research Network
Employment Outcomes

Campus locations

Western Road, Cork, IE, Ireland

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