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University College Cork
English Name: University College Cork
Region: Northern Europe
Country/Region: Ireland
Found Year: 1845
Address: Western Road

University College Cork

A tradition of independent thinking

University College Cork is one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities. It boasts a vibrant, modern campus with an unsurpassed student experience in Ireland. A learning community where the student is at the heart of everything and the special relationship between student and lecturer is primary to our unique ethos.

The campus is located a mere ten minutes’ walk from the heart of Cork city, a former European Capital of Culture. Cork is listed as a top ten location in the Lonely Planet guide which states it “has always had an unshakeable self-confidence and innate sense of pride”, a description which is equally applicable to the University itself.

UCC’s uniqueness is comprised of several threads, which when woven together create the fabric of an exceptional university experience. Those elements include its cosmopolitan character; diversity of student backgrounds; successful access programs; excellence in teaching; high academic standards; flexibility in the delivery of programs; high completion rates and levels of graduate employment; excellent sporting facilities and a broad diversity of societies and social activities resulting in over two thousand student led events per term.

The campus possesses a range of unique cultural and historical attractions, where preservation and progress coexist; the University’s original 1845 buildings designed by Sir Thomas Deane and Benjamin Woodworth are considered to be of international architectural significance. The Hibero-Romanesque glory of the Honan Chapel (1916), and the Glucksman Gallery (2004,) a visionary purpose built modern art exhibition centre, are located within a two minute stroll. Our setting in beautiful grounds which include the historic Main Quadrangle, impressive gardens and riverside walks all provide a rich, varied, and inspiring experience to student and visitor alike.

UCC takes pride in the fact that its research income is consistently one of the highest in Ireland, as is industry collaboration income, and its research findings have had significiant impact in the global media. Imaginative teaching approaches and learning styles are fostered and supported while teaching and learning enjoy parity of esteem with research. A student-centred approach to education is embedded into the curriculum. Accordingly UCC attracts the highest calibre of students to over 120 degree and professional programmes throughout its four colleges.

There are c.20,700 full-time students: c.14,000 of these follow undergraduate programmes, while c.4,300 are engaged in postgraduate study and research. UCC’s diverse student-body includes c.3,300 international students representing over 100 countries worldwide. The university’s Centre for Adult Continuing Education serves over 2,700 part-time students. The university is one of the Region’s largest employers, employing c. 3,000 people.

UCC is the first University in the world to be awarded the esteemed ‘Green Flag’ award and remains the only Irish institution to be honoured in this way. UCC is ranked 9th in the world on the Global Green University Rankings and hosted the 5th annual conference earlier this year. We are co-founders of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) one of the world’s largest research projects in sustainable energy and the marine. Similarly, UCC is an inaugural partner in a novel research collaboration between enterprise, Higher Education and the Irish Naval Service.

UCC is host to a number of Ireland’s elite research centres including the Tyndall National Research Institute and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC Microbiome Ireland)  both recognised global leaders. UCC leads out on 4 of Ireland's national strategic research centres and has co-leadership in a further two centres covering research in the areas of Energy, Food, Health, Nanotechnology and Data Analytics. UCC is at the leading edge of commercialisation and technology transfer.

The university is acutely aware of its global commitments and hosts the Centre for Global Development recognising global challenges can only be addressed in collaboration between the developed and developing worlds. Joint degrees are awarded in partnership with University of Mekelle in Ethiopia. Campus societies enthusiastically support staff and student engagement with development issues. UCC is ranked 32 in the world Times Higher Impact Ranking which is primarily based on UN Sustainability Goals. 

UCC is actively engaged within its local community including partnership and volunteering by staff and students with a range of social and civic society organisations. A summertime open air concert, in conjunction with the local police and community services, is held annually on the main campus and the proceeds donated to local charities. A recent innovation sees students receive course credit for community based research activities.

University College Cork’s inspiring 175 year history is hallmarked by excellence. We aim to build character, fulfil potential and move the human race forward. An ethos that is proudly continued today. Our unique university community is empowered by its focussed ambition to persistently deliver, by remaining on the cutting edge and shaping the world we live in. 

UCC – A tradition of independent thinking

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Undergraduate Programs
           Applied Psychology
           Arts Music
           Biological and Chemical Sciences
           Biomedical Science
           Business and Financial Economics
           Business Information Systems
           Chemical Sciences
           Children'S and Generalintegrated Nursing
           Chinese Studies
           Chinese Studies
           Computer Science
           Drama and Theatre Studies
           Drama and Theatre Studies International
           Early Childhood Studies
           Early Years and Childhood Studies
           Electrical and Electronic
           Environmental and Earth System Sciences
           European Studies
           Food Business
           Food Marketing and Entrepreneurship
           Food Science
           Food Studies
           Hispanic Studies
           Intellectual Disability
           International Development and Food Policy
           Language and Cultural Studies
           Law and French
           Law and German
           Law and Irish
           Mathematical Sciences
           Nutritional Sciences
           Occupational Therapy
           Physics and Astrophysics
           Process and Chemical Engineering
           Process and Chemical Engineering
           Public Health and Health Promotion
           Rural Development
           Speech and Language Therapy
           Sports Studies and Physical Education
           Youth and Community Work
Master's Degree Programs
           Advanced Audiology
           An Léann Dúchais
           Anatomy Neuroscience
           Applied Linguistics
           Applied Mathematics
           Applied Psychology
           Applied Psychology
           Applied Science Analysis of Pharmaceutical Compounds
           Applied Science Analytical Chemistry
           Applied Science Bioinformatics with Systems Biology
           Applied Science Biotechnology
           Applied Science Ecological Assessment
           Applied Science Environmental Analytical Chemistry
           Applied Science Food Science
           Applied Science Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
           Applied Science Marine Biology
           Applied Science Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing
           Applied Science Software and Systems For Mobile Networks
           Archaeological Excavation
           Asian Studies
           Biomedical Sciences
           Business Economics
           Business Economics
           Business Information Systems
           Celtic Civilisation
           Child and Family Law
           Clinical Pharmacy
           Co-Operative and Social Enterprise
           Co-Operative Organisation/Food Marketing/Rural Development
           Comparative Aesthetics and The Arts
           Comparative and World Literature
           Computer Science
           Computing Science
           Contemporary Chinese Culture and Business
           Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies
           Contemporary Religions
           Corporate Finance
           Criminal Justice
           Drama and Theatre Studies
           Early and Medieval Irish
           Economics of Business Practice
           Electronic Business
           End-Of-Life Healthcare Ethics
           English American Literature and Film
           English Irish Writing: Theories and Traditions
           English Modernities: Romanticism, Modernism, Post-Modernism
           English Texts and Contexts: Medieval To Renaissance
           Environmental Science
           European Development Studies
           Evidence Sed Therapy Practice
           Film Studies
           Financial Economics
           Fisheries Management, Development and Conservation
           Food Business
           Food Marketing
           Food Microbiology
           Food Microbiology
           Geography Coastal Management and Geographical Information Systems
           German Studies
           Government and Public Policy
           Greek and Roman Civilisation
           Guidance Counselling
           Health Economic Practice
           Health Economics
           Health Services Management
           Hispanic Studies
           History Historical Research, International Relations, Medieval and Renaissance History
           Human Osteoarchaeology
           Information Systems For Business Performance
           Information Technology In Architecture, Engineering and Construction
           Innovation In European Business
           Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship
           Intellectual Property and E-Law
           Interactive Media
           International Human Rights Law and Public Policy
           International Public Policy and Diplomacy
           Italian Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture: New Approaches, Italian Language and Translation Studies
           Local History
           Management and Marketing
           Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems
           Master of Dental Public Health
           Materials Science
           Mathematical Physics
           Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems
           Microelectronic Design
           Modern and Contemporary Art History
           Modern Irish
           Mph Master of Public Health
           Music and Cultural History
           Nursing Studies
           Nutritional Sciences
           Obstetrics and Gynaecology
           Occupational Health
           Older Person Rehabilitation
           Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering
           Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Systems
           Philosophy and Sociology
           Plant Science
           Rural Development
           Sociology of Development and Globalisation
           Specialised S/ In Applied Science
           Sport and Exercise Medicine
           Supply Chain Management
           Supply Chain Management Lean Scm Black Belt
           Sustainable Energy
           Teaching and Learning In Higher Education
           Technology Management
           Translation Studies French
           Women'S Studies
Doctoral Programs
           Business Information Systems
           Cancer Biology
           Digital Arts and Humanities
           Education Structured
           Health Services Research
           Social Sciences
           Texts, Contexts and Cultures

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