University College Cork (UCC)  was founded as Queen’s College Cork in 1845 to provide university-level education to the province of Munster (Ireland’s southernmost province). It now has more than 20,000 full-time students in fields as diverse as Medicine, Science, Engineering, Law, Business and Humanities and more than 1,600 staff. The student body is quite diverse, with almost 3,000 overseas students studying here from some 98 countries. UCC prides itself especially on the quality of its graduate education and research activity, notably in biomedical, molecular and cell biology, food and environmental research. It has one of the highest research grant incomes of Irish Universities and consistently performs well in international rankings placing it consistently in the top 2% of universities worldwide. UCC increased its standing in all ranking systems in 2013. The University has an especially beautiful campus within walking distance of the City Centre and with more than 3,000 student beds available nearby in modern purpose-built student accommodation. The University’s main sports centre is the Mardyke Arena which includes gyms, squash courts, 25m swimming pool and many other facilities. UCC also has a wide range of student clubs and societies. 

Cork City is listed as one of the top ten places to visit in the world according to the Lonely Planet guide which says Cork “has always had an unshakeable self-confidence and innate sense of pride” - a description which is equally applicable to UCC itself.

Cork City is just the right size to feel at home quickly, and yet has all the character of a cosmopolitan city. The city and surroundings have a population of approximately 250,000 with an international airport and ferryport nearby and they are well-connected to the national rail, motorway and bus networks. Cork has always been a major centre for the arts in Ireland but, since its designation as European City of Culture in 2005, the city has upped its game significantly.  The calendar of major festivals hosted in Cork throughout the year caters for all tastes, with events in performance and visual arts, choral singing, comedy, film, folk music, jazz, literature, writing, and traditional music, to name but a few.

Cork is also the gateway to some of the most scenic areas of Ireland. County Cork is a short car journey from the city, with stunning coastline, pristine beaches and rolling countryside .

Find out more about Cork City and Cork County

Most graduate students are funded by research grants obtained by Principal Investigators or the students themselves. Research in our School is funded by the Welcome Trust, European Union, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and the Irish Research Council.

We also welcome self-funded students and we actively support research training for non-EU students.

For further information, please contact the Head of School

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