How do I apply?

We are now open for taught and online course applications.

We are now open for research applications.

2015-09 How to apply taughtAPPLICATION STEPS for TAUGHT and ONLINE COURSES

How to apply for a research course and phd at university college corkAPPLICATION STEPS for RESEARCH COURSES

We wish you all the best with your application to UCC.

Key points

  • There are closing dates for all taught programmes. See dates below.
  • We welcome applications for research programmes at any time during the year. We advise research students to apply at least two months in advance of your proposed start date and that you have discussed your application with your proposed supervisor before making an application.
  • English language requirements are listed below.
  • Find out if you should apply as an EU student by checking information below.

There are two main points to note when comparing your grading system to the Irish/UCC grading system:

  1. The Irish grading system traditionally uses a verbal grading system.
  2. The Irish grading system usually grades work between 40% (pass) and 70%-75% (excellent). Quite often only a small proportion of students in a class are awarded a mark of over 70%.

Guide on grading system in Ireland. The following table provides suggested equivalents only and are a very basic starting point for you to work out where your grade sits within the Irish and UCC system.

Ireland: Verbal Grade

(UCC grading system)

Ireland: % Grade

(UCC grading system working on a 40 to 70 scale)

International: Equivalent Grade

(Comparison grades from other countries working on a 0-100 scale)

First Class Honours (1H1)

70% or above

A+ (93%-100%)

Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (2H1)

60% - 69%

A (90%-92%)

Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (2H2)

50% -59%

B (80%-89%)

Third Class Honours (3H)

45% -49%

C (70%-79%)

Pass

40% -44%

D (60%-69%)

Fail

Less than 40%

E-F (0-59%)

Levels of qualifications in Ireland and Europe

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a framework of all learning achievements available in Ireland. You can find out more about the level that is required for your preferred course and where your current qualification fits within our framework at this link.

A specific comparison between the European and Irish framework is available here.

Teaching in UCC is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of Competence in English Language by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for particular programmes) in a recognised English language test, as outlined below. Some departments/schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course whilst other departments/schools give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English Language proficiency before starting the course.

 

Postgraduate English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. English language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to commencement of a programme.

The following approved English language qualifications are currently accepted at UCC:

IELTS Minimum Requirements

College Programmes  IELTS
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
College of Business and Law All Programmes  6.5  
Minimum individual sections 5.5
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.0
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Clinical Therapies) 6.5  
Minimum individual sections 6.5
School of Clinical Therapies 7.0  
Minimum individual sections 6.5

TOEFL Minimum Requirements

College Programmes  TOEFL
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
College of Business and Law All Programmes  TOEFL 90  
Listening - 17; Reading - 18; 
Speaking - 20; Writing 17
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  TOEFL 90  
Listening - 20; Reading - 19; 
Speaking - 21; Writing 20
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Clinical Therapies) TOEFL 90  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23
School of Clinical Therapies TOEFL 100  
Listening - 23; Reading - 21; 
Speaking - 22; Writing 23

Cambridge Proficiency Exam

College Programmes  Cambridge Proficiency Exam
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  Grade C
College of Business and Law All Programmes  Grade C
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  Grade C
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  Grade C

Cambridge Advanced Exam

College Programmes  Cambridge Advanced Exam
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  Grade B
College of Business and Law All Programmes  Grade B
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  Grade B
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes  Grade B

Pearson PTE

College Programmes  Pearson PTE
College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences All Programmes  Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
College of Business and Law All Programmes  Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science All Programmes  Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
College of Medicine and Health All Programmes (Except Clinical Therapies) Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 59
School of Clinical Therapies Minimum score of 67 with no section score below 63

UCC English Language Centre

The UCC Language Centre offers a range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language and thus be eligible for entry to postgraduate study at University College Cork. For more information on the English courses which are offered at the Language Centre, please follow the link: http://www.ucc.ie/en/esol/.

Other tests/qualifications may be accepted as equivalent to the qualifications listed above. Please contact the relevant Admissions Office for further information.

Certain tests (e.g. IELTS and TOEFL) have a two year time limit in their validity and these will be applied.

Please note that Secure English Language Test (SELT) scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification (e.g. IELTS). We will not accept a combination of individual component scores from multiple tests.

For admission purpose all applicants are divided into two categories: EU and Non-EU.

It is important that you establish your status before you make an application to UCC as you will retain your status (EU/Non-EU) during your study and you will be unable to change from one category to the other in the middle of a course. Also there is a different application procedure for each category.

EU Status:

  • An applicant’s principal residence for the purpose of taxation must have been in a European Union Member State for a minimum of 3 of the 5 years prior to entry to university. Prior residence as a full-time student alone does not qualify a student for EU fee rates.
  • If an applicant is under 23 years of age on the start date of the course then the principal residence for the purpose of taxation of the parents will be examined. The applicant must also have been resident for the required period.
  • If an applicant is over 23 years of age on the start date of the course then the principle residence for the purpose of taxations of the applicant is examined.

P21 forms will be required in both instances and will be requested when an applicant applies though the Postgraduate Application Centre to confirm EU status.

Non-EU Status:

If you do not meet the criteria outlined above you will qualify as a Non-EU applicant.

This means that you pay Non-EU fees and apply through the International Education Office. For Non-EU application information and/or any other queries please contact internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie

A taught course involves seminars and lectures (much like an undergraduate course), and is usually one or two years in duration (full-time or part-time). Some taught courses do contain a minor research element but as the core element of the course is class-room based these courses are considered to be a taught course.

Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, Professional Diplomas, Higher Diplomas and Masters are examples of taught courses available in UCC.

A research course is usually longer in duration, involves study of a specialised subject/area, and the student will present a thesis at the end of their research studies.

A Masters by Research, PhD by Research and a Structured PhD are examples of research courses available in UCC.

A Structured PhD is considered a research course and is "a graduate course of study undertaken by PhD students that maintains a research-based education, but one that is augmented by activities that support the acquisition of a range of relevant specialist and generic skills" (IUQB 2009). A Structured PhD may include some transferable, discipline-specific, or generic skills training. Your studies, therefore, may have some "taught" components. As with all PhDs, the core component of a structured PhD course is "the advancement of knowledge through original research".

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

 

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017
For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017
For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017
For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places. 

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/taughtprogrammes/ 

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