FAQs-Research courses

FAQs for Research Course Applications

FAQs for Research  Course Applications

No, there is no closing date for research applications. However, students are advised to apply at least 2 months in advance of their preferred start date.

In any one year you can only make one application to UCC s research postgraduate programmes. You may include up to 3 programme choices in your research application. If after applying, you wish to add more course choices/programmes to your application and you have NOT applied for the full cohort you should contact the Graduate Studies Office in UCC Email: graduatestudies@ucc.ie if you are an EU applicant. If you are a NON-EU Applicant you should contact the International Education Office Email: internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie.

It can take up to 2 months before you receive confirmation that you have been accepted onto your course choice.

January, April, July and October.

PhD track is currently available in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the College of Business and Law. PhD track is not a qualification in its own right, but is essentially provisional registration for a PhD. In order to progress onto a PhD students will be subject to a review within 12 to 18 months from the date of first registration and will be required to demonstrate progress in the form of 10,000 words minimum written work, as well as defending their work at interview. Students may then on the recommendation of the Head of Department and the Supervisor and with the approval of College progress to a PhD.

You must first contact the Department where you wish to carry out your research. See the Schools & Departments section of the website for links to the various schools and departments in UCC.

Yes, you can be jointly supervised by two departments.

No, you must have a research topic before you can apply online.

You fill in an online application form and then post in (to PAC) other supporting documentation in hard copy format. Once your application is complete it is then sent to the Department/School for approval. Once the Department/School approves your application it is then sent to the Faculty/College for approval. Once your application has been approved we will write out to you with registration/payment information.

Research application's journey

  • PAC online application completed by applicant↓
  • Printed by Graduates Studies Office↓
  • Sent to supervisor → Sent to Head of Department/School → Sent to College/Faculty meeting↓
  • Sent back to Graduate Studies Office with decision↓
  • Decision sent to candidate with instructions on how to register

After you have submitted your application fee payment details on the online application system, you must print the Application Receipt. The Application Receipt page will include your PAC application Number. There is also a facility on the Application Status to view your PAC application.

The application fee is payable by credit/debit card, or by bank draft, or by direct bank transfer only (details will be given as you proceed through the online system). PAC does not accept personal cheques or postal orders.

Please note: if you have the high junk mail filtering option in your email account, emails from the Postgraduate Applications Centre and University College Cork may be flagged as Junk. You will need to either reduce the Junk mail filter or else add the Postgraduate Applications Centre (info@pac.ie) and University College Cork email addresses as two of your safe senders.

You may be asked to send in any or all of these (we recommend within 7 days of submitting your application): transcript (non-UCC applicants; applicants who have still to graduate must send in this on receipt), evidence of English language competency, references and a research proposal (if applicable). Your receipt at the end of the online process will highlight which items you must post in. Note that documentation submitted cannot be returned.

You will receive an email alert from the Postgraduate Applications Centre to check your application status on the 'Application Status' section of the online application system. It is vital that you give the correct email address on your online application and that your email account is working. It is also important that you check your email regularly.

  • Web Address: http://www.pac.ie/ucc 
  • Select Option : Log in. 
  • To view current application status: Click on Application Status.

No, you must complete an online application. You will also need a working email address to use this facility as all correspondence with regard to your application will be communicated to you by email.

In any one year, you may not present more than ONE online Taught postgraduate application to UCC’s postgraduate programmes. You may include up to three research programme choices on your online taught application.

All correspondence about your application is through e-mail. You will be notified by email that the status of your application has changed and will be advised to log into your PAC account for more information. Please note if you have a high junk mail filtering option in your e-mail account, e-mails from the Postgraduate Application Centre, Galway and University College Cork may be flagged as Junk. You will need to either reduce the Junk mail filter or else add the Postgraduate Application Centre, Galway (info@pac.ie) and University College Cork e-mail addresses as two of your safe senders.

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