New Academic Programmes

Academic Board at its meeting on 1 December 2021 extended the Interim Arrangements for the Management of New Academic Programme Proposals for the 2021-22 academic year. This is to facilitate ongoing work in Priority 2 of the Academic Strategy reviewing the University‚Äôs current portfolio of academic programmes and planning for development into the future. This review will result in a plan and timeline for the amalgamation/removal and introduction of new programmes (ref. AB 6th Feb. 2019, AB 19th June 2019, AB 21st Oct. 2020 and AB 1st Dec. 2021).


The information and process outlined on this page is relevant for the introduction of a new academic programme. For information on processes and timelines for changes to existing programmes see here.


The following Process should be followed where a new academic programme is being proposed:


1. The Head of School should be contacted in the first instance to discuss any new programme proposal, who, if supportive of the proposal, will inform the Head of College for an initial assessment against the following criteria:

  1. The introduction of the programme presents a competitive advantage or strategic opportunity for the University including a significant impact on the reputation of the University.
  2. The decision to pause the programme will have a material impact on the finances of the College/University.
  3. The programme is designed to support the professional development of UCC staff.
  4. The programme is in response to a national tender opportunity.
  5. The programme is required as part of an existing contractual obligation.
  6. There is capacity within administrative offices across Colleges, Admissions Offices and Academic Programmes and Regulations (APAR) to support the approval and introduction of the programme.


2. If the Head of College supports the proposed new programme, he/she will write to the Interim Registrar, outlining what criteria the proposal meets and requesting the Interim Registrar's endorsement. Note: To avoid unnecessary effort proposers should not to complete an Outline Programme Proposal form in advance of endorsement by the Interim Registrar.


3. Following the Interim Registrar's endorsement, the programme lead must contact the Office for Academic Programmes and Regulations ( for an Outline Programme Proposal form which will need to be completed for approval by the College and Academic Board. Note: To avoid unnecessary effort proposers should not to complete an OPP in advance of endorsement by the Interim Registrar.


4. All new programmes remain subject to existing rules and deadlines governing their approval and introduction, (whereby new Undergraduate Programmes must be fully approved and signed off by end of February for inclusion in the CAO Handbook (18 months prior to intake) and new Postgraduate Programmes should be fully approved and signed off by 31st October in time for roll forward of the Postgraduate Application Engine (PAE).

Academic Programmes and Regulations

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