Transition Year Programme

Transition Year Programme

‌The School of BEES Transition Year Programme gives secondary school students the chance to discover science at UCC in a structured way.

The students get the opportunity to study and work alongside BEES staff and students for a week and get a feel for areas like Plant Science, Zoology, Environmental Science and Geology. The week also sees the students visiting the Eureka Centre, the Boole Library and getting a guided tour of the UCC campus.

Speaking about the programme, Dr Tom Quirke (co-ordinator) said: "It aims to deliver a comprehensive experience of working in the area of Zoology, Ecology, Geology, Plant Science and Environmental Science through a series of lectures and practicals. It also offers the students a chance to participate in various degree courses and avail of the facilities in UCC. We hope the students enjoy their time here and benefit from the different activities, ultimately assisting them in choosing their future careers!”

Read how previous TYP students enjoyed the programme on the BEES Blog.

For more information on the competitive application process, contact the programme co-ordinator, Dr Tom Quirke Participants will be selected based on (a) their motivational statement and (b) previous experiences in at least one of the subjects studied in School of Biological, Earth and Environmental sciences.

The deadline for applications is 31st of October 2018


Dates for 2019 Programme:

25th February  - 1st March 2019


  • For any queries please email Dr Tom Quirke ( Please do not call the School of BEES.
  • Accommodation is not provided for students. Participants not resident in Cork will need to arrange their own accommodation for the week.
  • Applications must be typed and sent by email. Hand-written applications and hard-copies will not be considered.

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K