Student FAQs



The following are a list of Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. I am interested in more information on the postgraduate programme in Older Person Rehabilitation?

To obtain more detailed information on the programme, please email the programme coordinator Dr. Suzanne Timmons at or contact the programme administrator at 021 462 7347 or email

Q2. Can you tell me when the postgraduate programme (i.e. PGCert, PGDip, MSc) commences?

The start dates are posted on the UCC website, click on each of the following: PGCert; PGDiploma; MSc

Q3. Do you have contact dates for when CPD modules commences?

The provisional dates are posted on the CGR website at or you can contact the office (021 462 7347) to obtain the dates if not yet uploaded to site.

Q4. I work fultime so is it possible to do the programme on a part-time basis while continuing to work fulltime?

YES, you can continue to work fulltime while doing the programme part-time.  The majority of our students work fulltime.

Q5. What are the fees for the programme and individual CPD modules?

The fees for each of the programmes are on the UCC website, click on the following for details: PGCert; PGDiploma; MSc; CPD Modules

Q6. Can I avail of student funding (i.e. grants, sponsorship, etc.)?

Information pertaining to student funding can be found by clicking on this link student assistance OR you can email:

Q7. How do I apply and when is the closing date for applications?

For instructions on how to apply and closing dates please click on the following link HOW TO APPLY

Q8. Does the programme offer job placement or internships?

NO, at this present time it does not.

Q9. If I have a queries about the application process who can I contact?

For general enquiries or information, please contact the Graduate Studies Office, 2nd Floor, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, UCC.  Their contact details are:

Tel +353 21 490 2876
Fax +353 21 490 1897

Q10. Who can I contact if I have a Fee query?

The Fees Office is located on the first floor of the North Wing of the Main Quadrangle in UCC.

Our opening hours are as follows: 

Monday 10:00-1:00pm; 2:00 - 5:10pm
Tues-Friday 9:00-1:00pm; 2:00 - 5:00pm
Tel: +353 21 490 3929/2365

Q11. How do I register for a module for the upcoming semester?

All registration queries will be handled by the Student Records and Examination Office.  See contact details below:

Dept Name Address Tel Fax Email

Student Records and

Examination Office

West Wing, UCC +353(0) 214902422 +353(0) 214903448

Q12. How do I see the modules I am enrolled in?

The UCC Blackboard tab will display any modules you are enrolled in, as well as announcements and calendar items relating to these modules.  You may not see all your modules if your lecturer has not made them available on the system.

If you have any further queries regarding your blackboard account please email

Q13. I have queries about the modules who can I contact?

You should contact the programme administrator at +353 21 462 7347 or email:

Q14. I have a registration letter but why haven't I received my student card?

If you have queries pertaining to your student card, please contact the Student Records and Examination Office - details below:

Name Student Records and Examination Office
Tel +353(0) 214902422

Q15. How do I get my Student Card?

ID cards for First Year students will be issued on completion of registration and orientation.  This ID card will be for the duration of the student's programme of study and will be validated each year on payment of the relevant fee.

ID cards for Ongoing students, which are for the duration of the programme, will be validated at the start of the new academic year provided that the student registers online and pays the relevant fee.

Replacement ID Cards can be obtained from the Student Records and Examinations Office on payment of a fee of 20 euro.

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Student Records and Examination Office at +353 21 490 2422 OR email:

Q16. I have received my student card but my log-in details won't work on Blackboard, what should I do?

  • You must be a fully registered student to logon to Blackboard.
  • If you cannot see all your modules on Blackboard, it means that either your lecturer has not enabled your module, or you are not fully registered for that module.
  • To see which modules you are registered for, log onto and go to MyUCC Student Administration.
  • In all cases, please allow a day or so for your registration information to be reflected on Blackboard.
  • Lecturers - please contact us at if you have problems with your module list or have logon difficulties.

Q17. How do I register for Blackboard?

  1. Go to
  2. Log-on to Student Portal
  3. Click on the Blackboard icon.

Q18. How do I gain access to UCC Libraries?

Please contact the Boole Library information desk at

Q19. What is a Module?

A module is a subject that you study as part of your programme.  Each module will award you either 5, 10, 15, or 20 credits once successfully completed.  Each year of your programme contains 60 credits in total; you must register for your complete 60 credits by selecting the compulsory and/or optional modules available when completing registration.

Q20. Where is the Gerontology Office located?

We relocated from the Western Gateway Building in 2011 and moved to the following location:

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation
School of Medicine, UCC
@ St. Finbarr's Hospital
The Bungalow, Block 13
Douglas Road

Q21. Where can I find lecture material for each module?

Lecture material (i.e. presentation slides, references, etc) will be uploaded on Blackboard for students to view prior to the class meeting.

Q22. Where can I get a timetable outlining the schedule/topics for each contact date?

A timetable for each module is available on Blackboard at the beginning of each term but timetables are subject to change.

Q23. What format should I use when preparing my essay assignments?

These details are all documented in the Student Handbook as well as the Module Handbook and both are uploaded to Blackboard at the beginning of each term for each module.  A step by step guideline document is uploaded to Blackboard outlining the steps for preparing your assignment. 

Q24. What reference style is required when preparing my final essay assignment?

The standard reference style used in UCC is the Harvard style.

Q25. How should I submit my final essay assignment?

You should submit your final essay assignment to the programme administrator on the day the assignment is DUE via email so we have an electronic copy on file.  Confirmation of receipt will be sent to you upon receipt of the document.

Then two original copies of your assignment must be sent in to the Office to the following address:

Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation
St. Finbarr's Hospital
The Bungalow, Block 13
Douglas Road

Note: It is NOT necessary to hand deliver your copies to the office, postal delivery will suffice.

Q26. If I am taking the Clinical Practicum module (CG6010) how does the clinical placement work?  Do I have to select the clinical sites myself or does someone in the programme provide a list of clinical sites?

You should contact the Programme Coordinator to discuss the course outline and placement options and she will put you in contact with the person responsible for clinical placements.  Contact Details are:

Name: Dr. Suzanne Timmons
Tel: +353(0) 492 3165

Q27. What is the volume of workload like for a module?  For instance, how many assignments do I have to submit?

It differes with each module but the structure usually is continuous in-class assessment (i.e. student participation and communication within class), recommended reading and one final essay assignment (2000-3000 words).

Q28. Is it possible to speak with other students who have completed the programme?

If you would like to speak to other students in the programme you should contact the office and we will make arrangements.  We are working on putting some testimonials on our website for students to view.     

Q29.  Is the programme offered on-line where I don't have to attend in-class lectures.

At this present time the programme is not on-line.  The programme promotes a blended learning approach where content is delivered online via the UCC's Blackboard system, through lectures, webinars, workshops and facilitated student led discussions.










Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation

School of Medicine, UCC The Bungalow, Block 13, St. Finbarr's Hospital, Douglas Road, Cork, Republic of Ireland.