Current Students

Student Supports

The "Acorn to Mighty Oak" has come to symbolise students' academic, personal and professional development journey throughout their time at UCC. In alignment with this rich metaphor, the support services available to students are presented in the form of a Support Tree. This tree depicts the support services currently available to students and provides links to further information about each service.

Student Support Tree

Student Absentee Form

The School of Chemistry supports students who face genuine personal difficulties or who have compelling reasons for not completing prescribed work and assessments. Where this is the case, students must complete the absentee form and send it with certification (medical, sports etc.) to within two weeks:

Students are responsible for providing this documentation. For long absences or complex personal situations, we advise you to discuss this matter with the degree programme coordinator for your year. All documentation and information will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.

Practical Exemption Form

On occasion when students are required to repeat a module in a subsequent academic year, their performance in the lab component in the first attempt was sufficient and repeating the practical work may not be required. Note students are not automatically granted a practical exemption – this is the decision of the module coordinator in each instance and depends on whether the student has achieved the learning outcomes for the lab course. Eligible students must complete and email the practical exemption form to

Timetable of the Academic Year 2022/23

Semester Periods First Semester Period Christmas Recess Second Semester Period Easter Recess
Dates 12.09.2022


Examination Periods 2022/23

Exam Periods Winter Examination Period Summer Examination Period Autumn Examination Period
Dates Thursday 08.12.2022
Wednesday 21.12.2022
Friday 28.04.2023
Friday 12.05.2023
Friday 28.07.2023
Friday 11.08.2023


Study Abroad with the School of Chemistry

ZHAW Exchange Programme
Zurich University of Applied Sciences in one of the top institutes in Europe with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Two student places are available to those registered in Chemical Sciences to go abroad in semester 2 of their 3rd year. Students keen to develop hands-on practical and experimental skills are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply: Applications will be open to 3rd year students in the first few weeks of semester 1. Information will be sent out via Canvas email. You must submit a CV and short cover letter as part of your application. Due to demand, there may be a short interview process to select the successful candidate. Only students with first class honours and high second-class honours will be considered.

The Erasmus+ Programme provides the opportunity to study abroad in EU Universities. While many courses are through a foreign language, some offer English courses. Students should be fluent in the language of instruction of the institution they wish to attend. Student grants are available to those participating in the Erasmus+ programme.

How to apply: Students wishing to study abroad in their 3rd year must apply in semester two of 2nd year. Applications are made through the International Education Office and open in the first few weeks of January. Please note that applications to study abroad requires approval from the School. Only students with first class honours and high second-class honours will be approved to study abroad.

For more information, contact the visiting student coordinator for the School of Chemistry, Dr Gillian Collins.

For other study abroad options see the UCC International Office website.

Student Well-Being

The School of Chemistry is committed to supporting your experience with us. We are aware that there are many aspects which influence your well-being, and we recognise that sometimes you may experience difficulties outside the University which affect your University life, particularly your studies. If you find that you are having difficulties which are impacting on your academic studies and/or on your well-being, the University offers a wide range of support services.

If you are experiencing any issues which are impacting on your studies, we encourage you to make contact with either the relevant point of contact or with the School Student Experience Officer. We can offer information and support, and, if necessary, guide you towards the university service most relevant to your needs.

Undergraduate Chemistry Modules

A full list of chemistry modules and their contents, across all undergraduate courses, may be found in the UCC book of modules.

Software for Students

The School of Chemistry site licence for ChemDraw, entitles all students and staff to avail of the latest version of ChemDraw Professional.

ChemDraw Professional is the complete drawing tool of choice for chemists and biologists to create publication-ready, scientifically intelligent drawings for use in electronic notebooks (ELNs), databases and publications.  And can now also be used for querying chemical databases, including SciFinder®.

In order to access the software:

  • Register with PerkinElmer using your UCC e-mail address. An updated link (with no out of date security settings) is also available.
  • Activate your account via the email sent to the email address you used in the registration and log in.
  • This will direct you to the PerkinElmer Download Centre.  Once there, click on “home” under software and services.  Click on the most recent version of “ChemDraw Professional” and in the next page download the appropriate windows or mac version of ChemDraw. Follow the subsequent download instructions.
  • To find your activation code, please click on order history tab on left navigation pane, then click on applicable order # and scroll down to the activation code on right side. Note, this code will activate both WIN & MAC platforms.  Use this code to activate the software during installation.

ChemDraw Basics Tutorial

A powerful, comprehensive suite, purpose-built to simplify, facilitate, and accelerate chemistry communication and the transformation of chemical drawings into shareable chemical knowledge.



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Intel Chemistry Computer Laboratory

The School of Chemistry has its own Computer Laboratory independent of the facilities available from the Computer Centre. The lab is designed both for teaching and student use. Opening hours are 9 a.m. - 10 p.m, Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The lab is not open to students during teaching hours. The 33 desktop computers are continually updated with chemistry, pharmaceutical, statistical as well as office and internet programs. Bookings can be made by contacting

The laboratory is situated in the Food Science Building, Block A, level 3, Room 355.

Directions from Kane Building: Go to the ground floor Kane (Science) Building. Coming from the main entrance take the first door on the right. Then take the first left and continue over the foot bridge. Take a left at the end of the foot bridge and then take an immediate right. Continue through two food science corridors until the very end (staying on the same level), the Intel Lab  (Intel Chemistry Computer Laboratory) is on your right.

UCC Chemical Society

Established in 1925, the UCC Chemical Society is one of the oldest societies in UCC and the oldest science-based society in Ireland. Annually 'ChemSoc' host numerous events, with their highlights being the Chemistry Ball and the John Tobin Chemistry Quiz. Full details on how to get involved or keep up to date with their events are available on their Facebook page.

School of Chemistry

Scoil na Ceimic

Second Floor, Kane Building, University College Cork, T12 YN60.