University College Cork
University College Cork is an excellent place to pursue an undergraduate degree. Located on a picturesque campus on the banks of the River Lee, the university has recently expanded in sympathy with its location and past. New facilities include a striking student centre, a large postgraduate extension to the library, and the Glucksman Art Gallery, which has garnered international acclaim for its striking architectural design and superb display space. Cultural and student life is rich and diverse at UCC, making it a favoured destination for studies in Ireland. Indeed, UCC was voted the Irish Times University of the Year for 2003/4 and 2005/6 – pleasing external confirmation of the quality of the university, our programmes and degrees, research, and the vitality of the student experience here. The large number of European, American, African, and Asian students who have chosen to study at UCC for undergraduate or post-graduate degrees attests to the excellent facilities and programmes available. These foreign students in turn contribute much to the diversity of the university community and the richness of the student experience.
Cork City, located on the south-west coast of Ireland, is the vibrant cultural, educational, and economic hub of the south of Ireland. The city has a cosmopolitan feel, an excellent shopping district, superb restaurants, galleries, and sporting facilities. Cork was designated the 2005 European Capital of Culture, a testimony to the cultural heritage and facilities of the city. For students who like the outdoors, Cork is close to some of Ireland’s most dazzling scenery, particularly West Cork and Kerry. Cork is a particularly good location for students of chemistry and is situated in the heart of one of the largest clusters of pharmaceutical companies in the world. Six of the world's ten best selling drugs are now produced in Cork, and Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson and Schering Plough are all have facilities around Cork. (Pharmaceutical exports account for an astounding 52% of Ireland’s exports). Global pharmaceutical companies are attracted to Cork for several reasons, including the experienced and highly skilled workforce, the region’s large number of highly qualified science and engineering graduates, and the strong tradition of collaboration between industry and the city’s university. The Department of Chemisty has strong ties with these companies and other institutions to give our graduating students excellent employment prospects.
Transport to Cork
Getting to Cork could never be easier! Nationally, a railway and bus service links Cork to all parts of the country. Internationally, Cork International Airport links Cork directly to over 40 UK & European destinations. If you don't fancy flying, then a number of Ferry services link Rosslare and Cork to Swansea, Roscoff, Fishguard, Pembroke & Cherbourg.