About the School
University College Cork has played a pivotal role in the development of computing. George Boole, first professor of mathematics at what was then Queen’s College Cork, developed the formal foundations of propositional logic, which underpins the hardware and software of all modern digital computers. The school’s ethos reflects this tradition, emphasising scientific development and exploitation of knowledge, fully integrated with teaching, public engagement, and practical application for the benefit of society and the wider economy.
The current head of school is Professor Cormac J. Sreenan, who, prior to joining UCC, qualified with a PhD in computer science at Cambridge University and worked as a research scientist at AT&T Bell Labs USA. The school has 90 staff including 30 academic faculty and 40 post-doctoral researchers. At present there are 60 PhD students, which is set to increase to over 100 in the coming three years as part of the school’s dynamic research activity. In addition to PhDs, the school offers a portfolio of undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees. In the 2020 QS World University rankings, the discipline of computer science is in the range 201-250, the third highest in Ireland.