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Why Choose Cork, Ireland?

  • Cork, Ireland's second largest city, is buzzing with energy, friendly with a cosmolitan flair that feeds great minds.
  • Ireland is the 9th most popular destination for US study abroad students and has been within the top 10 for several decades.
  • Ireland is the second largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world. With a highly creative and talented workforce, an open economy and a competitive corporate tax environment, Ireland has successfully attracted 8 of the top 10 global information technology companies to establish a significant presence here. 

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Useful information about life in Cork, from flights, public transport, shopping, safety, entertainment can be found by clicking the International Office Website

Why University College Cork, Ireland?

Welcome to UCC

Established in 1845, University College Cork has a beautiful, intimate and vibrant campus. UCC is a place of history, as well as amazing facilities. It stands right in the heart of the compact city of Cork, with its 1,500-year cultural heritage and 21st century lifestyle.  Both are safe, secure and have real edge, and provide the perfect environment to succeed and excel.

Some convincing reasons why you should consider Computer Science at UCC

University College Cork -  5 Times Irish University of the Year

  • An extensive range of highly ranked undergraduate and postgraduate courses

  • A highly respected university in the top 2% of universities in the world

  • Computer Science is based in the purpose built Western Gateway Building fitted out with modern laboratories with the latest hardware and software

  • A well rounded student experience with first class facilities and services

  • Excellent student services and peer to peer support throughout your time at UCC to ensure your success

  • Highly respected faculty and research staff, who contribute both nationally and internationally in their chosen research fields as well as representatives on national and international committees and boards

  • A truly international student and alumni community that you will be part of for life, with over 130,000 UCC alumni worldwide

  • Career guidance and support with an exceptionally high number of graduates securing employment within three months of graduation

  • A vibrant student experience, with over 100 sporting clubs and societies to choose from

  • A beautiful campus that is recognised by Tripadvisor’s site, Flipkey, as one of the top-40 ‘must-see’ universities in the world

  • Our performance across various global rankings and accreditations is testament to the quality of our degrees and calibre or our teaching, research and student experience

Postgraduate Programmes at University College Cork

Postgraduate Programmes at University College Cork

We offer the following internationally recognized 12-month MSc programmes, each of which consists of two semesters of taught graduate level courses followed by a major individual project/dissertation.  You can find information on each course including entry requirements, modules, hours of study, assessment etc.

In addition, students can select the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology as a route into industry or as a stepping stone to apply for one of our MSc programmes.

Semester Dates for 2019-20 including Christmas and Easter Recess can be accessed at: 

Entry Requirements, Fees, Scholarships and Visas

What are the entry requirements?

  • MSc Data Science and Analytics: 2H1
  • MSc Computing Science: 2H1
  • MSc Interactive Media: 2H2

Minimum entry requirement is a UCC bachelor degree grade 2H2 or 2H1 depending on the programme.


UCC Bachelor (Hons)

Minimum 2H2 entry requirement

Minimum 2H1 entry Requirement


Bachelor (Honours) Degree

Minimum grade of 2.7 (4 point scale)

Minimum grade of 3.1 (4 point scale)

Hong Kong

Bachelor Degree (Honours)  (學士學位 (榮譽)

Minimum  grade of 2.5 (4 point scale)

Minimum grade of 3.0 (4 point scale)


Bachelor Degree  (Sarjana I (SI))   

Minimum grade of 2.6 (4 point scale) 

Minimum grade of 3.0 (4 point scale)


Bachelor Degree (学士)

Minimum grade of 65%

Minimum grade of 75%


Bachelor Degree

Minimum grade of Class 2 division ii (2.7 on a 4 point scale)

Minimum Class 2 division I (3.0 on a 4 point scale)


Master Degree or Bachelor Degree from a Centre of Excellence or Prestigious University

There is no standard grading system used in Higher Education, please contact the International Office

There is no standard grading system used in Higher Education, please contact the International Office 


Bachelor (Hons) Degree

2nd Lower 60-69%; (NUS: 3.5 - 3.99, 4.5 point  scale)

2nd Upper 70 -79% (NUS 4.0 - 4.49, 4.5 point scale)

South Korea

Bachelor Degree (Haksa)

70-79% (2.6/4.0, 2.8/4.3, 3.0/4.5)

80-89% (3.0/4.0, 3.3/4.3, 3.5/4.5)

Sri Lanka

Bachelor Special Degree or Professional Degree 

3.0 - 3.29 (4 point scale) or 55 -59%

3.3 - 3.69 (4 point scale) or 60 -74%


Bachelor Degree (學士學位 )

70% at National and 1st Class Private Institutions or 75% at 2nd Class Private Institutions

75% at National and 1st Class Private Institutions or 80% at 2nd Class Private Institutions


Bachelor Degree

Minimum grade of 2.8 ( 4 point scale)

Minimum grade of 3.0 (4 point scale)


Bachelor Degree (Bang tot nghiep dai hoc)

Minimum grade of 6.0/10

Minimum grade of 7.0/10

Further details at International Education Office

How do I apply for taught postgraduate programmes?

Apply via UCC's application system.

Do I need a visa to register as a student in Ireland?

Students require a visa to come to Ireland.  Visas can take up to 8 weeks to be approved. Further information can be found on the: UCC international office page 

How will I know if I have received a place?

Once you have submitted all the relevant documentation, your file will be forwarded to the School of Computer Science and Information Technology for review; a decision is usually made within two to three weeks. 

What are the fees and scholarships for Non-EU students (2020-21)?

Tuition Fee (2020-21): €18,130


The International Student Merit Based Scholarship is automatically awarded to all students based on undergraduate grade awarded as follows:

  • €1,000 based on a UCC 2H2
  • 10% off of tuition fee based on a UCC 2H1
  • 20% off of tuition fee based on a UCC 1H

Additional information on Scholarships available to International Students can be found here.

Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my place?

  1. Accept your place on the CRM Recruit System.
  2. You will then receive an offer letter with your offer.
  3. A deposit of €2,000 is required to secure your place; you must pay it within 21 days of receiving your offer.

Our Student Voices

Alex tells us about his experience as an international student (from India) living in Cork and studying at UCC.


Ankita shares her memories of UCC and tells us about her work at Intel Securities in Cork.

John and David initially studied the Higher Diploma in Applied Computing Technology which provided each of them an entry route to the MSc Computing Science.

The MSc in Interactive Media provided Laura with the skills to re-direct her career to gain entry into the IT industry.

You can also read some of our graduates' fascinating stories on our Computer Science Blog Posts

The UCC International Students Blog Posts will give you further insight into life at UCC, Cork, Ireland.

Working in Ireland after Graduation

Once you have graduated, you are entitled to work in Ireland for one year 

As of 10th April 2007, legally resident non-EEA third level graduates have been allowed to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit. This scheme allows students with a minimum of a Bachelor and Master degree the opportunity to work in Ireland for a year after graduation.  Information on working in Ireland

Guide to salaries in Ireland

Career Service at UCC

The Career Service at UCC offers great support for students seeking employment. You can book an appointment for a free consultation; receive regular email alerts on job opportunities; meet companies at industry specific roadshows etc.  For more information on the UCC Career Service, click here.

The IT Sector in Ireland

The technology sector in Ireland directly employs over 105,000 people, with 75% employed in multinational companies and the remainder in the indigenous digital technology sector.

Ireland is home to:

    • 10 of the top 10 global technology companies
    • 9 of the 10 global software companies
    • 5 of the 5 top security software companies
    • 3 of the top 3 enterprise software companies
    • 3 of the top 5 games companies
    • 4 of the top 5 IT services companies
    • The top 10 ‘born on the internet’ companies (Source:

The report indicated that skills shortages include ICT software developers, cloud, databases/big data, testing, security, technical support, networking and infrastructure.

Driven by the continued growth of Ireland as a global technology hub, as well as the spread of digitalisation across all sectors of the economy, demand is forecast to grow at 8.5% annually, generating potential job openings of almost 73,000 during the period 2018-2022. ” Tony Donoghue, Chair of the Expert on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), March 2019.

"Ireland has made a good job of building a proto-Silicon Valley. By attracting global high-tech names to the country, it provides a high-tech hinterland in which smaller companies can grow...a whole ecosystem of support." Ben Rooney, The Wall Street Journal Europe.

Contact UCC

School of Computer Science and Information Technology, University College Cork


Tel: +353-21-420-5892





The International Office, UCC contact details


Tel: +353-21-4904734






A full list of agents working with UCC can be found here.

School of Computer Science and Information Technology

Scoil na Ríomheolaíochta agus na Teicneolaíochta Faisnéise

School of Computer Science and Information Technology, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, Ireland