UCC in the world university rankings
Explore UCC's progress across different world university rankings
Institutional Level Rankings
Skip to a specific ranking: 1. Times Higher Education World Impact Ranking | 2. QS World University Ranking | 3. Times Higher Education World University Ranking | 4. ARWU – Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) | 5. US News – Best Global Universities | 6.U-Multirank | 7. Webometrics | 8.Sunday Times League Table
UCC ranked 62 of 1,406 universities in the most recent edition of the global impact ranking produced by Times Higher Education. This is an evidence-based ranking which examines the impact the university is having, through the prism of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our score of 91.2 out of 100 puts us in the top 4.5% universities in the world for impact.
As well as our overall score and rank, we have also performed remarkably well across the individual UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with UCC ranking in the Top 40 in the world across 5 of the 17 SDGs. UCC's best performing SDGs based on rank (including actual score out of 100) are as follows:
|Responsible consumption and production||13||88.9|
|Life on land||17||90.3|
|Life below water||24||87.1|
|Sustainable cities and communities||36||85.8|
This ranking is particularly noteworthy in that not only does it look at data and metrics, it also looks at the impact the university is having on society and the world around us.
Times Higher Education assess the impact of the university across the university's teaching, research, student stewardship and community and public engagement so it is great to be recognised as a world leader in this regard, via this independent and rigorous annual assessment.
UCC's profile in the Times Higher Education World Impact Ranking
UCC improved its overall score by 0.2 but its rank dis-improved by 5 places in the QS World University Ranking 2022-23. UCC now ranks 303. This year 2,462 universities were considered and 1,422 made the final published rank. It measures performance across indicators including Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Student Faculty Ratio, Citation Per Faculty, Proportion of International Faculty and Proportion of International Students.
At 143 globally, the International Faculty indicator is the strongest for UCC. Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation and Citations Per Faculty all improved for UCC in this year's cycle of the ranking.
UCC's profile in the QS World University Ranking
UCC improved its rank to the 251-300 band in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking published on 2 September 2021, This is THE's flagship ranking and a key ranking for UCC as set out in UCC 2022. Over 1,600 universities around the world made the final published rank.
UCC again improved its overall score as well as improving its score and rank under each of THE's 5 pillars: Teaching, Research, Citations (research Impact), Industry Income and International Outlook.
UCC is the top Irish university for Research Impact and Industry Income as measured by this ranking.
UCC's profile in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking
The first and most prestigious of the university rankings. UCC improved its position to the 301-400 band and improved its overall score in the most recent cycle of this ranking. UCC is now joint-second in Ireland with UCD in this ranking which is confined to the top 2,000 universities globally, of which 1,000 make the final published rank.
UCC maintained its position as the top Irish university for highly cited researchers in this ranking.
UCC's profile in the ARWU – Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking)
UCC improved its position by 45 places to 392 and improved its score in the most recent cycle of this global ranking published on 25 Oct 2021. This ranking assesses 1,849 universities around the world, with "Books" being UCC’s strongest indicator at #210. 'Normalized citation impact' at #245 and '% of highly cited papers that are in the top 1% cited' at #258 are also strong indicators for UCC in this ranking.
UCC's profile in the US News – Best Global Universities Ranking
Is a user-based approach to ranking universities which was formed from an EC-funded project. It is a very rigorous assessment of the University which examines the University's performance in 38 different indicators across the areas of teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. This year's assessment, which published on the U-Multirank website on 21 June 2022, saw UCC improve its performance to 17 A scores and 11 B scores out of the 38 performance indicators scored, making it the top performing Irish Higher Education Institution under this independent assessment again this year.
A Spanish Government developed ranking with a primary purpose to promote scientific research, UCC is ranked 387 of 12,000 global universities and third-level institutions. The ranking is based on three indicators relating to Impact, Excellence and Openness.
UCC ranks 3rd in Ireland after TCD and UCD in this national ranking of Ireland’s seventeen third level institutions. This ranking looks across 8 different indicators and takes data from the CAO, HEA, and National Student Survey among other sources.
UCC leads the sector in Ireland on Graduate Employability (along with UL and NUIG) and on Progression Rate (along with TCD) from 1st to 2nd year, within this ranking.
UCC's profile in the Sunday Times League Table of Irish Higher Education Institutions
Niche / Specialised Rankings
1. UI Green Metric
UCC is 8th in the world for sustainability. The UI Green Metric ranking measures the promotion of sustainability across 956 universities around the world. UCC is a world leader in this area and improved (from 9th last year) to 8th in the world this year. In doing so UCC retained its place within the top 10 for the past six years of this ranking.
UCC's profile in the UI Green Metric (Sustainability Ranking)
2.QS Graduate Employability Rankings
UCC improved its position to the 201-250 band from 251-300 band in this ranking in 2019. The ranking which examines the university’s initiatives around securing employment for their graduates was suspended by QS in 2020 due to Covid-19 and recommenced in 2021.
UCC's profile in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings
3.Financial Times Executive Global Rankings
- IMI has cemented its place in the Customised Executive Education Global Rankings for a 12th successive year. This year IMI is ranked 66th in the world for customised executive education, and 10th in the UK & Ireland.
- IMI retains its place in the Open Enrolment Global Rankings, for a 3rd successive year. IMI has maintained its position in 67th place globally and is ranked 7th in the UK & Ireland for open enrolment programmes.
4. European Research Ranking
UCC ranks first in Ireland and impressive 33rd in Europe in the European Research Ranking. The data source is Cordis and the criteria used to rank the institutions include total funding per partner, total number of projects, total project funding, networking rank (reputation), partner constancy, project leadership index, diversity index.
UCC's profile in the European Research Ranking
Subject / Discipline Rankings
1.QS World University Rankings by Subject
UCC produced another strong performance in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. We've been named as one of the world's top universities for the study of 23 subjects according to the latest ranking published on 6 April 2022. UCC is ranked in the top 50 universities for one discipline (Nursing at number 41) and top 100 for a further three disciplines (Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and Law at 59, 66 and 75 respectively).
- 9 Subjects in the top 200: UCC is ranked in the top 200 for 9 subjects
- The 6 subjects that moved up a band were Modern Languages, Engineering - Chemical, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Nursing, Chemistry, and Law. We also have 2 new subjects featuring on QS Subject rankings which are Anatomy & Physiology and Politics and International Studies.
- The subject with the highest score for 'academic reputation' indicator relative to its peers is: Nursing
- The subject with the highest score for 'employer reputation' indicator relative to peers is: Archaeology
- The subject with the highest score for the 'citations per paper' indicator relative to its peers is: Agriculture and Forestry
- The subject with the highest score for the 'h-Index indicator' relative to its peers is: Pharmacy & Pharmacology
In overall terms UCC now has 4 top 100 subjects (up from 3), it has 9 top 200 subjects (up from 6) and it features 23 times on this global ranking (up from 20 last year). A noticeable improvement.
With 166 ranked programs from 11 institutions in this year’s subject rankings, Ireland is the 23rd most-represented country in the world.
2. Global Ranking of Academic Subjects – Shanghai
updated 19 July 2022
UCC subjects feature prominently in the prestigious Shanghai Subject Rankings. UCC features across 15 of Shanghai's subject categories in the most recent cycle, where
- Food Science & Engineering (Top 75),
- Nursing (Top 75),
- Dentistry (Top 75),
- Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Top 150)
- Clinical Medicine (Top 150), and
- Public Health (Top 150)
are all at the top end of these global rankings.
In the Irish context, UCC is first in Ireland for:
- Clinical Medicine
- Public Health
and joint first for each of:
- Energy Science and Engineering
- Dentistry and Oral Services
- Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
3. US News – Global Subject Rankings
Fifteen different UCC disciplines have made the most recent version of the US new Best global subjects, up from 9 last year. Some of the top performers are:
- Food Science and Technology (#59 - new ranking)
- Agricultural Sciences (#72),
- Microbiology (#92),
- Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology (#110),
- Neuroscience and Behaviour (#124).
4.Times Higher Education World Subject Rankings
Rather than rank specific subjects, THE publishes rankings across eleven broad subject areas each October/November. UCC improved its position and is now ranked in 151-175 for Clinical/Pre-clinical & health, ranking joint-top in Ireland with TCD in this area. UCC is ranked 176-200 globally for Life Sciences while both Psychology and Education rank in the 251-300 band respectively.
If you have any queries on UCC rankings, please contact David Hogan, Data and Institutional Research Officer.