Information for applicants

How do I apply for entry to UCC’s undergraduate programmes?

The procedure is explained fully by UCC's Admissions Office at

I live outside Ireland. How do I apply?

If you are already a student at an overseas university and wish to study with us for one or two semesters as an international visiting student, then this set of FAQ does not apply to you. Please see instead the advice given at

If you are resident outside Ireland and wish to apply for a full degree programme at UCC, then the application process depends on where you come from:

* If you are an EU citizen, then you apply through the CAO system like Irish students. See the advice from UCC’s Admissions Office at

* If you are not an EU citizen, then you apply through UCC’s International Education Office: see

 What degree programmes does UCC offer?

A list of undergraduate programmes offered by UCC is provided at

The programme in which Music is studied substantially (either as the principal subject or as one of two principal subjects) is CK104 (BA Arts-Music, three years). Applicants are required to take the Music Entrance Test.

Music may also be taken with Drama and Theatre Studies under CK112. Special arrangements regarding the Entrance Test apply in this case: see Music Entrance Test

What’s the difference between the BA and the BMus?

At UCC the main differences are of duration and scope:

  • The BA is a three-year programme; the BMus is a four-year one.
  • The BA is a degree in two Arts subjects (not necessarily equally weighted); the BMus is a degree in Music only (except for a minor subject in first year).
  • BA students take fewer Music modules in years 2 and 3 than BMus students take, and BMus students have a fourth year in which to take further Music modules. Thus the BMus gives the maximum scope for availing of the many course-options offered by the School.

There is no difference in content or standards between individual Music modules taken by BA students and those taken by BMus students: BA and BMus students share classes together and are examined identically.

Is it possible to obtain both the BA and the BMus degrees?

Yes—provided certain conditions are met. (1) The student enters the BA Arts-Music programme (CK104). (2) In years 2 and 3, the student takes Music as the major subject either for Single Honours or for Major Honours. (3) Provided that s/he passes the BA with an Honours result, the student is then eligible to apply to enter the fourth year of the BMus programme.

Apart from the extra experience in Music that may be gained by studying for a fourth year, there is not necessarily any advantage in obtaining both degrees over four years: since both are primary degrees, neither qualifies as a postgraduate qualification. Many students prefer instead to aim for a high Honours result in their BA so that they may apply for a masters degree or another postgraduate programme.

What do the terms “Single Hons”, “Major Hons” and “Joint Hons” mean?

Having passed first year, an Arts student following a BA programme chooses which path to follow in years 2 and 3. There are three possible paths, depending on how the student wishes to divide up 60 credits per year:

  • Single Hons: one subject (the “major” subject) is taken for 50 credits, while a second subject (the “minor” subject) is taken for 10 credits.
  • Major Hons: one subject is taken for 40 credits, while a second subject is taken for 20 credits.
  • Joint Hons: two equally-weighted subjects are taken, for 30 credits each.

What points do I need for entry

The points thresholds for entry to our degree programmes naturally vary a little from year to year, depending on demand. The cut-off points at round 1 required in the years since 2003 are therefore only a guide:

    • BA (Arts-Music), CK104: 420 (2003), 420 (2004), 360 (2005), 450 (2006), 400 (2007), 450 (2008), 465 (2009), 445 (2010), 410 (2011), 395 (2012), 340 (2013).
    • BMus, CK103: 340 (2003), 350 (2004), 350 (2005), 410 (2006), 365 (2007), 385 (2008), 370 (2009),370 (2010), 375(2011), 370 (2012), 400 (2013).
    • BA (Drama and Theatre Studies), CK112: 430 (2003), 415 (2004), 385 (2005), 440 (2006), 400 (2007), 370 (2008), 425 (2009), 370 (2010), 400 (2011), 380 (2012), 375 (2013).


What are the entry requirements?

Applicants to the CK104 (BA Arts-Music) and CK103 (BMus) programmes must pass UCC’s Music Entrance Test in order to be eligible for a place on those programmes.  Whether an applicant succeeds in obtaining a place then depends on other factors: the points required for entry, the quota of places available, and such other admission requirements for Arts that the university applies.

There are no precise requirements for success at the Music Entrance Test, though naturally the School is looking for candidates with strong interests in studying music who possess skills in using music notation and in performance to a level sufficient for them to cope with the demands of our degree programmes. For full advice on the Test, see: Music Entrance Test

The policy of the Department of Music at UCC is to cater for students from diverse backgrounds and different kinds of experience of music.  Thus, candidates who have not had the opportunity to take Music at the Leaving Certificate or to have taken advanced performance grades are just as welcome to apply as those who have passed such exams.

How many places are available on the BA and BMus programmes?

UCC’s College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences sets quotas on the number of students who may be accepted for its degree programmes in any one year. Currently, the quota for Music is around 50 places for the programmes (CK103 and CK104) to which the Music Entrance Test applies, divided more or less equally between those programmes.

What Arts subjects may be taken with Music for the BA in years 2 and 3?

These are listed elsewhere. Go to and click on “Overview”

Where may I find information on the Music Entrance Test?


Does UCC provide accommodation for first-year students?

Yes. but not necessarily for all students. UCC Campus Accommodation provides student residential accommodation from mid-September to mid-June. It consists of several centres, each one being owned or managed by UCC. All are specially designed with comfortable apartments to suit student life with all modern conveniences to hand.

This accommodation may be booked online: see

I’m applying for CK112 (DTS) with Music. Do I need to take the Music Entrance Test?

At UCC it’s possible to take the BA in Drama and Theatre Studies (DTS) and Music as two equal subjects (known as Joint Hons), and thus specialize in both. In each of the three years of the degree, the student takes 30 credits of Music modules and 30 credits of DTS modules. Applicants for this Joint-Hons pathway apply for CK112 but must take the Music Entrance Test as well as the entrance test for DTS.

If you hope to take DTS and Music jointly you are strongly advised to take the Music Entrance Test in the spring (there is a choice of dates in March-April) so that you will know the result of that test as soon as possible, by late May, rather than remain uncertain over the summer about your eligibility to take Music. To make the arrangements to take the Music Entrance Test, get in touch with us in good time (before 1 March).