International Students

Why study in UCC

Our programmes are recognised globally;

  • We have state of the art lecture & clinical simulation teaching facilities
  • Our staff are experienced practitioners, lecturers and researchers
  • Our programmes are designed to respond to the changing workplace environment
  • We have excellent student support systems with a designated team to look after international students
  • We offer English language support to international students

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  • Long established University with distinguished history
  • Ireland's leading Research Institute
  • Named Irish University of the Year in 2003, 2005, and 2011
  • Ranked amongst the top 2% of universities worldwide and received a 5-star rating in the QS University Rankings in 2011.
  • 20,000 full time students, currently boasts 2,400 registered students from 98 countries and all five continents
  • Beautiful campus, close to all amenities
  • First-rate sporting facilities
  • Established societies for International students

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  • One of the Top Ten cities in the world to visit in 2010 (see Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities 2010)
  • “Home to some of the best restaurants in Ireland or England” (Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2010)
  • “Sophisticated, vibrant and diverse while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quickfire wit, Cork buzzes with the energy of a city that’s certain of its place in Ireland” (Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2010)
  • A modern, vibrant and progressive urban centre that boasts a yearlong calendar of festivals ranging from jazz, choral and film.
  • Cork is one of the safest cities in Ireland 

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Our International programmes

Undergraduate programmes

International Students (Excluding US students)

Our undergraduate general (adult) nursing programme is open to students from outside of the European Union. If you are interested in taking an undergraduate nursing programme at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, please see the information in the attached information leaflets and make contact with the International Education Office, University College Cork.

For more information please download International Students

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International Students from USA -currently under construction - please check back soon or contact us directly here.


Postgraduate programmes - Post nurse registration 

BSc. Nursing Studies Degree


The Bachelor of Science (BSc Nursing Studies) Degree for International students is a full-time programme (60 credits) taken over one academic year and commences in September of each year. The Degree is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-registration programmes and professional experience. It will appeal to students with backgrounds in both clinical nursing and nursing management.  The Degree will provide an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas. Read more……

Masters in Nursing - Taught Non Clinical Pathway


The MSc. Nursing for International students  (non-clinical pathway) is a full-time theory based programme (i.e. 90 credits) taken over 12 months from the date of first registration (commencing in September of each year). It is designed to provide students from outside Ireland and EU  and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a Master’s degree in Nursing. Read more…..

Doctor of Nursing (DN)  Programme 


The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork offers a taught  Doctor of Nursing (DN) degree programme. The DN is a professional doctorate. The programme is completed in three years of study. The curriculum will prepare individuals to function as advanced leaders in academic and service settings or practitioners at the highest level of practice. Read more…..

PhD Nursing 


The PhD (Nursing) for International students is a full-time programme taken over 3 years from the date of first registration (commencing in October/ January/ April/ July of each year). It is designed to provide students from outside Ireland and EU and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a Doctoral degree. The purpose of the PhD in Nursing degree program is to prepare scholars who will discover and extend scientific knowledge that advances the science and practice of nursing, midwifery and health care. Read more…..

Contact us

Contact people at  School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork;

Dr. Seán Kelleher, Acting Director for International Globalisation and MSc Nursing co-ordinator.

Tel: 00353 21 4901477 Email:  



Dr. Margaret Curtin,  Programme co-ordinator BSc Nursing Studies degree

Tel: 00353 21 4901624 Email: 


Dr Patricia Leahy-Warren, Director of Graduate Studies (MSc Research & PhD)

Tel: 00353 21 4901461   Email:   



 Dr Aileen Burton, Lead for Visiting Students,

 Tel No: 00353 21 4901464





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How To Apply

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General applications:

BSc Nursing Studies;

General Information about the programme including the application procedure and fees can be found at:

Application material for Non-EU candidates is available from the International Education Office. Tel: 021 4901828. Email: 

Applicants are required to complete a full application for the programme and to satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the programme team and provide such evidence as required by the Postgraduate Admissions Office, including, but not limited to, academic transcripts, professional references, professional registration details, Curriculum Vitae and identity documents.


Post graduate applications:


MSc. Nursing;

Application for non-EU candidates is conducted on-line at

General Information about the application procedure and fees can be found at:

Doctoral programmes;

Application material for non-EU candidates is available from the International Education Office

General Information about the application procedure and fees can be found at:

How to apply:

Please visit the International Education Office link for further information on how to apply:



Doing the MSc in Nursing at UCC really helped me develop my practice to becoming a clinical nurse specialist. The campus is amazing and I loved Cork city. It is very safe” (Faridah – a MSc. Student from Brunei 2013)


My lecturers were great, very supportive and encouraging.  I am so glad I came to UCC to do my Nursing Masters. I would definitely recommend it to others. “ (Aisha a MSc. student from Malaysia, 2008)


 "The erasmus program given me the opportunity to study in a beautiful country.  I learned much with this experience .The University College of Cork is amazing, is well organized and very cozy. Irish people are very nice and friendly. Cork is a wonderful city, and I enjoyed every moment spent in Ireland.... " (Giulia - General Nursing - from Florence Italy)


The DN programme is more manageable than a PhD for me - - -the modules were very  applicable to my clinical and professional roles. I was able to manage my time very effectively within the structured programme - - - being in a group was great fun” (Doman, a DN student from Jordan 2013)


 "I can say that for me University college of Cork was a dream. Place, atmosphere, people, teacher...all are amazing! Nursing and Midwifery's college was perfect for learning much skills, starting from the lesson's room and laboratory's room to the teacher. All was tought to improve student's skills and abilities.... " (Sara - General Nursing - from Florence Italy)


The experience I have got in UCC was beyond my expectation…..” (Chincy  -A BSc Nursing studies studentfrom India 2013)


So far so good……. I am enjoying the experience of being a student at the School of Nursing & Midwifery…….. (Nirmala  - a Bsc. Nursing studies stduents from India 2013)


Everybody has been very nice to us & I am learning alot…..” (Sonia  - a Bsc. Nursing studies stduent from India 2013)


Great support for PhD students, loving the student experience at UCC” (Serena – a PhD student 2013)


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