UCC Online - Frequently Asked Questions
The prospects of undertaking an online course can be daunting. How will I balance work, life and study? Will I be able to engage with my classmates, lecturers and the academic content via a computer screen? What if the technology doesn't work? Who do I ask for help if I don't understand something?
Learning at UCC Online offers the benefits of being flexible to your schedule. It leverages clever, but easy-to-use technology. It allows you to access the support services of your department and the entire University through your learning journey.
Below are answers to some of the more frequent questions that you may have about UCC Online.
Can I register for a full-time course and still work full-time?
Absolutely, that's the advantage of online and blended learning with UCC Online, in that it can suit your schedule. Some of our blended learning courses may have a limited number of on campus days, but this is indicated in each of the individual course requirements, so do ensure you read the course information carefully.
What facilities will I have access to in UCC and remotely?
All course work and resources will be available online, and should you ever decide to visit us here in UCC, you will have full access to all the facilities and services available on campus.
Will I need to take time off work to complete the course?
Our courses are designed to suit busy professionals and fit around work and home life, by means of self-directed learning guided by our lecturers. However, you will need to commit a lot of time and effort to complete your course, so we recommend you consider your course carefully and, if necessary, discuss with your employer. Some of our courses are also offered part time, where you can complete your modules over two years.
What level of IT skills do I need to have?
As you will be undertaking an online course, it is highly recommended that you be reasonably competent with using a computer. If you are comfortable using a web browser, logging into websites and searching the web you should be all set to begin learning online. Guidelines on using the tools and resources required for your course will be provided for you during your orientation of the course.
Do I require any special equipment to enable me to do an online course?
For UCC Online, we would recommend a modern computer, no more than four years old. You will also need a broadband connection with minimum of 1Mb download speed. Guidelines on using the tools and resources required for your course will be provided for you during your orientation. For courses that are more technical in nature you may need a more up-to-date computer and faster broadband. Ensure you check the specific details for your preferred course.
Will I attend graduation and receive a UCC parchment?
Absolutely, if you are in position to attend, we would be delighted to see you! If you cannot travel to UCC, you will graduate in absentia.
What do I need in order to apply?
All applications are processed online via PAC.
How are the fees structured?
All fee information is detailed on the Graduate Studies website. If your preferred course is relevant to your current career, you should consider discussing this with your employer. Some companies and organizations offer bursaries and assistance, or even cover the full costs for their employees who are pursuing a course relevant to their business.
Can I claim tax back on the course?
If you are an Irish taxpayer, yes, you can – you should visit the Revenue website for more information. If you pay taxes outside of Ireland, you should check with your respective tax authorities.
Does UCC have plans for more online courses that will interest me?
UCC Online is adding to our portfolio all the time, with both new offerings, and enhancing existing courses to cater to the demands for flexible delivery. For the full listing of our online and blended programmes, please check the UCC Online website.