The Centre for Policy Studies is an Academic unit created in 2002 by University College Cork to undertake teaching and research. It has a team of 5 academic staff (including a Director), a full-time administrator and several researchers and teaching assistants. The Centre undertakes significant commissioned research, directed at improving policy in the commercial and public spheres.
The Centre teaches courses in economics to undergraduate and postgraduate students in UCC. The majority of these students are in the Colleges of Arts & Social Sciences and Commerce & Law. The Centre also provides teaching in the Colleges of Science and Medicine & Health Sciences. The Centre teaches on a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes: the B.Comm, B.Comm (European), B.Sc. (Finance), BA, B.Soc.Sc., MA, MDPH, and M.Econ.Sc. Staff in the Centre also supervise Masters and Ph.D. research students. The Centre promotes excellence in its teaching and in the quality of the learning experience of its students.
The Centre has an active policy-driven research program in the fields of industrial policy, tourism, social policy and health economics. It has research collaborations both within UCC (with the Departments of Geography, Applied Social Studies, Statistics and with the Oral Health Services Research Centre) and externally (Florida Atlantic University, Economic and Social Research Institute, National Tourism Research Centre, University of Limerick and Research Unit, University of Cardiff).