Research Themes, Institutes and Centres

Research Themes

Research Themes:

UCC is a globally-oriented, research-led university that focuses on the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future of our nation and the wider world. We prioritise research in areas that are recognised as significant at the highest international levels, thus creating real impact and uptake in the community beyond the institution.

Recognising that the foremost global challenges require interdisciplinary solutions, we target areas of major opportunity where UCC has the expertise, the infrastructure and the network to lead internationally. Interdisciplinary thematic areas in which UCC has excellence, scale and network to deliver significant impact include the following priorities, which are subject to regular review and the addition of new themes based on excellence and opportunity.

a. Chronic and Infectious Diseases
b. Creative & Engaged Citizenship
c. Financial & Business Services
d. Human Health, Activity & Social Wellbeing across the Lifespan
e. Food & Health
f. Future & Emerging Technologies
g. Gender, Equality & Diversity
h. Culture, Rights, Identities & Society
i. Sustainability & Climate Action
j. Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Institutes & Centres

University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, research-led University that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. The University research strategy is focused on creating major centres of excellence for world-class research and is closely aligned with key relevant Government and European Commission policies.

Success in the implementation of this strategy is evidenced by the large number of successful Centres, Institutes and Units that engage in research activity in UCC.

A full list of all UCC Centres, Institutes and Units is provided below, arranged by affiliated College as per the University Policy on the Governance of Research Institutes, Centres and Units ( Please follow the links for more information.

Research and Innovation

Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation 4th Floor Block E, Food Science Building UCC