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About the College


There has never been such an exciting time to study STEM. Sustainability is at the heart of our programmes and our research, here in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS). Together, we are the scientists, the technologists, the engineers and the mathematicians who are focussed on creating and delivering a sustainable future for us all. We are developing the innovative solutions to support a sustainable and environmentally responsible society. Our graduates have the skills and attributes to play their role in solving these key societal challenges.

The College of SEFS is made up of nine academic units.

The College of SEFS is also affiliated to the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and the Department of Physiology through two degree courses from the CK402 entry stream.

With 600 academic and research staff, over 5,000 students and generating 1,200 STEM-enabled graduates annually, the College plays a significant role in the advancement of STEM, both in Ireland and around the world.

Graphic that shows the names of the 9 schools/departments in College of SEFS

SEFS is a thriving, dynamic and diverse College, with internationally renowned academics, research institutions and centres. If you choose to study with us, you will discover an exciting, nurturing and friendly environment, which provides a vigorous and challenging academic atmosphere for our students. STEM has always been hugely important in society. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will play a pivotal role in the world’s economic recovery once we begin to return to post pandemic normality, providing significant career opportunities to those who opt to study a STEM discipline. 

Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025 estimates that 165,000 jobs will be created in the ICT, science and engineering sectors by 2025. With high-quality graduates, prominent research clusters in key STEM areas, ICT doctoral-training centres and world-class research, UCC is a significant pipeline into industry, commerce and academia, in the Munster region and beyond. We work with top-tier businesses around the globe and have developed a range of comprehensive partnerships via research and academic programmes. These businesses in turn support our students as they develop their exciting and rewarding careers in STEM. From cybersecurity to climate change, photonics to food, astrophysics to architecture, and sustainability to waste minimisation, STEM is the place to be right now.

A career in STEM is incredibly adaptable and you will enjoy a myriad of options post-graduation. So ask yourself:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • Do you want to make a real difference?
  • Do you enjoy problem solving?
  • Do you want an interesting career that focuses on solutions that have societal impact?

If the answer is yes, then a career in STEM is for you.

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

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Block E, Level 3, Food Science Building, UCC, Cork, T12 YN60.