About the College

Welcome from Head of College

The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS), incorporates the former Faculties of Science, Food Science and Engineering. The College is comprised of eight Schools and one Department; a schematic of the structure can be seen under College Structure.

The College offers a wide choice of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is renowned internationally for the quality of its teaching and research.  We have more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 1046 postgraduate students, including 583 PhD students, currently studying in the College We offer an outstanding research-led curriculum to all our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Our undergraduate programmes cover Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Civil, Environmental, Electronic, Microelectronic and Process Engineering, Food and Nutrition, Physical, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Environmental and Earth System Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies. Click here for more information about Study at UCC.  

Academics and researchers in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science have a strong track record of attracting prestigious research funding and are involved in international collaborations with colleagues throughout the world.  This makes the College an exciting environment for research and teaching, and provides a vigorous and challenging academic atmosphere for our students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The College also has strong links with industry and commerce through pioneering strategies for technology transfer and commercialisation of research. The growth of high technology industry in the Cork region has been significantly encouraged by increased research investment in the College.  The members of staff in the College are closely linked with UCC’s world class research centres such as the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility, the Biosciences Institute, the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, the Environmental Research Institute, and the Tyndall National Institute, and industry-focused research and training units such as the Power Electronics Research Laboratories, the BioTransfer Unit and the Food Industry Training Unit.  The College also has a strong record of delivering on the commercialisation of research which is channelled through the Office of Technology Transfer in UCC.

The College believes strongly in supporting our students and operates a very successful student mentoring scheme, where all first year students are assigned an Academic Staff mentor. The mentors provide support and advice to the students to help them with any issues they may have. The College also operates a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PAL), where students/peers (usually third or fourth years) support and assist first year students with difficult topics in their disciplines in a friendly, open environment.

The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science is a world-class location for study and research. Graduates will benefit from a comprehensive education that is essential for their role in the knowledge economy and that will provide them with the tools to be key contributors in the development of the Innovation Island. The College   provides a challenging and stimulating environment where talent and enthusiasm is nurtured and where you will find a warm welcome from staff and students alike.

The life cycle of a student begins in the early years at primary school, a stage when inquisitive minds are excited by the mysteries of science and engineering. In 2011 we launched Eureka, the new Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in Science and Mathematics. Through this centre we provide outreach and engagement programmes for students, teachers, schools and the general public, delivering summer camps for budding scientists, CPD programmes for teachers and providing state-of-the-art laboratories to stimulate our bright sparks!

Finally, I want to encourage all of you who are considering a programme in the College of SEFS to come in and talk to us in person, we are happy to show you the campus and introduce you to other students who can help with your decisions.


Professor Paul Ross

Head - College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

University College Cork

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College Office Team

Prof. Paul Ross - +353 (0)21 490 3760/3075 -  Head of College

Ms Kate O'Brien - +353 (0)21 490 1775 - College Manager

Ms Leonie O'Doherty - +353 (0)21 490 1774 - College Financial Analyst

Mr Richard Deasy - +353 (0)21 490 1837 - Financial Support Officer

Ms Helen O'Donoghue - +353 (0)21 490 1777/490 2332 - Human Resources Partner

Ms Tricia O'Shaugnessy - +353 (0)21 490 2299 - Projects Officer (inc. Recruitment and Outreach)

Ms Ruth McLaughlin - +353 (0)21 490 1776 - Student Support Administrator

Ms Helena Connolly - +353 (0)21 490 3075 - Executive Assistant

Ms Margaret Mannix-Sheahan - +353 (0)21 490 2878 - Executive Assistant (Job-Share)

Ms Mairéad Mooney - +353 (0)21 490 2878 - Executive Assistant (Job-Share)




SEFS Annual Graduate Newsletter & Report 2011

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Annual Graduate Newsletter and Report 2011

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

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