Prospective STEM Students

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. 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. Come and join us – we want you to be part of that vision!

Degree Options From Our CAO Entry Programmes

Degree Options from CK402 - Biological and Chemistry Sciences

Jordan O'Donoghue

BSc Biochemistry

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Degree Options from CK404 - Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Elizabeth Van Veen

BSc Applied Plant Biology

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Degree Options from CK406 - Chemical Sciences

Neil Curtis

BSc Chemical Physics

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Degree Options from CK407 - Mathematical Sciences

Saoirse Trout

BSc Mathematical Sciences

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Degree Options from CK408 - Physics and Astrophysics

Daniel Gallagher

BSc Physics and Astrophysics

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Degree Options from CK600 - Engineering

Daniel Maguire

BSc Process and Chemical Engineering

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Course Talks On Our CAO Entry Programmes

UCC has a very long legacy when it comes to computer science, dating back to 1849 before a computer even existed.

Dr. Aisling O'Driscoll

Computer Science

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CK402 has 11 degree programmes available from this CAO entry, and you don't make that choice until the end of Year 1.

Dr. John Morrissey

Biological and Chemical Sciences

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Our teaching is a mixture of laboratory and field work, under instruction from world leading researchers.

Prof. Andrew Wheeler

Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Genetics underpins advances in many fields such as medicine, the human genome project, forensic science and biotechnology.

Dr. Tom Moore


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About one-third of the course marks in your Chemistry degree is practical work - observing and understanding what you're doing.

Dr. David Otway

Chemical Sciences

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Mathematics is the language of science, seeking to logically understand structures and patterns which either exist in reality or as abstract concepts.

Dr. Andreas Amann

Mathematical Sciences

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Physics provides a framework to understand the processes, forces and structure of nature.

Dr. Andreas Ruschhaupt

Physics and Astrophysics

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A joint UCC/MTU degree, which combines fundamental physics with practical and modern industrial training.

Dr. Brian Kelleher

Industrial Physics

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Modules in this degree programme are evenly split between Statistics/Mathematics and Computer Science.

Dr. Michael Cronin

Data Science and Analytics

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Year 3 provides a substantial work placement, providing students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an agricultural environment.

Prof. Astrid Wingler

Agricultural Science

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Nutritional science is rooted in chemistry, biology and the study of behaviors and social factors related to food choices.

Dr. Alice Lucey

Nutritional Sciences

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A course with a strong emphasis on laboratory practicals and projects, taught by world-leading researchers in unique facilities.

Prof. Alan Kelly

Food Science

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Our four degrees in engineering are fully accredited, recognised worldwide and very important if you travel abroad for work.

Dr. John Hayes


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A degree in architecture is the first step towards becoming a registered architect.

Prof. Kevin McCartney


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Nurturing Bright Futures for Students

Nurturing Bright Futures is a six module course that has been designed to equip you with the information you need as you prepare to transition into third level education. We hope it will be especially helpful for those of you who cannot access our campus easily, for a range of different reasons. It is designed to be interactive and for you to engage with the material. It will create spaces for you to undertake self-reflective  exercises and will stimulate conversations - with your friends, family, teachers and Guidance Counsellors - to optimise your university-readiness.

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The Nurturing Bright Futures space will provide you with the opportunity to engage with the topic of your future, a potential college experience and many related themes and it will equip you with skills and tools that you can carry into your chosen degree when you start college. It will also help you to make the most of the resources around you such as your friends, family, Guidance Counsellors and teachers.

Through the use of video lessons, podcasts, articles, exercises, quizzes and other helpful resources, these six modules will give you the opportunity to engage with a variety of resources and introduce you to ways and approaches to college life and college degrees.

Where Do Our STEM Graduates Go?

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Coláiste na hEolaíochta, na hInnealtóireachta agus na hEolaíochta Bia

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