Welcome to the Graduate School of the College of SEFS

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The College of SEFS is a thriving dynamic College in which to carry out postgraduate research, towards either a Masters or PhD, or to undertake a taught Postgraduate Programme. The SEFS Graduate School was established in 2010/11, with the aim of supporting and developing postgraduate education in the College. The Graduate School works with the Departments, Schools and Research Institutes within SEFS and UCC, as well as UCC’s Dean of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Studies Office, the International Education Office and the Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee, to ensure that the College is a centre of excellence for postgraduate education and research training.

The College of SEFS currently has over 1000 postgraduate students, of many nationalities, which includes more than 580 PhD students.  In addition to carrying out a research thesis, research postgraduates can avail of an extensive range of modules, which incorporate research, generic and transferable skills development opportunities. A number of Structured PhD Programmes (and associated modules) are also available in the College. Furthermore, the College has a wide range of taught postgraduate programmes, including Higher Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters.

Academics and researchers in the College of SEFS have a strong track record of attracting prestigious research funding and are involved in international collaborations with colleagues throughout the world. The College also has strong links with industry and commerce through pioneering strategies for technology transfer and commercialisation of research. The 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 BioTransfer Unit and the Food Industry Training Unit. This makes the College an exciting environment for research and provides a vigorous and challenging academic atmosphere for our students.

Postgraduate research in SEFS is supported by a range of national and international funding bodies. Students interested in carrying out postgraduate research or studies should contact the prospective School, Department and/or Research Institute and the Principal Investigator(s) or Course Co-ordinators therein.

We hope that you find your postgraduate education in the College of SEFS as fulfilling as possible, that you will be equipped for careers in either academia or non-academia and that you will be proud to be a UCC postgraduate alumnus.

Justin V. McCarthy PhD

Head of Graduate School, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science


March 2017

Members of the SEFS Graduate Studies Committee


Academic Unit/RICU

Dr. Justin McCarthy (Chair)

Head of Graduate School and School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Dr Dean Venables 

School of Chemistry

Professor Alan Kelly

School of Food & Nutritional Sciences

Dr Dan Grigoras

School of Computer Science & Information Technology

Dr Gordon Lightbody 

School of Engineering

Dr Patrick Meere 

School of BEES

Dr Kellie Dean

School of Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Dr David Clarke 

School of Microbiology

Professor Stephen Fahy

Department of Physics

Dr Claus Koestler

School of Mathematical Sciences

Dr Fatima Gunning

Tyndall National Institute

Ms. Ruth McLaughlin

College of SEFS

Student Representatives

PG Student Committee


Members of the SEFS Postgraduate Student Committee



Academic Unit/RICU


Pramod Bhatt

School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology


Anne-Marie George

School of Computer Science & Information Technology

Social Media Officer & Deputy Chair

Christopher O’Connor

School of Mathematical Sciences

Events Officer

Beatriz Gil Pulido

School of Microbiology

Deputy Social Media Officer

Saheed Salami

School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Committee Member

Aoife Buckley

School of Chemistry

Committee Member

George O’Mahony

School of Engineering

Committee Member

Sarojkantra Patra

Tyndall National Institute

Committee Member

Emma Critchley

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)

Committee Member

Amy Kirwan

Department of Physics


College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

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