Cost and Funding

Course fees

Each postgraduate programme incurs a programme tuition fee payable to UCC. The fee is available on the programme outline from our online prospectus for taught programmes

The Finance Office also has the full 2016/2017 programme fee schedule available for download The research programmes fees are available on the Finance Office site.

University fees are set each year and include the registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee. The fee quoted refers to the cost of attending a course on a full time basis, except where the course is offered on a part-time basis only. Fees for part-time study are normally charged at half the full time fee. For full time courses, membership of the Mardyke Arena Sports and Leisure Complex is also included in the course fee.  Reduced membership rates are available from the Mardyke Arena Reception for part-time students.

In addition to course fees students should budget for their own living costs, including accommodation.

A student's classification as EU or non-EU will be determined by the Fees Office. For further information on how fee status is determined, please contact the Fees Office.

Paying your Fees

EU students pay fees in two instalments. 

The first instalment is paid after you receive a full offer for your programme and when you are completing Part 1 of registration. Part 1 of registration is online and you complete this in August before a September start. At this stage you pay half of your entire fee.

The second instalment is due in January.

Full details on how to pay your fees is available on our Fees Office website at this link The Fees Office website gives details on what you need to pay if you are receiving a SUSI grant.

2017 Quercus Taught Masters Academic Scholarships

UCC has 33 scholarships available to 1H (or equivalent) students applying to taught masters courses at UCC. Full details here

There are a number of independent funding opportunities available to students pursuing specific courses of study in UCC. Each one has particular closing dates and processes so please visit the individual pages below.

Postgraduate funding opportunities 

Please note that ALL applicants for postgraduate programmes (Irish/EU and non-EU) must complete the online postgraduate application PAC APPLICATION FORM to be considered for a place on the specific programme first.

How To Apply Online for a postgraduate taught programme:  HERE 


Funding opportunities for research programmes

The following list is a number of bodies that provide funding opportunities for research programmes. Please explore the links to find the most up to date information.

Lilly Research Scholarships 2017-2018

Irish Research Council

Government of Ireland Postgraduate scholarship programme

Universities Ireland

Environmental Protection Agency


Irish Cancer Society

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

  • SFI provides grants for researchers from around the world who wish to relocate to Ireland and those already based in Ireland, for outstanding investigators, for conferences and symposia, and for collaboration with industry. Proposals are evaluated in open competitions via a combination of international peer review and strategic fit with SFI’s mission -

Bioinnovate Ireland Fellowship programme:

National University of Ireland Awards

SPHeRE Programme (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education)

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is the single national Awarding Authority for all student grant applications

UCC funding for research programmes

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is the single national Awarding Authority for all new student grant applications. These grants are for students from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

You can find full information on their main website

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college.

For full details on eligibilty and application please visit this website 

In order to be eligible to apply for student assistance, you must be registered on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course of not less than one year’s duration in a participating college. Unlike the maintenance grant schemes, you cannot be considered for Student Assistance prior to registering in a participating college.

Contact details

Student Assistance Fund Office
1st Floor
1-2 Brighton Villas
Univesity College Cork,
Western Road, Cork

Tel: 021 490 3562

Email :

The UCC Budgetary Advisor is available to students on an appointment basis and is there to help with:

  • Providing "one to one" advice and guidance to students on managing your money.
  • Delivering workshops on budgeting for students, where information and practical advice will be available to you.
  • Assisting in the completion of your Student Grant scholarship and Student Assistance Fund applications.
  • Liaising with external agencies, such as MABS, Dept of Social Welfare and Protection, Local Authorities and St. Vincent de Paul, on your behalf.

Please use the links below to make contact and arrange an appointment and find detailed information on the student cost of living.

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