Cost and Funding

What will it cost? Tuition fees

Course fees

Every postgraduate course has a tuition fee. The fee is available on the online course prospectus and the Finance Office has the course fee schedule available on their website for both taught and research postgraduate courses.

University fees are set each year and include the registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee. 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 your September semester one start date. 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. The Fees Office website gives details on what you need to pay if you are receiving a SUSI grant.

Funding for Taught Postgraduate Programmes

University College Cork offers the Quercus Taught Masters Academic Scholarships, awarded to top-performing postgraduate applicants to Masters courses across the University. Click here for further information.


Further details of College specific Scholarships and Funding opportunities are available by visiting the relating College website section:

  • College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences: click here
  • College of Business and Law: click here
  • College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: click here
  • College of Medicine and Health: click here

Funding for Research Programmes

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.

Irish Research Council

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:

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

UCC funding for research programmes

  • UCC PhD positions, studentships, researcher positions, post-doctoral positions click here
  • College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Funding Opportunities
  • School of Law Research Funding
  • Contact the Department/School you are interested in doing your PhD with to see if they have any funding opportunities available at the moment.

Other sources of Funding and Support information

The following list provides further sources of information relating to details of Funding opportunities and Support services:

  • UCC Calendar

    The UCC Calendar lists Postgraduate University Scholarships and Prizes: click here
  • NUI Awards

    The National University of Ireland (NUI) is a federal university comprising the largest element of the Irish university system. The NUI offer a variety of awards and scholarships details of which can be found here
  • 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

  • Student Assistance Fund

    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 eligibility and application please visit this website 

  • Student Budgeting Advice Service

    The Student Budgeting Advice Service offers advice on financial planning and support to UCC students, including offering one-on-one advice. Details are available by clicking here

  • Back to Education Allowance

    The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows certain qualifying people to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.   You can work part-time without your BTEA payment being affected. You can get the Back to Education Allowance for a postgraduate course of study that leads to a Higher Diploma (HDip.) qualification in any discipline or the Professional Masters in Education. Other types of postgraduate qualifications are not recognised for BTEA. The only exception to this is where an applicant may be admitted to a Master’s course without a primary degree on the basis of prior experiential learning.

    All information in respect of the BTEA application procedure and eligibility criteria is available from the Department of Social Protection webpages at:

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