Research Options

What are my Research Options in UCC?

UCC has a world-class research reputation with many internationally renowned research institutions and centres. UCC has a wide range of research programmes on offer. These include Structured PhDs, Research Masters, MD and PhD track programmes. A full list of programmes is available on the Postgraduate Application Centre website.

We offer students the opportunities to undertake supervised research in all departments of the university, at masters or doctoral level. Assessment is by thesis which is examined at the end of your study period. The structure and assessment of research degrees can vary. Students may register either for full-time or part-time study. Students are afforded the choice of studying wholly within the university or in collaboration with other universities in Ireland or internationally. Research degrees involve students following their own timetable of academic study, under the supervision of an academic supervisory team. For more information on UCC research centres and institutes please check out our UCC Research website.

Why undertake research at UCC?

  • Expert supervision from leading scholars in their fields, engaged in cutting-edge, international-quality research
  • A large, friendly and diverse graduate community
  • Regular research events (conferences, workshops, seminars)
  • Generic and transferable skills modules provided free of charge to research students
  • Attractive campus located in the heart of Cork city
  • Over 60 research centres and institutes that conduct multidisciplinary research

Research Degrees available at UCC


Doctor of Philosophy

3 years full-time

6 years part-time


Doctor of Medicine

2 years full-time

4 years part-time


Master of Philosophy

2 years full-time

4 years part-time


Master of Commerce

1 year full-time

2 years part-time


Master of Science

1 year full-time

2 years part-time


Master of Laws

1 year full-time

2 years part-time


Master of Research

1 year full-time

Thematic PhD programmes

Cohort PhD in Education
PhD (Business Information Systems)
PhD (Clinical and Translational Research)
PhD (Digital Arts and Humanities)
PhD (Engineering Science)
PhD (Food Sciences)
PhD (Structured Population and Health Services Research Education)
PhD (Social Sciences)
PhD (Texts, Contexts and Cultures)

Practitioner Doctorates

DBA (Business Economics)
DN - Doctor of Nursing

Fees, funding and how to apply

  • Fees per College are available on the 2015/2016 postgraduate fee schedule on this website.
  • The full application process is explained here. The first step is to identify a supervisor. You can find staff listed under specific areas at this site. Under the Find a Researcher tab, you will see instructions to use the search box in the top right hand corner to search staff by key words, research interests and biographies.
  • Links to possible funding opportunities are available here.

Further Information

Ms Deirdre Daly,
Irish/EU Applications Research Administrator
Graduate Studies Office, UCC
Tel: +353 21 490 3241

International/Non-EU Applications Research Administrator

Tel: +353 21 490 4723

Graduate Studies Office

Oifig na Staidéar Iarchéime

2nd Floor, West Wing, Main Quad, UCC,