FAQs

Is there a closing date for research applications?

No, there is no closing date for research applications. However, students are advised to apply at least 2 months in advance of their preferred start date.

What are the start dates for research?

There are four possible start date: January, April, July and October.

How many applications can I make?

In any one year you can only make one application to University College Cork research postgraduate courses. You may include up to 3 programme choices in your research application. You may include up to three research programme choices on your online application.

How can I find a supervisor?

You must first contact the Department where you wish to carry out your research. See the Schools & Departments section of the website for links to the various schools and departments in UCC.

Can I apply for a research course in two departments?

Yes, you can be jointly supervised by two departments.

I don't have a research topic, can I still apply?

No, you must have a research topic before you can apply online.

What is "PhD Track"?

PhD track is currently available in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the College of Business and Law. PhD track is not a qualification in its own right, but is essentially provisional registration for a PhD. In order to progress onto a PhD students will be subject to a review within 12 to 18 months from the date of first registration and will be required to demonstrate progress in the form of 10,000 words minimum written work, as well as defending their work at interview. Students may then on the recommendation of the Head of Department and the Supervisor and with the approval of College progress to a PhD.

How will I receive a decision on my application?

All correspondence about your application is through e-mail. You will receive an email alert from the Postgraduate Applications Centre to check your application status on the 'Application Status' section of the online application system. It is vital that you give the correct email address on your online application and that your email account is working. It is also important that you check your email regularly.

To check the status of your application 

  • Login to your PAC account
  • Go to the MY ACCOUNT section
  • Click on Status

Please note if you have a high junk mail filtering option in your e-mail account, e-mails from the Postgraduate Application Centre, Galway and University College Cork may be flagged as Junk. You will need to either reduce the Junk mail filter or else add the Postgraduate Application Centre, Galway (info@pac.ie) and University College Cork e-mail addresses as two of your safe senders.

How long will it take before I hear if I have been accepted?

It can take up to 2 months before you receive confirmation that you have been accepted onto your course choice.

If I cannot access the internet, can an application be posted to me?

No, you must complete an online application. You will also need a working email address to use this facility as all correspondence with regard to your application will be communicated to you by email.

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