FAQs

What is meant by the English language requirement?

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. English language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of a course. For more information on minimum requirements, please click here

Do I qualify as an Irish/EU or Non-EU student?

It is important that you establish your status before making an application to UCC as you will retain this status during your study and cannot change from one category to the other in the middle of a course.

EU Status:

  • An applicant’s principal residence for the purpose of taxation must have been in a European Union Member State for a minimum of 3 of the 5 years prior to entry to university. Prior residence as a full-time student alone does not qualify a student for EU fee rates.
  • If an applicant is under 23 years of age on the start date of the course, the principal residence for the purpose of taxation of the parents will be examined. The applicant must also have been resident for the required period.
  • If an applicant is over 23 years of age on the start date of the course, the principal residence for the purpose of taxations of the applicant is examined.

P21 forms will be required in both instances and will be requested when an applicant applies through the Postgraduate Application Centre to confirm EU status.

If you do not meet the criteria outlined above, you will qualify as a Non-EU applicant.

Non-EU applicants must apply through the International Education Office. For Non-EU application information and/or any other queries please contact internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie

What is the closing date for applications?

UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information. 

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020 Offers will be made by January 24th 2020
For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020 Offers will be made by March 16th 2020
For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020 Offers will be made by May 15th 2020
For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020 Offers will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity. 

Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website.

How will I know if my application has been successful?

Once you have completed your taught application, check your PAC account regularly for updates on the progress of your application. 

  • Login to your PAC account
  • Go to the 'My Account' section
  • Click on 'Status'

If I accept an offer on one UCC course, will I still be considered for my other course choices?

Yes. If you accept an offer to one UCC postgraduate course, you will still be considered for the remaining courses you applied for in your application.  If you are offered your preferred course choice later, accepting this later offer will mean that your original acceptance will be automatically cancelled.

Can I accept more than one offer of a place?

You can only have one acceptance on the system at any time. However, you can change this acceptance to your preferred course choice if that offer is made later.

If a deposit is required, can it be refunded if I cancel my acceptance on the course?

This is a non-refundable deposit and will not be returned if you cancel your place on the course. If a non-refundable deposit is required for acceptance of a course choice, this will be stated clearly in the PAC offer and you will not be able to accept that course choice until you pay your deposit. 

If I have paid a non-refundable deposit on a course choice and am offered my preferred UCC course choice later, is the deposit transferable to that course choice?

Yes, if you are offered your preferred UCC course choice after paying a deposit to another UCC course choice, the deposit is transferrable to that UCC course choice.  However, the deposit is not transferable to subsequent non-UCC course choices.

If I get my full fees paid through a Scholarship or through SUSI, can I claim back my deposit?

Yes, if you register for your course and your fees have been paid in full by SUSI or through another scholarship, the Fees Office will refund your deposit.

I have accepted an offer to study a taught course. Can I defer until next year?

You may apply to defer a place on taught postgraduate course for one year prior to registration for the course. Deferral requests will be considered on a case by case basis in consultation with the course coordinators.  Some courses may not support deferrals. Click here for more information. 

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