Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

What will it cost?

Fees vary from course to course. To find the fees for your preferred course, check the course prospectus page.

Course fees usually include the registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee. Some additional fees may be required such as bench fees and field trips, this will be outlined in your course prospectus page. Fees for full-time courses include membership to the Mardyke Arena Health & Leisure Centre. Part-time students may avail of reduced membership rates from the Mardyke Arena reception.  

In addition to course fees, students should budget for their own living costs, including accommodation. The Office of Student Residential Services and Community Relations website can provide advice on such matters. 

When are fees due?

All postgraduate courses have a fee. Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. The first payment is due at Registration Part 1. Registration Part 1 is completed online in August before the first semester period. The second instalment is due in January. If your course required a deposit to secure your place, that figure will be deducted from the instalment paid in January.

Full details on how to pay your fees are available on the UCC Fees Office website. Any question relating to fee payment may be directed to the Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie

Funding for Taught Postgraduate Courses

University College Cork offers the Quercus Taught Masters Academic Scholarships, awarded to top-performing postgraduate applicants to taught postgraduate 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:

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.

National University of Ireland Awards  

The National University of Ireland (NUI) is a federal university comprising the largest element of the Irish university system and offers a variety of awards and scholarships. 

Student Universal Support Ireland 

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. These grants are for students from the EU, EEA or Switzerland. 

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 the Student Assistance Fund Office 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. 

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 Employment Affairs and Social Protection website. 

Graduate Studies Office

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2nd Floor, West Wing, Main Quad, UCC , T12 YN60

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