University College Cork is Ireland’s first five-star university, recognised for its cutting-edge research, teaching excellence and long tradition of independent thinking. University College Cork Online is dedicated to delivering innovative online programmes with the same level of engagement, research-focus and teaching commitment as campus-based programmes, giving time-pressed professionals an opportunity to ignite their future careers.

Top reasons to study here

  • University College Cork Online is ranked in top 2% of universities worldwide, based on the quality of its research and peer esteem.
  • UCC is the only Irish university to be awarded University of the Year by The Sunday Times four times, including one in 2016.
  • Irelands first five-star university (QS Stars 2011) with UCC researchers collaborating with 700 of the worlds top universities, across 110 countries.

About

History

In 1845 The Colleges (Ireland) Act also known as the Queen's College Act becomes law. Queen's College Cork (QCC) formally came into existence on 30 December 1845 by a royal charter of incorporation, which ordained that "in or near the City of Cork in our province of Munster in Ireland there shall be and may be erected and established one perpetual College for students.

Education

Our world-class postgraduate courses are available anywhere, and are designed to fit around your busy schedule. Our online learning support structure guarantees a high standard of interaction; group work and online discussions are an integral part of the course, with continual assessment used to ensure you are engaging successfully.

Each course is specified as online, or blended. Blended learning courses have some requirements for you to attend UCC - this is specified by course.

Research

UCC prioritises research in areas that are significant at the highest international levels. This creates a significant impact and uptake in the community beyond the university. In particular, UCC’s research in food and health, photonics and perinatal medicine is recognised as world leading. Several of Ireland’s top research centres are based in UCC. These include the Tyndall National Institute (microsystems, photonics, nanotechnology) and the APC Microbiome Institute (alimentary health, functional foods), both recognised as global leaders. The Environmental Research Institute conducts research on climate action, a sustainable society and the circular economy.

Career

Most of the skills developed by degree courses are valued by employers. In recruiting graduates employers will look for evidence of these and other skills which they refer to as transferable skills.

Transferable skills - means that these skills can be transferred from the academic sphere into a work environment. Many of the transferable skills looked for are those developed from your hobbies, interests and leisure pursuits. Employers will generally examine these in the application form and at interview.

Services

Student services

You can get full details of what each of these services can do for you, as well as how and where to access their services

  • Accommodation
  • Admissions
  • Budgeting advice service
  • Careers service
  • Chaplaincy
  • Creche
  • Disability support service
  • Examinations
  • Fees Office
  • First Year Experience Coordinator
  • Graduate studies
  • International education office
  • Library
  • Mature students office
  • Restaurants, shops and facilities
  • Registration
  • Sports and recreation
  • Student advisor and ombudsman
  • Student centre
  • Student counselling and development
  • Student Experience Office
  • Student health
  • Student IT Services
  • Students union
  • UCC Plus+ programme
  • VP for teaching and learning

Housing services

UCC provides high quality student campus accommodation. By living together and sharing experiences with others from different parts of Ireland and the world, our students learn and develop in ways that complement the formal learning that takes place within the chosen course of study.

UCC Campus Accommodation comprises of:
  • UCC Victoria Lodge (including Alcohol Free Apartments)
  • UCC Castlewhite Apartments
  • University Hall
  • Áras Uí Thuama (Irish language residential unit)
  • Victoria Mills

Library services

UCC Library brings together many sources of information not readily available elsewhere in Munster. They include books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, together with the professional expertise to interpret the collections to its users. Its primary purpose is to serve the University by 'supporting study, teaching and research as efficiently as possible'.

ICT services

  • The IT Services department manages the Open Access student print, copy and scan services. There are Open Access muti-function devices located in many of the Student IT Centres which allow students to print, copy and scan to usb.
  • All registered UCC students are allowed to connect their laptops, smartphones and tablets to the eduroam Student Wi-Fi service.
  • Online Services

Medical services

At the Student Health Department we endeavour to do our best to serve the healthcare needs of the students of University College Cork. We are deeply committed to trying to deliver a quality experience in a highly professional manner. We hope that our students value our service and do not have cause for disappointment about the level of service we offer.

Student Life

Campus life

  • UCC is located in the western part of Cork city, 1 km from the city centre.
  • The main parts of UCC’s campus are along Western Road and College Road.
  • Car parking facilities at UCC are limited, so when visiting UCC, please consider using public transport.

Sports facilities

  • Mardyke Sports Grounds
  • The Synthetic Pitch
  • The Ucc Athletics Track
  • The Gaa Pitch at the Mardyke
  • Curraheen Road Sports Grounds
  • Mardyke Arena

Student clubs

UCC Societies are social groups based on shared, non-athletic interests. Joining a society during your years at college is one of the best decisions you will ever make. It’s also one of the easiest because no matter who you are or what your tastes, there will be a society to suit you.

Societies are student run and have always been a vital part of the student experience on offer in UCC. They help you to learn new skills, nurture old hobbies, make new friends, take on responsibility, acquire transferable skills and, of course, have lots of fun. Joining a society will enhance your college experience like nothing else.