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University College Cork

4.8 out of 5 (86 ratings / 56 reviews) Cork, Ireland
UCC are an award-winning institution with a history of independent thinking stretching back over 170 years. UCC is proud to be ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world. Our beautiful university opened its gates to just 115 students in 1849. They now have a student population of over 21,000.

Master's Programmes

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Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Set on 42 acres of wooded ground, only a 10 minute walk from Cork City Centre, our college was established in 1845 after a long campaign for a higher education institution in Munster. 


As a student at UCC, you will join a family that is woven from the threads of ancient heritage and a distinctly modern focus. Start your learning journey today!


University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, research-led University that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. Our institutional research strategy focuses on creating and supporting world-leading clusters of researchers, building on the research strengths of the University, and is aligned with key Government strategies including the Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 (Hunt Report), and Ireland’s Strategy for Research and Development, Science and Technology, Innovation 2020.


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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Student services

A degree from University College Cork ensures our international graduates are ‘World Ready and Work Ready’. We are unrivalled in the quality of our academic programmes and research, the beauty of our campus and its vibrant student life. Contact the International Office to find out more!

Housing services

UCC knows how important it is to find the right student housing. Campus Accommodation is university owned and managed apartment style living. Other Housing Options include purpose built student apartment complexes as well as rooms in a private house or apartment. The Student Residential Services Office focuses on providing an up-to-date information service for students actively seeking student accommodation.

Library services

At University College Cork Library we offer innovative services, resources and spaces that align with your learning, teaching and research needs. The Library consists of the Boole Library and branch Library Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library. We support the UCC community and bring together many sources of information not readily available elsewhere in Munster. 

ICT services

Student IT Services and Support offer a wide range of services and supports to registered UCC Students. 

Medical services

The Student Health Department seeks to provide services that target illnesses and problems that occur in the University Student population. It does not seek to, and is not resourced to provide a full GP service but has a range of services that may not be as easily accessible in the community.

Student Life

Campus life

The UCC campus is one of the most beautiful in Europe - an idyllic campus on the banks of the river Lee, within walking distance of a historic city steeped in culture and tradition. Old limestone buildings blend seamlessly with stunning modern architecture against a backdrop of mature gardens.

Sports facilities

An international survey conducted by International Graduate Insight Group in 2015 ranked UCC 1st in Ireland for its sport's facilities. UCC has 59 Sports Clubs and 78 active student societies. The Mardyke Arena, UCC consists of a 25m swimming pool, international sized basketball court, dressing rooms, climbing wall and an external viewing gallery over a recently installed indoor and outdoor running track. 

It is a landmark university sports and leisure facility purpose built on the existing campus sports grounds. Other facilities also include a swimming pool, multi-purpose sports hall, state of the art gym’s and associated admin, office, restaurant and support facilities.

Student clubs

UCC is home to more than one hundred different societies. 

Student Reviews

A fantastic base degree for independent students
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This course covers all the areas expected of a business degree. I particularly liked the freedom to focus on areas that interested me while still getting to experience others as well. The modules offered range from management, economics, marketing, law, food business and political science. Modules in accounting and finance are also offered and provide the option to gain...

BA International at University College Cork
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved studying at UCC. I studied French and English and found both departments extremely helpful and accommodating if I ever had any queries or trouble with my subjects. The facilities at UCC are terrific, with the only downfall being the lack of space in the library during peak study times if you do not get a seat at around 9am, however this is being combated by the new...

Life at UCC
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university is pretty much well organized, the modules are restricted for Erasmus students but there are still lots of them elegible for us. The teachers are well prepared and are really responsible and help us a lot even though they expect from us the same commitment as the Irish students, they do not do favoritism. In the university they organize lots of activities...

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