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University College Cork

University College Cork

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.

Top reasons to study here

  • Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.
  • Over 94% of our graduates are in employment or further studies.
  • €96.4m Research Income (highest nationally).


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.


University College Cork (UCC) graduates are highly sought-after by employers: 93% of our graduates are in employment or further studies within nine months of graduating. We attribute this success to the approach to employability and employment that we demonstrate as a research-intensive university.

This UCC Institutional Employability and Employment Guide outlines our uniquely connected approach.

Employability is central to UCC's Academic Strategy 2018-2022, which seeks to renew and strengthen our educational offering through a Connected Curriculum.

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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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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

While studying at UCC it's also important to remember that there is a life beyond the lectures, seminars and labs. UCC has a great range of clubs, societies and supports available to students.

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 Accommodation & Community Life 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

The UCC students can conveniently access both Student IT Support and a wide range of online UCC Student Services. See below for direct links to Umail, Canvas, Office, and more.

Medical services

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

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. 

Cork University Business School in UCC has now been accredited by the AACSB and AMBA (Association of MBAs), making it a double accredited Business School, of which there are fewer than 200 worldwide.



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