University College Cork, Ireland


Acronym: U.C.C.  

University College Cork (UCC) is a university situated in south-west Ireland that was founded as a Queen’s College in 1845. The Universities Act 1997 established UCC as an independent autonomous university with powers to award and accredit its own degrees and qualifications. The university has approximately 18,000 full-time students and about 2,000 part-time students. UCC is one of the leading research institutions in the State and its research income is consistently one of the highest in the country. UCC offers a research-led curriculum that attracts the highest calibre of students, with over 120 degree and professional programmes delivered by 65 academic units (departments and schools) based within the four Colleges of the University. UCC is recognized in Europe as one of best-practice Universities regarding implementation of Quality Assurance procedures with a specific focus on Quality Improvement in all aspects of the University and has served as a model for other institutions. The University offers higher education qualifications in almost all disciplines appropriate to a University to PhD level (level 10 on the Irish NFQ).

University College Cork is a collegiate university with a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching and is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world. The high quality education provided, enriched by a distinctive university experience, is sustained by demand from highly qualified applicants from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. The University is outward looking and actively engaged in a range of innovative developments in research, teaching and learning.