Why study at University College Cork?
When you begin your journey at UCC you will belong to a vibrant and diverse community of over 24,000 students from over 100 countries, from all over the world. You will become part of a global family which is united by shared experiences, shared values and shared ambition. UCC is more than the sum of its many parts and, together, we are many things. We are connected, to each other, to learning, to employment, to local and global communities, and to the wider world. We are active, with world-class sporting facilities and resources, we demonstrate resilience, ambition, and integrity both on and off the field. We are creative, across and between all disciplines. We promote creative and independent thinking to push boundaries to pioneer new ways of creating, evaluating and communicating knowledge. We provide opportunities for creative collisions within and across programmes and the wider learning experience. At UCC you will be equipped with the ability and agility to think differently, to challenge and disrupt the status-quo and to create and add value. We are socially responsible, being a university in the community we will support you to seize and embrace opportunities to collaborate, and to identify, devise and implement just and sustainable solutions to real life problems in our communities and at a global level. We are agile, as a research-led institution we provide cutting-edge innovative answers to key societal questions, and have the ability to pivot and adopt the best technologies for world-class learning and teaching. We will equip you with the skills to innovate and we will nurture your digital fluency to ensure that you are poised to fully leverage opportunities to live, learn and lead in a digital society. We are sustainable, as one of the leading universities internationally we are working towards creating a sustainable world. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 are a critical part of our mission and academic strategy, enabling you to shape a better, more respectful and more compassionate world. At UCC, we embrace the SDGs and we commit to leaving no one behind. We are global, with an extensive network of industry and university partners and alumni all over the world. We will foster your ability to have a growth mindset and a truly global outlook. Through your studies and extracurricular activities, you will have varied opportunities to grow and develop as an effective global citizen and to cultivate an ethical world and work-ready approach in your intellectual, professional and personal pursuits. Global events have also afforded us the opportunity to actively turn adversity into opportunity to grow and learn in new and more agile ways and to stand up and be counted, for our world, for each other and our shared future, because we are community.
UCC is ranked in the top 1.1% of universities worldwide, according to the QS ranking.
UCC was voted Best Student Campus in Ireland, Irish Education Awards 2021 & 2022
UCC is a University of Sanctuary and is the only university in Ireland to have a Civic and Community Engagement Plan
UCC is ranked 8th in the world for Sustainability, in the UI Green Metric Ranking
UCC was the first university campus in the world to be awarded a Green Flag
UCC is ranked first in Ireland for research income from industry sources
UCC was the top third level institution in Ireland for Best Student Experience, Irish Education Awards 2020 & 2021
UCC leads the sector in Ireland on Progression Rates from 1st to 2nd Year, scoring 93 out of 100 in the Sunday Times League Table.
UCC is the top Irish university for highly cited researchers as measured by the prestigious shanghai ranking of global universities
UCC is the Irish university with the greatest number of entries in Clarivate’s 2021 global list of highly cited researchers.
We have been named as one of the world’s top universities for the study of 23 subjects, according to the latest edition of the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject. UCC has ranked in the top 50 universities for Nursing and top 100 for Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy and Pharmacology and Law.
We have a further two subjects in the top 150 with English Language and Literature, and Anatomy and Physiology, with Modern Languages, Politics and International Studies and Medicine all appearing in the top 200.