University College Cork: Statistics



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#411 of 14,131 In the World
#167 of 2,785 In Europe
#3 of 32 In Ireland
#31 of 3,690 For Nutrition and Food Science
Top50% For 208 other topics
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Acceptance rate

* University College Cork is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsIrish Leaving Certificate or international equivalent; Entrance examination
Academic CalendarSeptember - May
Full time employee901
Student:staff ratio24:1

Research profile

University College Cork is a world-class research university with 43,194 scientific papers published and 1,108,149 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Medicine, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, Computer Science, Biochemistry, and Genetics.


University College Cork majors

by publication & citation count

26,709 / 910,580
22,283 / 812,471
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
19,676 / 366,896
19,567 / 573,869
19,566 / 487,958
Environmental Science
17,900 / 561,227
17,307 / 410,727
Computer Science
16,573 / 437,770
13,865 / 635,065
12,191 / 546,841
Quantum and Particle physics
11,821 / 286,584
Organic Chemistry
11,111 / 441,540
10,823 / 383,421
10,621 / 270,909
Political Science
10,406 / 155,864
9,890 / 152,436
Materials Science
9,479 / 255,512
9,315 / 142,504
9,283 / 318,135
9,039 / 177,386
8,466 / 189,630
Geography and Cartography
8,198 / 206,434
7,761 / 312,954
7,719 / 231,012
7,144 / 105,779
7,027 / 171,756
6,184 / 102,685
6,068 / 172,417
5,775 / 91,002
Electrical Engineering
5,243 / 94,801
Optical Engineering
5,210 / 94,007
5,084 / 98,392
4,930 / 76,847
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
4,688 / 86,992
Nutrition and Food Science
4,219 / 198,913
Art & Design
4,037 / 95,809
Public Health
3,879 / 120,079
3,771 / 193,255
3,703 / 86,029
3,687 / 127,392

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 172 860
1992 153 1028
1993 201 1184
1994 188 1217
1995 258 1523
1996 276 1845
1997 323 2307
1998 381 2531
1999 369 3306
2000 435 4355
2001 461 5377
2002 597 6887
2003 597 9733
2004 675 10916
2005 769 12213
2006 984 14918
2007 1057 17429
2008 1109 19255
2009 1251 22644
2010 1606 26714
2011 1804 31753
2012 1693 37139
2013 1881 42782
2014 1833 47350
2015 2029 51574
2016 2238 56219
2017 2252 60933
2018 2185 66956
2019 2279 77307
2020 2650 93189
2021 2990 112589
2022 2719 118706
2023 2613 119197
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University College Cork gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program EU Students Non-EU Students
Undergraduate €3,000 - €3,500 per year €14,000 - €25,000 per year
Postgraduate Taught €4,000 - €10,000 per year €15,000 - €25,000 per year
Postgraduate Research €4,000 - €6,000 per year €15,000 - €25,000 per year

Currency: Euro (€)

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University College Cork.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Honours Bachelor Degree Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Celtic Languages and Studies, Chinese, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Information Technology, Italian, Latin
Higher Diploma Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology, Art History, Celtic Languages and Studies, Communication Arts, English, Folklore, French, Geography, German, History, Irish, Italian, Music, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Religion, Social Policy, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre
Masters Degree Anthropology, Aquaculture, Art History, Art Management, Asian Studies, Law
Post-graduate Diploma Classical Languages, Management, Philosophy, Regional Planning, Social Work, Special Education
Doctoral Degree Archaeology, Architecture, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Business and Commerce, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Computer Science, Dentistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Food Science, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physics, Social Sciences

University College Cork alumni

  1. Cillian Murphy

    Cillian Murphy
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1976-.. (age 48)
    Enrolled in University College Cork
    Studied in 1996
    screenwritermusicianfilm actoractorcomposer

    Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor and producer. He made his professional debut in Enda Walsh's 1996 play Disco Pigs, a role he later reprised in the 2001 screen adaptation. His early film credits include the horror film 28 Days Later (2002), the dark comedy Intermission (2003), the thriller Red Eye (2005), the Irish war drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), and the science fiction thriller Sunshine (2007). He played a transgender Irish woman in the comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination.

  2. Graham Norton

    Graham Norton
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1963-.. (age 61)
    columnistcomedianfilm actorradio personalitymemoirist

    Graham William Walker, better known by his stage name Graham Norton, is an Irish comedian, actor, author and television host known for his work in the UK. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show (2007–present) and an eight-time award-winner overall. He has received the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance three times for So Graham Norton (2000 to 2002). Originally shown on BBC Two before moving to other slots on BBC One, his chat show succeeded Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in BBC One's late-Friday-evening slot in 2010.

  3. Fiona Shaw

    Fiona Shaw
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1958-.. (age 66)
    performing artiststage actorfilm actoractor

    Fiona Shaw is an Irish film and theatre actress. Known for extensive work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, as well as in film and television, in 2020, she was listed at No. 29 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. She was made an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.

  4. Micheál Martin

    Micheál Martin
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1960-.. (age 64)

    Micheál Martin is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who is serving as Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Defence since December 2022. He served as Taoiseach from 2020 to 2022 and has been Leader of Fianna Fáil since January 2011. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South-Central since 1989. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 2011 to 2020 and held various Cabinet offices under Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen.

All 94 notable alumni

University College Cork faculties and divisions

Centre : Alimentary Pharmabiotic Biological and Life Sciences
Centre : Analytical and Biological Chemistry Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry
Centre : Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Aquaculture, Fishery
Centre : Atmospheric Chemistry Chemistry
Centre : Business Information Systems Business Computing, Information Sciences
Centre : Clinical Trials in Rare Diseases Medicine
Centre : Co-operative Studies Business Administration
Centre : Coastal and Marine Resources Coastal Studies, Natural Resources
Centre : Constraint Computation Computer Science
Centre : Counselling and Health Studies Health Sciences, Psychology
Centre : Criminal Justice and Human Rights Criminal Law, Human Rights
Centre : Efficient Embedded Digital Signal Processing Medical Technology
Centre : Eldermet Biological and Life Sciences, Microbiology
Centre : Electronic Corpus of Irish Literature and History History, Literature
Centre : Financial Services Innovation Finance
Centre : Food Health Ireland Food Science, Health Sciences
Centre : Forest Ecology Ecology, Forest Biology, Forestry
Centre : Health and Diet Research Dietetics, Health Sciences
Centre : Hydraulics and Maritime Research Hydraulic Engineering, Marine Science and Oceanography
Centre : Informatics Research Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Centre : Investment Research Business Administration
Centre : Maternal and Child Enquiries Child Care and Development, Psychology
Centre : Migration Studies Demography and Population
Centre : National Adult Nutrition Survey Nutrition
Centre : National Cancer Registry Oncology
Centre : National Perinatal Epidemiology Epidemiology
Centre : Unified Computing Computer Science
College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Asian Studies, Celtic Languages and Studies, Classical Languages, Education, English, Ethnology, Folklore, French, Geography, German, History, Irish, Italian, Literature, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Sciences, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre
College : Business and Law Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Civil Law, Criminal Law, Economics, Family Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Government, Human Rights, Information Sciences, International Law, Irish, Law, Management, Marketing, Private Law, Statistics
College : Medicine and Health Anatomy, Dentistry, Epidemiology, Health Sciences, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Therapy, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Health, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Surgery
College : Science, Engineering and Food Science Architecture, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Genetics, Information Technology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Nutrition, Physics
Group : NeuroScience Neurosciences
Institute : Biosciences Research Biological and Life Sciences
Institute : Environmental Research Environmental Management
Institute : Social Science in the 21st Century Social Sciences
Institute : Tyndall Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, Microelectronics, Physics
Research Division : Biomerit Biological and Life Sciences
Research Division : Cancer Oncology
Research Division : Cancer Biology at UCC Biology, Oncology
Research Division : Folklore Folklore
Research Division : Health Information Systems Information Sciences
Research Division : Human Factors Information Technology, Software Engineering
Research Division : Neonatal Brain Neurology
Research Division : Oral Health Services Oral Pathology
Research Division : Vascular Biology Biology, Cardiology
Unit : BioTransfer Food Science
Unit : Cleaner Production Promotion Environmental Studies
Unit : Food Industry Training Food Science, Food Technology
Unit : Informatic Research in Sustainable Engineering Architectural and Environmental Design, Civil Engineering
Unit : Photonics Systems Group Physics

General information

Alternative names UCC
Founded 1845
Accreditation Quality and Qualifications Ireland - QQI (Dearbhú Cáilíochta agus Cáilíochtaí Éireann)
Motto Where Finbarr Taught Let Munster Learn

Location and contacts

Address College Road
Cork, T12 K8AF
City population 222,000

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