University College Cork

University Information, Campus and History
(Cork, County Cork, Ireland)

The University College Cork is a leading university and research institution in Ireland. With a student population of about 15,000, the university is small by international standards, but nevertheless enjoys a reputation as Ireland's top-earning research university.

Founded in 1845, the university is one of Ireland's oldest institutes of higher learning. It was established as Queen's College along with two other universities of the same name in Belfast and Galway, under the provisions of an act aimed at promoting advanced learning in Ireland. The Colleges were dissolved 40 years later to make way for two new universities, one of which would become the present-day University College Cork. In 1997, what was once Queen's College became the National University of Ireland, Cork. The first governing body was later given permission to extend the name to 'University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork.'

The university has since made a name for itself as a highly competitive institution, implementing an innovative curriculum and setting the highest standards in academic research. It is quickly becoming an international university, drawing about 1,000 international students from over 60 countries every year and establishing ties with several international institutions.

The 44-acre / 18-hectare main campus features mature Californian Redwood trees, and other UCC locations are situated around the city of Cork.


The primary information resource in the university is the Boole Library, named after its first professor of mathematics, George Boole. There are two sub-libraries specialising in medical fields - the Medical Library and the Brookfield Health Sciences Library.

The university boasts of several conference venues, from small audio-visual rooms to full-size theatre halls with seating capacities from 20 to 390. The Boole Lecture Theatres 1, 2, 3, and 4 are often used for international conferences and large student presentations, while the North Wing Council Room is perfect for small meetings and lectures.

Famous Students

The University College Cork has produced dozens of prominent people in the fields of art, business, law, science, sports, and public service. Sean O'Riada and the late Aloys Fleschman, both of whom studied Music at the university, played key roles in reviving and promoting Irish music. Entrepreneur Maurice Whelan graduated from the university in 1960 and later founded Silicon and Software Systems, a global software supplier.

Many experts in law and ethics graduated from the University's Faculty of Law. Vincent Power is a leading adviser in EU competition and regulatory law, while Aidan Synnott specialises in antitrust and intellectual property law.

Several members of the team Irish Rugby International were trained at the university. These include Maurice Keane, Donal Linehan, and Ronan O'Gara. Clare O'Leary, the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest, studied at the university as well.

School leavers interested in pursuing a degree programme at University College Cork can view an undergraduate prospectus for free at the university website. The prospectus offers programme listings, conveniently classified under the university's seven departments. A postgraduate prospectus is available for those looking into further study and research options. For more information, call their Admissions Office at +353 (0)21 4903571 or email your enquiries to

The Prospective Students section also includes information for mature students, transfer students, and adult and continuing education. General enquiries may be made at the university's main switchboard, +353 21 490 3000, where you will be directed to the right department.

Contact University College Cork:
Address: Admissions Office Access Programme, Top Floor, West Wing, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3571
Fax: +353 (0)21 490 3233
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