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University College Cork 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Sugandhi Sood Sugandhi Sood
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Recognized amongst the Top 2% universities in the world, University College Cork (UCC) offers a plethora of academic programs- 99 masters, 119 bachelors, and 7 online courses. Annually, UCC enrolls more than 10,000 domestic and international students during its Fall, Spring, and Summer intake season. 

The process for University College Cork admission varies for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. While UG students have to apply using the UCC undergraduate application system, PG applications are accepted via PAC application process. Furthermore, the application deadlines vary for UG and PG programs. Prospective applicants are advised to adhere to the deadlines as late applications are straight-out rejected

  • For a few PG-level courses, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Graduate applicants are notified of their admission decision within 5-6 weeks of application submission.
  • UG course applicants can apply for a maximum of two courses at once.


Application PortalUndergraduate Admission Portal – UCC Application Portal
Graduate Admission Portal – Postgraduate Application Portal
Application FeeUG – 45 Euro
PG – 50 Euro
Mode of paymentBank Draft, Postal Order or Credit card (Laser and Visa)
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SessionFall/Spring/Summer
Financial AidScholarships, Work-Study, Bursaries, Financial Payment Plan

University College Cork Admission Deadlines

Level of StudyDeadline
Undergraduate ProgramDecember 2020 – May 31, 2021
Graduate ProgramJanuary 11, 2020
March 01, 2020
May 01, 2020
July 01, 2020

Applicants must submit the form before the stipulated date as the application is accepted and processed in the order as received.

University College Cork International Student Admissions

International students are to apply for all undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by University College Cork. While the application process remains the same for domestic & international students, there are a few additional documents that the later must submit.

Applicants must attach the following documents along with the application form:

  • Academic transcripts or School leaving examination certificate
  • Third level academic transcript and Proof of Final Degree
  • IELTS or TOEFL scores for the candidates whose first language is not English
  • Two academic references
  • Birth certificate
  • A statement detailing why you want to join the university
  • One passport-sized photograph

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International applicants can submit the TOEFL and/or IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are given below. However, applicants must note that several departments may different score requirements.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences110-1156.590 Listening - 17 Reading - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17176 overall63
College of Business and Law100-1106.5-6.080 Listening - 17 Reading - 18 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17176 overall63
College of Science, Engineering and Food Science100-1106.080 Listening - 17 Reading - 18 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17169 overall59
College of Medicine and Health110-1156.590 Listening - 20 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 20176 overall63

Ireland Student Visa Process

Applicants must apply for Ireland Visa before applying for admission. All the information is provided on the official website of UCC.

  • Fill up the online application form available on the website
  • The online application form will generate a summary application sheet
  • It will direct you to the VFS website.
  • Submit Biometric info (It is required for Indian applicants only)
  • Pay the visa application fee

University College Cork Undergraduate Admissions

Presently, international students are offered more than 150 bachelor level programs in full-time and part-time mode. While the academic requirements vary from program to program, the application process for all UG courses remains the same.

At UCC, academic requirements vary for country to country for all UG courses. Details for a few popular UG courses are mentioned in the following table:

RequirementsApplied PsychologyMathematical ScienceEngineeringComputer Science
IndiaMinimum average of 80%- 89%Average score 90% or higherMinimum average of 80%- 89%Average score between 70%- 79%
Hong KongMinimum Level 3 or higher in core subjects + Elective subject at Level 445Minimum Level 3 or higher in core subjects + Elective subject at Level 555Minimum Level 3 or higher in core subjects + Elective subject at Level 445Minimum Level 3 or higher in core subjects + Elective subject at Level 444
ChinaAbove 85% in Class XIIOver 90% in Senior Secondary Certificate85% or higher in Class XIIMinimum average of 80% in Class XII
IndonesiaMinimum average of 85%Average score 90% or higherMinimum Average of 85%75% or higher in Class XII

University College Cork Graduate Admissions

The university offers 99 masters programs and candidates can apply for any program through the official website of the university. Each program has its admission requirements. Candidates must check the website to know the eligibility requirements and then apply.

  • Application Portal: Postgraduate Application Center
  • Application Fee: 50 EUR
  • Supporting Documents:
    • Official academic transcripts
    • Graduation certificate
    • IELTS or TOEFL or Cambridge English or PTE
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Official documentation pertaining to any other academic degree or professional non-degree qualification
    • Reference letters
    • Grading Certificates may be required

Program Specific requirements for a few graduate courses at University College Cork are tabulated below:

RequirementsExecutive MBAMSc Computing ScienceLLMMSc Actuarial SciencesElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Academic/Professional QualificationUG degree or 3+ years of work experience;
GMAT/GRE score
50%- 59% in UG courseMinimum 60% in Bachelor’s program50%- 59% in UG courseMinimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
English ProficiencyIELTS: 6.0;
IELTS: 6.5;
TOEFL: 90;
PTE: 63
IELTS: 6.5;
TOEFL: 90;
PTE: 63
IELTS: 6.5;
TOEFL: 90;
PTE: 63
IELTS: 6.5;
TOEFL: 90;
Application DeadlineCurrently closed for Non-EU studentsCurrently closed for Non-EU studentsJune 15June 30June 30
Course FeesNot Mentioned18,000 EUR17,000 EUR18,000 EUR22,000 EUR

Applications are accepting on the first-come-first-serve basis, so it is better to apply before the stipulated date. It takes about 3-5 weeks to completely review the application, process them and notify an applicant about the admission decision. The university offers financial plans for international candidates to help them pay their fees without any struggle.

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