UCC FAQ

Please read the following FAQ for help.

In any one year, you may not present more than ONE application to UCC’s taught postgraduate programmes and one application to UCC’s research postgraduate programmes. You may include up to THREE programmes in your taught application and THREE programme choices in your research application.

If after applying, you wish to add more course choices/programmes to your application and you have NOT applied for the full cohort of THREE course choices:

  • IRISH/EU TAUGHT APPLICANTS can add course choices if the closing date has not passed through their online PAC account by selecting my account (under your email address on the top of the screen), select your desired application and click view.
  • IRISH/EU RESEARCH APPLICANTS should contact the Graduate Studies Office, UCC directly to enquire (email: graduatestudies@ucc.ie).
  • NON-EU APPLICANTS should contact the International Education Office directly to enquire (email: graduatestudies@ucc.ie) and your request will be considered.
Maybe you have typed the letter O rather than the number 0. A course code consists of 5 characters. The first two are CK, an alphabet letter and two numbers, e.g. CKC02
ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS: Please note that there are additional supplementary questions to be completed ONLINE for certain Research programmes and taught postgraduate programmes. The additional online Supplementary Questions are a vital part of the application procedure for these programmes and applications to these programmes cannot be considered, if the required special supplementary questions are now completed when applying online. If applicable to the programme(s) you are applying for, the Supplementary/Additional Questions link will be highlighted (when you insert the Course Code) on the first page of the application. If applicable to your course choices, applicants must also complete all mandatory additional questions before being allowed to proceed to the payment section of the application.
You are not required to submit evidence of degree(s)/postgraduate qualifications pursued at University College Cork. However, if you are a current UCC student/past UCC graduate and have also completed additional degree(s)/postgraduate qualifications in another University/College, you must provide official copy documentary evidence of your non-UCC qualifications.
You must submit copies of all non-UCC qualifications online via your PAC account. One copy of this documentation will suffice for all course choices.
Where possible, supplementary supporting documentation should be submitted by uploading via PAC Application account. If there is no closing date applicable for your application (e.g. Research applications) supplementary documentation should be submitted within seven days of making your online application.
The Preferred Start Date option on the Online application form is applicable to applications for Research Programmes only. Taught Programmes have specific start dates.
Yes applicants are considered for all course choices on their application, unless they cancel some course choices.

Yes, applicants will still be considered for their other programme choices even if they accept an earlier offer on one course choice. If you are offered your preferred programme choice later your original acceptance will be automatically be cancelled when you accept a later offer.

Applicants can only have one acceptance on the system at any time but an acceptance can be changed to a subsequent course choice if a preferred course choice offer is made later.

IF THE FIRST OFFER IS THE PREFERRED PROGRAMME CHOICE AND YOU NO LONGER WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ONE OR MORE OF YOUR REMAINING PROGRAMME CHOICES, YOU SHOULD CANCEL YOUR OTHER PROGRAMME CHOICES ON YOUR APPLICATION AT THIS STAGE

The online application fee (using a debit or credit card) is €50.00. Paying at a later date is possible, by a debit or credit card costing €50.00 or by bank transfer costing €55.

The online application processing fee is payable to PAC and is non-refundable.

Note that your application will not be processed until the date the Postgraduate Applications Centre receive your application fee payment. Payments by Bank Transfer should be made immediately after submitting your online application.

In addition to a credit Card, payments by Visa and Laser, there is also the option to send payment by Bank Transfer, payable to Postgraduate Applications Centre, with an extra processing fee of €5. Therefore, the total cost of a non-Credit Card payment is €55. Payment must be made before the programme closing date. However, please note that your application will not be processed until the date the Postgraduate Applications Centre receive your application fee payment.

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Yes, applicants can partially complete the additional questions for a course choice and click on SAVE ANSWERS and return to complete them later. The ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTARY questions are final once the applicant agrees to proceed to the payment option of the online application. In addition to saving the additional questions answers, the applicant should also save the first page of the online application before exiting the application completely (see FAQ 4 above). To return to complete the application again, applicants login to PAC and click on Application Status and select Continue application.