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                       Mature Student Guide

                       UNIVERsit y College Cork



                                       2009
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        Contents


                            5         Introduction

                            9         The Application Procedure

                            15        Dates for 2009 Entry

                            19        Support Services for Mature Students

                            32        Degree Programmes in University College Cork

                            33        College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

                            45        College of Business and Law

                            55        College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

                            69        College of Medicine and Health

                            80        Information and Contact Numbers




                Whilst every effort is made to ensure contents are accurate, the Mature Student Guide is issued only for
                the guidance of students. It does not impose or infer any legal obligations on the National University
                of Ireland, Cork. Course syllabi, fees, regulations or other information given may be altered, cancelled
                or otherwise amended at any time. The Mature Student Guide does not confer any rights on a student
                registered for any course of study.
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        The University

        University College Cork is a constituent University of the National University of
        Ireland. It was founded in 1845, one of the three non-denominational Queen’s
        Colleges established in Ireland by an Act of Parliament of Sir Robert Peel. The
        campus is an attractive one, containing as it does a pleasing mixture of
        architectural styles, having as its centre the magnificent quadrangle designed by
        the noted Cork architect Sir Thomas Deane. The south channel of the river Lee
        flows through the grounds.



        Mature Students in University College Cork

        University College Cork is committed to the provision of educational
        opportunity to mature students. In the academic year 2007/8 there were 1390
        mature students engaged in fulltime and evening degree programmes. In
        addition, there were over 2000 students enrolled in Adult Continuing Education
        Certificate and Diploma programmes.
        Mature students make a unique contribution to the academic and social life of the
        university. There is no stereotypical mature student; they come from a variety of
        backgrounds, have a wide and eclectic range of interests and have experienced many
        different lifestyles and careers. They bring an enormous diversity of experiences
        with them, which means that they enrich not only the mature student community,
        but also the university as a whole. Academic staff acknowledge that the presence of
        older students at a lecture or seminar ensures a lively and discursive session.
        Mature students enrol at university for many reasons and with many objectives. For
        some, the degree may be an end in itself. Others plan a career change and their choice
        of programme is predicated on the career opportunities the degree presents.



        The Mature Student Office

        UCC offers dedicated support to mature students. The Mature Student Office
        provides a consultation and advice service to prospective students, gives help and
        advice on the application procedure and provides support services for mature
        students who are registered on degree programmes. There are three full-time staff
        members currently employed in the Mature Student Office.


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          Message from the Mature Student Officer

          When you decide to return to full time education it can be daunting to realise that
          you are putting yourself in a position where you will be tested and perhaps found
          wanting. It is important that you have a positive attitude towards this life-changing
          opportunity. The university experience should be a challenging, exhilarating, mind-
          stretching, and enjoyable one. However, in UCC we recognise that the initial steps
          into the adventure of higher education as a mature student can sometimes be
          overwhelming. It may involve a total change of lifestyle. For many it will be a return
          to study after a long absence. It may also mean that you must juggle responsibilities
          as parent, partner, carer, with those of your life as a student. The Mature Student
          Office staff will help you with any issues you may encounter and ensure that you
          are aware that support services exist for you.

                                Mature Student Office, West Wing, UCC.
                                  tel: 021 490 3670 email: mso@ucc.ie
                          text: 087 1233006 web address: www.ucc.ie/mature




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        TAKING THE NEXT STEP

        Returning to fulltime education is a big step.
        Think about what is involved.

        Ask yourself these questions:


                          Why do I want to study for a degree?

                          What do I want to study?

                          What is my career plan?

                          What qualifications do I need?

                          How can I get them?

                          Who can help me?




                                    A careful reading of this booklet should help you
                                    answer these questions. The Mature Student Office
                                    staff will also be delighted to help you find the answers.
                                    The University welcomes applications from mature
                                    students and if you have any queries at all – about the
                                    admissions process, subject choice, student life, career
                                    prospects, or anything else that you think of – we will
                                    be glad to help. It is always advisable to consult with us
                                    well before submitting a formal application.


                Christina Farmer, Project Co-ordinator, Mature Student Office, UCC.
                             tel: 021 490 3671, email: c.farmer@ucc.ie.


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        The Application procedure
        Your Questions Answered

        When do I qualify to become a Mature Student?
        To be considered as a mature student, you must have reached 23 years of age on or
        before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. If you already have a degree or
        equivalent at time of application, the age qualification does not apply.

        How do I apply?
                Application is made through the Central Applications Office (CAO)
                                 Tower House, Eglinton St., Galway.
                             tel: 091 509800 web address: www.cao.ie

        When do I apply?
        The latest date for applications is February 1st of the year in which you wish to
        commence your studies in UCC. However it is recommended that you submit your
        application by mid-January.

        do I need Leaving Certificate points?
        No! Leaving Cert points are not relevant to your application as a mature student.
        Your experience and motivation are taken into consideration. Some degree
        programmes, however, require specific educational requirements so check the
        programme in which you are interested.

        When applying for a place as a mature student your application may also be
        considered under a number of categories including Leaving Certificate results,
        FETAC Links programme, Higher Education etc. if applicable. You simply tick the
        appropriate options on page 3 of the CAO application form.

        How can I improve my chances of getting a place in UCC?
        Put time and effort into your CAO application. Your completed form is an
        important component of the selection process. Pay particular attention to the final
        page of the form where you are asked for details of your education, life experience,
        hobbies etc. The question on your educational goals and objectives is particularly
        important in the assessment of your application.


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          Do I need computer skills?

          As information technology will be very
          much part of your everyday life in UCC, you
          are advised to familiarise yourself with basic
          computer skills as part of your preparation
          for returning to education.

          Introductory courses are provided for those
          students who would not otherwise have
          access to any formal training in the use of
          computing and networking.

                       Contact details:
               UCC Computer Training Centre,
                   4th Floor, Kane Building
                    email: studentit@ucc.ie
              See: www.ucc.ie/services/computing


          How do I find out more about
          UCC and about degree
          programmes?
          There are a number of events on-campus
          during the year which you are very welcome           The prize winning ERI building
          to attend.

          The UCC Open Day on Saturday, October 11th 2008 offers the opportunity to
          talk to staff in individual departments about the degree programmes and to check
          out the facilities on offer. Further information will be available on
          www.ucc.ie/mature in September ’08.

          Come along to the Information Evening for Mature Students where you will get
          information and advice on filling out your CAO application form and have the
          opportunity to meet staff from all faculties of the University. The session for 2009
          applications is arranged for 12th November 2008 and will take place in the Devere
          Multifunctional Hall on the UCC campus at 7.00 p.m.

          Keep checking the websites for details of other upcoming events.


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        How do I find out which
        degree programmes are most suitable for me?
        1.      There is information available on all degree programmes in this booklet (see
                Information on Degree Programmes pages 32 – 77 ) and on the Mature
                Student Website: www.ucc.ie/mature
        2.      You are also encouraged to discuss your options with the staff of the Mature
                Student Office in UCC well in advance of the application deadline. (See
                page 6 for contact details).
        3.      Read the UCC Prospectus: Undergraduate Degree Programmes 2009. This will
                give you detailed information on all degree programmes. Please note that, as
                a mature student applicant, the Leaving Certificate entry criteria outlined in
                this publication do not apply to you. The Mature Student Officer or the
                Admissions Office will be glad to provide you with a copy of the
                Undergraduate Prospoectus. Alternatively see: www.ucc.ie/prospectus.
        4.      Use the UCC website. Each College, Faculty and Department has its own
                web page. (See www.ucc.ie and follow prompts).
        5.      You may also contact the Faculty/Department in whose programmes you are
                interested to arrange an appointment.

        It seems an obvious point to stress here that you must research your options
        carefully when choosing a degree programme – if you don’t it can have an adverse
        effect on your ultimate success.

        To sum up: There is information available on the content of programmes – from
        relevant departments in the university, on the university website and from the Mature
        Student Office. Do your research and make sure you are making the right choice!


        Is there any financial
        assistance available for Mature Students?
        There are various schemes designed to enable you to participate in degree
        programmes. Fees for degree programmes in UCC consist of three elements; Tuition,
        Registration, and Capitation. The Government Free Fees Initiative means that
        tuition, by far the major component of fees, is free for all fulltime, non-repeat students
        from Ireland and European Union countries who do not already hold a degree and
        who have been resident in an EU Member State for three of the last five years.


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          If you are eligible for and receive a Local Authority Higher Education Grant, the
          Registration component of the fee (€825 in 2007/8) will be covered by the grant.
          The Capitation Fee, which in 2007/8 was €140 must be paid by you.
              Further information on Fees is available from:

                                       Fees and Grants Office, UCC.
                                 tel: 021 490 2365 email: fees@fin.ucc.ie

             From 2008/9 it is planned that the Vocational Education Committees (VECs)
             will administer all Higher Education Grants. No further information is available
             at time of going to press. See www.citizensinformation.ie
             For information on Back to Education Allowances (for eligible Social Welfare
             recipients) contact your local Social Welfare Information Office. See also
             www.citizensinformation.ie
          Note: If English is not your first language you need to contact the Mature Student
          Office, UCC. You will then be sent an information sheet on language requirements.
          Contact:
                          Mature Student Office, UCC. tel: 021 490 3670
                                email: mso@ucc.ie text: 087 1233006


          Academic Preparation

          The chances of making a successful application can be greatly enhanced by some
          academic preparation as specified in the descriptions of the degree programmes
          (pages 32 – 77). Check the entry requirements of the degree programmes in which
          you are interested. Some programmes have specific educational requirements e.g.
          the Faculty of Engineering gives preference to candidates who have studied Science
          and Mathematical Science subjects.

          Many prospective students enrol in relevant courses in Colleges of Further
          Education (or other educational institutions) in order to obtain the necessary
          qualifications to comply with programme requirements, or to enhance their
          educational qualifications and to prepare themselves for further study. (See also
          information on UCC Links Programme overleaf.)

          Others progress from successful completion of Certificate and Diploma
          programmes conducted by UCC’s Centre for Adult Continuing Education (ACE).


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        Details of ACE programmes and of credit allowances are set out in Programme
        Guide 2008/9 available from:

                        Centre for Adult Continuing Education, UCC.
                            tel: 021 490 2301 email: ace@ucc.ie

        Staff at UCC are there to help you at all stages of the application process. You
        should contact:
                                     Mature Student Office,
                             tel: 021 490 3670 email: mso@ucc.ie




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          INFORMATION ON UCC LINKS PROGRAMME

          University College Cork is a leader in adopting alternative entry routes to
          programmes of study and helping students progress in third level education. For those
          students who may not have achieved the requirements for third level at the time of
          their Leaving Cert., links have been developed with the Colleges of Further
          Education. This option allows students to enter university at first year level having
          completed a FETAC/NCVA (level 5) qualification with distinctions in appropriate
          modules. Information on all of these options can be found in our Links brochure,
          available from:
                                        Admissions Office, UCC.
                              tel: 021 490 3571 email: admissions@ucc.ie




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        Practical preparation for entry
        to UCC as a mature student

        No amount of written information can really convey to you what it will be like to
        study at UCC. You should visit the campus to see for yourself, to look at the facilities
        and to explore the environment. UCC hosts an annual University Open Day on the
        second Saturday in October which mature students are most welcome to attend.

           Summary of significant dates for 2009 entry
           Research Stage:
           11 October 2008:          UCC Open Day
           12 November 2008:         Information Evening for mature students
           January 2009:             Coffee morning for prospective and current mature
                                     students. Check out www.ucc.ie/mature for dates
                                     and venues
           Application Stage:
           1 February 2009:          Latest date for receipt of applications to CAO
           14 February 2009:         Date for Assessment Tests for Arts and Medicine.
           March/April/May 09:       You will receive notification by post of the date/venue
                                     of interviews etc.where relevant. Please note that it is
                                     not possible to change the assessment dates. Check
                                     the website during these months for updates
           Offer Stage:
           Early July 2009:          Offers will be sent by CAO
                                     Having accepted your offer you will receive a
                                     Welcome to UCC package which will give you all the
                                     information you need for Registration
           August/September 09: Transition Workshops for mature students. You will
                                be offered a two day programme which will occur
                                in August and early September. Registration and
                                general orientation take place in the second and
                                third weeks of September.

        INFORMATION evening
        There will be an Information Evening held on November 12 2008 in Áras na
        Mac Léinn specifically for prospective mature students when you will have the
        opportunity to talk to staff from all faculties, to get advice on the application
        procedure and on services in UCC.

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          consultation
          The Mature Student Office staff will be pleased to meet you by appointment to
          discuss your options with you and offer you advice and information on your
          application. Statistical information on mature students in University College Cork
          has shown that their success rate (i.e. progression and the ultimate achievement of
          obtaining a degree) is higher than that of school-leavers. When mature students
          have been surveyed regarding their reasons for dropping out of their degree
          programmes, the evidence provided reiterated the necessity of adequate preparation
          before taking a place on a degree programme.

          Financial preparation
          A major factor in non-completion of a degree is the question of inadequate
          financial preparation. Prospective students are urged to investigate the expenses
          involved in entering university and to plan accordingly. Depending on your
          circumstances, coping financially may present difficulties, but don’t let these
          problems automatically deter you. The secret of success is adequate preparation and
          many mature students have successfully coped with the financial demands imposed
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        general
        Mature students are likely to have more responsibilities than their school-leaving
        fellow students and should prepare partners and family members for changes
        resulting from the return to education. It is vital to obtain support from those who
        play an important part in your life as, without it, the transition to the academic
        world may present difficulties. In UCC, we encourage you to invite a partner,
        family member or supportive friend to a social function arranged by the Mature
        Student Office during the first semester so that they can experience, in some small
        way, the environment where you have committed to spending the next few years of
        your life. If circumstances allow do try to visit the university campus before
        registration. The environment is easier to explore in the summer months when it is
        infinitely less crowded and consequently easier to identify buildings and facilities.




        Note:
        If you are already a graduate and wish to apply for a post graduate qualification,
        please apply to the Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, UCC. Contact details:

                        tel: 021 490 2876 email: graduatestudies@ucc.ie


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        Support Services for
        Mature Students
        Are there any extra services provided for mature students?
        In addition to those services provided for all students, the following supports are
        specifically designed for mature students. These include:

        Mature Student Orientation/transition to
        university programme
        You will receive details of the Mature Student Orientation/Transition to University
        Programmes with the Welcome to UCC package sent to all mature students who
        have been offered and have accepted a place in UCC. You will be offered a two-
        day Transition Programme with a choice of dates in August and September.

        The programme is designed to provide you with an introduction to university life.
        It will give you all relevant information on the support services organised for
        mature students. Workshops on note-taking at lectures, study skills, reading the
        academic text, adjusting to university life etc. will form part of the experience.

        You will also be given an opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow students
        embarking on third level education. You will meet some mature students who have
        successfully made the transition to university life, and have progressed in their studies,
        who will share their experiences with you and give you lots of hints for survival!

        A University-wide Orientation Programme will coincide with Registration Week
        and will provide all first-year students with a general introduction to university life.
        A component of this programme will acquaint you with the specific requirements
        of your chosen faculty.

        Peer Mentoring Service
        The Peer Mentoring programme is designed to provide you with an additional
        resource to help you in your first year at university. It could be of great
        assistance to you to discuss your challenges and concerns with a mentor who
        can empathise with the difficulties of the transition to mature student life. Our
        mentors are trained by the professional staff of the Student Counselling and
        Development team to provide you with an additional support service during
        your first year in UCC.


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          Writing Skills Programme
          This programme, designed to improve the written presentations skills of first year
          students, is delivered over a ten-week period. It aims to give a solid grounding in
          grammar and punctuation, sentence, paragraph and essay structure. Students’ in-
          class assignments are reviewed and evaluated and exercises which will develop
          proof-reading skills and self-evaluation are incorporated in the course. Students
          who feel that they may benefit from the programme are encouraged to enrol.

          Examination Strategies, Time Management
          and Stress Management Seminars
          These seminars/workshops are organised, and delivered by, the Mature Student
          Office. They are designed to equip students with the skills necessary to revise for
          examinations, to cope with examination stress, to manage study time, etc. Feedback
          from students taking these courses has been extremely positive.

          The Mature Student Officer is constantly re-evaluating support services and
          seeking to enhance them. All services are arranged by the Mature Student Officer
          who will gladly supply details. However, you will receive notification of all mature
          student specific services and events.

          Mature Student Society
          The Mature Student Society is an important social resource for members. There is
          an active and dedicated committee who organise social events, run meetings and
          liaise with the Mature Student Officer. The success of the Society depends on the
          participation of all mature students. The Society provides an opportunity to meet
          your peers and to exchange ideas, gossip, grumbles and just enjoy each other’s
          company. It deserves your support.




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        Mature Student Coffee mornings
        Coffee mornings for mature students are held throughout the academic year. These
        give an opportunity to meet fellow students on other degree programmes.

        Mature Student Office
        Again the point is reiterated that the Mature Student Office staff are here to help
        you and are delighted to meet you to discuss problems and concerns and to
        provide practical advice and help.

        Disability Support Service
        Does UCC provide services for students with disabilities?
        Yes! University College Cork has an
        established Disability Support Service
        which is committed, in as far as is
        reasonably possible, to empowering
        students with disabilities achieve their
        academic and vocational goals in an
        inclusive learning environment.

        The Disability Support Service has
        developed varying support options to
        address the access needs of students
        including those who are visually
        impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, wheel
        chair users, students with hidden
        disabilities such as mental health
        problems, epilepsy and students with
        specific learning difficulties such as
        dyslexia. Strategic supports are developed in co-operation with the individual
        student and the academic department involved, because the philosophy of UCC is
        that it is not the disability itself which is important but rather the impact which the
        disability has on the individual student.

        Range of Supports
        The Disability Support Service has developed many dynamic programmes and
        innovative initiatives to assist students with disabilities, through Higher Education
        Authority Strategic Initiative Funding and core funding from the University.
        These programmes include:


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             Assessments and training in the most up to date assistive technologies
             A specific Dyslexia Support Programme is in place to address the particular
             learning difficulties of the dyslexic student pursuing third level education
             There is a very effective on-campus transport service for students
             with mobility problems
             Sign Language interpreters are contracted to facilitate deaf students
             where possible
             Alternative Examination arrangements
             A comprehensive Tutor Support Programme enables students with disabilities
             to avail of one to one tutor support to assist with their studies
             Note takers are contracted for students with disabilities who encounter serious
             difficulty recording lecture notes
             Texts in alternative media formats are available for blind students

          A swimming coach is contracted on a part-time basis to assist students with disabilities
          avail of the excellent sport/leisure facilities at the Mardyke Arena sports complex at UCC.

          The Disability Support Service is committed to working with the Buildings Office
          to address physical access issues, including the installation of loop systems, ramps
          and electronic guiding on campus. On-going training in Disability Awareness is
          delivered to academic and administrative staff.


                                              Contact details:
                                       The Disability Support Service,
                                     South Lodge, College Road, Cork
                                  tel: 021 490 2955 fax: 021 490 3123
                           email: dssinfo@ucc.ie web address: www.ucc.ie/dss


          who Can I talk to if I have problems?
          There are many supports in UCC to offer assistance when needed. Don’t forget the
          Mature Student Officer is there to offer support. Services are listed below.



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        Student Counselling and Development

        Student Counselling and Development is located in Ardpatrick House, next to the
        Student Car Park on College Rd.

        Individual and group counselling are available to students who require assistance
        in dealing with problems which are blocking their academic and social progress
        in UCC. The Mature Student Officer works closely with Student Counselling in
        the provision of services which enhance the mature student experience.

        Student Counselling and Development can be contacted for an initial appointment:

                            tel: 021 490 3565 text: 087 215 2505
                                   email: counselling@ucc.ie
                          web address: www.ucc.ie/studentcounselling



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          Student Health

          The Student Health Centre is situated in Ardpatrick beside the Student Car Park.
          It is open from 9.30 – 12.30 and 2.30 – 4.30.

          An appointment system is in operation but because of the heavy demand for
          services a triage system is operated by the nurse on duty. This ensures that seriously
          ill patients will be seen immediately.

          The medical service is meant to be used in an emergency when a student does
          not have a GP and it does not provide 24 hour cover. Students are advised to
          register with their own GP.
          There is no fee to students for the consultation with the doctor on duty. Medical
          prescriptions must be paid for by the student.

            Contact details: Dr. Micheal Byrne, Student Health, Ardpatrick, College Rd.
                             tel: 021 490 2311 email: m.byrne@ucc.ie
                               web address: www.ucc.ie/services/health

          Chaplaincy

          The Chaplaincy at UCC is a service that
          offers friendship and support to all within
          the university community. The Chaplaincy
          is situated in IONA, College Rd (2 doors
          down from the Perrot Avenue Car Park,
          beside the Student Health Centre). It offers
          a place of welcome for all, where students
          can meet in the warm, welcoming
          environment of the Tea Room/Lounge, or
          take time out for quiet reflection and
          prayer. The Chaplaincy team is especially
          interested in the welfare of mature students.
          Students interested in Volunteering
          opportunities can find information and
          advice at IONA.
          UCC Chaplaincy is ecumenical and includes representatives from the four main
          Christian traditions: Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist. The


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        Liturgy and prayer in the Honan Chapel reflect the diversity of these traditions. The
        Honan Chapel itself is an architectural and decorative gem of the Celtic Revival.
        Weekday Masses: 1.05 pm.
        Sunday Mass: 12.00 noon.
        Morning Prayer: 8.30 am (Advent and Lent only)
        For further details of facilities and services available in the Chaplaincy:
           Contact details: tel: 021 490 2459 / 490 2700 email: g.odonoghue@ucc.ie
                                   web address: www.ucc.ie/iona

        Accommodation

        Does UCC give any help with finding accommodation?

        The Accommodation Office provides a free accommodation and advice service to
        UCC students. Services include:
           Details of self-catering accommodation listed on display boards and updated daily
           Lists of student ‘digs’
           Free information and advice service for students who experience problems with
           their accommodation, their landlords or their fellow tenants
           Model leases and letting agreements
        The Accommodation Office is also the conduit for information and contact
        numbers for all student societies in UCC.

                                               The Accommodation Office is located at:
                                                    6, Carrigside, College Rd., Cork
                                                     tel: 021 490 2353 / 490 2475
                                                            email: asa@ucc.ie
                                                   web address: www.ucc.ie/services/asa


                                               Does UCC have any
                                               accommodation on Campus?

                                               UCC Campus Accommodation provides
                                               student accommodation from mid-September
                                               to mid-June. There are 5 accommodation
                                               complexes owned or managed by UCC,
                                               including accommodation which is set aside


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          for mature, postgraduate and international students. University Hall, our newest
          residence which opened in September 2006, includes a number of parent/child
          units (spacious 2 bedroom apartments). Rent allowance accepted. All campus
          accommodation is designed for students’ needs and consists of comfortable
          apartments with all modern conveniences to hand.

                 Contact details: Head Office, University Hall, Victoria Cross, Cork
                               tel: 021 481 8450 email: beds@ucc.ie
                         web address: www.ucc.ie/campusaccommodation

          is there career advice available at UCC?

          Yes! As a mature student in UCC you can:
             Talk to our dedicated Mature Student Careers Advisor
             Call in at any time to see an Advisor for a confidential and impartial
             consultation. No appointment necessary
             Have a Careers Advisor assist you in updating your CV
             Improve your interview technique and avail of a practice interview.
             Ask Information Officers to clarify your query and direct you to appropriate
             resources in the Information Centre.
             Attend Autumn and Spring Recruitment Fairs
             Attend a two day event each January with over 80 exhibitors participating.
             Check out www.ucc.ie/careers for daily updates on graduate jobs and
             summer vacancies.
             Get information on the employers who visit UCC from October to March, to
             participate in what’s known as “The Milkround”

                       Contact details: 3 – 4 Brighton Villas, Western Road, Cork
                                        (Beside Castlewhite Apts)
                   tel: 021 490 2349 / 2924 fax: 490 3558 email: careers@ucc.ie
                                    web address: www.ucc.ie/careers


          Is there a Creche at UCC?

          Yes! UCC has recently constructed a new creche called ‘Creche Cois Laoi’ with a
          capacity for eighty children. It remains open for fifty weeks of the year from
          Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm.
                   Contact details: tel: 021 490 1606 / 1607 email: creche@ucc.ie


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        Library services at UCC

        The Boole Library is named after George Boole, first Professor of Mathematics at
        Queen’s College, Cork (now UCC). He developed Boolean Algebra which led to the
        creation of computer science. The Library is situated centrally on campus and provides
        a range of services to support the teaching and research of all University programmes.
        Services provided:
           Orientation programmes for all new students and staff
           General Information Desk on ground floor of Library to direct, guide and help
           you where to go and who to talk to for all your Library needs
           Information Research & Reference Desk on each subject floor staffed with skilled
           professional staff to enable you to locate subject information, use relevant resources
           and evaluate selected material to satisfy all your information needs
           Customised Information Skills Training to groups and individuals at all levels
           Lending Services incorporate three self-issue machines from where you can check
           your books out and check books in during the opening hours of the building
           Document Delivery Service – borrow materials from Libraries worldwide
           Web access to our catalogue and other catalogues in Ireland
           from campus or home
           Access to new developments and innovations in information provision
           A rich collection of books, journals and audio-visual materials
           Full access to the Internet, with printing and photocopying service available
           Access to the full Microsoft suite of software packages
           Disability support in co-operation with the Disability Support Services
           Long opening hours to suit your study.

        For further information:
        The Boole Library’s website provides detailed
        information on all Library Services and allows
        you access to your Library record. See:
        http://booleweb.ucc.ie

                Contact details: tel: 021 490 2794
                      email: library@ucc.ie

        Your Student ID Card is also your Library Card
        and this allows you to access Library Services.

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        Sports Facilities at UCC

        Mardyke Arena University College Cork has a
        superb range of sporting facilities which will
        provide you with an opportunity to enjoy all
        (or some) of the many superb facilities on offer,
        whatever your age. Mardyke Arena is situated
        on the banks of the north channel of the Lee a
        short walk from the main campus.

        Automatic membership is included in the capitation fee for all students.

        Facilities include:
                        25 metre 6 lane Swimming Pool
                        Children’s Swimming Pool
                        Sauna and Steam Rooms
                        Sports Halls
                        Gymnasiums
                        Squash Courts
                        Climbing Wall
                        Treatment Rooms
                        Human Performance Laboratory
                        Dance and Aerobics Studio
                        Hospitality Suite
                        Seminar Room
                        Coffee Bar
                        Drop in Child-minding Creche Facility
        Facilities and equipment for basketball, badminton. indoor soccer, trampolining,
        fencing, indoor Frisbee, volleyball, martial arts, children’s birthday parties etc.
                 Contact details: tel: 021 490 4751 email: mardykearena@ucc.ie
                              web address: www.mardykearena.com

        Students’ union UCC

        All registered UCC students are automatically members of the Students’ Union.
        For details of the services provided by the Students’ Union contact:

             tel: 021 490 3218 email: studentsunion@ucc.ie web address: su.ucc.ie

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          The student perspective



          “     Returning to full-time study as a mature student is a challenge, a drastic change
          in lifestyle and a culture shock to be back in a classroom, often with much younger
          students! Many mature students go through the same experiences and UCC
          recognises this. There are excellent avenues of support within the college, including
          the Mature Student Office, which can make the whole experience that bit easier.

          One weekend prior to starting I had the opportunity to attend a Mature Student
          Workshop which definitely gave me a valuable insight into college life and what to
          expect. It also gave me the chance to meet other mature students, two of whom
          were on my course.

          The Mature Student Office provided excellent information and support to help me
          make an informed decision in choice of degree programme. The first step to having
          a rewarding and enjoyable experience at UCC is choosing the right course. The
          course choice for me was International Development and Food Policy.

          The International Development and Food Policy is a relatively new UCC degree
          programme and is unique in Ireland. It covers an extremely wide range of subjects
          and includes both majority world development issues and issues here in Ireland.
          The lecturers and co-ordinators offer an enormous amount of support and
          encouragement for all the students and definitely go out of their way to make the
          course more interesting and exciting.

          Looking back over my first year, I have made some wonderful friends of all ages and
          experienced and dedicated lecturers. My chosen degree programme has surpassed
                                                       “
          all my expectations and I look forward to starting second year. As I, and many
          mature students, will say, “No matter how hard moments can be, it was a great
          decision to come back to study at UCC.
          Donna Corcoran, International Development and Food Policy.



          “    Science was a totally new subject to me. It’s challenging, sometimes
          overwhelming and was initially daunting but I have received great support from the
          Mature Student Office, the Science Department and my fellow students.

          My greatest achievement has been realising that with hard work and some belief in
          myself I can succeed. We all have the capacity to learn new skills if we just have
          some faith in ourselves.


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                                                              “
        My advice to anyone considering studying science would be to have faith in
        yourself, be prepared for hard work and be aware that the anxiety you may feel will
        be short-lived but the sense of achievement is endless.
        Zara Cleere, Biological and Chemical Sciences.



        “   My decision to go to University was the realisation of a lifelong ambition which
        had begun in my youth as I grew up in an environment where the likelihood of
        schooling beyond primary level seemed a distant impossibility. Despite the
                   “
        trepidation I felt about returning to study in my late 40s, the undertaking of an
        honours degree at UCC was one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences
        of my life.     Michael Martin BA (Hist).




         Michael Martin



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                              Degree Programmes
                              in University College Cork
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        college of Arts, celtic studies
        and social sciences
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                                                 University College Cork’s College of Arts, Celtic
                                                 Studies and Social Sciences has an excellent track
                                                 record in supporting and welcoming mature
                                                 students. This College’s commitment to the
                                                 concept of life long learning is reflected in the
                                                 numbers of mature students registered in its
                                                 degree programmes.

                                          The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social
                                          Sciences offers a variety of degree programmes
                                          which are outlined below. All prospective
                                          mature students who have applied for a place in
                                          a College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social
                                          Sciences degree programme other than the
          BMus or Arts/Music, are required to complete a written submission assessment.
          Failure to present for the written assessment on the specified dates will result
          in automatic elimination from the selection process. (See page 35 for details)

          Candidates for Music degree programmes must pass an entrance test in music. This test
          is usually held after Easter. Details are available from the Department of Music, UCC.

          Candidates for the BA (Drama and Theatre Studies) must also pass a Drama and
          Theatre Studies test. This is usually held in late April/early May. See entry CK112
          Drama and Theatre Studies page 40 for details.

          An Arts degree provides a broad general education and training in the liberal arts,
          with emphasis on literacy, critical analysis and the use of source material whether
          in the form of books, periodicals, or data obtained by fieldwork and research. You
          will also find subjects in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences with
          a particular vocational orientation such as Applied Psychology and Music.

          One of the most valuable skills students get from an Arts degree is a greater ability to
          learn how to learn. Students develop analytical skills and learn how to critically
          evaluate all sources of information. On this foundation they are able to go on to
          develop further job-specific skills on postgraduate courses and with in-service training.

          Arts graduates move on to a wide variety of jobs such as: management, journalism,
          accountancy, tax consultancy, town planning, librarianship, civil service, local
          government, banking, teaching and so on.


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        Assessment for Admission to College of Arts, Celtic
        Studies and Social Sciences

        Mature candidates must complete a written assessment – Mature Student
        Assessment Pathway (MSAP). This will consist of a two-hour paper designed to
        determine the candidate’s verbal reasoning; candidates will also be required to
        complete two short essays. The MSAP assessment is independently administered by
        ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). ACER has an excellent
        international reputation and a track record in the development, management and
        research of selection tests for undergraduate programmes.
        Application procedure and cost: In addition to their application to the CAO
        (www.cao.ie) students must also apply directly to ACER to complete the MSAP
        assessment. Applicants for the assessment will apply on-line to ACER at
        www.msap.acer.edu.au The cost of applying to the MSAP assessment in 2009 will
        be approximately €60.00 per candidate. This fee will cover on-line registration for
        the test, materials required for the paper test, provision of test results to the
        candidate and the transfer of results to the CAO.
        Important: UCC and UCD have agreed to collaborate on the MSAP assessment
        procedure. Consequently you will complete the MSAP assessment whether you
        are applying to UCC or UCD or both.
        Test date: The only sitting of the MSAP assessment in 2009 will take place on 14
        February 2009. There will be no alternative assessment date.
        Test centres: Test centres will be located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, the North-west
        and the South-East (details to be confirmed). Every effort will be made to
        accommodate applicants in their preferred test centre. However, as capacity in some
        test centres may be limited, places in those venues will be allocated on a first-come
        basis. Early application for the test is advised.
          Important Dates for mature applicants:
          CAO application                          From mid-November but no later than
          www.cao.ie                               1 February 2009 at 17:15hrs
          MSAP-Ireland test registration period    Mid-November until 20 January 2009
          See www.msap.acer.edu.au
          Late MSAP test registration period.      23:59 hrs on 1 February
          Supplementary fee payable.               (to allow some time after CAO closing date).
                                                   No registration after this deadline.
          Date of MSAP test                        Saturday 14 February 2009
          1st CAO offers                           1st week in July


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          CK 101: BA (Hons)(BACHELOR OF ARTS)
          TIMETABLE GROUPS
               Group             Subjects
                  1              Computer Science, History
                                 Applied Mathematics, European Studies, Folklore, Greek
                  2              and Roman Civilisation, Gaeilge/Irish, History of Art,
                                 Studies in Psychology

                                 Archaeology, Chinese Studies, German, Latin, Mathematics,
                  3
                                 Mathematical Studies, Politics
                  4              French, Sociology, Studies in Music
                                 Economics, English, Greek, An Léann Dúchais
                  5
                                 Religions and Global Diversity
                6(a)*            Geography, Italian
                6(b)*            Celtic Civilisation, Philosophy, Spanish
          * Groups 6(a) and 6(b) become one group in Second and Third Arts. Therefore, only one subject from
          Celtic Civilisation, Geography, Italian, Philosophy, Spanish may be continued in Second and Third Arts

          The BA degree programme offers a wide choice of subjects with students selecting
          four subjects in First Arts from a choice of twenty-nine subjects and continuing
          with two of these in Second and Third Arts. It is an honours programme taken over
          a three-year period. However, at the end of First Year students may, depending on
          their choice of subjects, be eligible to join the European Studies or Language and
          Cultural Studies or Chinese Studies pathways, which are taken over a four-year
          period. Students opting for one of these pathways will spend the third year studying
          approved courses in another EU country, or in China.

          All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
          as detailed on page 35.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 100
          Duration of Degree Programme: 3 years (Arts); 4 years (European Studies and
          Language and Cultural Studies and Chinese Studies Pathways).

                                 Contact details: Ms. Majella O’Sullivan,
                         College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC
                                tel: 021 490 2963 email: majella@ucc.ie



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        CK 102: BSocSc (Hons)(BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE)
        This is a three year degree programme during which students are provided with a
        broad grounding in Social Policy, Sociology, Studies in Psychology, Economics and
        Philosophy. The first year offers a foundation in the Social Sciences with
        introductory courses in the above subjects.

        The second and third years of the degree emphasise applied learning and include
        agency visits and a fieldwork project in the second year, and a social analysis
        project/dissertation in the third year.

        The structure of the degree both in Second and Third Social Science permits a
        high degree of specialisation for students wishing to study a particular aspect of
        Social Policy in detail.

        All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
        as detailed on page 35. Candidates may be also called for interview.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 15
        Duration: 3 years

         Contact details: Dr. Cathal O’Connell, Department of Applied Social Studies, UCC
                           tel: 021 490 2832 email: c.oconnell@ucc.ie

        CK 103: BMus (Hons)(BACHELOR OF MUSIC)
        The BMus is a four year honours degree
        programme. Applicants for this programme
        must pass an entrance test in music. The test,
        which includes an essay on a music topic, is
        usually held after Easter. Details are available
        from the Department of Music, UCC and on
        the Department’s website at www.music.ucc.ie

        Note: Candidates for CK 103 are also required
        to take the MSAP test. See page 35 for details.

        Number of places available for Mature
        Students: 4
        Duration: 4 years



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          CK 104: BA (Hons)(ARTS AND MUSIC)
          Arts-Music is a three year honours BA programme that allows students to
          combine Music with another subject. Applicants for this programme must pass
          an entrance test in music. The test, which includes an essay on a music topic, is
          usually held after Easter. Details are available from the Department of Music,
          UCC and on the Department’s website at www.music.ucc.ie

          Note: Candidates for CK 104 are also required to take the MSAP test. See page
          35 for details.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 4
          Duration: 3 years

                                   Contact details for CK 103 and 104:
                              Dr. Paul Everett, Department of Music, UCC.
                                 tel: 021 490 4530 email: music@ucc.ie


          CK 106: BA (Hons)(APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY)
          This three-year BA (Hons) programme focuses on the study of Applied Psychology
          at Honours level.

          An Honours Degree in Applied Psychology is recognised for graduate membership
          by the Psychological Society of Ireland.
          All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
          as detailed on page 35. Candidates are also expected to show concrete evidence of
          commitment to psychology as a discipline which studies human behaviour and
          experience with methodological rigour and ability to cope with the scientific
          content of the programme. With these criteria in mind, candidates are strongly
          encouraged to undertake an access course with a significant psychology
          component.

          In the past, evidence of a candidate’s commitment have included:
              Examined modules of psychology taken as a ‘non-degree’ subject in
              a university or by distance education
              Certificate in Psychology from the UCC Evening Arts programme
              Diplomas in areas other than psychology that have a strong
              psychology component
              Independent reading in psychology

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        A shortlist of candidates for interview is prepared by a selection committee
        comprised of staff members of the Department of Applied Psychology. The
        selection process includes consideration of the CAO application and of the College
        of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences written assessment test. Interviews are
        conducted by two members of the selection committee.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 4
        Duration: 3 years

          Contact details: Dr. Angela Veale, Department of Applied Psychology, UCC.
                            tel: 021 490 4509 email: a.veale@ucc.ie

        CK 111: BA (Hons)(EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES)
        This degree programme includes childcare, child health, paediatrics and pre-school
        education, and is taught by the Departments of Applied Psychology, Applied Social
        Studies, Education, Paediatrics and Child Health. All applicants are required to
        complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009 as detailed on page 35.
        Candidates may be called for interview.

        The primary aim of this degree is to develop students' academic skills and reflective
        thought. It is no different from any other BA degree and graduates would thus have
        the opportunity to enter any profession requiring such a degree. Likely areas in
        which graduates may seek employment are Education, Health or Social Services.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 30
        Duration: 3 years

          Contact details: Professor Francis Douglas, Department of Education, UCC.
                           tel: 021 490 3487 email: l.crossan@ucc.ie




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          CK 112: BA (Hons)(DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES)
          The BA (Hons.) (Drama and Theatre Studies) is a three year programme. It
          provides students with a splendid opportunity to become proficient in the history,
          theory and practice of drama and theatre as art forms, but do so within a context
          where they are also pursuing another subject within the Arts programme (such as a
          continental language) to Honours degree level. By locating Drama and Theatre
          Studies within a context where students can also study subjects such as Classics,
          English, French, German, Italian, Music* or Spanish to degree level, a new
          dimension is being added to the cultural, intellectual and professional range of
          existing BA programmes. This wide-ranging, cross disciplinary degree will provide
          students with the basis to go on to further work in a wide variety of fields, including
          the creative and interpretative arts, the media, arts administration and education.

          All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
          as detailed on page 35. Candidates are also required to pass a Drama and Theatre
          Studies entrance test. This includes participation in a drama workshop and
          attendance at an interview usually held in late April/early May. The purpose of this


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        test is to ensure that candidates have a full understanding of the nature of the
        programme and that the Board of Drama and Theatre Studies is satisfied with the
        applicant's suitability for the demands of the programme. Prior experience of
        drama and theatre is an asset but not a requirement.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 5
        Duration: 3 years

           Contact details: The Chair of Drama and Theatre Studies, Dept. of English,
                          tel: 021 490 2241 email: g.fitzgibbon@ucc.ie


        CK 114: BSocSc (Hons)(YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK)
        The B.Soc.Sc. (Hons)(Youth and Community Work) offers a degree and a
        professional qualification to activists who are interested in gaining employment in
        youth and community work areas. The programme is validated by the National
        Youth Agency in England, the statutory body for accrediting youth and community
        work in that country. The course is organised and run by the Department of
        Applied Social Studies, UCC in conjunction with Centre for Adult Continuing
        Education, UCC and the National Youth Federation.

        All candidates are required to have the equivalent of one year’s suitable experience
        as volunteer, activist, or full-time worker and to show evidence of ability to pursue
        a programme of study.

        All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
        as detailed on page 35.

        Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview.

        Entry to this programme is restricted to Mature Students.
        Number of places available: 25
        Duration: 3 years

                                 Contact details: Dr. Paul Burgess,
                              Department of Applied Social Studies,
                           tel: 021 490 2785 email: p.burgess@ucc.ie




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          CK 115: BSW (Hons)(BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK)
          The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is a full-time four year undergraduate degree
          programme in social work. The BSW is a professionally accredited qualification in
          social work. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a
          Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) and the National Qualification in Social Work
          (NQSW). The NQSW is the professional social work qualification in Ireland,
          granted only to students who successfully complete a social work course recognised
          by the Irish state. Holding the NQSW allows graduates to practice as professional
          social workers in Ireland. The BSW also meets the requirements of the European
          Directive on Professional Training (89-48/EEC).

          Candidates initially undertake the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social
          Sciences assessment test. Candidates may then be invited to interview. Candidates
          are judged on their relevant experience (both work and life experience); their
          potential to complete a demanding undergraduate programme of study; their
          demonstrated commitment to social work; their interest in and knowledge of social
          issues; and their commitment to this field of activity.

          In recent years the BSW has included students from a variety of ethnic
          backgrounds; with many different nationalities; with a wide range of abilities; and
          a wide range of interests and lifestyles. We encourage this diversity.

          The BSW is committed to positively contributing to social work. Our vision is to
          provide a critical educational experience for our students that will contribute to their
          becoming a positive force in Irish society.

          Applicants are encouraged to give sufficient detail of their relevant work and life
          experience on their CAO application form.

          All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
          as detailed on page 35.

          The following additional criteria apply for CK115 (BSW):
            Evidence of previous experience and/or interest in social work
            Evidence of ability to pursue programme of study
            Attendance at interview
            Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of their written tests

          Entry to this programme is restricted to Mature Students only.


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        Number of places available: 25
        Duration: 4 years

                                Contact details: Dr. Mary Wilson,
                          Department of Applied Social Studies, UCC
                          tel: 021 490 3072 email: m.wilson@ucc.ie.




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          CK 116: BEd (Hons)(SPORTS STUDIES AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION)
          The Sports Studies BEd. degree programme is unique in that it takes both scientific
          and humanistic approaches to sport and provides a rich foundation for professional
          coaching and the teaching of sport and PE. The degree has been fully ratified by
          the Teachers Registration Council as providing appropriate qualifications for
          teaching in the following subjects.

             Physical Education
             English
             Irish
             French
             Mathematics (Mathematical Studies)
             CSPE (Sociology)
             History
             Economics
             Classical Studies (Greek & Roman Civilisation)

          At the successful completion of the 4-year programme, BEd Sports Studies
          graduates will be qualified to teach PE and an Arts subject which they have selected
          from the list of subjects above.

          In the selection of mature candidates, equal weight will be given to educational
          qualifications, relevant career experience, and motivation as expressed in a personal
          statement.

          All applicants are required to complete the MSAP assessment on 14 February 2009
          as detailed on page 35.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 10
          Duration: 4 years full time


                                     Contact details: Dr. Julia Walsh,
                                     Department of Education, UCC.
                                       tel: 021 490 4189 / 490 4257
                             email: Julia.Walsh@ucc.ie or education@ucc.ie




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        college of business & law
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          Faculty of commerce
          Taking your Business Education to the next level
          The Faculty of Commerce offers a range of degree courses aimed at providing you
          with a business education in your area of interest. The Faculty offers a range of 13
          degrees (some of which are provided jointly with other Faculties). Each degree is
          developed to give you an insight at a national and international level into the
          subject areas involved. Our aim is to ensure that, whatever your interest in business,
          there will be a course across our range of degrees suited to you.




          Here at UCC we aim to provide you with a business education which:
                         You will find challenging and stimulating
                         Takes employers’ needs into account
                         Will prepare you for a career in business
                         Is industry focused
                         Is based on current research
                         Looks to future trends in business

          The continued success of our programmes depends on your success as a graduate,
          consequently great emphasis is placed on career guidance. Mature students are
          regarded very positively by the staff of the Commerce Faculty as the life experience
          which they bring enhances the learning and understanding of all students.


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        Degree Programmes at the Faculty of Commerce:
        Candidates for degree programmes may be called for interview.

        CK 201: BComm (Hons)(BACHELOR OF COMMERCE)
        This is a general business degree. The first and second years of the programme cover
        a wide range of business subjects. In third year you will learn a range of transferable
        skills and may have the opportunity to study in America, undertake a major
        business project or work placement.

        Criteria for selection include an assessment of the candidate’s ability to benefit
        from, and to undertake, the programme. Experience and educational background
        are taken into account. An aptitude for Mathematics (Leaving Certificate ordinary
        level) is beneficial.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 20
        Duration: 4 years
        CK 202: BSc (Hons)(ACCOUNTING)
        This programme is designed primarily
        for students who intend to become
        accountants, but will also appeal to those
        wishing to enter general business areas.
        The programme combines business,
        accounting and finance subjects. There is
        a work placement in third year.
        Professional exams must be taken after
        the degree to become an accountant.

        Criteria as for CK 201. Candidates
        should have studied to Leaving
        Certificate or equivalent. A good
        standard of English would be an
        advantage. An aptitude for Mathematics
        (normally Leaving Certificate ordinary
        level) is desirable.

        Number of places available for Mature
        Students: 4
        Duration: 4 years


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          CK 203: BSc (Hons)(BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS)
          This is a business computing programme. It is designed to blend technology and
          business subjects to offer students the ability to understand and exploit leading
          edge technology in a global business environment. The programme features six
          months business experience at the end of third year.

          Criteria as for CK 201. In addition, an aptitude for Mathematics (normally
          Leaving Certificate ordinary level) is required for this programme.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 4
          Duration: 4 years

          CK 204: BSc (Hons)(FINANCE)
          If you are interested in Finance, stocks and shares, business valuation and
          international money markets then this programme is for you. The programme
          includes the study of business economics and finance to prepare you for a career in
          the Financial Markets/Financial Services Sector. Six months are spent on work
          placement in third year.
          Criteria as for CK 201 and CK 203
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 4
          Duration: 4 years

          BComm (Hons) International degree programmes
          BComm (Hons) International route of programmes combines business and
          languages. The individual languages studied in separate programmes are French,
          German, Italian, Spanish, Irish and the recently introduced Chinese Studies. These
          programmes are designed to appeal to internationally based employers.
          For French, and Irish programmes candidates must have reached Leaving
          Certificate or equivalent standard in the relevant language. For Chinese Studies,
          Italian, German, and Spanish programmes candidates are required to have reached
          Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard in a modern continental language, or in
          Latin or Greek.

          CK 205: BComm (Hons) International (FRENCH)
          The third year of this programme is spent at a third level institution in France
          studying business subjects.




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        Criteria as for CK 201 together with language requirement (see above)

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
        Duration: 4 years

        CK 206: BComm (Hons) International (GERMAN)
        The third year of this programme is spent at a third level institution in Austria
        or Germany studying business subjects. Some institutions in Austria also offer
        the opportunity of a work placement.

        Criteria as for CK 201 together with language requirement (see above)

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
        Duration: 4 years




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          CK 207: BComm (Hons) International (ITALIAN)
          The third year of this programme is spent at a third level institution in Italy
          studying business subjects.
          Criteria as for CK 201 together with language requirement (see above)
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
          Duration: 4 years

          CK 208: BComm (Hons) International (SPANISH)
          The third year of this programme is spent at a third level institution in Spain
          studying business subjects.
          Criteria as for CK 201 together with language requirement (see above)
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
          Duration: 4 years

          CK 209: BComm (Hons) International (IRISH)
          The third year of this programme is spent at a third level institution in Scotland
          studying business subjects, or on work placement in the Gaeltacht.
          Criteria as for CK 201 together with language requirement (see above)
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
          Duration: 4 years

          CK 210: BSc (Hons)(GOVERNMENT)
          This degree combines political science and business
          subjects, it is particularly of interest to students with
          a keen interest in current affairs, business and how
          organisations work. There is an option to study a
          language as part of the programme. There is a work
          placement in third year.
          Criteria: as for CK 201. Candidates will be asked to
          sit a one-hour examination based on a topic given in
          advance and interviews will be held.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 9
          Duration: 4 years

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        CK211: BComm (Hons) International (CHINESE STUDIES)
        The third year of this programme is spent at a third level institution in China
        studying business and cultural subjects.

        Criteria as for CK 201 together with language requirement (see above)

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
        Duration: 4 years


        BSc (Hons)(MUTUAL AND CREDIT UNION BUSINESS)

        Direct entry: Admissions Office, UCC. This is a distance learning programme
        aimed at people working or interested in the co-operative, community development
        or credit union environments. The programme is built up in modules which are
        taught by a variety of delivery methods.

        Criteria: Prospective students should have some relevant experience in addition to
        a good standard of education.

        Course Duration: 3 years

        The following programmes are offered jointly with the Faculty of Food Science and
        Technology:

        CK501: BSc (Hons)(FOOD BUSINESS)

        CK506: BSc (Hons)(INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
               AND FOOD POLICY)

        See page 63


        Contact Details for all Faculty of Commerce Degree programmes:

                       Mr. Colman Quain, Faculty of Commerce, UCC.
                         tel: 021 490 2395 email: commerce@ucc.ie
                                 web address: commerce.ucc.ie


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          Faculty of law
          The Faculty of Law at University College Cork has long been committed to mature
          student education – its Evening Law Programme is the longest running and the
          most successful of its kind in the country.

          Why Study Law?
          The study of law at University College Cork exposes students to a multitude of
          diverse and stimulating issues. A law degree equips graduates for an extensive array
          of careers and provides a balanced and varied foundation for whatever career path is
          pursued. Law graduates are possessed with both knowledge and skills that enhance
          their confidence and ability in the workplace. When studying law at UCC students
          are given the opportunity to consider and analyse topical and controversial issues
          and are encouraged to debate and reflect on many legal and moral quandaries.

          Success of Mature Students
          Many mature students who successfully complete the BCL degree programme by
          day or in the evening go on to qualify as solicitors or barristers and are now
          successfully practising. Others have used the degree to open up new opportunities
          in career development. In addition to professional rewards, mature students have
          found the course intellectually stimulating and enriching.

          Degree Programmes:
          CK 301: BCL (Hons)(BACHELOR OF LAW)
          Selection criteria for admittance of Mature Students to the BCL degree are based
          on the information provided on the candidate’s application form and assessment
          test.The determining criteria will be the candidate’s ability to demonstrate:

             Aptitude for legal study and likelihood of successful completion of the course

          Factors which may assist in determining suitability include:

             Relevant work experience
             Relevant life experience
             Absence of previous opportunity to undertake third level education
             Other educational qualification
          The assessment test will consist of two sections designed to test the candidate’s:

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           Impressions and appraisal of the law and the legal system
           Capacity to analyse and reason in the context of a hypothetical situation

        No previous legal knowledge is required to complete either section of the test.
        Candidates may also be required to attend for interview.

        The study of law is a full-time occupation which requires a full-time commitment
        from students. The Faculty is supportive of mature students and has a mentoring
        system in place in which all students are allocated a specific member of academic
        staff whom they can consult for help and advice when necessary.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 9
        Duration: 3 years




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          CK 302: BCL (Hons) with FRENCH
          As for CK 301 with Leaving Certificate standard in French.
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 1
          Duration of Degree Programme: 4 years

          CK 303: BCL (Hons) with GERMAN)
          As for CK 301, with Leaving Certificate standard in German.
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 1
          Duration of Degree Programme: 4 years

          As part of the selection process, and in addition to the assessment process of the
          Faculty of Law, the language departments may conduct their own interviews/
          assessments to ascertain adequate language competence in CK302 BCL
          (Hons)(Law and French) and CK303 BCL (Hons)(Law and German).

                               Contact details for BCL degree programmes:
                                   Ms. Mags Walsh, Faculty of Law, UCC.
                              tel: 021 490 3414 email: lawenquiries@ucc.ie


          Evening Law degree
          It is envisaged that the next four year cycle of UCC’s long established Evening Law
          Degree will commence in October 2009 subject to faculty approval in
          January/February 2009. Further information on the Faculty of Law and detailed
          programme information is availiable at www.ucc.ie/law

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        engineering & food science
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          Faculty of Science
          web address: www.ucc.ie/en/sefs


          The Faculty of Science is one of the
          largest faculties at University College,
          Cork, with over 2,000 undergraduate
          and 600 postgraduate students taught by
          some 170 professors and lecturers.
          Students graduate with degrees in many
          of the major modern scientific
          disciplines, from the fundamental
          mathematical, physical and chemical
          sciences, through a wide range of
          biological sciences from genetics to
          ecology, and encompassing geology,
          environmental sciences, and computer
          science. In these degree programmes,
          students gain knowledge in a broad range
          of scientific areas as well as their own
          specialised subject, and they are also
          trained in the basic ‘scientific method’,
          which is the process of observing and
          identifying patterns, and forming and
          testing hypotheses through experiments.

          The Faculty continues to update and modernise its structures, modify existing
          courses, and introduce new ones to meet the changing demands of modern science
          and technology.

          Academic staff in the Faculty of Science are involved in scientific research in a
          wide variety of disciplines, and many have established international reputations
          for their contributions to new knowledge. An important aspect of this research is
          the excitement of the intellectual challenge and the spirit of enquiry and discovery
          that it engenders, and in lectures the staff try to transmit this to their students.
          The facilities and equipment for scientific research at UCC have been greatly
          enhanced in recent years by funding provided by government and international
          agencies, such as the Higher Education Authority, Science Foundation Ireland,
          and the European Commission.


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        Recently established research centres include the BioSciences Institute, the
        Environmental Research Institute, the Tyndall National Institute, and the
        Alimentary Pharmabiotics Centre. Many students who secure a good Honours BSc
        degree continue their studies and undertake research leading to higher degrees both
        at home and abroad.

        The Faculty of Science also has a range of specialised centres, which make valuable
        contributions to both teaching and research and foster interactions with local industry.

        The Faculty of Science operates a mentoring scheme which ensures that each 1st
        Year student has access to an allocated member of academic staff for advice and
        consultation.

        “Science at UCC is both vibrant and successful and aims to provide the highest
        quality scientific education and research. If you don’t find what you need in this
        prospectus, feel free to contact the Faculty Office and we will do all we can to help.”

        Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick
        Head of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science


        Degree Programmes in Faculty of Science
        CK 401: BSc (Hons)(COMPUTER SCIENCE)
        web address: www.cs.ucc.ie

        DEGREE OUTLETS
        BSc (Hons) Single Honours Computer Science
        BSc (Hons) Joint Honours Computer Science and Economics

        All aspects of the applicant’s educational and employment history are considered in
        the selection procedure. No particular emphasis is given to science subjects but a
        good performance in mathematics at second-level and/or employment in an IT
        environment would be advantageous.

        Places available for Mature Students: 25
        Duration: 4 years




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          CK 402: BSc (Hons)(BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL SCIENCES)
          web addresses: biological-sciences.ucc.ie
                         biomed.ucc.ie
                         chemweb.ucc.ie

          DEGREE OUTLETS
          BSc (Hons) Single Honours
          Applied Ecology, Biochemistry, Biomedical
          Sciences, Chemistry, Chemistry of Pharmaceutical
          Compounds, Chemistry with Forensic Science,
          Education in Physical Sciences (Chemistry
          Route), Microbiology, Neuroscience, Physiology,
          Environmental Plant Biotechnology, Zoology.

          Preference is given to candidates who have
          studied science subjects at second level or who can
          demonstrate involvement with science related
          areas such as employment or other activities.
          Candidates may be called for interview.

          Places available for Mature Students: 10
          Duration: 4 years



          CK 404: BSc (Hons)(ENVIRONMENTAL & EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCES)

          DEGREE OUTLETS
          BSc (Hons) Single Honours
          Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology,
          Environmental Plant Biotechnology, Zoology

          Preference is given to candidates who have studied science subjects at second level
          or who can demonstrate involvement with science related areas such as
          employment or other activities.
          Candidates may be called for interview.

          Places available for Mature Students: 10
          Duration: 4 years


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        CK 405: BSc (Hons)(GENETICS)
        www.ucc.ie/genetics

        DEGREE OUTLETS
        BSc (Hons) Single Honours
        Preference is given to candidates who have studied science subjects at second level
        or who can demonstrate involvement with science related areas such as
        employment or other activities.
        Candidates may be called for interview.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
        Duration: 4 years

        CK 406: BSc (Hons)(CHEMICAL SCIENCES)
        chemweb.ucc.ie

        DEGREE OUTLETS
        BSc (Hons) Single Honours
        Chemistry, Chemistry with Forensic Science, Chemical Physics, Education in
        Physical Sciences.

        Preference is given to candidates who have studied science subjects at second level
        or who can demonstrate involvement with science related areas such as
        employment or other activities.
        Candidates may be called for interview.

        Places available for Mature Students: 4
        Duration: 4 years

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          CK 407: BSc (Hons)(MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES)
          www.ucc.ie/en/euclid

          DEGREE OUTLETS
          BSc (Hons) Single Honours
          Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science, Mathematical Sciences.

          BSc (Hons) Joint Honours
          Applied Mathematics and Physics, Mathematics and Physics.

          Preference is given to candidates who have studied mathematical science subjects at
          second level or who can demonstrate involvement with mathematical science related
          areas such as employment or other activities. Candidates may be called for interview.
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
          Duration: 4 years

          CK 408: BSc(Hons)(PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS)
          www.physics.ucc.ie


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        DEGREE OUTLETS
        BSc (Hons) Single Honours
        Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Education in Physical Sciences, Physics.

        BSc (Hons) Joint Honours
        Applied Mathematics and Physics, Mathematics and Physics.

        Preference is given to candidates who have studied science subjects at second level
        or who can demonstrate involvement with science related areas such as
        employment or other activities. Candidates may be called for interview.
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
        Duration: 4 years

                     Contact details for all Faculty of Science Programmes:
                Ms. Mairéad Loughman, Administrative Officer, Faculty of Science,
                    College of Science, Food Science and Engineering UCC.
                        tel: 021 490 3075 email: sciencefaculty@ucc.ie

        BSc Honours – Environmental Management (Level 8)
        This part-time evening degree – BSc in Environmental Management – is unique in
        Ireland offering a truly multidisciplinary perspective on the environment. The course
        is particularly suited to those who wish to retrain for employment in the environmental
        sector, or for those already employed in an environment-related occupation who wish
        to expand their knowledge in this increasingly important area. In addition to evening
        lectures, students take part in site visits, field trips and project work.
        Students who complete the first two years successfully are awarded a Level 7 Diploma
        in Environmental Science and those who achieve the required standard after four
        years are awarded a BSc Honours Degree, Level 8. Students applying without
        previous educational qualifications may be required to attend a selection interview.
        The programme is due to start in September 2008, subject to sufficient numbers
        enrolling. Application is through the Admissions Office, UCC.

        Number of places: 20 – 50
        Duration: 4 years

             Contact details: Dr. Debbie Chapman, Director of BSc, Environmental
               Management Programme, Enterprise Centre, Distillery Fields, UCC.
                  tel: 021 490 4618 / 490 4619 email: d.chapman@ucc.ie


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          Faculty of Food Science
          and Technology
          web address: food.ucc.ie

          The Faculty of Food Science and Technology welcomes applications from Mature
          Students.

          This Faculty is geared to meet the demands of the food industry and all of its
          undergraduate degree programmes incorporate a six-month work placement
          component after the third year examination. Graduates of Food Degrees from
          University College Cork find exciting, challenging careers in the Irish and
          international food and related industries.

          University College Cork is the only University in Ireland with a Faculty devoted to
          Food Science and Technology. It occupies an extensive, fully equipped complex
          with teaching and research laboratories, and a recently refurbished, state-of-the-art
          Food Processing Hall.


          Degree programmes in Faculty of Food Science and Technology
          In the selection procedure for mature
          applicants to degree programmes in this
          Faculty all aspects of the applicant’s
          education and employment history, and
          his/her ability to benefit from the
          particular programme are taken into
          account. Preference is given to those
          who have studied science and/or
          business subjects at second level, or who
          can demonstrate involvement in science-
          related areas such as employment or other
          activities.

          Candidates will be called for a briefing session in mid to late April where degree
          programme content will be outlined. Attendance at this session is essential.
          Students who wish to apply are invited to arrange an informal visit to the
          department(s) by contacting: Dr. Joanne Fearon
                                   tel: 490 1424 email: j.fearon@ucc.ie


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        Details of Degree Programmes:
        CK 501: BSc (Hons)(FOOD BUSINESS)
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 2
        Duration: 4 years
                               Contact details: Dr. Mary McCarthy,
                        Dept. of Food Business and Development, UCC
                         tel: 021 490 2075 email: m.mccarthy@ucc.ie


        CK 504: BSc (Hons)(NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES)
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 2
        Duration: 4 years
                           Contact details: Professor Nora O’Brien,
                        Dept. of Food Business and Development, UCC
                            tel: 021 490 2884 email: nob@ucc.ie


        CK 505: BSc (Hons)(FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 3
        Duration: 4 years
                                 Contact details: Dr. Alan Kelly,
                        Dept. of Food Business and Development, UCC
                           tel: 021 490 3405 email: a.kelly@ucc.ie


        CK 506: BSc (Hons)(INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
        AND FOOD POLICY)
        This is an innovative, multidisciplinary four year programme, offering a
        comprehensive set of skills and expertise to those seeking a career in development.
        This degree programme does not require previous education in science subjects. An
        interest in international development would be desirable.
        Number of places available for Mature Students:10
        Duration: 4 years
                                Contact details: Ms Nora Hennessy,
                             Centre for Sustainable Livelihood, UCC
                             tel: 490 2114 email: n.hennessy@ucc.ie

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          Faculty of Engineering

          Career opportunities for engineers are excellent. The Irish economy has an ongoing
          need for all types of engineering professionals. While most engineers choose, at least
          initially, to work in an area related to their primary degree, many branch out into
          other areas such as information technology, finance and education. This is due to the
          broad nature of an engineering degree, which provides graduates with good numeric
          literacy and a sound appreciation of the world around them and how it works.

          The Engineering Faculty provides a supportive environment for all its students. In
          first year an advisory service is provided for each student and staff are available for
          advice and consultation at all times.


          Degree Programmes:
          CK 601: BE (Hons)(PROCESS AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING)
          The Department of Process & Chemical Engineering at UCC offers a BE degree
          programme with specialisation options for the Pharmaceutical Industry, Food
          Industry or Supply Chain Engineering & Management.

          Preference is given to students who have studied Science and Mathematical Science
          subjects at second level. Potential candidates are strongly recommended to take the
          Leaving Certificate Higher Level paper in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

          Any other evidence of mathematical ability should be presented with application.
          Candidates may be called for interview.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 2
          Duration: 4 years

                               Contact details: Dr. Edmond Byrne,
                        Department of Process & Chemical Engineering, UCC
            tel: 021 490 3094 email: e.byrne@ucc.ie web address: www.ucc.ie/processeng/


          CK 602: BE (Hons)(CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING)
          Preference is given to students who have studied Science and Mathematical Science
          subjects at second level. Potential candidates are strongly recommended to take the

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        Leaving Certificate Higher Level paper in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

        Any other evidence of mathematical ability should be presented with application,
        Candidates may be called for interview.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 2
        Duration: 4 years

                            Contact details: Professor Philip O’Kane,
                   Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCC.
                        tel: 021 490 2285 email: nora.osullivan@ucc.ie
                               web address: www.ucc.ie/acad/civil/




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        CK 603: BE (Hons)(ENERGY)
        Preference is given to students who have studied Science and Mathematical Science
        subjects at second level. Potential candidates are very strongly recommended to take
        the Leaving Certificate Higher Level paper in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
        Any other evidence of mathematical ability should be presented with application.
        Candidates may be called for interview.
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 2
        Duration: 4 years

                 Contact details: Ms. Mary O’Leary, Faculty of Engineering, UCC.
          tel: 021 490 3081 email: engfac@ucc.ie web address: www.ucc.ie/en/engfac


        CK 605: BE (Hons)(ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING)
        Preference is given to students who have studied Science and Mathematical Science
        subjects at second level. Potential candidates are very strongly recommended to take
        the Leaving Certificate Higher Level paper in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
        Any other evidence of mathematical ability should be presented with application.
        Candidates may be called for interview.
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 5
        Duration: 4 years

                                   Contact details: Dr Alan Morrison,
                          Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCC.
                tel: 021 490 2874 email: a.morrison@ucc.ie web address: eee.ucc.ie
                                                 or
            Dr Michael Egan, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCC.
              tel: 021 490 2661 email: m.egan@ucc.ie web address: eee.ucc.ie


        CK 606: BSc (Hons) ARCHITECTURE
        This degree programme provides the first step towards qualification as a
        registered architect. The course places particular emphasis on developing
        sustainable design approaches and inculcating in students the kind of research
        skills which will both enhance their personal design process, contribute to
        innovation and progressing the role of the profession of architecture as a positive

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          component of the knowledge economy and a creative influence in the formation
          of stimulating and healthy living and working environments.

          Since this programme is run jointly by UCC and CIT, students will be registered
          in and receive instruction from both institutions, and have access to the resources
          and facilities of both. Students who successfully complete the 4-year BSc
          programme to a satisfactory level will be eligible to enter a Masters of
          Architecture programme, which together with a Certificate in Architectural
          Professional Practice, will provide the overall education programme for
          professional accreditation.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: approximately 4
          Duration: see above

          The admissions process for mature applicants requires the submission of a
          portfolio during April 2008. The portfolio has two components:
          (a) a detailed Curriculum Vitae; and (b) not more than 8 pages, A3 or A4 in size,
          which might include sketches, paintings, illustrations, photography and
          photographs of original 3-D works. These will be evaluated for evidence of
          creative design ability, spatial perceptual skills, motivation and potential to
          succeed in the field of architecture. Candidates who succeed at this stage will be
          invited for an interview in May, which forms the final stage of selection.

                                   Contact details: The Administrator,
                                   Centre for Architectural Education,
                                        9/10 Copley Street, Cork
                             tel: 021 490 8401 email: architecture@ucc.ie
                                   web address: www.ucc.ie/architecture




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          SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
          www.ucc.ie/en/CollegesandDepartments/MedicineandHealth




          CK 701: MB, BCh BAO (Hons)(MEDICINE)
          Candidates must have knowledge of Chemistry and either Physics and Biology
          (minimum Grade HC3 in Leaving Certificate or equivalent. The new medical
          admissions test HPAT-Ireland, will be required and the score will be a mandatory
          criterion to be used as part of the selection process.

          THE ADMISSION TEST: HPAT – Ireland
          The admissions test selected by Irish Medical Schools is called HPAT-Ireland
          (Health Professions Admissions Test-Ireland). This test is independently
          administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). ACER has
          an excellent international reputation and a track record in the development,
          management and research of selection tests for undergraduate medical and health
          related programmes. The HPAT-Ireland test measures a candidate’s logical
          reasoning and problem solving skills as well as non-verbal reasoning and the ability
          to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people. It does not test
          academic knowledge and candidates do not require special understanding of any
          academic discipline. However, some familiarity with the question types typically
          presented in HPAT-Ireland would be an advantage and therefore sample questions
          will be available at www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au from September 2008.


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        The test results will be the criterion for the selection of mature applicants for interview.
        Format of test:
        The HPAT-Ireland test is a 2-hour paper-based test consisting of three modules or
        sections:
        (i) Logical reasoning and Problem Solving
        (ii) Interpersonal Understanding
        (iii) Non-Verbal reasoning
        All questions are in multiple choice format with 4 or 5 possible responses, from
        which the candidate is asked to choose the most appropriate response. There is only
        one correct response. Further details regarding the test, including the approximate
        number of questions in each section, can be found at www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au
        from September 2008. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with
        a physical and/or specific learning disability.
        Scoring of test:
        Each of the three sections of the test is given equal weight. The maximum score a
        candidate can receive is 300. In addition to their overall score, HPAT-Ireland
        candidates will also receive an overall percentile rank to give them an indication of
        how well they performed against other HPAT-Ireland candidates.
        Application procedure and cost:
        In addition to their application to the CAO (www.cao.ie) students must also apply
        directly to ACER to complete the HPAT-Ireland test. Applicants for the test will
        apply on-line to ACER at www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au The cost of applying to the
        HPAT–Ireland test in 2009 will be approximately €95.00 per candidate. This fee
        will cover on-line registration for the test, materials required for the paper test,
        provision of test results to the candidate and the transfer of results to the CAO.
        Test date:
        The only sitting of the HPAT-Ireland test in 2009 will take place on 14 February
        2009. There will be no alternative test date for HPAT-Ireland. If, for any reason, a
        candidate is unable to sit the test on 14 February, 2009, the only option available
        will be to sit the test in 2010 or later. HPAT-Ireland results can be used for
        application to a medical school for 2 years. Therefore, if a candidate takes the test
        in 2009, the result can be used for admission in 2009 and 2010 only.
        Test centres:
        Test centres will be located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, the North-West and the
        South-East (details to be confirmed). Every effort will be made to accommodate
        applicants in their preferred test centre. However, as capacity in some test centres

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          may be limited, places in those venues will be allocated on a first-come basis. Early
          application for the test is advised.
            Important Dates for mature applicants:
            CAO application                               From mid-November but no later than
            www.cao.ie                                    1 February 2009 at 17:15hrs
                                                          (NB: All medical programmes will now have this
                                                          restricted entry final closing date of 1 February)
            HPAT-Ireland test registration period         Mid-November until 20 January 2009
            www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au

            Late HPAT-Ireland test registration period.   23:59 hrs on 1 February (to allow some time
            Supplementary fee payable.                    after CAO closing date).
                                                          No registration after this deadline.
            Date of HPAT-Ireland test                     Saturday 14 February 2009
            Candidates short-listed for interview         April – May
            based on results of HPAT-Ireland test
            1st CAO offers                                1st week in July

          Number of places available for Mature Students: up to 4 places
          Duration: 5 years
          SPECIAL ENTRY
          Subject to availability, a small number of places in the second year of the medical
          programme may be offered to qualified dentists wishing to take a medical degree.
          Such candidates should apply directly to Admissions Office UCC.

             Contact details: Ms. Connie Mulcahy, Manager, School of Medicine, UCC.
                              tel: 021 490 1574 email: c.mulcahy@ucc.ie
              web address: www.ucc.ie/en/CollegesandDepartments/MedicineandHealth

          Applications for Graduate Entry to Medicine CK791
          Those persons intending to apply for Graduate Entry to Medicine (CK791) for
          entry in September 2009 should note the following:
          Entry Requirements: Candidates must hold, or expect to hold by July 2009, a
          minimum 2H1 (second class honours, grade one) (or equivalent) result in their first
          honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8). For candidates who meet this requirement,
          the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test – Ireland) will then be
          used as the sole basis to select students for the programme. Application to sit the
          GAMSAT Test in Ireland should be made to the Australian Council for Educational
          Research www.gamsat-ie.org as soon as possible but no later than 17:15 hours on 1st
          March 2009.

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        SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
        CK 702: BDS (Hons)(DENTISTRY)
        In short listing for interview, equal weight
        will be given to educational qualifications,
        relevant career experience, and motivation as
        expressed in a personal statement.

        Candidates must have knowledge of Chemistry
        and either Physics or Biology (minimum Grade
        HC3 in Leaving Certificate or equivalent).

        Maximum number of places available for Mature Students: 5
        Duration: 5 years
                         Contact details: Ms. Mary Wade, Dental School Office,
                          University Dental School & Hospital, Wilton, Cork.
                   tel: 021 490 1163 or, preferably email: dentalschooloffice@ucc.ie
                                 web address: www.ucc.ie/dentalschool


        SCHOOL OF PHARMACY
        CK 703: BPharm (Hons)(PHARMACY)
        In short listing for interview, consideration is given not only to those who have
        previous degrees but also to those who have no prior experience of third level
        education. Candidates must have attained a minimum grade HB3 in Leaving
        Certificate Chemistry (or equivalent) and a minimum grade HC3 in either Leaving
        Certificate Biology or Physics (or equivalent).

        Careful consideration is also given to relevant career experience and motivation as
        expressed in a personal statement.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: Up to 8 places
        Duration: 4 years
                Contact details: Professor Julia Kennedy, School of Pharmacy, UCC.
                           tel: 021 490 1669 email: j.kennedy@ucc.ie
                                 web address: www.ucc.ie/pharmacy


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          SCHOOL OF CLINICAL THERAPIES
          CK 704: BSc (Hons)(OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY)
          The Department of Occupational Therapy welcomes applications from mature
          candidates. Related life experience as well as an academic background in relevant
          sciences will be seen as an advantage in the application process. Applicants must
          demonstrate that they understand the orientation of the occupational therapy
          profession and have visited relevant websites and contacted local therapists.
          Experience working with or caring for vulnerable children or people would be an
          advantage. The selection criteria are posted on our web-site.
          Selected candidates will be called for interview.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 5
          Duration: 4 years

                         Contact details: Department of Occupational Therapy,
                                  School of Clinical Therapies, UCC.
                           tel: 021 490 1569 email: kerry.murphy@ucc.ie
                                   web address: www.ucc.ie/clinther/



          CK 705: BSc (Hons)(SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY)
          Applications from Mature Students are reviewed on the basis of their educational
          qualifications, relevant work experience and motivation, as revealed by their
          application form and personal statement. Selected candidates are called for
          interview in May of each year.

          Number of places available for Mature Students: 5
          Duration: 4 years.

                     Contact details: Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences,
                                  School of Clinical Therapies, UCC.
                             tel: 021 490 1570 email: h.buckley@ucc.ie
                                   web address: www.ucc.ie/en/speech




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        DEPT. OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & PUBLIC HEALTH
        CK 706: BSc (Hons)(PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROMOTION)
        The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health encourages applications from
        mature students. In selecting candidates for interview, equal weight is given to
        educational backround, as well as working and voluntary experience.

        The BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion programme will address the
        prevention of disease, the prolonging of life and the promotion of health
        through the organised efforts of society. It will provide broadly based training
        reflecting the range of skills that are involved in keeping people healthy and
        preventing disease.

        Preference is given to candidates who have studied mathematics and a laboratory
        science subject.

        Number of places available for Mature Students: 5
        Duration: 4 years.


                    Contact details: Ms Tara O’Connell, BSc Administrator,
                    Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC.
                         tel: 021 490 1573 email: t.oconnell@ucc.ie
                           web address: www.ucc.ie/academic/pubh/




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          SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY
          Candidates for all Nursing degrees should obtain a copy of Nursing/midwifery: A
          career for you, which is an essential overview of degree programmes, application
          procedures etc. The section for Mature Students is particularly helpful. The booklet
          can be downloaded from the Nursing Careers Centre’s website:
          www.nursingcareers.ie or obtained via post from:

                                 Nursing Careers Centre, An Bord Altranais,
                                18/20 Carysfort Ave., Blackrock Co. Dublin.
                              tel: 01 639 8500 email: ncc@nursingboard.ie


          CK 711: BSc (Hons)(GENERAL NURSING)
          Number of places available for Mature Students: 20
          Duration: 4 years

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        CK 713: BSc (Hons)(CHILDREN’S & GENERAL
        NURSING (INTEGRATED))
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 2
        Duration: 4.5 years


        CK 721: BSc (Hons)(PSYCHIATRIC NURSING)
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 12
        Duration: 4 years
        CK 731: BSc (Hons)(INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY NURSING)
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 10
        Duration: 4 years


        CK 741: BSc (Hons)(MIDWIFERY)
        Number of places available for Mature Students: 4
        Duration: 4 years.

        Applicants for CK 711, CK713, CK 721, CK 731 and CK741 are invited to take
        a written assessment usually in mid-April. Those who achieve a specific standard in
        the written assessment will then be called for interview.

                Contact details: Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery,
                              Brookfield Health Sciences Complex,UCC.
                          tel: 021 490 2159 email: nursing.studies@ucc.ie
                            web address: www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery



        Applicants to the College of Medicine and Health are required to comply
        with the following:

        Garda/Police Clearance
        Students admitted to most programmes in the College of Medicine and Health,
        and particularly those involving clinical or practice education on premises owned
        by the Health Services Executive (HSE), are required to undertake clinical
        placements, as part of their degree programme. Before students enter clinical sites
        associated with University College Cork they are required to obtain Garda/Police
        Clearance which involves a police check to establish whether any criminal

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        convictions have been sustained in the past or whether there are any criminal
        proceedings pending. The Gardaí are legally obliged to provide this information
        for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of 6 months or more
        (including permanent residence) and to that end students will be asked to fill out
        a standard Garda Clearance form prior to completing their University
        registration. All Students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6
        months or more must also furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from the
        country or countries of residence. This Certificate should state that the student
        has no convictions recorded against him or her while residing there. In addition
        to obtaining Garda/Police Clearance, all students will be invited during
        Orientation to sign a legal declaration (Affidavit) in the presence of a
        Commissioner for Oaths confirming that they have no criminal convictions
        current or pending.


        Infectious Diseases Policy
        Applicants offered places on undergraduate programmes in the College of
        Medicine and Health may be subject to tests in line with medical best practice to
        establish their health status in relation to certain infectious diseases. A screening
        procedure for Hepatitis B must be completed by students entering Medicine,
        Nursing or Dentistry prior to full registration and this is followed by a
        vaccination programme to confer immunity. Students in other programmes may
        be exempt from pre-registration screening but must all undergo a vaccination
        programme to confer immunity against Hepatitis B. Details will be advised to
        students after entry. Students may also be required to be tested/immunised for
        other infectious diseases (e.g. tuberculosis) before being admitted into the clinical
        environment. These requirements are designed to protect students and patients
        and are mandatory.

        In view of the long lead time required to obtain garda clearance, particularly in
        relation to non-European countries, applicants are strongly advised to begin
        seeking police clearance from jurisdictions outside of Ireland on receipt of
        confirmation of a place on the BSc Nursing or BSc Midwifery programmes.

        Students entering Nursing/Midwifery will also be required to sign a practice
        placement agreement prior to accessing a clinical placement area.




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          Useful Contact Numbers


                       Mature Student Office           490 3670 / 3671


                       Admissions Office               490 3571


                       Fees Office                     490 2365


                       Disability Support Service      490 2985



                          UCC central telephone number is 490 3000.
                    The operator will connect you with the service you require.


                  The UCC web address is www.ucc.ie. You can navigate this site
                        to obtain any further information you require.

          Please note that quotas given for mature student places refer to 2008/9.
                           Quotas may be altered for 2009/2010.




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