What’s it like to study a Masters in Cork?
Cork is known as the Republic of Ireland’s second city. It’s a mix of traditional Irish streets, waterways and pubs with a youthful and lively population and entertainment scene.
The city centre is still based on an island in the River Lee, and there are many bridges, canals and quays throughout the city. Cork is celebrated for its food and drink, featuring a covered Victorian English Market and many stylish cafés, bistros and popular pubs.
Other attractions include the Cork City Gaol, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Shandon Steeple and the Crawford Art Gallery. The people of Cork are known for their friendliness, wit, and welcoming attitude to strangers (including postgraduate students).
Sport is popular in the Cork, including traditional Gaelic games (Gaelic football and hurling) as well as rugby.
Universities in Cork
Cork’s major university is University College Cork (UCC). UCC is over 170 years old and is now home to over 21,000 students. The campus is based in woodland and is a 10-minute walk from the city centre. UCC is a research-led university, world-leading in food and health, photonics and perinatal medicine. It offers courses across many disciplines, with a particular focus on health, wellbeing and food, future technologies, climate and sustainability, culture and society, and finance and business.
Cork also hosts the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). CIT has four campuses and around 12,000 students and offers research programmes across 21 departments with a career-focused education. The university specialises in Bioinformatics, Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, and Photonics.
Careers in Cork
As Ireland’s second city, Cork has a competitive economy and attracts plenty of investment. The city offers a cost-effective location for many industry sectors and is a popular setting for research and development (especially pharmaceuticals and medical devices), advanced manufacturing, and company headquarters. Many multinational companies maintain offices in Cork including Apple, IBM, Johnson Controls, Pfizer and Stryker.