University College Cork Global Rankings, National Rankings, Subject Wise Ranking 2020-2021

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    University College Cork, popularly known as UCC, is classified as the top 2% university globally. The 175 years old University is supposed to have the highest postgraduate and undergraduate employment rate in Ireland, of 95% and 94%, sequentially. The University has over 21000 undergraduate students currently, out of which some 3000 students come from over 100 nations, making it a top place for dynamic international learning.

    • University College Cork offers over 70 undergraduate programs, with most of them being related to social science, medicals, and business law.
    • The University also teaches approximately 140 postgraduate courses over its four different campuses.
    • UCC also has a good graduate recruitment facility and career development services.
    • In fact UCC’s mission is to prepare their students in such a way that they can get placement opportunities in top companies in Ireland and on a global scale.

    University College Cork World Ranking Highlights

    Ranking Agency Ranking- 2020 Ranking- 2021
    Times Higher Education #301-#350 #310-#350
    QS #310 #286
    US News - #437
    CWUR #480 #509
    Webo-metrics - #359

    University College Cork QS Ranking 2021

    Global Ranking: #286

    University College Cork programs are renowned has also been ranked 1st in the world for reliable production and consumption. The University is unrivalled in its academic programs' quality and merges an enriching tradition and research.

    According to the rankings by QS, UCC has considerably dropped its ranks in the last eight years. From a prestigious global position of #190 in 2012, it has come down to #286. This might happen because the QS uses several ranking parameters to assess a college.

    Listed below are all of those parameters and scores obtained by UCC in these parameters in 2021:

    Criteria Scores Weightage
    Academic Reputation 28.6 40%
    Employer Reputation 31.3 10%
    Faculty : Student 42.8 20%
    Citations per Faculty 23.4 20%
    International Staffs 91.9 5%
    International Students 46.4 5%

    After judging the above parameters, the QS has given UCC an overall score of 34.9.

    University College Cork Graduate Employability Ranking 2021

    Apart from these above criteria, the QS also uses other parameters to evaluate a University for its Graduate Employability Ranking. The Employability ranking is one significant factor that the students see before applying to any college. The Graduate Employability Ranking of UCC has been consistently promoting since 2018, and it has asphalted its way from #500 positions in 2018 to #250-#300 position currently.

    Mentioned below are all of the criteria and scores obtained by UCC for the Graduate Employability Ranking:

    Parameters Scored Obtained
    Employer Reputation 30.4
    Alumni Outcome 26
    Overall Scores 27.6-32.2

    University College Cork Times Higher Education Ranking 2021

    Global Ranking: #301-#350

    Times Higher Ranking has ranked UCC as the 21st globally and 1st in Ireland in inaugural impact rankings for sustainable, social, and economic impact. THE has furthermore marked UCC as the top 50 universities in Europe for excellence in teaching. UCC is also deemed one of Ireland's best research universities, with a total R&D of over 100 million euros.

    Mentioned below are the criteria used by Times Higher Education for marking UCC, along with the scores obtained by UCC:

    Parameters Scores
    Teaching 23.7
    Research 23.5
    Citations 82.9
    Industry Income 44.8
    International Outlook 82.5

    University College Cork CWUR Ranking 2021

    Global Ranking: #509

    Unlike other ranking agencies, CWUR has ranked UCC far behind at 509th position out of 2000 international colleges, despite having scored 74.1. UCC has lost ranks in the past couple of years, which has come down from #473 positions in 2018 to #509.

    Furthermore, CWUR has ranked UCC at 888th position for Alumni Employment Ranking, whereas the QS has ranked the university at #250-#300 position for the same. Moreover, where UCC is one of the best colleges in Ireland for research, CWUR has ranked the university at 480th position for Research Performance Result.

    However, CWUR still marks UCC as the 3rd best college at the national level.

    Sections Ranks Obtained
    Quality of Education Ranking -
    Alumni Employment Ranking 888
    Quality of Faculty Ranking -
    Research Performance Ranking 480
    World Rank 509
    National Rank 3
    Overall Score 74.1

    University College Cork US News Ranking 2021

    Global Ranking: #437

    The US news ranked UCC at 437th position globally out of 1500+ universities from over 80 countries. US News also states that UCC has a staff member of 562 solely for research purposes; this again shows how research intensive the university is.

    The US News uses 13 indicators to calculate the global rankings of universities, mentioned below are all the factors and scores obtained by UCC in these factors.

    Parameters Ranks Weightage
    Global research reputation #691 12.5%
    Regional research reputation #444 12.5%
    Publications #493 10%
    Books #194 2.5%
    Conferences #481 2.5%
    Normalized citation impact #292 10%
    Total citations #401 7.5%
    Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited #437 12.5%
    Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited #468 10%
    International collaboration - relative to country #887 5%
    International collaboration #272 5%
    Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited #354 5%
    Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited #292 5%

    The US News have given UCC an overall score of 52.8.

    University College Cork National Ranking 2021

    Ranking Agencies Ranks
    The QS Ranking (2021) #5
    CWUR(2021) #3
    US News Ranking (2021) #3
    Webometrics (2020) #3

    University College Cork Subject Specific Rankings 2021

    Subjects QS (2020) THE (2021) US News (2021)
    Agriculture & Life Science #207 #176-#200 #93
    Biology & Biochemistry #201-#250 #176-#200 #260
    Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology #201-#250 #176-#200 #105
    Engineering & Technology #260 N/A #483

    Why choose University College Cork?

    UCC has also won various awards, including STARS Gold Award, Award for gender equality in higher education, HR excellence in research, the world’s first green campus award, and many more.After seeing the earlier ranking, we can conclude that UCC is a fair college for studying life science and biology subjects. UCC as a whole is an excellent university at the national level, with an average national ranking of #3 by most of the ranking agencies. UCC is also the first university in the world with an international green flag for environmental friendliness.


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    Placement :

    I am coming close to my course. I feel it is mandatory to have good career support. Thus, we have two dedicated placement officers who work in our course. I can book as many mock interviews according to my needs until I feel confident and comfortable with the interview process. Thus, most of the students get placed and they get placed in a well-to-do job.

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    I am currently working at the Kingsley hotel. The hotel is located near to the campus. I am currently working on their website and to enhance their social media visibility. They pay me an amount of €7000 per month.

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    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular


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