University College Cork (UCC)
Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh (COC)


University College Cork (UCC) is a collegiate, progressive and dynamic university in the heart of Cork city in the south of Ireland.

Founded in 1845, UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience. We have a proud tradition of independent thinking, significant achievements and strong academic and professional leadership.

UCC is also Ireland’s first five-star University with internationally-recognised research in science, food, engineering, medicine, business, law, social sciences and the humanities.

Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of our research outputs and peer esteem indicators, UCC is an internationally competitive, globally-focused, research-led university that is focussed on creating and supporting world-leading clusters of researchers, building on the research strengths of the institution — but don’t take our word for it:

  • UCC is the top ranked institution in Ireland, 16th in Europe and 52nd worldwide, based on top 1% of research publications, CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015
  • UCC is the top performing university internationally, based on obtaining the highest number of ‘A’ scores — 21 out of 28, EU U-Multirank Exercise 2015
  • UCC is the world’s leading ‘green’ university — the first in the world to be awarded the esteemed ‘Green Flag’ by the Federation for Environmental Education, Copenhagen and the 2nd in the world in the Greenmetric World University Ranking Exercise 2015
  • UCC is the Irish University of the Year for 2016, Sunday Times Good University Guide

To discover more about UCC and our research ambitions, please visit

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University College Cork (UCC) published between 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
65 13.11

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 16 2.49
Physical Sciences 26 3.46
Life Sciences 25 7.58
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 0.82

Highlight of the month

Anatomy of the extinct

© Markchentx/Getty

© Markchentx/Getty

Cells famed for imparting colour to fur and feathers are helping us map the anatomy of ancient animals.

A light-sensitive pigment, melanin is produced by cells called melanosomes, which are responsible for the colour of the hair, skin and scales of animals. Melanosomes were recently found in internal tissues of amphibians, raising questions about their role.

A team led by researchers from University College Cork analysed the chemical composition of melanosomes extracted from internal tissues, including the heart, liver and lung, of a range of existing and fossilized animals. They found that each organ had a distinct signature in its metal content, suggesting that melanosomes also manage metal metabolism around the body.

These chemical signatures are preserved in fossils, which will enable researchers to reconstruct the internal anatomy of extinct species. In a Libros tadpole fossil, for example, a region rich in titanium and copper reveals the liver’s location.

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  1. PNAS 116, 17880–17889 (2019). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1820285116

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 26.09% Domestic
  • 73.91% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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