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Cork Institute of Technology

Whatever your plans and talents CIT has a course of study for you. We offer the full range of higher education qualifications, including Bachelor Degrees and Honours Bachelor Degrees, as well as postgraduate Masters and PhD Degrees. There is a flexible “ladder” system in place, which, in many cases, allows you to progress from one award to the next. 


The college was founded in 1878 and became a school of Cork Institute of Technology in 1993. The school currently operates from a five-floor purpose-built conservatory which was built on the site of the former premises. It opened in 2007 and was designed by Murray O'Laoire and Buro Happold.


CIT offers full-time, part-time and specialist courses in Art, Business and Humanities, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Media, Music, Nautical Studies, and Science.


Research is a core dimension of CIT activity. In collaboration with a wide range of organisations including Higher Education Institutions, Industry, State and Voluntary Bodies, CIT is involved in research that contributes to supporting:

  • Regional and National Industry.
  • The National and EU knowledge economy and Innovation Base.
  • Enhanced quality of life within Irish society.
  • Quality research postgraduate education at Masters and PhD level.
  • Quality undergraduate and taught postgraduate teaching and learning.


What does the Careers Service provide?                                           

Student-centered, careers education and guidance for the benefit of the individual's personal, professional and employability skills development.

Who do we work with?

The Careers Service actively engages with CIT Students, Employers and  CIT Staff and Academics.

Housing services

The Accommodation Office assists students in finding a suitable place to live. The service provides information and guidance to students on the accommodation most appropriate to their needs. 

Library services

The main library at Cork Institute of Technology moved to its new facility in 1994. In a total area of 2,600 square metres, the library provides more than 600 study spaces, more than 65,000 volumes along with subscriptions to a comprehensive collection of journal titles. These cover all subject areas taught in the college including Science, Engineering, Business, Social studies and Humanities.

ICT services

Cit students have a dedicated website for all support services, including IT support.

Medical services

The Medical Centre is situated on the Bishopstown Campus.  We are available to all of our full-time students including those in the CIT Cork School of Music, the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and the National Maritime College of Ireland. We are open to students during term time and provide a comprehensive range of services suitable for students’ needs. 

Campus life

CIT has four principal Campuses:

  • Bishopstown Campus situated in the suburbs of Cork City
  • CIT Crawford College of Art & Design situated in Cork City
  • CIT Cork School of Music situated in Cork City
  • National Maritime College of Ireland situated in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour

The main campus is located in Bishopstown and covers an area of approximately 80 acres. As well as the original RTC building, the campus consists of the Library & IT Building, Gymnasium, Astroturf pitch, running track and playing pitches. The campus also has numerous temporary buildings which house both administrative offices and classrooms. 

Sports facilities

CIT Sports Facilities are among the finest in Ireland. The main facilities are ideally located on campus and can be easily accessed. These include:

  • A 1,200 seat fully-covered stadium that houses a two tier elite gym, meeting/studio room, doctor’s room, and 6 dressing rooms
  • A multi-purpose Sports Hall incorporating a state-of-the art Gym & Weights Room
  • Synthetic International Standard Athletics 8 Lane Track with full track and field facilities
  • A fully equipped strength and conditioning gym 
  • Three Soccer Pitches
  • Two Rugby Pitches
  • Two GAA Pitches
  • A walking/jogging track encompassing the campus
  • A floodlit full size Astro-Turf Pitch which can be divided into 4 five a-side pitches
  • A synthetic surfaced floodlit Tennis Court

Student clubs

Education means more than just academic learning. Joining a society will give you the opportunity to enhance your skills in organising events, activities and managing finance. The diversity of CIT Societies means that practically every taste is catered for. CIT Societies are some of the best Societies in Ireland frequently winning at the BICS (Board of Irish College Societies) National Awards. Students who are at the heart of running CIT Societies have achieved the honour of winning National ‘Society of the Year’, ‘Most Improved Society’, ‘Best Event’ as well as ‘Individual Awards’.

Cork Institute of Technology operates under the terms of the Qualifications Act (1999) and therefore all courses lead to an award of a qualification which is fully recognised and conforms with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

CIT's programmes operate under a quality system which is approved by HETAC, the Higher Education & Training Awards Council.

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