3 Reasons I’m going back to UCC to do a postgrad

quad-with-red-ivy By: Tim Kelly who starts the MSc Information Systems for Business Performance this September.

Quick question, what’s your plan when you graduate? Are you going to undertake a masters? maybe work? or travel? This is a question that reverberated throughout my mind as I undertook my final year of commerce, I expect many others thought about it as well. In fact, it wasn’t till June I decided to do a Masters and why did I go back to UCC? Well that was easy…….


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

W.B Yeats

Truthfully, undertaking a Masters is a huge commitment not only of money (Thank God for the Credit Union) and time (a full 12 months). Thus I wanted to make sure when I return to college, the college would be well respected and a great institution to learn. Just last year, UCC was named the Sunday Time’s University of the Year.

As for my course, I minored in Information Systems throughout my BComm so therefore I will be undertaking a Masters in Information Systems for Business Performance (ISBP).  Its a healthy mixture between I.T and management skills and has been consistently ranked as one of the best postgraduate courses in Ireland. Just recently it won the Best Postgrad IT course in Ireland for the third time.


Another big factor in returning to UCC is I set up the Judo Club and it’s recently about to reach the 5 year mark. The Club has grown a lot to become the biggest college judo club in Ireland where it won Best Men & Women’s Team and 26 medals at the 2016 Intervarsities. I have been doing Judo for about 16 years and I’m glad UCC granted me the opportunity to set one up.

I even helped out in the Clubs Executive where I acted as the Martial Arts Representative in 2014/15 which helped me understand how each club is run. I may also be biased as I won a Bene Merenti award for my work.

JudoMain Campus

As a former BComm student, I’m fully aware of how spoilt I’ve been in regards to classes on main campus. It’s undeniably beautiful and for anyone who’s grown up on Harry Potter, the west wing and Aula Maxima are Hogwarts.  Of course, the Harry Potter society  really took it to the extreme with their House Sorting ceremony.

HARRY pOTTEROf course, main campus hosts the most activity as well particularly during R&G week and Freshers week. These events turn campus into a lively affair where you’ll meet everyone you know. My preference is those early summer days on campus where you can sit out and enjoy the sunshine on campus, they’re rare but spectacular.

Student CentreThose are my top three reasons why I’m returning to UCC next month. I hope you enjoyed them, and if you want to let me know why you’re thinking of doing a postgrad just tweet me at TK_174 (don’t forget to use the hashtag #uccpostgrad :))