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Cork Institute of Technology

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1974
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Bishopstown, Cork, Munster, Ireland
    • Phone:
    • +353214326100
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Cork Institute of Technology

The Cork Institute of Technology, and its predecessor Cork RTC developed from earlier institutions such as the Royal Cork Institution which existed from 1807 until 1861, and the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute which was founded in 1912, which trained students in Science and Engineering. In 1930 the City of Cork Vocational Education Committee was set up. Cork Regional Technical College was established in 1974 and the Crawford Institute was merged with the new Cork RTC in 1976.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), formerly the Regional Technical College, Cork, opened in 1973. The institute has 17,000 students (both part-time and full-time) in art, business, engineering, music, drama, and science disciplines. 

Academic Highlights

Cork Institute of Technology comprises two constituent Faculties and three constituent Colleges. The constituent Faculties are Engineering and Science, and Business and Humanities. The constituent colleges are the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, the CIT Cork School of Music, and the National Maritime College of Ireland.

Cork Institute of Technology offers the full range of higher education qualifications, including Bachelor degrees, Honours Bachelor degrees, and post-graduate Masters and PhD degrees. CIT has a very well developed 'ladder' structure to enable students to progress through the different levels of qualifications.CIT offers 73 courses through the CAO. Forty-one of these are on the Honours Degree (Level 8) list. It's important to note in addition that there are thirty courses on the Bachelor Degree Level 7 list which have routes of progression to Honours Degree courses at CIT.

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) holds a partnership with the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da), Germany. CIT's BA in Multimedia offers a joint accreditation from CIT and h_da.

Life in Cork Institute of Technology

The college has several full-size pitches, some of which are floodlit, catering to field sports, including Gaelic games, soccer and Gaelic games. The college's primary hurling and Gaelic football pitch, located on campus, offers its own stadium. CIT's athletics track is now one of the finest in the country, and also enjoys its own purpose-built stadium. In addition to its 9 playing pitches, two stadia and international standard athletics track, CIT also boasts on campus all-weather astroturf pitches, tennis courts and a sports hall.CIT offers students free membership to its small gym and weights room. LeisureWorld, one of Cork's fitness and health facilities, is adjacent the campus, and offers special membership rates to CIT students and staff.

School Ranking

Cork Institute of Technology ranked , country rank 9 , world rank 2579


Admission policy and acceptance rate may vary by areas of study, degree level, student nationality or residence and other criteria. Please contact the Cork Institute of Technology's Admission Office for detailed information on a specific admission selection policy and acceptance rate; the above University admission information is indicative only and may not be complete or up-to-date.

Notable Alumni

  • Alice Maher
  • John Burke, artist and member of Aosdana, studied at Crawford School of Art and also taught there
  • Maud Cotter, current member of Aosdana, studied and taught at Crawford School of Art and Design
  • Vivienne Roche, sculptor and critic, Crawford School of Art (1970-1974)
  • Anthony Ruby
  • Brian Smyth
  • Gary O'Donovan

Acceptance Rate

Established in 1974, Cork Institute of Technology is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large town of Bishopstown (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), County Cork. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details.

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