Nov 01 2016 Posted: 09:09 GMT

NUI Galway will host its Autumn Postgraduate Open Day on Tuesday, 8 November from 12-4pm in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. The Open Day is a key event for anyone wishing to broaden their skills-set, define their areas of expertise, increase their specialist knowledge and ultimately improve their job prospects.

The Open Day will showcase over 400 of NUI Galway’s full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes, including taught and research masters, and doctoral research options. With over 3,500 postgraduate students currently attending NUI Galway, over 70 information stands will provide details on postgraduate opportunities at the University, with academic staff and current students on hand to answer questions about specific courses.

A key part of the decision to pursue a postgraduate qualification is finding out as much as possible about the programmes, the application process and the funding options available. The upcoming Open Day brings together all the key people and organisations that provide support to postgraduate students. The practicalities of postgraduate studies are demystified with a series of talks including a speaker from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), the national awarding authority for all higher and further education student grants.

Sarah Geraghty, Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager at NUI Galway, said: “Time and again, research shows that professionals with a postgraduate qualification are more likely to be employed, are more likely to be working a field relevant to their qualification and have a greater earning power. Over 91% of NUI Galway graduates are employed or are in further study within six months of graduating from a postgraduate programme and we are encouraging anyone with an interest in improving their employment prospects to come to our Open Day and see for yourself the award-winning, employability-focused programmes offered by NUI Galway.”  

Irish graduates are ranked first in Europe in terms of how employers rank graduates, and how postgraduate study boosts employability. The number of postgraduates in employment has grown consistently in recent years and NUI Galway’s well-established links with industry allows them to take the first step in building their career.

NUI Galway offers a wide range of fourth level courses, developing programmes based on its traditional academic strengths of Arts, Social Sciences, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Medicine, Nursing, Health Science, Law, Engineering, Informatics and Science. These areas have been augmented with innovative research centres in areas as diverse as Biomedical Science and Engineering, International Human Rights, Digital Media and Film Studies, and Regenerative Medicine.

To view NUI Galway’s suite of new and unique postgraduate programmes and to book a place at the Open Day visit www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or call in on the day. To apply for an NUI Galway postgraduate course visit www.pac.ie/nuigalway.

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