About the University

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With over 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff, NUI Galway is the largest and oldest University in the West of Ireland. Over the past 170 years, we have built a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science.


NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers. We are ranked in the Top 2% of universities worldwide for the quality of our teaching and research.


The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy. We have one of the highest graduate employability rates in Ireland, with over 90% of our students employed or in further study each year.