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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
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NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWe've compiled some of the frequently asked questions about career areas below with links to help you find routes in to the profession and the entry criteria for professional training.
Wondering what the difference is between Certified and Chartered? Like to know more about some of the different companies? The following links should help. The Careers Information Room also has reference material that might just help you decide which to choose
Chartered: Professional body: Chartered Accountants Ireland
Exemptions for professional exams available on website (see menu on left) - persons who graduate with a degree of 2.ii honours or better, must meet the criteria, pass all without compensation. .
Management: Professional body: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants [CIMA]
Exemptions for professional exams link from homepage above.
Certified: Professional body: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants [ACCA]
Read their overview of the professional qualification here and search exemptions.
Public: Professional body: Certified Public Accountants [CPA]
Exemptions for professional exams from homepage above.
How to I find out who is recruiting?
Careers Connect advertises current vacancies and will also list upcoming company presentations.
Come to our Jobs Fair in October and January to ask questions of the companies attending. A list of exhibitors will be shown on Careers Connect.
Pick up a copy of gradireland or gradireland Finance from mid October.
The CAI has the following advice for students: “Students are advised to make direct contact with firms, as early as possible, listed in Opportunities in Accounting which have indicated to the Institute that they will have vacancies for students”. See their Training Vacancies for details of opportunities.
Apply online for the Big 4 firms - the closing date for NUI Galway students is usually early October.
Other useful links:
Options with your degree... Accountancy
For Counselling Psychology - do psychology first and then an MA/PhD in Counselling Psychology
To get on to a postgraduate programme, it is likely that you will need relevant experience (e.g. volunteering with Samaritans or ISPCC who both give basic training, or a youth or other organisation particularly if they give training). It would also be very useful to have an introductory/basic counselling course e.g., http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/adult-and-continuing-education-courses/psychology-of-counselling.html.
The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (a national association allied with the European Association of Counselling www.eac.eu.com) accredit certain Counselling courses which are listed on their website (under Education).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) accredit courses in the UK http://www.bacp.co.uk/accreditation/
Find out about the work of a dentist on the British Dental Association's careers website
To work as a Dentist, you must first register with or be licensed by the regulatory authority in the country in which you wish to practise. National dental associations will be able to provide information on dentistry in their countries.
For Northern Ireland or the UK, apply through UCAS. The deadline for applications is 15th October. Some UK institutions use pre-entrance tests which you must take before applying to UCAS: e.g., UKCAT On qualifying in the UK and before being able to practice, dentists must register with the General Dental Council, the profession's governing body.
You can search for courses in the EU using online databases such as http://www.bachelorsportal.eu, or http://www.eunicas.ie
There is now a Reciprocity Agreement between the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) and the Dental Council of Ireland. See http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/mutual_recognition.php for details and contacts.
American Dental Association There are over 50 dental schools in the United States accredited by the ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
To become a Dietitian you first need a recognised degree in Dietetics/Nutrition, which entitles you become a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute www.indi.ie. Currently, there are no postgraduate conversion courses in Ireland. You apply for degree programmes through the CAO even if you already have a degree.
It may be possible to do a course outside Ireland, however before you can practice in Ireland your qualification must be approved by www.coru.ie
There are some postgraduate conversion courses in the UK if you have a relevant degree already. The Health and Care Professionals Council have a database of accredited health programmes at www.hpc-uk.org/education/programmes/register/ or see the British Dietetic Association (BDA) at www.bda.uk.com/careers/home You can also qualify for registration in the UK by doing an accredited undergraduate degree (see www.ucas.com and BDA for a list of courses – application deadline is 15th January).
It's possible to apply for Medicine after doing a degree in another subject.
Graduate-entry courses can be searched and applied for through the CAO by February 1st. Requirements:
- a minimum 2:1 result in their first honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent.
- For candidates that meet this requirement, the GAMSAT test will be the sole instrument to select students for the programme. Registrations for the GAMSAT sitting to be held in March usually open in November.
- The CAO also have helpsheets for those interested in Graduate Medicine or undergraduate medicine.
Some UK universities have accelerated programmes, 4 years long, available to graduates. Apply for full or accelerated courses through UCAS before 15th October. Applications tend to consist of UCAS application, pre-entrance test and interview. The NHS has information for students on how to apply to England and on financial arrangements for medical students
- GAMSAT: Usually held September. Registration typically opens early June. See the list of universities that use GAMSAT at http://gamsat.acer.edu.au/gamsat-uk/universities11
- BMAT: Test usually takes place in November and site lists universities that use it. You cannot register yourself for BMAT you must be registered by a BMAT centre. Sample tests online.
- UKCAT: Test takes place on various dates with centres in Ireland, registration usually opens May. Practice questions and list of universities are on the site.
There are some Medical and Health Science courses in English within the EU. Most are 6 year programmes and they will require you to learn the local language as you will need it for clinical placements. Searchable course databases online include:
- http://www.bachelorsportal.eu search degree programmes in the EU
- http://www.eunicas.ie study in Europe through English
- MEDINE (Thematic Network on Medical Education in Europe)
- https://imed.faimer.org/ The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a free resource about international medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate government agency in the countries where they are located.
All doctors who wish to practice in the Republic of Ireland should be registered with the Medical Council. To become a Medical Doctor you first need a recognised degree. On completion of the degree, register with the Medical Council and complete an Intern year with one of the hospitals recognised for this purpose.
The Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (The Academy) is the professional body for Medical Scientists in Ireland.
To work as a Medical Scientist (Medical Laboratory Scientist) in a hospital laboratory in Ireland you need to meet the criteria set by the Association of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine [ACLSM]. The documents on their site outline the pathways to membership.
The UK's regulatory body is the Health & Care Professions Council (look for Biomedical Scientists). This list of courses includes those by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), another body you need to register with in order to work as a Biomedical Scientist, and there is more information on their site about getting prior degrees recognised at https://www.ibms.org/go/registration/become-hcpc-registered. The NHS may also have Traineeships in a hospital environment.
What's the difference between Optometrist, Optician and Ophthalmologist?
Optometrists (Ophthalmic Opticians): Optometrists examine the eye for optical defects and correct these using prescription glasses and contact lenses. Also assess disorders of the eye.
Ophthalmologists: Fully qualified medical doctors who have specialised in the correction of vision and the treatment of all conditions and diseases of the eye.
Dispensing opticians: Advise on, fit and supply prescription glasses, they may also fit contact lenses.
Orthoptists: Allied health professionals who work mainly in hospitals alongside ophthalmologists in the assessment and treatment of squints, double vision etc.
CORU is also the Competent Authority in Ireland for the recognition of qualifications for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians which were awarded in another EU Member State.
UK courses are generally 3 years long followed by a clinical training year after which (and on successful completion of clinical exams) they can register with the General Optical Council (GOC). See courses that are accredited by the GOC.
CORU - the Optical Registration Board of CORU. Details of accredited courses and recognition of qualifications.
College of Optometrists - Information on careers in Optometry in the UK including links to university courses.
Irish Association of Dispensing Opticians - How to become a dispensing optician.
General Optical Council - Information on approved courses in the UK for Optometry and Dispensing Optician.
Health & Care Professionals Council - UK. Search for accredited courses including Orthoptists.
An accredited programme is essential in order to practice as an OT in Ireland. CORU are the health professions regulator and list the accredited programmes at www.coru.ie (e.g., BSc at NUI, Galway ). If you are applying for a second degree, apply through the CAO before February 1st.
The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI) is the professional association in Ireland.
There are accelerated / short postgraduate courses in the UK – apply directly to the appropriate university. It is also possible to do a BSc in the UK or Northern Ireland after completing your Science degree through the UCAS application system.
Information on courses and the profession can be found on the College of Occupational Therapists website .
To work in Ireland, you must then apply for validation of your qualification through CORU www.coru.ie
According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, from 2015 to become a pharmacist you take a 'five-year fully integrated pharmacy degree programme during which students will complete the 5-year qualification as part of a single and integrated five-year experience, culminating in the award of a Masters in pharmacy.'
Pharmacists are entitled under European Union (EU) free movement directives to register in Ireland if: they hold a qualification from an EU or European Economic Area (EEA) member state, and they are nationals of a member state of the EU or EEA.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society accredits UK pharmacy degree courses, supervises pharmacy graduates' pre-registration training and is responsible for the registration examination at the end of the pre-registration year.
Applications are made online through UCAS. Apply between 1st September and 15th January but late applications are accepted up until 30th June. However, it is advisable to apply well before 15th January.
Note: many courses mention the requirement of Chemistry at Leaving Certificate honours level.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society lists and links to universities offering accredited undergraduate (MPharm) courses.
PSNI (Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland) regulates Northern Ireland entry.
What is a Physiotherapist?
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) website answers many questions about working as a Physiotherapist.
The The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK) has a large career section online also.
How do I become a Physiotherapist in Ireland?
To practice Physiotherapy in Ireland, you must become a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).
To be accepted as a member of the ISCP, students must successfully complete a ISCP recognised programme, listed on the site above.
If you study physiotherapy outside Ireland, you must validate your qualifications with the ISCP before you can practice in Ireland. You must be a current member of ISCP to work as a Chartered Physiotherapist in Ireland.
Studying Physiotherapy in the UK
To practice physiotherapy in the UK, you must register the the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Successful registrants must have taken a pre-registration course accepted by the CSP. There are some conversion pre-registration programmes available in the UK. Typically 2 years long and open to students with relevant first degrees. The list of accredited programmes are included in the CSP accredited courses list.
UK undergraduate degree courses are also open to graduates and application is through UCAS.
Applying to courses
For more information, closing dates, application forms etc., for the above, contact the individual university directly.
Psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who look after patients with mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxieties, phobias & drug & alcohol abuse.
All Psychiatrists are full qualified doctors who then secure a place on a ’Postgraduate Medical Training Scheme in Psychiatry’
In order to apply for accredited postgraduate programmes you must first become a Graduate Member with the Psychological Society of Ireland (or British Psychological Society) which is based on gaining an accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course. There are a number of conversion courses available including
- National University of Ireland, Galway:
- Higher Diploma in Psychology for BA Psychological Studies graduates only (1 year)
- 2-year HDip for graduates with other degrees.
Once you have completed the accredited conversion course, you can then become a graduate member of the PSI.
If you wish to take a conversion coursein the UK, ensure that it is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will have to get your qualification validated by PSI if applying for Graduate Membership afterwards. Entry requirements vary with many courses expecting a certain level of psychology study prior to entry to the course.
According to the PSI, graduate members can become registered psychologists ’if they are judged to have completed four years of study / training / experience or any combination thereof such that they can practise as a psychologist without supervision’.
The PSI’s list of accredited courses is updated online as accreditation is awarded.
Application for courses is directly to the university in question.
If applying to the UK, ensure that the course is accredited by the British Psychological Society
- Clinical Psychology
- Counselling Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Organisational / Occupational Psychology
- Sport Psychology
- Research Psychology / Lecturer
Radiography and Radiology may sound similar but are very distinct professions.
Radiography is a clinical science, while Radiology is a specialism in medicine.
A Radiographer is a clinical scientist and the field has 2 distinct areas:
- Diagnostic - working in imaging / radiology departments using a range of techniques to take images requested by doctors or other healthcare staff.
- Therapeutic - also called Radiotherapy or Radiation Therapy. Deliver radiotherapy while working with clinical oncologists, medical physicists and engineers.
Recognised courses in Ireland are listed at http://www.coru.ie/en/education/approved_qualifications
Radiographers who have gained their radiography qualification outside the Republic of Ireland must individually apply to CORU to have their qualifications validated before taking up employment in Ireland.
Radiology / Radiologist
Radiologists are registered medical practitioners (ie qualified doctor) with at least two years’ clinical experience, who have completed Specialist Registrar training in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology.
If you are studying Medicine and are interested in this path, please see relevant programmes at NUI Galway, and http://www.radiology.ie/ . This career path is not available to someone who is not already a qualified medical doctor.
To become an SLT you first need a recognised qualification: Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapy(IASLT).
Although the RCSLT is the professional body in the UK, to work there you must also register with the Health & Care Professionals Council [HCPC].
There are accelerated / short postgraduate courses in the UK – apply directly to the appropriate university. Search all accredited programmes here (HCPC). It is also possible to do a BSc in the UK or Northern Ireland after completing your Science degree. The RCSLT have a Careers Guide available on their website.
The IASLT have information on the mutual recognition of professional association credentials for a number of countries:
To work in Ireland after completing your training abroad, you must then apply for validation of your qualification through CORU http://www.coru.ie
To become a Guidance Counsellor generally requires undertaking a post-graduate programme in guidance and counselling.
Requirements for different types of Careers Guidance roles (pdf from NCGE)
The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) lists courses available in Ireland
The Institute of Guidance Counsellors list 'professional training programmes constituted to prepare individuals to work as Guidance Counsellors in second level and further and higher education and in other sectors' as well as with adults.
However, in addition to a postgraduate course, those wishing to practice in second level schools must meet the requirements of the Department of Education, i.e. normally a primary degree and a teaching qualification.
For higher/further education, check out gradireland's profile on Careers Adviser
All teachers are required by law to register with the Teaching Council in order to be employed in a recognised school.
A full list of accredited programmes in Ireland is available at http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/Teacher-Education/Initial-Teacher-Education/Providers-of-Initial-Teacher-Education/
Subject criteria for Secondary: if registering after 1st January 2017 see new subject requirements from the Teaching Council
You must also sumit a self-declaration form for each proposed teaching subject with your course application.
Postgraduate programmes in Ireland are 2 years full-time
- Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) in NUI Galway and Professional Master of Education (PME) in NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, UCD or UCC. Application and information online from September at www.pac.ie/pme
- Programmes are also offered in TCD, UL (limited subjects), DCU and Hibernia College - check individual websites for details.
For details on the Irish Language Certificate (and exemptions) see the State Examinations Commission's website
According to the Teaching Council, applicants must "meet the qualification requirements outlined in Regulation Five of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations, 2009. Any person who meets the degree qualification requirements outlined therein is eligible for conditional registration for a period of three years in which time a Council accredited teacher education qualification must be completed."
Since 2014 all postgraduate teacher training programmes in Ireland are 2 years long. Postgraduate programmes are available through Mary Immaculate College, St Patricks College, Hibernia College. Full college details with admission criteria and application deadlines can be read online on the Department of Education & Skills website
Application forms and details of the entry requirements may be obtained from the Registrar/Admissions Office of each institution. Details of all courses and course links, tuition fees and funding available from Department of Education Northern Ireland
Generally speaking, to get work as a special needs teacher, you need: A qualified teacher with experience; a recognised course after doing the first two steps. See Department of Education & Skills circulars for regulations:
There are other CPD programmes available to teachers listed at http://www.sess.ie/professional-development/
For SNAs, see the Department of Education & Skills 2014 circular on Special Needs Assistants
FINDING A JOB
We advertise vacancies on Careers Connect, our jobs database - graduates need to register, students can log in using their usual NUI Galway login.
Come to our annual Teaching Fair (January/February) - see Careers Connect for details.
- The ASTI has a substitute placement service which is available to all schools from September to May.
- The Substitute Teacher Database from educationcareers.ie is free to jobseekers.
- Some Education Centres have substitute registers (e.g., Limerick).
- Many schools will accept your CV on ’spec’. Schools lists are online at http://www.education.ie/
A CV for Teaching jobs can look a little different than other graduate CV’s - one page if possible, clearly list teaching subjects and experience, fancy cover not required.
TARGETjobs - Teaching and education advice on all aspects of applying for a teaching job.
Prospects - also has sample CV for teaching.
Looking for ideas to stand out with your application to a course or job? Volunteer e.g., homework clubs etc. ALIVE have some useful brochures and opportunities. Work with young people with learning disabilities. Work in a school as a classroom assistant. Work with an organisation such as NALA (adult literacy). Do a short course: for example, the Education Centre, Galway run courses for teachers
According to the Teaching Council, in order to get recognition to teach Physical Education in Ireland you must have both of the following:
- a level 8 degree (extending over at least 3 years) where Physical Education is a major part of your studies (at least 90ects) up to and including 3rd year. See Teaching Council criteria for full details.
- studied the methodology and practice of the teaching of PE in a post-primary school as part of the teacher-training course.
What if I don't have a degree related to PE?
To look at courses available in the UK, start with UCAS, the applications system for all undergraduate courses in the UK.
PE Central: Becoming a PE teacher in the USA.
ENGLAND & WALES:
Apply for PGCE programmes (and School Direct) through UCAS Teacher Training.
Details on the application system are available at: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training
Alternative routes are available to graduates: see
Funding & more information:
- There are incentives for those studying to teach a shortage subject in England.
- Entry requirements and funding information for Wales.
- TARGETcourses - Teaching: updated by the AGCAS Teaching and Related Professions Task Group, this content covers Routes into Teaching, Getting a Teaching Job, Teaching in Scotland, Teaching in Wales, Teaching in Northern Ireland and Education Alternatives
Application is through UCAS Undergraduate for the PGDE (as well as B.Ed programmes).
Apply at www.ucas.com/apply
Regulations and entry criteria are online at www.teachinscotland.org/getintoteaching/index.asp.
If you are a teacher who qualified outside of Ireland and wish to teach in a recognised school in Ireland, you must apply for recognition of your qualifications prior to registration with the Teaching Council www.teachingcouncil.ie/applying-to-register/teachers-qualified-outside-of-ireland-qualifications-awarded-in-eueea-countries.464.html
Making the application
There is a lot of help online for writing teaching personal statements and attending interviews for the PGCE.
Good starting points are:
The Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS) controls standards in EFL schools and organisations.
To work in a primary or secondary school: you must be a qualified teacher with either:one of the approved ELT qualifications or ACELS Preparatory Certificate for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (awarded to state-qualified teachers).
http://www.acels.ie/acelselt.htm#1 have a list of accepted qualifications and links to private training providers in Ireland.
At NUI Galway, the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development have a recognised programme - details at http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/adult-and-continuing-education-courses/tefl-pcert.html
There is also a list of recognised schools for learning English on http://www.acels.ie/search.htm
The Veterinary Council of Ireland have many links to help those interested in becoming a Vet and list recognised courses.
In Ireland, all courses (undergraduate or graduate entry) are through CAO
Study Abroad - It is possible to train abroad and then work in Ireland. However, according to the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI): It is a legal requirement and, therefore, essential that you register with the Veterinary Council prior to engaging in any type of Veterinary work in Ireland. Please check with the VCI website to ensure the degree you are studying is accepted.
GAMSAT is required (tests normally held in March) for many programmes in Ireland and the UK.
UK: For a full list of accredited courses see the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website (end of page).