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The Placement Team interacts with business and industry to promote the NUI Galway Professional Experience Programme (PEP). 

PEP is an integral module of a number of NUI Galway undergraduate academic programmes.  This offers participating students an opportunity to avail of work experience relevant to their programme of study.

Students are given an opportunity to develop skills relevant in the workplace and enhance their employability and job prospects. 

NUI Galway Placement Courses and Dates

College of Engineering & Informatics

College of Science

  • BSc Health & Safety Systems                                                  (June-December)
  • BSc Biopharmaceutical Chemistry                                      (June-December)

 College of Business, Public Policy & Law

  • BSc Business Information Systems                                     (January-August)
  • B. Comm (International Experience)                                  (September-Dec.)
  • B. Comm (Accounting)                                                                 (January-August)


Contact Us


T: 091 493646

Student Information

Staff of the Placement Office assist Undergraduate Students to acquire their Professional Experience Programme (PEP)

PEP gives you an opportunity to gain relevant work experience as part of your course of study. Undergraduate engineering and information technology students are required to complete their placement in an industrial or business environment.

This work-based learning programme is obligatory and failure to complete PEP satisfactorily may delay your graduation. In the event that no external placement is available, PEP students will be given projects on campus by their Department.

Placement Application  - read the Step-by-Step guide PEP to find out how placement process and system works.

AHECS Work Placement; A Best Practice Guide for Students

 Click here to find out who worked previously in your target organisation. (NUI Galway campus access only)

Useful link for students going overseas

EU Scholarship Portal

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T: 091 493646

What are the benefits to your company?

Placment ‌  

  • Raise your organisation's profile
  • Create future employee talent pipeline
  • Give feedback and influence course curricula

Next Step

Interested in supporting a PEP student?

  • Forward a job specification, outlining the role and any special requirements relevant to the position, to
  • Contact to receive access the Placement Application System
  • We operate a first-come-first-served approach, once you contact us we will communicate with students and academic staff on your behalf
  • Shortlist candidates for interview
  • Placement Officer contacts students and organises interviews
  • Company updates with selected candidate/s. Note it is recommended to give your candidate/s selection on the day of interview to ensure you get the candidate of your choice.
  • Placement is offered to the student and the company forwards a letter of offer or a company contract directly to the student
  • Student/s commence their PEP on an agreed date

Company’s Commitment

  • Identify a suitable project or work area for the student within the company
  • Provide supervision and financial support for the duration of the PEP
  • Facilitate visit from PEP students’ Academic Supervisor/Placement Officer
  • Complete an Assessment Report on behalf of each student. Endorse student’s Report/Presentation following completion of the PEP

NUI Galway’s commitment

  • Provide curriculum vitae and organise interviews 
  • Monitor the student’s progress in liaison with the company
  • Encourage feedback from the participating company

AHECS Work Placement; A Best Practice Guide for Employers


Annette Dolan

Senior Placement Officer
Telephone: 00353 91 493168 Ext:3168

Area of support: Computer Science & Information Technology, Electronic & Computer Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Project & Construction Engineering



‌Tom Fitzgerald

Placement Officer
Telephone: 00353 91 492909 Ext: 2909

Area of support: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering (Mech Eng Stream), Business Information Systems, MBS Ecommerce. Find out more...


Breda Kenna

Placement Officer
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
Tel: 00353 91 494323 Ext: 4323


Area of support: Primarily responsible for the placement of students from
    Bachelor of Commerce (Global Experience)
    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
    B.Sc. Business Information Systems

Find out more...


Emma Goode

Employment Officer - on leave
Tel: 00353 91 492133 Ext:2133

Area of support: Employer engagement strategy, job fair management, graduate employers. Find out more...  

Bridín Quinn

Placement Officer 
Tel: 00353 91 493190 Ext:493190

 Area of support: Primarily responsible for the placement of students from BSc Health & Safety Systems.   

Paul O'Rahilly

Placement Officer
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
Tel: 00353 91 493511 Ext: 3511



Undergraduate Courses offering PEP


The calibre of the applicants and the shortlisted interview panel from NUI Galway, as always, was exceptionally strong this year which bodes well for the future of the technology sector in Ireland and your future career.

Alan Fahey, SAP Ireland


"We have an excellent relationship with NUI Galway and recruit top class engineering software graduates into our Global R&D centre in Galway each year. Cisco also has a significant Intern placement program, sponsor final year and masters projects with NUIG and work closely on jointly funded research projects with DERI (The Digital Enterprise Research Institute)"

Nathan Shaughnessy Cisco Systems Ltd


 "OnePageCRM gives students the chance to put into practice the skills and expertise they've learned in college. We generally recruit students from IT / Electronic / Business related fields and feel the level of student participation taken to real life scenario's really is exceptionally high. They are driven, self-motivated with a hunger to succeed. These characteristics are hugely important especially in small-medium sized industries as they're exposed to all aspects of the business. They really do gain real life experience which is essential to kick starting their careers in their chosen field."


Carmel Granahan OnePageCRM