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Making an Application
Making an applicationFor specific NUI Galway queries, check out www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses
Contact the Admissions Office of the university that you are applying to – they will confirm closing dates, fees and how to apply.
Closing dates vary depending on the course and the university, check with each university as there is no central resource for closing dates.
NUI Galway closing dates are available online at www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/closingdates/.
Courses to watch out for early are secondary teacher training, library/ information science, social sciences, social work & psychology.
Also called a Personal Statement, this is a great opportunity to show why you have applied for the course. Read and follow the instructions carefully as they make ask specific questions.
Generally speaking course directors are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and demonstrate a real interest in studying the subject - refer to the reasons that you chose this particular programme and what you plan to do afterwards.
Any evidence that shows you have the relevant skills and interests required for the course should be included i.e., any relevant project work from your degree course, research, volunteering, work experience etc. They also want evidence that you can attain the academic level of the course (your referees should be able to back this evidence up).
For more, see our booklets on the sidebar (right).
You are applying for an academic programme and so at least one of your referees should be an academic from your current course. A project supervisor would be particularly relevant.
If two referees are required then they can both be academics - if you have two different subjects, you could ask one lecturer from both. You could also ask one lecturer and a project supervisor. Alternatively, you could have an academic and a work based referee (the work should be related to the programme you are applying for).
Most programmes give tips on relevant referees in their application documentation.
Even if you are from a large class and feel your lecturers may not know you well, you should still use academic staff as your referees.
It’s hard to know exactly what you will be asked; however the following should help.
You should know what the course involves and be able to cope with any of the practical elements of the course.
Possible questions include:
- Why do you want to study this subject
- Why this course?
- Why this university / college / IT?
- What other courses have you considered?
- What aspects of the course interest you the most?
- Why did you pick your undergraduate degree subject(s)?
- If you are successful in your application, what will you do afterwards? (career aspirations)
- Why are you suited to this career/course?
- What have you done / read recently that is relevant to the course/profession?
- What is been happening in this field recently that has caught your attention?
- When did you first become interested in this course/career?
- What qualities do you have to offer?
- Describe your strengths/weaknesses.
- What interests/hobbies do you have?
Once an offer is made, the majority of universities will require a non-refundable deposit in order to secure a place. In NUI Galway, all offers are done electronically using the email address you registered with on pac.ie
A deposit will be required. For NUI Galway note that (see http://www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/faq.html):
- In order to accept an offer of a place on a postgraduate programme students must pay their deposit within 10 days of the offer being made through the PAC system.
- Failure to accept your offer and secure it with a deposit within 10 days may result in your application being revoked.
- Deposits are strictly non-refundable, however it may be possible to transfer your deposit to another NUI Galway postgraduate programme should you be offered another place - with the exception of the Professional Masters of Education – PME. It is not possible to transfer your deposit to another university.
- If you are applying for a PhD, it is necessary to have a research proposal agreed with your intended supervisor before making an application
Deferring a place: This depends on the particular course, contact the Admissions Office of the relevant university to check.
All the standard tests have a test booklet on their official pages and some have practice questions or materials that you can download once registered.
Some of the tests that are in use include:
- Language test for programmes where a language other than English is necessary. Check with the programme director for more information.
- Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Free software to registered users.
- GAMSAT Ireland. eBook covering Practice Questions are included in the cost of your registration, others available to buy.
- HPAT Ireland. Registration includes practice test ebook, others available to buy.
- BMAT UK. Preparation materials online.
- GAMSAT UK. eBook covering Practice Questions are included in the cost of your registration, others available to buy.
- UKCAT UK. Free official guide (84pp), take practice test online.