Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
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.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
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
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
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 QuestionsHere we have linked to some external resources that may help your search for study options.
Ireland: Search the database on www.postgradireland.com or pick up the directory from Careers.
EU and beyond: see links below.
With www.umultirank.org students can create their own ranking of the universities that match what matters to you personally.
Some other sites are:
topuniversities.com World rankings
www.hedd.ac.uk is service allowing you to check that a UK university is or has been recognised as a degree-awarding body.
www.findaphd.com/advice/finding/ref2014-guide.aspx is a searchable assessment of university research in the UK.
The majority of universities (and/or academic units) list their research interests on their websites – see www.nuigalway.ie/courses/research-postgraduate-programmes for NUI Galway.
Prospectuses and course outlines often give the broad specialisms available.
Some research postgraduate programmes will have studentships which could be advertised at any time of year. See:
Some universities throughout Europe now offer courses through English at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. However for some programmes (such as health) you will be expected to learn the local language during your studies.
All EU citizens are treated equally with regards to tuition fees (maintenance grants may only be available to those living in the country for a defined time).
Start your research early to give yourself time to weigh up the options and make sure you don't miss out on any deadlines for funding that might be available.
Some great starting points are
- https://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/country-profiles_en has country links
- www.mastersportal.eu also companion sites for Scholarships, Bachelors and Doctorates
- Eurograduate also have a graduate career guide
- languagelearningportal.com for those interested in learning a language abroad
- www.studyineurope.eu created by students
- Erasmus+ opportunities to learn abroad, joint master's programmes and more.
- www.eunicas.ie search for courses and subscribers (fee) can apply through this site
Typically, you will apply directly to your chosen university. However, some may use online portals and/or agents to recruit international students. We recommend that before applying through an agent or third party, contact your chosen university first to ensure that they endorse the agent.
For countries outside the EU, you will need to apply for a student visa, check with the international office of your chosen university to see what paperwork will be needed.
You could start with sites which link to many countries such as
Or search by your country of choice to find a national study page for International students such as:
Canada and USA
Fulbright Commission information on postgraduate study in the USA
Australia and New Zealand
Starting points include:
http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/ - they allow for education agencies to help in applications such as:
Check out our FAQ above for links on university rankings worldwide.
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) fulfils a similar function to the CAO. The biggest difference is that you add a Personal Statement and an Academic Reference as part of the application.
What courses is it for?
UCAS Undergraduate is used for
- all applications to undergraduate courses in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
- Graduate entry degrees including Medicine, Pharmacy (not PGDip / Masters programmes except MPharm).
- Masters in Social Work.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education for Scotland.
At most 4 Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary course choices is allowed. Otherwise, you can apply for up to 5 courses.
How to apply: Detailed instructions are available on the UCAS website.
Register and then when you first log in choose 'as an individual'.
UCAS Postgraduate is a service for applying to postgraduate programmes in the UK and used by some universities. Others take direct applications.
UCAS Teacher Training is for applications to Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in England and Wales. This is a seperate application form to applying for teacher training in Scotland (uses UCAS undergraduate) and Northern Ireland (direct application).
Tips for successful applications
Spend time on your Personal Statement.
Each university decides whether or not they are interested in the applicant and this is your chance to ’sell’ yourself as the ideal candidate for the course. Give details of past work experience, interests, reasons for applying as well as telling them of your motivation, commitment and suitability.
See the ’Writing Personal Statements’ file in the Career Development Centre, and our tips above.
Please note that UCAS use software to look for plagerism and will spot similarities between personal statements submitted by different applicants. Our advice is to use samples only if you are unsure as to layout etc. and not use a template or standard phrases. If UCAS staff find similarities between your personal statement and another applicant's, they will inform the colleges that you are applying to which could adversely affect your chances of getting an offer.
UCAS Guide to Personal Statements: Includes 3 downloads: 1) Look at our timeline to see when you need to start researching and writing your personal statement. 2) mind map summarises what you need to know about the personal statement, including preparation, presentation and what to include. 3) Worksheet designed to help you think about information you could include in your personal statement.
Your reference should be academic if you have been in university (or school) education within 5 years of applying.
UCAS allow you to monitor your application through their Track Service.
Getting an offer: UCAS Offers gives details on the process.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is used by many Graduate Schools in the USA.
General Test: Used by most universities. Computerised tests can be done in Dublin apply online.
Subject Test: Some universities request a Subject Test. This can only be done on paper. Please contact GRE for details of the nearest test centre.