Postgraduate Applications

Postgraduate Applications

For most postgraduate courses, make your applications to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Courses that are not handled by PAC have an alternate application instructions.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online for a postgraduate course, using the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). PAC manages postgraduate applications for NUI Galway but the University makes all decisions on admissions to its programmes.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary for each programme. Check individual programme webpages for specific requirements.

Application Instructions

You will need an active email account to use the PAC website and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form.

You will be asked to enter the PAC course code for each programme you apply for. We list PAC codes beside the programme both online and in the prospectus.

You can (but are not obliged to) apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes when making an application to NUI Galway via PAC. All your applications will be assessed on a simultaneous basis.

Application Fee

The cost of applying is €50 and is a non-refundable application processing fee, payable to PAC.

Where Do I Send My Supporting Documentation?

IMPORTANT: most supporting documents you can upload to your PAC application electronically. You will be given instructions on this aspect as you make your application.

You should post relevant supporting documentation (e.g., transcripts), specifying the PAC application number you will be assigned, to: 

Postgraduate Applications Centre 
1 Courthouse Square 

You can see online in advance what supporting documents you're likely to be asked for.

Instructions for Research Applications

Finding a Research Supervisor

Before making an online application, we advise that you first consult with potential academic supervisors at NUI Galway. You must contact the research institute or centre that you're interested in studying at or working for. They will let you know who the available supervisors are, what their research interests are, and anything else you need to know.

The following links will direct you to the research areas within the university:

International Applicants

All international applicants can make an online application directly through PAC.Please refer to the International Affairs Office website for more information for your country.

English Language Requirement

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission by providing the results of an English language proficiency test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

The required standard is an overall minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for Arts, Commerce, Law, and Medical programmes; IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent for Science, Engineering, and I.T. programmes, undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of your programme at the University.


Assessment Dates for Applications

Each postgraduate taught programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. Applications will be assessed following that initial date, and on a rolling basis thereafter until the programme is filled. For details on these dates, please check the relevant programme online.

Submit your application to a research programme at any time with the exception of applications to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.
Applications for Arts research programmes are only considered for students commencing their programmes in September and January. To meet these commencement requirements, you must send your application before mid-July or mid-November in that year.

Response Times

For taught programmes and for research applications: please allow at least six weeks from the date we receive your application to when you can expect to hear whether you have been offered a place on a programme.

Unsuccessful Applications

If your application has been unsuccessful, you can find out why by contacting the relevant Programme Director or College Office directly for more information.


Postgraduate students must register online.

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