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First Year Experience

Your first year at NUI Galway will see you immersed in a completely new life from both an educational and social perspective. Educationally, the first year will be spent intensively learning and discovering how to solve problems through physics, chemistry and mathematics as well as gaining exposure to engineering subjects such as computing, graphics and engineering design. It is through exposure to the principles of engineering in first year that you will increase your understanding of the various subject areas.

The social life of an NUI Galway student is second to none. There are many clubs and societies. We encourage all of our students to get involved.

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) is NUI Galway’s student volunteer programme that aims to promote greater civic engagement, academic activities, namely teaching, research and service at the levels of students, staff, courses and the institution as a whole. Students have an opportunity to enrich their personal development and employability skills, have a fun experience and make new lifelong friends, attain an ALIVE Certificate from NUI Galway, learn from community which could enhance academic learning and build personal knowledge and skills while contributing to the community.

CAO Points
First Preferences with CAO Points Points
2012/13 430
2011/12 410
2010/11 380
2009/10 445


Engineering – All You Need To Know

Engineers educated at NUI Galway take the current and envisage the future.

Engineering is one of the most popular Master degrees at NUI Galway and with such a wide choice of courses, investment in the very best facilities and excellent career opportunities. During the first (common) year of your studies, you will have ample opportunity to gain an insight into the range of engineering disciplines available to you, so that you can make an informed choice about your future. Engineering plays a critical role in the development of the global economy. It is at the heat of innovation and design for the development of smart products, services and infrastructure. Throughout the world, Engineers are sought after as the creators and designers for sustainable development of economic, energy and natural resources. Today’s engineers are inventors, innovators, designers and leaders in society and business. From suspension bridges to nanotechnology, smart phones to space exploration, and robotics to renewable energy, engineers are at the forefront of developing technologies and implementing solutions to address the problems and demands of today’s world. An engineer’s skill set includes the ability to be innovative and creative, apply scientific knowledge, be resourceful in difficult situations, and have good business and project management skills.

We know you have lots of questions about engineering, so to answer some of them we have listed your most frequently asked questions below.

What Is Engineering?

Engineering is practical problem solving.

Engineers use their skills and knowledge in a specific field to make things work, solve problems and improve the world around us.

Engineers can be involved in building, testing and designing all sorts of products and structures. They can be found all over the world working in many different areas: environmental management, transport, medicine, broadcasting, electronics and even enabling space exploration. You name it, engineers have worked on it!

What does an engineer do?

Engineers are involved in designing, testing and building everything. Your new mobile phone or your tablet computer - Electronics engineers have had a hand in making it. Engineering is central to an exciting range of businesses and industries, including construction, transport, cosmetics, medicine, energy, sport and much more. With engineering, you can follow your interests – if you like sport, you can work as an engineer improving the performance of players. Engineers work in offices, laboratories, film studios, in the outdoors and underground. Engineering today is closely linked with technology, and plays a major role in many technological advances and new device production.

What jobs are there in Engineering?

There are jobs in a very wide range of specialist areas and roles at all levels from engineering technician to senior engineer. You can also progress to management and research. Technology is always moving on and engineers often change their job focus to broaden their knowledge or explore new specialisms. This variety is one of the reasons engineers enjoy their jobs so much! Engineers can work in exciting industries including construction, transport, medicine, energy and much more. Studying engineering is also a great general education. Many other industries value skills learned on an engineering course and unemployment among professional engineers and scientists is among the lowest of any sector across the world.

The good news is that whatever your interests are - in or outside of school, there is probably a branch of engineering that will match. For example, a biomedical engineer would work with living organisms, for example helping to replace body organs, and would need a good understanding of biology.

Do I have to be good at Physics, Chemistry, Maths…..

Yes. Engineers do need to be good at maths and sciences, physics in particular, as it is applied to a number of different engineering issues. As well as good grades in mathematics and science, engineering also requires hands-on experience; and an understanding of innovation principles, processes, design and the practical needs of societies. If you’ve ever taken something apart to find out it works, enjoyed building things or have a desire to improve an existing product, engineering could be for you.

Is it a good job? 
Yes. Engineering is incredibly rewarding, giving you the chance to work with like-minded individuals on complex projects to solve real problems for society.

Engineers make a real difference to the world. Over the next few years engineers will find the solutions to a number of global problems – climate change, renewable energy, combatting disease, clean water and population growth. Engineers shape our lifestyles. They are the forefront of developing new life-saving medical devices and communications technology.

Is it just for men? 
Absolutely not! Year-on-year the number of women working as engineers is increasing, as the range of career options available expands, including design, television, mobile phones, medicine, materials, energy, biomedical, electrical, electronic, civil engineering, construction and more.

Although it is true that the proportion of women in engineering is lower than men, huge strides are being made to ensure that the positive upward trend continues.

Sounds interesting how do I get into it? 
Firstly, you need to consider whether you enjoy science and mathematics subjects, because many engineering and technology roles are based on the principles of those subjects.

If you do you should make sure to study these subjects in your Leaving Certificate.