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Postgraduate Study

NUI Galway is a research-led university where the learning experience is enhanced by a strong spirit of inquiry. We have built on our traditional areas of academic strength to offer innovative and internationally renowned taught and research based programmes across a broad portfolio of disciplines.

 

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Master's Programmes

There are two types of Master’s degrees on offer at NUI Galway – Taught Master’s and Research-based Master’s.

Taught Master’s programmes usually take 1 or 2 years to complete and consist mainly of classes, seminars and coursework, as well as minor research project and dissertation. Taught Masters are designed to enable graduate students gain specialised skills and knowledge in a particular area of study.

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Entry requirements for Taught Master’s programmes vary. Please refer to the country specific information section of the website or contact the International Office for further details.

Standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc., are not usually required in Ireland, however a personal statement, references and in some cases a portfolio or interview might also be required.

 

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Research Programmes

Each of the colleges of the University, as well as our various research centres, offer opportunities to undertake supervised research at Master’s and Doctoral (PhD) level. High achieving research students can also apply for various sources of financial support offered by the University as well as external sources.

 

Research-based Master’s

Research-based Master’s courses usually take two years to complete and involve working on a specified research project under faculty supervision and the completion of a thesis.

 

Doctoral (PhD) Programmes

Doctoral (PhD) programmes usually take four years to complete. Students undertake independent research under faculty supervision before presenting a thesis for assessment. Structured PhD programmes also include a significant amount of professional and general skills training in addition to research.

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for research programmes vary. Please refer to the country specific information section of the website or contact the International Office for further details for your country. Applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the University’s English language requirements.

Standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc., are not usually required in Ireland, however a personal statement, references and in some cases a portfolio or interview might also be required.

Admission to a Research Master’s or PhD programme is at the discretion of the potential academic supervisor and the relevant School or College of the University. Students interested in applying to undertake a research programme should therefore begin by contacting a member of the academic staff in the relevant discipline to find out if someone is available to supervise your research and discuss your research proposal and possible funding opportunities.

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Postgraduate Applications

Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes

Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)

Most postgraduate applications (including Master's and PhD) are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at www.pac.ie/nuigalway.

  • PAC open on 1 November each year, for applications for entry to following September.
  • The online form is easy to use and you will be guided through the system step-by-step. Applicants indicate the PAC course code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in. These are indicated alongside the programme listings in the Postgraduate Prospectus and on the University website. See www.pac.ie for details.
  • Applicants may (but are not obliged to) apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes. Your courses do not need to be ranked in order of preference, as applications are assessed on a simultaneous basis.
  • University transcripts (original or certified copies) cannot be uploaded online. You must submit your transcripts by post to:

Postgraduate Applications Centre
1 Courthouse Square
Galway
Ireland

Please ensure you include you PAC application number on all submitted documents.

  • When applying via PAC you do not have to pay an application fee (this applies to NON EU applicants only).
Application Enquiries

Please email or international@nuigalway.ie with any application enquiries.

Non-EU Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students 2013-14

Non-EU Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students 2013-14

The following are the tuition fees applied to Non-EU Postgraduate Students
   Per Year
Arts/Business/Law €13,250
Science/Engineering €13,750

Cost of Living

Average Monthly Cost of Living
The following table gives an indication of the monthly cost of living in Galway as a student. These costs are an approximation only as monthly costs will depend on each person’s individual needs.
Accommodation €340
Food €260
Books & Study Materials €60
Clothes, laundry €60
Utilities (e.g. electricity, refuse etc.) €60
Recreation €180
Other €100
Total (per month) €1,060

 

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Galway
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