Successfully completing a degree at NUI Galway is the first step to changing your career. Before contemplating the degree you wish to pursue there are a number of steps we recommend:

  1. Read the Mature Students Guide 21 for information on criteria for all our degrees when applying as a Mature Student.
  2. Also read the Undergraduate Prospectus for a detailed explanation of the individual degrees and subjects.
  3. The  Postgraduate Website will give you information on what you can study next after your degree.
  4. If unsure whether a full-time degree is for you try a Foundation Course first or an Access Course 
  5. If unsure what Career you should pursue, try some careers tests at
  6. Come to the NUI Galway Virtual Open Day  2 October 2021. To learn more, visit NUI Galway Virtual Events.
  7. Apply through the CAO on-time! Before January 20th for the on-line discount. All applications must be in before Feb 1st.
  8. Ensure you have registered correctly for any Entry Assessments as outlined in the Mature Students Guide 21
  9. Complete your CAO application correctly ticking Mature. Do not be afraid to add all relevant experiences and courses you have participated in that has now lead you to wishing to pursue a degree.
  10. Having a clear career plan will keep you focused, motivated and determined.

The Mature Students Office is situated on the ground floor of Áras Uí Chathail in the Access Centre. Appointments with the Officer are advised.

Any queries please contact the Mature Students Officer by email only as NUI Galway Staff are currently working remotely, in line with Government guidelines.


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