College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Welcome to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies is at the cutting edge of new thinking in the full range of subjects offered within our programmes, ranging from undergraduate to masters, postgraduate and postdoctoral. Our research is internationally recognised for its quality and impact. Our Research led programmes are designed to inspire your intellectual curiosity and to provide you with a flexible pathway to a range of future careers.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies. The College has six constituent Schools, which cover our principal areas of expertise in teaching and research. These are: School of Education, School of Geography and Archaeology, School of Humanities, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, School of Political Science and Sociology, and School of Psychology.

‌The College also offers programmes in the areas of Mathematics, Law, Economics, Translation Studies and Health Promotion, in collaboration with other Colleges of the University and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. St. Angela’s College and the Burren College of Art are part of the wider National University of Ireland, Galway network, and provide programmes accredited by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

The College produces world-class research across the full range of disciplines represented within the Schools. For more on these activities, see the section on ‘Research’ below.

In the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, we take pride in the dynamism of our teaching and the originality of our research. Our flexible degrees allow you to shape your own intellectual journey to the future of your choice. We’re here to help guide you.

Dr. Edward Herring
Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Driven by Research

Collaborative, creative, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial research opportunities exist in the areas of Sociology and Political Science, Psychology, the Humanities, Geography and Archaeology, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Education.

Research students of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies have the opportunity to work, study and share their research experiences with more than 320 postgraduate researchers and academics covering a broad range of disciplines, themes and historical eras from the medieval to the modern.

We provide a broad range of PhD and Masters level research programmes. 

International students

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies has a long-established commitment to the internationalisation of Third Level education. We welcome exchange students, visiting students, and full-time students from across the world and cherish the richness and diversity of experience that they bring to our community. We also encourage Irish students to avail of international study and placement opportunities across the globe.

If you are interested in studying at NUI Galway, visit the International Affairs Office here. Visiting students spending a year or semester in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway can chose from the wide range of courses on offer to full time undergraduate students in the College. The policy of the College is that students should attend the same courses and sit the same examinations as NUI Galway students.