This webpage will be updated, in due course, for Orientation to be held in September 2022 

Our New and Returning Postgraduate Research Student's Guide is a very useful signpost document that directs you to relevant university services e.g. registration, fees, accomodation.

Stage 1 Pre-recorded Presentations are available below (Click on this link or scroll down the page)

Welcome to NUI Galway.

I hope you are well in these exceptional and uncertain times that we are all experiencing.

You are invited to attend our virtual Postgraduate Research Orientation.

Orientation seeks to welcome you and provide you with the necessary information as you start your research journey at NUI Galway.
Orientation will be in three stages (See below).

Attendance at our Orientation is obligatory. Your attendance will be recorded at Stage 2 and 3 so you are requested to log in to the sessions using your full student name.

Orientation will give you the opportunity to learn more about

-the graduate research environment at NUI Galway
-commencing your research programme
-services provided by the university 

Orientation also gives you the opportunity to meet staff and other students.

Orientation Stages

Stage 1 - Pre-recorded presentations

Pre-recorded presentations now available belowPlease review each of these presentations prior to Stage 2 and Stage 3.

To view subtitles (if not provided within presentation)

  • Google Chrome browser can generate captions for any audio or video file which you are watching/listening to in the browser (Settings > Advanced > Accessibility > Live Captions).
  • When going to each video presentation, if subtitles not available–select Watch on YouTube, you will have an option for closed captioning or to open a transcript for subtitles. Click on the cc icon in the bottom right of the video for closed captions or on the 3 small dots under email video and select Open Transcript..

Stage 2  - University level live’ virtual Orientation 

  • For those registered for their research programme before the 26th January – Log into the 2122 1GST1 Blackboard module and click on Virtual Orientation option in the left-hand menu.
  • Click on Stage 2 - University Orientation Q&A 
  • For those not yet registered before the 26th January – Please contact for guest link.
  • Please see
  • If you have questions prior to the 26th January, please email graduatestudies@nuigalway.ieso that we can provide relevant information during this session.

Stage 3 - College Induction/Orientation 

College Induction/Orientation is organised by the Vice-Deans of Graduate Studies in your relevant College.

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

College of Science  & Engineering

University level Social and Specific Support Service events 

Details on the new FIND-IT project developed by the NUI Galway Societies Office which will not only tell you where you are but provide information about all the buildings as you make your way around campus.

Further Supports for Incoming International Students
The International Office's webpage is full of useful information including pre-arrival and arrival information.
Please also check out their International Student Experience webpage.
Any questions please email

Please also see:

We hope to hold an on-campus welcoming event for all our new postgraduate research student later in the academic year.

Looking forward to meeting you all virtually and in person.
Regards and take care,

Dónal Leech
Dean of Graduate Studies

Key Links and Contacts (from Presentations below)

Postgraduate Research Orientation Videos

College Orientation Videos: