Key Facts


According to QS, NUI Galway is among the Top 1% of universities


The University rose 6 places in the QS Rankings for 2017.


We now rank 243 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.


consecutive year that NUI Galway has continued its rise.


NUI Galway is now home to over 3,000 international students.


There are over 18,000 students enrolled at NUI Galway.

NUI Galway Rises into Top 1% of Universities Worldwide

NUI Galway continues its rise in global rankings. The 2017 QS World University Rankings placed the University at number 243 in the world. With an estimated 26,000 universities worldwide, this positions our University in the Top 1% globally, according to QS.

This is the fifth successive year the University has risen in the international rankings, consolidating its position among the world’s elite educational institutions. NUI Galway climbed six places in the QS World University Ranking 2017/2018, to reach 243rd in the world.  It is one of three Irish universities to improve its position in this year's rankings.

QS Subject Rankings Highlight Advances by NUI Galway

NUI Galway welcomed the publication of the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings, which ranked NUI Galway as world-leading for its teaching and research in 20 subjects. 

This is a marked increase since 2016, when the University was recognised in 12 subjects and follows recent advances in both the QS and Times Higher Education (THE) University rankings, which have seen NUI Galway join the ranks of the Top 250 global educational institutions. 

With 20 subject areas now featuring in the top tier globally, three are ranked in the top 200 (Medicine, Earth & Marine Sciences and Geography), English Language and Literature is ranked in the top 150 globally and Nursing is ranked in the top 100 in the world.

Speaking about the achievement, Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said:  “While no rankings system is perfect, this recognition by QS highlights the quality of teaching and research at NUI Galway across a diverse range of subject areas.  This confirmation of our status among the world’s elite institutions is positive for our students as they enter international employment markets with qualifications that rank among the best globally.”