Why choose NUI Galway?

Why choose NUI Galway for my undergraduate course?

NUI Galway has a great deal to offer you. If you join our learning community you will be joining a great University with a distinguished reputation for teaching excellence that spans more than 160 years. You will enjoy a student experience that you will never forget at NUI Galway. Not only will we provide you with an excellent education, we also help you develop personal and social skills that will benefit you throughout your life.

Inspirational teaching

NUI Galway offers you a learning community that will inspire and challenge you:

  • Lecturers working at the forefront of their subject area
  • The latest ideas and discoveries in the lecture theatre
  • Friendly and open professors and lecturers
  • A wide range of courses with something for everyone

Exciting new and unique courses

NUI Galway offers innovative new programmes that we continually develop. We respond to your needs and the demands of the job market.

New course choices include:

 In addition to our full range of courses we offer a range of unique programmes only available at NUI Galway:

A world of opportunities

A degree from NUI Galway opens doors to a world of opportunities for you:

  • Our graduates are highly sought after by employers all over the world
  • 98.5% of our graduates, whose destination is known, have found employment, are travelling or have gone on to further study within six months of graduating
  • Our Career Development Centre offers advice on career planning, CV writing, interviews and organising work placements both in Ireland and abroad.

The NUI Galway Student Experience

Enjoy a student experience that you will never forget here at NUI Galway.

We have over 40 active sports clubs and 83 societies at NUI Galway. Through clubs and societies you can meet new people, build friendships and improve your talents. Whatever your interests, NUI Galway is sure to have a club or society for you!

NUI Galway also runs ALIVE, our student volunteering programme. We have over 1,200 registered student volunteers with opportunities to work on community projects in Ireland or abroad. You will receive a certificate in recognition of your volunteering work which will also look great on your CV.

Play your part

Sport is central to life at NUI Galway. NUI Galway’s outstanding sports facilities include a state-of-the-art Sports Centre with:

  • a national basketball arena and sports hall
  • a 25 metre swimming pool with movable floor
  • an elite 130 piece gym
  • a high-tech climbing wall.

Outdoor facilities include natural grass playing pitches, flood lit synthetic grass pitches and an athletics track. There is always dedicated support for elite sports here at NUI Galway.

Rewarding excellence

We are keen to recognise outstanding achievement and offer scholarships to exceptional students:

  • Entrance Scholarships for students who achieve over 560 points in their Leaving Certificate
  • Scholarships for medical students who perform exceptionally well in the Leaving Certificate
  • Sports Scholarships across a range of sports
  • Gaeltacht Scholarships, Roinn Oideachas Scholarships, The James Massey Keegan Scholarships (for students from Mayo) and other Irish Scholarship

Investing in your learning environment

We are constantly developing our campus to enhance your learning environment. We are currently in the middle of a €400 million capital investment programme:

  • This includes a stunning new €40 million Engineering Building, opening in 2011
  • Our impressive new Sports Centre, a Student Cultural Centre and an extension to our library
  • Further plans include new buildings in the Medical Sciences area and a research facility for Arts students.


Why choose NUI Galway for my postgraduate studies?

You've graduated, or are getting ready to graduate. WHAT'S NEXT?

Next step: postgraduates

Now more than ever, you need to distinguish yourself in today’s competitive job market. Your next step, therefore, could be further study. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly recognised as a way to fast-track your career and boost your employability. At NUI Galway we have an excellent record of high quality, innovative teaching and a reputation for producing highly qualified graduates who will become the leaders of tomorrow. A postgraduate qualification from NUI Galway will help you to stand out from the crowd and will enable you to develop the specialist skills you need to succeed in your chosen field.

 Reasons to consider NUI Galway:

  • To change career direction: NUI Galway offers a full range of Conversion Courses.Our generous Taught Masters Scholarships can benefit and incentivise you.

  • Benefit from our world-leading research: our research is global in scale, with internationally-recognised expertise developed in selected priority areas.

  • Inspirational teaching: we are committed to delivering top quality, and our lecturers use the very latest technology to keep their teaching practices up-to-date.

  • Our ongoing campus development project: we are currently investing €0.75 million per week to provide the very best learning environment for you.

  • Small class sizes: at postgraduate level, you will experience smaller class sizes (on average 15–20 intake), giving you the chance to really get to know your classmates and lecturers and participate fully in a postgraduate community.

  • A rich archival collection: the Library provides rich resources for graduate study and research, housing many special collections and over 350 archives unique to NUI Galway.
  • To pursue your passion—explore your personal subject area interests, and, as many of our taught courses let you select modules, you can build your own customised curriculum.

  • To upskill—some professions require a postgraduate qualification as an entry requirement.

  • To develop industry contacts—the work-placement aspect of some of our programmes will provide you with work experience and invaluable networking opportunities.

  • To study flexibly—many of our courses are offered part-time, via online or distance learning, or in “blended learning” modes. This can enable you to experience study at NUI Galway “your way”, at times that suit you.

ALSO: read why The Irish Times thinks we're "tops for postgrads

Email postgrad@nuigalway.ie for more information.

Why choose NUI Galway for my research?

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A PhD or Masters-by-research is an excellent opportunity to learn, develop skills (such as organisation, self-motivation and independent planning and execution) and decide on future career paths, without tying you down to a defined job when you have finished. If you decide towards the end of your research studies that you would like a career in a similar area, then you will also have an excellent grounding in your chosen subject and be an attractive candidate for future employment.

Reasons to consider NUI Galway:

  • Excellent career prospects: NUI Galway is consistently one of the top Irish universities for employability: over 93% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating.

  • Our generous Hardiman Research Scholarships can benefit and incentivise you.

  • Benefit from our world-leading research: our research is global in scale, with internationally-recognised expertise developed in selected priority areas.

  • Our dedicated Graduate Studies Office offers support, information, and expertise to prospective and current researchers.

  • Our ongoing campus development project: we are currently investing €0.75 million per week to provide the very best learning environment for you.

  • A rich archival collection: the Library provides rich resources for graduate study and research, housing many special collections and over 350 archives unique to NUI Galway.

  • Postdoctoral opportunities: NUI Galway often has positions available for postdoctoral researchers. These are advertised online on our Human Resources Vacancies website (under RESEARCH tab). 

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Our recent achievements in terms of research and business innovation include:

Research recruitment stats 

Email postgrad@nuigalway.ie for more information.

Current students

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Grainne Rooney


"...It was a sunny day and the place was buzzing! The city is so close to the University, it is great. NUI Galway is a really friendly place and a great place to study..."


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