International Students make up a significant portion of the over 3,500 students currently studying Graduate Diploma, Masters and PhD level programmes at NUI Galway.

Graduate Researcher, NUI Galway

Graduate Researcher, NUI Galway

This is a research-led university, which has built on traditional areas of academic strength to create innovative and internationally renowned research centres across a broad portfolio of subjects.

NUI Galway offers two kinds of postgraduate degrees;

  • Taught-based postgraduate programmes: including Master’s Postgraduate Diploma, Higher Diploma level programmes thatnormally last 1 or 2 years. Taught programmes consist mainly of classes, seminars and courseworkand may also include a written thesis or dissertation.
  • Research-based programmes: normally involving two years for a Master Degrees and four years for Doctoral (PhD) Degrees. Research-based programmes may involve working alone or as part of a small group on a specified research project under faculty supervision.

Entry Requirements
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught and research programmes
vary. Applicants should consult the Postgraduate Prospectus to find out
the entry requirements for each programme or visit

How to Apply

  • Taught-based programmes

All postgraduate applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at

Applicants indicate the PAC course code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in. These are indicated alongside the programme listings in the Postgraduate Prospectus and on the University website.

Applicants may apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes when making an application to NUI Galway via PAC.

There is no application fee for NON EU students.  See for more details.

  • Research-based programmes

Admission to a research-based Masters or PhD programme is at the discretion of the relevant academic supervisor and School or College of the University.

Applicants should begin by contacting a member of the academic staff in a relevant discipline to find out if someone is available to supervise their research and to discuss a research proposal and possible funding opportunities.

Please refer to for a list of research
areas at NUI Galway and the contact details of academic staff.

Research applicants who are invited to submit a formal application, should then apply online at Further information on how to make a postgraduate application including a Frequently Asked Questions List can be accessed at


One response to “Graduate

  1. Kate Rose

    I’ve applied to both the history and Irish Studies postgraduate programs. I hope I am accepted!

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