Postgraduate Study

NUI Galway is a research-led university where the learning experience is enhanced by a strong spirit of inquiry. We have built on our traditional areas of academic strength to offer innovative and internationally renowned taught and research based programmes across a broad portfolio of disciplines.


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Master's Programmes

There are two types of Master’s degrees on offer at NUI Galway – Taught Master’s and Research-based Master’s.

Taught Master’s programmes usually take 1 or 2 years to complete and consist mainly of classes, seminars and coursework, as well as minor research project and dissertation. Taught Masters are designed to enable graduate students gain specialised skills and knowledge in a particular area of study.

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Entry requirements for Taught Master’s programmes vary. Please refer to the country specific information section of the website or contact the International Office for further details.

Standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc., are not usually required in Ireland, however a personal statement, references and in some cases a portfolio or interview might also be required.

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Research Programmes

Each of the colleges of the University, as well as our various research centres, offer opportunities to undertake supervised research at Master’s and Doctoral (PhD) level. High achieving research students can also apply for various sources of financial support offered by the University as well as external sources.


Research-based Master’s

Research-based Master’s courses usually take two years to complete and involve working on a specified research project under faculty supervision and the completion of a thesis.


Doctoral (PhD) Programmes

Doctoral (PhD) programmes usually take four years to complete. Students undertake independent research under faculty supervision before presenting a thesis for assessment. Structured PhD programmes also include a significant amount of professional and general skills training in addition to research.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for research programmes vary. Please refer to the country specific information section of the website or contact the International Office for further details for your country. Applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the University’s English language requirements.

Standardised tests such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT etc., are not usually required in Ireland, however a personal statement, references and in some cases a portfolio or interview might also be required.

Admission to a Research Master’s or PhD programme is at the discretion of the potential academic supervisor and the relevant School or College of the University. Students interested in applying to undertake a research programme should therefore begin by contacting a member of the academic staff in the relevant discipline to find out if someone is available to supervise your research and discuss your research proposal and possible funding opportunities.

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Postgraduate Applications

Postgraduate Applications

For most postgraduate courses, you make your applications here. Any courses not listed here have an alternate application instructions on their course page.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online for most postgraduate courses here

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary for each programme. Check individual programme webpages for specific requirements.

Application Instructions

You will need an active email account to use the website and you'll be guided through the system, step by step, until you complete the online form.

You will be asked to enter the course code for the programme you are applying for. 

Application Fee

The cost of applying is €35 and is a non-refundable application processing fee.

How Do I Submit My Supporting Documentation?

You must upload to your application electronically. You will be given instructions on this aspect once you submit your application.

You can see online in advance what supporting documents you're likely to be asked for. 

Instructions for Research Applications

Finding a Research Supervisor

Before making an online application, we advise that you first consult with potential academic supervisors at NUI Galway. You must contact the research institute or centre that you're interested in studying at or working for. They will let you know who the available supervisors are, what their research interests are, and anything else you need to know. Our online portal "Find a Supervisor/PhD Project" should also be of use.

The following links will direct you to the research areas within the university:


Assessment Dates for Applications

Each postgraduate taught programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. For details on these dates, please check here.

Unsuccessful Applications

If your application has been unsuccessful, you can find out why by contacting the relevant Programme Director or College Office directly for more information.

Application Enquiries

Please email or with any application enquiries.

Non-EU Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students 2019/2020


For a guide to the tuition fee applicable for postgraduate programmes in each college, see below  Tuition Fee
College of Business, Public Policy and Law   €15,550
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies €15,550
College of Engineering and Informatics €17,750
College of Science    €17,750
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences €14,750 -  €15,550
Postgraduate Programmes - Premium Programmes Premium Fee
International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway B) €10,575
International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway A) €15,750
Mater of Science (Business Analytics) €16,400
Master of Science (Human Resource Management)   €16,400
Master of Science (International Management)   €16,400
Master of Science (Information Systems Management)   €16,400
Master of Science (Clinical Neuroscience) €16,400
Master of Arts (Global Women's Studies, Gender Globalisation and Rights)   €16,400
Master of Science (Health Psychology)   €16,400
Master of Arts (Social Work)   €16,400
Cheminformatics and Toxicology (MSc) €16,200
Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy (MSc) €17,000
MSc Exercise Physiology and its Application in Therapy €17,000
Master of Science (Medical Physics)   €25,000
Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine    €18,000
MSc in Regenerative Medicine €16,400


Cost of Living

Average Monthly Cost of Living
The following table gives an indication of the monthly cost of living in Galway as a student. These costs are an approximation only as monthly costs will depend on each person’s individual needs.
Accommodation €400
Food €260
Books & Study Materials €60
Clothes, laundry €60
Utilities (e.g. electricity, refuse etc.) €80
Recreation €180
Other €160
Total (per month) €1,200


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