For most postgraduate courses, make your applications to the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Courses that are not handled by PAC have an alternate application instructions.
How do I apply?
You can apply online for a postgraduate course, using the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). PAC manages postgraduate applications for NUI Galway but the University makes all decisions on admissions to its programmes.
Entry requirements vary for each programme. You can check the requirements for individual programmes online.
You will need an active email account to use the PAC 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 PAC course code for each programme you apply for. We list PAC codes beside the programme both online and in the prospectus.
You can (but are not obliged to) apply for three taught programmes OR three research programmes when making an application to NUI Galway via PAC. All your applications will be assessed on a simultaneous basis.
The cost of applying is €45 and is a non-refundable application processing fee, payable to PAC.
Where do I send my application?
You should post all supporting documentation (e.g. birth certificate, CV) relevant to your application (specifying the PAC application number you will be assigned) to:
Postgraduate Applications Centre
1 Courthouse Square
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.
The following links will direct you to the research areas within the university:
English language requirement
International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language ability meets the required standard for admission by providing the results of an English language proficiency test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.
The required standard is an overall minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for Arts, Commerce, Law, and Medical programmes; IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent for Science, Engineering, and I.T. programmes, undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of your programme at the University.
Assessment dates for applications
Each postgraduate taught programme has an initial date indicating when applications should be submitted. Applications will be assessed following that initial date, and on a rolling basis thereafter until the programme is filled. For details on these dates, please check the relevant programme online.
Submit your application to a research programme at any time with the exception of applications to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.
Applications for Arts research programmes are only considered for students commencing their programmes in September and January. To meet these commencement requirements, you must send your application before mid-July or mid-November in that year.
For taught programmes and for research applications: please allow at least six weeks from the date we receive your application to when you can expect to hear whether you have been offered a place on a programme.
If your application has been unsuccessful, you can find out why by contacting the relevant Programme Director or College Office directly for more information.
Irish, UK and EU Undergraduate Applications
For full details on the undergraduate admission procedure and entry requirements please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Office webpage.
How do I apply for an Undergraduate Course?
- You can apply online to the Central Applications Office (CAO) on the CAO Web site
- You can submit a paper application which you can download from the CAO Web site
Where do I submit my paper application?
You can send your paper application to the following postal address:
The Central Applications Office
Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway
T: 353 91 509800
Important CAO dates to remember.
There are three closing dates for applications for 2013/2014.
- Normal application: 1 February 2013
- Late applications: 1 May 2013 (Late applications may NOT be made by those applying on "Mature Grounds" or for entry to Medicine)
- Change of mind: 1 July 2013
If you are submitting a non-standard application (an entry on page three of the application form), you should submit it to the CAO Officeby the 1 February, 2013
Further information on Undergraduate Admission is available from the Undergraduate Admissions Office
Further information on Undergraduate entrance Scholarships: www.nuigalway.ie/admissions/scholarships/index.html