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Access Students

Find out all you need to know as an Access Student: who is eligible, what is available at NUI Galway, how to apply, and more.

The Access Student

Access students can be both school leavers or a mature students (over the age of 22) who haven't been able to access third level education because of socio-economic reasons such as

This programme also covers students with disabilities, whose ilness has effected their background education.

Find out how to apply to NUI Galway as an access student

Access Courses

Core Courses


Academic Courses

Access Academic courses cover many subject areas.
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies:


College of Science:


College of Engineering and Informatics:


College of Business, Public Policy and Law:

Find out how to apply to NUI Galway as an access student

Access Centres

There are 4 Access centres around Ireland

 Higher Education Route (HEAR)

The Higher Education Route helps students from under-represented groups, successfully apply for places in Higher Education Institutions, including:


Contact the Access Office


Imelda Byrne, Access Officer 
T 353 (0)91 493553 

Helena Moran, Executive Assistant 
T 353 (0)91 493553 

Kathleen Hartigan, Executive Assistant
T 353 (0)91 495804 

Breda Kenna, Executive Assistant  
T 353 (0)91 493553 

Sinead Quinn, HEAR Administrator 
T 353 (0)91 495263


Máire Uí Choisdealbha, An Cheathrú Rua Centre
T 353 (0) 91-869100

Karen Kennedy, Mature Students Co-ordinator St. Angelas College Sligo 
T 353 (0)71 9195575

Carol Gallagher, Access Schools Project Co-ordinator, St. Angelas College Sligo 
T 353 (0)71 9145575 ext. 575 

Learn more