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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, Head of Access Programmes
T 353 (0)91 493553 

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

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

Sinead Higgins, Executive Assistant  
T 353 (0)91 493553 

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


Gearóidín Uí Loideain
T 353 (0) 91-494618

Sinead Campbell,  Access Programmes Co-ordinator St. Angelas College Sligo 
T 353 (0)71 9195575

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Find out more

Imelda Byrne, Access Officer
Tel: +353 91 493553