From Queen's College to National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland.The Quadrangle first opened its doors to 63 students on 30th October 1849 and the University, then known as Queen's College was born. The University was one of three Queen's Colleges, the others located in Cork and Belfast.


NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.


NUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University. NUI emphasise inter-disciplinary research programmes, and collaborations with industry partners in areas of strategic importance, both regionally and nationally.


The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy.

The Career Development Centre helps you to manage your own career plans by providing a wide range of support services.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (17)
Humanities (14)
Social Sciences (11)
Engineering & Technology (9)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Computer Science & IT (4)
Law (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
  • College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
Education & Training (1)
  • College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
Journalism & Media (1)


Student services

Find suitable housing and / or get advice on tenant rights.The Chaplains and Counsellors are available to everyone in the University. If you are feeling unhappy or confused talking to someone might help clarify the issues.The Disability Liaison Office provides confidential supports to students with a disability.If you are a 1st year student and are worried about contacting you why not contact your student connect mentor who is fully trained.

Housing services

The NUI Galway Accommodation Office are here to help you in your search for a place to live. The staff can help you find appropriate accommodation in Student Residences, flats, apartments or houses. They can also help if problems arise with property owners.

Library services

The Library provides a variety of study spaces for staff, students and researchers of the University. These range from individual study spaces for quiet study, group study rooms where students can work together on projects, to the browsing room aimed at providing a place to take a break from serious study by reading a newspaper or a novel.

Medical services

The Student Health Service provides on-campus medical and psychiatric care to registered students of the university in a professional, courteous, and confidential manner.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus has been transformed over the past decade through the €400 million capital programme. With over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land, the University is right in the heart of Galway city.

Sports facilities

NUI Galway recognises the relationship between academic performance, health and wellbeing and in support of this the Sport and Recreation Unit has a mission to promote participation in sport and physical activities by all students and staff and to support higher standards of performance in sport and physical activity for elite sports individuals and teams within NUI Galway.

Student clubs

Societies at NUI Galway:

  • Debating and Political Societies
  • Social and Gaming Societies
  • Artistic and Performing Societies
  • Action/Religious Societies
  • Departmental Societies


In total, there are nine recognised professional accountancy bodies in Ireland with the four largest being: Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (ICPAI).