GMIT open day to highlight increase in honours degree offerings

Pictured at a photocall in GMIT announcing details of the new honours degree offerings (Level 8) in all GMIT campuses, from left: GMIT students Robert Hession from Corrandulla, Co Galway; Ciaran Fawle from Newquay, Co Clare; Eibhlin O'Donnell from Gweedore, Co Donegal; Olivia Barden from Mohill, Co Leitrim; Lisa Sullivan from Kilkerrin, Connemara; Anna Obiyidavid from Doughishka, Galway; and Nicole Murray from Clifden, Co Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

Pictured at a photocall in GMIT announcing details of the new honours degree offerings (Level 8) in all GMIT campuses, from left: GMIT students Robert Hession from Corrandulla, Co Galway; Ciaran Fawle from Newquay, Co Clare; Eibhlin O'Donnell from Gweedore, Co Donegal; Olivia Barden from Mohill, Co Leitrim; Lisa Sullivan from Kilkerrin, Connemara; Anna Obiyidavid from Doughishka, Galway; and Nicole Murray from Clifden, Co Galway. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

The number of honours degree programmes offered by GMIT has increased by 50 per cent in the past year in response to student and industry demand. Information about these FETAC Level 8 programmes will be outlined at a special GMIT open day taking place this Saturday, when hundreds of second-level students will visit the institute’s Galway city campuses.

CAO statistics show first preferences for honours degree programme in GMIT are up 10 per cent on last year. The overall number of applicants for honours degrees (Level 8 ) is up 13 per cent at the institute. The honours degrees are designed to make graduates more employable as students gain a more in-depth knowledge of their particular discipline.

Some of the newer level 8 programmes on offer across all GMIT campuses are construction economics and quantity surveying (GA482 ), architectural technology (GA483 ), mechanical engineering (GA680 ), physics and instrumentation (GA783 ), digital media and society (GA884 ), furniture design and manufacture (GA981 ), furniture wood technology (GA982 ), business (GA182 ), and information systems management (GA183 ).

According to GMIT registrar Michael Hannon a special feature of applying to study honours degree programmes in GMIT is that students have the option of exiting after second year with a higher certificate, or after third year with a degree. “What’s important is that students who exit have the option of returning a year later or whenever they are ready to proceed to the next level,” he said.

Information on the GMIT First Year Experience programme and all student supports will be available at the GMIT open day on Saturday. Students, parents, and families will be provided with up to date information on all aspects of GMIT college life and a special workshop will be held on the day about the online student grant application system SUSI. Information stands and seminars on everything students need to know about third-level study will be available.

The open day on Saturday is co-ordinated by the GMIT schools liaison office, which has produced a new video interviewing staff about the wide range of degree programmes on offer in the college. Watch it online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQZrJtXDygk

For more information visit the GMIT schools liaison office at www.gmit.ie/slo

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