NUI Galway open day to showcase postgraduate programmes

Prospective postgraduate students Clyde Dockery and Katie Flannery. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

Prospective postgraduate students Clyde Dockery and Katie Flannery. Photo: Aengus McMahon.

NUI Galway will hold its annual postgraduate open day next Tuesday from 12 noon to 3pm in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. This open day is an opportunity for professionals, graduates, and current undergraduates who are focusing on their future, with the aim of upgrading their qualification, broadening their skills set, increasing their specialist knowledge, and ultimately improving their job prospects and earning power.

The open day will showcase more than 180 of NUI Galway’s full-time and part-time postgraduate taught programmes, as well as an extensive range of research masters and doctoral research options. Academic staff and students will be on hand to answer questions on specific courses and opportunities at the university.

Speakers on the day will include Valerie Leahy, NUI Galway postgraduate recruitment officer, who will discuss postgraduate practicalities. Professor Lucy Byrnes, Dean of Graduate Studies, NUI Galway, will give a talk on funding for postgraduate research, including Hardiman scholarships, and the Career Development Centre will also host an information session on employability with input from an industry partner, Medtronic, on graduate employability.

“A key part of the decision to pursue a postgraduate qualification is finding out as much as possible about the application process and the funding options available," said Valerie Leahy, the university's postgraduate recruitment officer. "The upcoming open day brings together all the key people and organisations who provide support and information to postgraduate students.”

NUI Galway is also launching a number of new programmes for entry in 2020, including two new diabetes programmes. The College of Arts is launching a number of new employment focused master's options including MA Creative arts: production and curation, MA rural futures planning and innovation, and MA sports journalism and communication. There is also a new computer science - artificial intelligence master's programme, which will be offered on a full-time or part-time/online basis.

The College of Science is offering a new MSc sustainable environments, a multidisciplinary course integrating environment, health, and sustainability issues within the natural and built environment. This programme includes fieldwork and site visits, where students can benefit by learning from practical experience. Visitors to the open day can also find out more about a new MSc in international marketing and entrepreneurship, and an MSc in ageing and public policy.

To find out more about NUI Galway’s suite of postgraduate programmes, and to book a place at the open day visit


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