NUI Galway will hold its annual spring postgraduate open day on Tuesday, March 2, from 11am. The virtual event is open to the public and offers the opportunity to explore the more than 400 taught and research postgraduate programmes enrolling in 2021.
The open day is traditionally an important event for professionals, graduates, and current undergraduate students who are aiming to upgrade their qualification, broaden their skills-set, increase their specialist knowledge, and improve their job prospects and earning power. The virtual event will provide visitors with the opportunity to explore courses and careers by attending live talks with the option to ask questions and to hear directly from programme directors on the career opportunities and emerging trends in their fields.
Sarah Geraghty, director of student recruitment and outreach at NUI Galway, explained why so many are considering 2021 as the right time to pursue a postgraduate programme: “At times of uncertainty in the jobs market in the short term, there can be great reassurance in investing your time and energy in education. You can be safe in the knowledge that enhancing your skills and improving your qualifications will place you in a better position to compete for the jobs and careers that you really want to pursue in the long term. We would like to invite anyone thinking about how they can best develop their careers to join us for the postgraduate open day to explore the possibilities.”
In addition to subject and programme specific talks, the virtual event will include presentations on all the practicalities of preparing for postgraduate study. Through talks, panel discussions, and live Q&As, key topics including fees and funding, scholarships, employability, and research opportunities will be explored thoroughly. NUI Galway is also launching a number of new postgraduate programmes for entry in 2021 which will be included in the open day showcase. The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies is launching a number of new postgraduate options including: MSc adolescent health; MA/PDip child youth and community; MA/PDip in public policy; and options also in consumer psychology and in education studies.
The College of Science and Engineering is also offering a new MSc genomics data science that combines highly-sought after skills in genetics, statistics, and data analytics and will provide advanced training in the computational techniques used to analyse and understand genomic data, allowing graduates to work in the emerging field of genomic and precision medicine.
Visitors to the virtual event will also be able to get more information about an advanced practice midwifery course, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, which aims to enable experienced registered midwives to develop advanced clinical midwifery knowledge and skills to enhance optimum care and improve clinical outcomes for women and their babies.
Those interested in finding out more can book their place and view the open day programme by visiting www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day