This year CAO applicants had their eyes firmly fixed on the job market as programmes in science and technology were among the most popular college choices at NUI Galway. Points for general science, information technology, and biomedical science all soared in the CAO first round offers from NUI Galway to prospective students hoping to start their third-level education this autumn.
NUI Galway’s popular biomedical science degree jumped 30 points to 515 this year. As Ireland’s leading university for biomedical science, graduates of the programme enjoy excellent career opportunities, with many of Ireland’s multinational and indigenous medical device companies clustered in the Galway region.
The computer science and information technology course also saw a huge leap from 325 to 390 points. This increase in interest in information technology is hugely significant and reflects the strength of the IT sector in the west of Ireland. Also particular to the west is the area of marine science, with NUI Galway offering the country’s only denominated marine science degree which increased by 30 points to 400 this year, reflecting this niche area of research and study at NUI Galway.
While the general arts degree is down in points nationally, NUI Galway’s denominated arts choices continue to remain popular. In particular arts with creative writing (495 to 505 ), human rights (455 to 470 ), and Irish studies (400 to 415 ) all jumped points this year. The university’s maths and education course, which was developed to meet the shortage of qualified maths teachers, also leapt by 40 points bringing it to 420 this year.
Commenting on the overall trends and increases, NUI Galway president, Dr James J Browne, said: “We are seeing a clear trend this year towards programmes in the science, technology, and engineering fields as students focus on the job market of the future.
“Applicants are making well-informed decisions; they are choosing courses where the university has unique strengths and a well-established reputation. In particular, our biomedical science, IT, engineering, human rights, and creative writing courses have proved very popular this year.”
NUI Galway’s new engineering building, the largest of its kind in Ireland, was recently opened and appropriately engineering programmes at the university have increased in popularity. In particular the biomedical (405 to 425 ), environmental (310 to 470 ), and mechanical (430 to 435 ) engineering courses all saw substantial increases in CAO points levels.
The new world-class teaching and research facility will open its doors in September to accommodate some 1,100 students and 110 staff. The 14,250sq m building will support an emerging generation of engineers, engaged in a new wave of technologies, embracing innovation and entrepreneurship.