NUIG Galway

About NUI Galway

With over 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff, NUI Galway is the largest and oldest University in the West of Ireland. Over the past 170 years, we have built a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science.


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. We are ranked in the Top 2% of universities worldwide for the quality of our teaching and research.


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. We have one of the highest graduate employability rates in Ireland, with over 90% of our students employed or in further study each year.

Our Reputation

Consistent Rise in Rankings

NUI Galway has been inspiring minds since 1845, when the Quadrangle first opened

NUI Galway is internationally recognised for its excellence, and we are counted among the Top 2% of universities worldwide. In the past five years, NUI Galway has been the only university in Ireland to rise consistently in the most competitive World University Rankings. Both the QS and Times Higher Education Rankings have placed the University in a higher position year-on-year.

QS World University Ranking

In 2016, NUI Galway bucked the trend nationally and rose 22 places in the QS Rankings to 249. This is the first time the University has broken into the Top 250 and it places us in 3rd position in Ireland - the highest ranked university outside of Dublin.

Times Higher Education

Our position in the THE World University Rankings has also risen in recent years. In 2015, we were ranked in the 251-275 bracket, placing us 3rd nationally.

Life-Changing Research

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, officially opened the new Biomedical Science building in 2015.

NUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University.  We emphasise inter-disciplinary research programmes, and collaborations with industry partners in areas of strategic importance, both regionally and nationally. Our research focuses on some of the world's most pressing needs in five key areas:

  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Environment, Marine and Energy
  • Humanities in Context, including Digital Humanities
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences

Horizon 2020

Our researchers are punching well above their weight in securing European Union funding through the Horizon 2020 programme. In 2016, we had the highest funding success rate in Ireland, and the second highest level of funding granted. These figures show that Galway is competing on a global stage.

World's Most Influential Scientific Minds

NUI Galway is the top Irish University for the world’s most influential scientists, with four of our researchers ranked among the world’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by multinational media body Thomson Reuters in 2015. Professor Donal O’Regan (Mathematics) Professor Colin O'Dowd (Physics), and Professor Henry Curran and Emeritus Professor John Simmie (Chemistry) received the awards in recognition of the impact of their research.

Our Global Reach

NUI Galway welcomed over 300 Brazilian students through the Science Without Borders programme

Galway is Ireland's most diverse city, and NUI Galway is Ireland's most international university. We attract more international students than anywhere else, with over 3,000 coming from over 110 countries to study here each year.

Located on the edge of Europe, Galway has a long history of reaching out to the world. We are consistently named among the world's friendliest cities.

Top 200 Most International Universities

In 2015 NUI Galway was ranked in the Top 200 most International Universities in the world for our International Outlook by the Times Higher Education Ranking. Furthermore, NUI Galway has been awarded the Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award 2015 and also ranked 2nd in Ireland for the International Student Experience, with Ireland voted the top European Country for International Student Satisfaction.

U-Multirank System

We received the highest ranking of 4 A grades in all four performance indicators of international orientation in the European Commission's U-Multirank system.

A Reputation for Excellent Teaching

Our lecturers use the latest teaching technologies to inspire our students

NUI Galway has been inspiring minds since 1845, when the University first opened with just 68 students. Today, over 18,000 people study here on a range of programmes offered on campus, online and through blended learning. We remain committed to educating students who are valued for their academic excellence, their distinctiveness, and their world-readiness.

A Rounded Education

We believe in providing our students with a holistic experience. As well as developing academically, our students benefit from top quality Sports Clubs, Societies and Volunteering opportunities. Our Societies consistently win more national BICS awards than any other university, and our ALIVE programme is pioneering student engagement in community and voluntary projects.

National Teaching Awards

We are rightly proud of the quality of our teaching staff, who bring their research expertise the classroom. Our lecturers are consistently counted among the best, and recognised through the National Teaching Awards, and other award programmes.

A Cultural Powerhouse

The Galway International Arts Festival brings the cream of creative talent to the city each summer

Galway is renowned as a place where arts and culture are celebrated, reinterpreted and shared with the world. NUI Galway has established partnerships with some of the key cultural organisations in the region to boost teaching and research in the arts.

Our Treasured Archives

NUI Galway has been trusted to preserve the archives of Ireland's leading theatre companies, including the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the Druid Theatre, An Taibhdhearc, and the Lyric Theatre. Together we are safeguarding these cultural treasures for the future, and making them available to both researchers and the public.

Galway 2020

Galway has been designated European Capital of Culture 2020, beating competition from Dublin, Limerick and the south-east. The University will be a key player in what will be a celebration of Galway's unique spirit of creativity and our shared European culture.

University Ranking

NUI Galway Leaps into Top 250 Universities in Global Rankings

NUI Galway has continued its rise in the QS World University Ranking 2016/2017, climbing 22 places to 249 in the world. This is the fourth consecutive year in which NUI Galway has risen in the popular annual league table. 

Dr Jim Browne, NUI Galway President , commented on the success: “Our continued rise in world university rankings reflects the ambition, hard work and creativity of our staff and students.  This year marks the conclusion of the major 10-year capital development programme which has transformed the NUI Galway campus, almost doubling the amount of teaching and research space. “The high calibre of our research and teaching is facilitating collaboration with the likes of Mayo Clinic, Tsinghua University and an array of industry partners, while advancing the international reach of our university.  Meanwhile, international student numbers are increasing, numbering over 3,000 for the first time ever, while overall student numbers are now over 18,000. While no ranking system can truly measure the worth of a university, as students return to campus this week we begin the academic year pleased to know that our strengths are being acknowledged in this way.”  

Key Facts


NUI Galway Climbed 22 Places in the QS World University Rankings.


Institutions were considered for inclusion.


We now rank 249 in the world on the QS World University league table.

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