National University of Ireland, Galway: Statistics



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#571 of 14,131 In the World
#225 of 2,785 In Europe
#4 of 32 In Ireland
#1 of 2 In Galway
#22 of 1,139 For Military science
Top50% For 200 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate43%
Admissions RequirementsIrish Leaving Certificate with matriculation requirements, or equivalent. Minimum age of entry is 16
Academic CalendarSeptember to June (Terms: September - December; January-March; April-June; Semesters: (all except Medicine and first year) September-December; January-June)

We've calculated the 43% acceptance rate for National University of Ireland, Galway based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

National University of Ireland, Galway is a world-class research university with 35,073 scientific papers published and 764,342 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physics, Biochemistry, and Genetics.


National University of Ireland, Galway majors

by publication & citation count

19,944 / 505,730
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
16,739 / 320,317
16,701 / 429,572
15,653 / 433,760
14,186 / 335,533
Computer Science
13,978 / 297,188
Environmental Science
13,883 / 335,775
12,734 / 290,499
9,901 / 296,264
9,677 / 275,245
Political Science
9,354 / 161,211
9,331 / 208,092
8,828 / 155,783
8,360 / 210,655
Quantum and Particle physics
8,142 / 178,850
7,761 / 121,576
7,316 / 227,083
7,257 / 157,664
Geography and Cartography
7,093 / 154,949
Organic Chemistry
7,013 / 211,455
6,646 / 159,997
6,375 / 176,103
Materials Science
5,880 / 146,750
5,866 / 107,900
5,559 / 142,615
5,543 / 130,904
5,339 / 85,653
5,100 / 136,212
4,798 / 111,124
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
4,697 / 79,656
4,525 / 62,084
4,301 / 81,015
4,013 / 88,939
3,028 / 80,803
Optical Engineering
3,019 / 75,618
2,940 / 79,551
Public Health
2,900 / 90,832
Art & Design
2,883 / 36,445
2,681 / 87,800
Machine Learning
2,641 / 66,732

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 164 928
1992 189 977
1993 149 925
1994 211 1059
1995 208 1192
1996 220 1377
1997 270 1551
1998 284 1661
1999 276 1976
2000 278 2197
2001 273 2451
2002 358 2862
2003 390 3395
2004 485 4158
2005 525 5068
2006 661 6262
2007 770 8039
2008 895 9469
2009 1112 12366
2010 1189 14994
2011 1320 18447
2012 1322 23036
2013 1436 28707
2014 1412 34339
2015 1503 38396
2016 1676 39856
2017 1791 44060
2018 1915 49275
2019 2065 57303
2020 2468 68417
2021 2554 82263
2022 2414 86858
2023 2271 90185
Academic rankings


Local studetns Undergraduate,5,822 per annum for home and EU students; non-EU students, 12,750 per annum (EUR)

The National University of Ireland, Galway has financial aid programs.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by National University of Ireland, Galway.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Doctoral Degree Biomedical Engineering, Business and Commerce, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Film, Fine Arts, Human Rights, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Law, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Therapy, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiology, Podiatry, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Psychology, Radiology, Speech Therapy and Audiology

National University of Ireland, Galway alumni

  1. Nicola Coughlan

    Nicola Coughlan
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1987-.. (age 37)

    Nicola Mary Coughlan is an Irish actress. She is known for her roles as Clare Devlin in Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls (2018–2022) and Penelope Featherington in Netflix period drama Bridgerton (2020–present).

  2. Michael D. Higgins

    Michael D. Higgins
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1941-.. (age 83)
    poetwriterpoliticianpolitical scientist

    Michael Daniel Higgins is an Irish politician, poet, broadcaster and sociologist who has served as the ninth president of Ireland since 2011. Entering national politics through the Labour Party, he served as a senator from 1973 to 1977 having been nominated by the Taoiseach. Elected in 1981 as a Teachta Dála (TD), he represented the Galway West constituency from 1981 to 1982 and 1987 to 2011. Between these terms, he returned to Seanad Éireann from 1983 to 1987 as a senator for the National University. He served as minister for arts, culture and the Gaeltacht from 1993 to 1997 and mayor of Galway from 1981 to 1982 and 1990 to 1991. Higgins was the president of the Labour Party from 2003 to 2011, until he resigned following his election as president of Ireland.

  3. Enda Kenny

    Enda Kenny
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1951-.. (age 73)
    school teacherpoliticianinternational forum participant

    Enda Kenny is an Irish former Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 2011 to 2017, Leader of Fine Gael from 2002 to 2017, Minister for Defence from May to July 2014 and 2016 to 2017, Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2011, Minister for Tourism and Trade from 1994 to 1997 and Minister of State at the Department of Labour and Department of Education with responsibility for Youth Affairs from 1986 to 1987. He served as Teachta Dála (TD) for Mayo West from 1975 to 1997 and for Mayo from 1997 to 2020.

  4. Pat Gibson

    Pat Gibson
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    1961-.. (age 63)
    quizzergame show contestant

    Patrick Gibson is an Irish quizzer. On 24 April 2004 he became the fourth contestant to win the £1m jackpot on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He is a multiple world champion in quizzing and one of the world's most successful quiz players. He is best known for winning several quiz shows and being a panellist on Eggheads. He was born, raised and educated in Ireland but currently lives in the United Kingdom and competes as part of the England quiz team. As of 5 December 2018, Gibson is currently the No. 1 ranked quizzer in the world.

All 94 notable alumni

National University of Ireland, Galway faculties and divisions

Centre : Astronomy Astronomy and Space Science
Centre : Chromosome Biology Biology
Centre : Clinical Health Services Research and Development Health Sciences
Centre : Computational Algebra Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Centre : Crystallography Crystallography
Centre : High End Computing Computer Science
Centre : Integrated Development of Agricultural and Rural Institutions Agriculture, Development Studies
Centre : Nanoscale Biophotonics Nanotechnology, Physics
Centre : Occupational Health and Safety Engineering and Ergonomics Occupational Health, Safety Engineering
College : Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies Archaeology, Arts and Humanities, Celtic Languages and Studies, Classical Languages, Cultural Studies, Education, English, Film, French, Geography, German, History, Irish, Italian, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies
College : Business, Public Policy and Law Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Computing, Economics, Finance, Human Rights, Law, Management, Management Systems, Marketing
College : Engineering and Informatics Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering
College : Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Therapy, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Podiatry, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Health, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Surgery, Virology
College : Science Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Information Technology, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Microbiology, Natural Sciences, Physics, Statistics, Zoology
Institute : Lifecourse Child Care and Development, Family Studies, Gerontology, Law
Institute : Prostate Cancer Oncology
Institute : Ryan Energy Engineering, Environmental Studies, Marine Science and Oceanography
Laboratory : Salmonella Reference Epidemiology, Public Health
Research Division : Alimentary Glycoscience Food Science
Research Division : Applied Optics Computer Graphics, Optics
Research Division : Applied Photonics Laser Engineering, Optical Technology, Optics
Research Division : Atmospheric Science Meteorology
Research Division : Bioethical Research and Analysis Ethics
Research Division : Bioinformatics Biological and Life Sciences, Computer Science
Research Division : Biomedical Engineering Science Biomedical Engineering
Research Division : Child and Family Family Studies, Social Policy, Social Problems, Social Studies, Social Welfare, Sociology
Research Division : Climate and Air Pollution Studies Environmental Studies, Meteorology
Research Division : Clinical Research Facility Galway Biological and Life Sciences, Statistics
Research Division : Combustion Chemistry Chemistry
Research Division : Complex Systems Biological and Life Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Physics, Statistics
Research Division : Computer Integrated Manufacturing Industrial Engineering
Research Division : Development Education Development Studies, Education
Research Division : Economics of Social Policy Economics, Social Policy
Research Division : Energy Energy Engineering, Environmental Studies
Research Division : Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Economics, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources
Research Division : Health Promotion Health Sciences
Research Division : Humanities and Social Studies Arts and Humanities, Social Studies
Research Division : Innovation and Structural Change Business and Commerce, Management, Management Systems
Research Division : Irish Centre for Human Rights Human Rights
Research Division : Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability Rural Studies
Research Division : Irish Centre for Social Gerontology Gerontology, Social and Community Services
Research Division : Irish Studies Celtic Languages and Studies, Irish
Research Division : Laser Applications Laser Engineering
Research Division : Marine Law and Ocean Policy Coastal Studies, Marine Science and Oceanography, Maritime Law
Research Division : Micromechanics Mechanics
Research Division : Occupational and Life Stress Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Psychology
Research Division : Palaeoenvironmentology Environmental Studies, Paleontology
Research Division : Power Electonics Power Engineering
Research Division : Regenerative Medicine Rehabilitation and Therapy
Research Division : Social Sciences Social Sciences
Research Division : Women's Studies Women's Studies
School : Film and Digital Media Film, Media Studies
Unit : Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials Biological and Life Sciences, Materials Engineering

General information

Alternative names NUI Galway
Founded 1845
Accreditation Quality and Qualifications Ireland - QQI (Dearbhú Cáilíochta agus Cáilíochtaí Éireann)
Motto Deo Favente
With the favour of God

Location and contacts

Address University Road
Galway, Connaught, H91 TK33
City population 83,000

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