NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021


Postgraduate Prospectus

NUI Galway Campus

Áras de Brún (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics)

Áras Uí Chathail/Student Information Desk (SID)

Áras na Gaeilge

The Quadrangle

Áras na Mac Léinn and Bailey Allen Hall

University Hospital Galway

Lambe Institute for Translational Research and HRB Clinical Research Facility

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

Huston School of Film and Digital Media

Martin Ryan Building (Environmental, Marine and Energy Research)

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

Human Biology Building

Biomedical Sciences

Hardiman Library and Hardiman Research Building

Lifecourse Building

Arts Millennium Building

Corrib Village (Student Residences)

School of Psychology

Engineering Building

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

Áras Moyola

Research and Innovation Centre

Sports Centre

IT Building

Arts/Science Building

Orbsen Building (NCBES and REMEDI)

94% Why Choose NUI Galway? of POSTGRADUATES are in employment, additional education or research within six months of graduating

of UNIVERSITIES WORLDWIDE according to the QS World University Rankings 2020


YEARS of innovative teaching and research excellence

Home to INSIGHT National Centre for Data Analytics

€90.5m in RESEARCH funding in 2019


SPIN-OUT COMPANIES in four years

OF ALL STENTS worldwide are made in Ireland, with Galway being a global medtech industry hub


Since 2014 NUI Galway has moved up 42 PLACES in the QS World


Home to Ireland’s FIRST UNESCO CHAIR in Children, Youth and Civil Engagement

University Rankings


SPORT and a GREAT SOCIAL LIFE are at the heart of what makes life at NUI Galway unique

taught postgraduate programmes




industry-academic COLLABORATIVE projects in 10 years


Located at the heart of the

INVENTIONS in four years 161

32 PATENTS in four years


INTERNATIONAL students 3,972 WE GENERATE MORE THAN 25% OF OUR ELECTRICITY needs from our mini electricity generating stations

published, impactful collaborations with institutions worldwide

talented, ambitious STUDENTS 19,000


BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE Biggest university in Ireland for biomedical science research, and home to CÚRAM

PURPOSE-BUILT AUDITORIUM O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MULTI- DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH GROUPS involved in research and innovation for a more sustainable future

JAMES HARDIMAN LIBRARY houses 540,000 books, 420,000 e-books and over 120,000 e-journals.


Foreword Your decision on postgraduate study is an important one. Thank you for considering NUI Galway for your future studies. From the day you arrive you at NUI Galway, you will be part of a thriving research community where you will be encouraged to fulfil your potential. We care for our people and we respect the individual strengths and needs of our students. Rest assured that your well-being will be our priority. Ours is a university that is open to the world and to new ideas. Each year, we welcome over 3,500 postgraduate students from over 90 countries to our university city on the edge of Europe. We cherish the dynamism, diversity and creative thinking that our postgraduate students bring to their research and to our campus and community. Our university is rooted in the unique culture, communities and landscape of the west of Ireland. From this unique location, we are passionate about leading the transition to a more sustainable future. Located on the edge of the Atlantic, in a global hub for medical technology, data and IT, and in a city renowned for culture and creativity, we are committed to using our talents and skills to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals from multiple perspectives. We are celebrating 175 years of excellence at NUI Galway. Our university is counted among the top 1% of universities in the world according to QS World University Rankings, which ranks us in 238th place internationally. Here you will learn from and collaborate with world-leading academics, gain new skills and perspectives, build your career and join our alumni network of 100,000 graduates worldwide. We are proud to invite you to join our global postgraduate community. I look forward to welcoming you to NUI Galway.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh Uachtarán—President



Important: This hard copy prospectus lists all programmes on offer, at the time of going to press, for entry in 2021. Details of new programmes on offer subsequent to the printing of this prospectus will be listed online at: . The information contained in this prospectus is, to the best of our knowledge, true and accurate at the time of publication. The content of the prospectus is for information purposes only and should not be viewed as the basis of a contract between students and the university. NUI Galway reserves the right to amend programmes or regulations at any time without notice; we may re-open previously closed programmes to accept applications in the event of programme quotas not being met. The university also reserves the right to withdraw programmes periodically for any reason (e.g., insufficient numbers). The University reserve the right to amend course offerings, syllabuses, course delivery methods, examinations, fees, regulations or rules or substitute modules in response to COVID-19 or to any other circumstances outside of the reasonable control of the Introduction to NUI Galway 1 NUI Galway Campus 2 Why Choose NUI Galway? 4 President’s Foreword 6 Rankings 8 10 Employment and Careers at NUI Galway 12 Scholarships & Funding 14 Purpose, People, Place 16 Some Research Highlights 20 Investing in Your Future 22 Galway—The Perfect Student City 24 Flexible Online Programmes Our Taught Courses 26 College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies 96 College of Business, Public Policy and Law 134 College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences 176 College of Science and Engineering 226 St Angela’s College, Sligo Research Opportunities 228 Research Studies 230 Improving health and well-being 236 Realising potential through data and enabling technologies 240 Sustaining our planet and people NUI Galway—A Global Education

University. The University will follow government guidelines and public health advice in this regard. Should such an event occur, we will provide you with information in as timely a manner as possible. We ask for your patience as we all continue to navigate through these unprecedented times together. For further information, please see . Fáilte Ireland kindly supplied some of the photographs included in this publication. Some entries to the student-staff Capture Your Campus photo competition feature. Staff member, Chaosheng Zhang, also kindly provided some photography. 301 Index of Taught Programmes 304 Course/Programmes Index— alphabetical order 306 Part-time courses, by College 308 Online/Blended Learning Courses 309 Conversion Courses 310 Sustainable NUI Galway— some facts 312 Meet Us 313 Scholarships Scheme 246 Enhancing policy and society 252 Enriching creativity and culture 259 Research Institutes & Centres 262 Research Programmes 265 Research Programme Listings 273 Research Application Process 276 Funding and Scholarships ( Research ) 280 Commercialising Your Research Your Postgraduate Experience 282 What’s Next? 284 How to Apply ( Taught Courses ) 286 Postgraduate Fees 287 Student Support and Resources 288 Postgraduate Funding ( Taught ) 290 International Postgraduates 294 Learning at NUI Galway 296 NUI Galway Sport General Information 298 Find Out More (useful contacts) 300 General Index

NUI Galway won the national gradireland/Higher Education Awards Best Postgraduate Prospectus Award 2018 .



NUI Galway is recognised in the top 1% of universities in the QS World Universities Rankings .


NUI Galway is recognised in the top 1% universities in the QS World Universities Rankings . We are now ranked 238th in the world’s top 1,000 institutions. This ranking confirms our position among the world’s elite educational institutions. Meanwhile, our university rose into the Top 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2019/20. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) In 2020, the new Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings placed NUI Galway tenth in the world for addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for research on life below water and support for aquatic ecosystems, and 68th in the world for addressing the 17 SDGs overall. Rankings are designed to help prospective students make informed comparisons between leading universities around the world. Getting your qualification from a top university means that your postgraduate qualification will be recognised as a top-quality degree wherever your career will bring you across the globe.

Did you know? Five of NUI Galway’s researchers, all of whom teach on postgraduate programmes, received global recognition by being featured in the list of the World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers researchers . Subject rankings In 2020 NUI Galway was ranked as world leading by the QS World University Subject Rankings (which are issued annually), for its teaching and research in five subject areas, and 25 individual subjects. Ranked in the subject area: Top 101–150 worldwide—English Top 151–200 worldwide—Law, Modern Languages, Pharmacy & Pharmacology Top 201–250 worldwide—Accounting & Finance, Mechanical Engineering Top 251–300 worldwide—Biological Sciences, Medicine, Psychology, Education Top 301–350 worldwide—Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Information Systems


NUI Galway A Global Education

3,972 international students and 483 international staff from 139 countries

In the top 1% of universities globally*

NUI Galway has an academic community of world-leading

researchers working at the forefront of their fields. With extensive worldwide partner institutions, NUI Galway offers you opportunities to collaborate internationally through its postgraduate programmes. As part of your course, you may have the opportunity to travel or be part of a virtual global team. You will learn with the best—we attract academics who are world leaders in their fields and who are working to address global issues.


110,000 alumni spread across the globe

Research collaborations in 114 countries

Ranked 238 among universities worldwide*

200+ Erasmus bilateral agreements, increasing annually

3,623 collaborations with institutions around the world to publish impactful research including: • Georgia Tech, Harvard University, and Stanford University in the US; • University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the UK; • Kyoto University in Japan and Tsinghua University in China.

*QS Rankings


Our postgraduate courses prepare you for a rewarding career, provide you with practical learning opportunities, and upskill you for a constantly evolving workplace. We are one of Ireland’s top universities for employability. 94% of our most-recently surveyed postgraduate students are in employment or further education within six months of graduating. Employment and Careers at NUI Galway

Key facts and figures

practical careers events, seminars and workshops held on campus in 2019–20 150+

one-to-one appointments with our professional careers team are available annually 4,000+

graduate employers visit our campus annually to meet and recruit students 200+

New R&D collaborations were made last year: we are a hub for innovation and enterprise 46


“Over the last few years, SAP has hired a large number of NUI Galway graduates into a variety of roles. We encourage graduates to develop their career through challenging work assignments and collaboration with peers, and have found that those from NUI Galway have the perfect mix of knowledge, innovation and transferable skills, and the passion to succeed in a competitive work environment.” Eddie Morris Support Team Manager, SAP

Our Career Development Centre team help you develop clarity on your career direction, connect with employers and compete for the best jobs.

CLARITY: Guiding your career journey through • One-to-one career guidance • Career seminars and events • Psychometric testing • Drop-in sessions

CONNECT: We put you in touch with prospective employers through • Jobs fairs and employer events on campus • Jobs vacancy system • Networking opportunities

COMPETE: We help you to compete in the jobs market to the best of your ability through • CV and interview skills workshops and clinics • Job application review • Employment skills workshops T op employers for PG students include Medtronic, SAP, KPMG, Civil Service, Boston Scientific, Sabis, Accenture, Wayfair, Fidelity Investments, First Derivatives.

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Scholarships & Funding

Academic Scholarships At NUI Galway, we are keen to ensure that the brightest and most committed students progress to postgraduate study. Our generous postgraduate scholarships (valued at €1,500 per student) are designed to reward excellent students who have performed exceptionally well in their undergraduate studies. Details of the Taught Master ’s Scholarship Scheme, and all other course-specific scholarships and bursaries available, are online at . International Scholarships NUI Galway is committed to attracting high-calibre students from around the world. The university offers a number of partial international scholarships on a competitive basis to high-calibre international students. For more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see .


Our Funding and Scholarships include: • Taught Postgraduate Scholarships • Postgraduate Research Funding • Sports Scholarships • J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics Scholarships (including MBA Scholarship) • Old and Middle Irish Scholarship • Sparánachtaí COGG/MGO • MHSc/PDip Health Sciences (Children’s Palliative/Complex Care) • MSc (Technology Management) • Scoláireacht Mhic Dhonncha (1953–2016) • The Colm Ó hEocha Bursary • NUI Awards • Scholarships and Funding for Adult Learning and Professional Development

• Springboard Scheme • HCI Pillar One Awards • Global Study Awards


Purpose —our research benefits humanity, society and the economy. People —we are innovative in our thinking and collaborative in our approach. Place —from the west of Ireland we reach to the heart of Europe and rank among the top universities in the world.

Purpose, People, Place

Alina Wieczorek, NUI Galway researcher Photo credit: Dawid Piotr Szlaga

Research at NUI Galway is forward thinking and global in scale. Today we are leading the field in a wide range of areas, including medical devices, data analytics, digital humanities, energy and marine research, societal research, human rights and global women’s issues. Our research enhances everything we do at NUI Galway. It underpins our teaching, drives academic discovery and informs local,

national and international innovation; it is translational and effects positive societal change. Our top-ranking research centres and institutes are recognised nationally and internationally as centres of excellence. As an NUI Galway postgraduate, you will become part of a diverse community, studying in a dynamic reserach environment.


Our Research Drives Innovation and Impact We drive impact by supporting collaborations and exchanges between our research community and industry. We also support the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem among our students and staff, and in the region. Our focus is on the benefits to society and the economy which will come from the innovations that are seeded, researched, developed and implemented right now. Recent achievements in terms of research and business innovation include::


technologies licensed to companies in 2019 18

new invention disclosures in 2019

in research funding in 2019 €90.5m

companies supported in our Business Innovation Centre

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Four stars for research in QS stars rating

Sustainable development multi- disciplinary research groups involved in research and innovation for a more sustainable future


new R&D collaborations 46

in 2019 11

patents filed

is a medtech industry hub 80%

of all stents worldwide are made in Ireland—Galway

Important National Facilities Our campus hosts major national facilities, such as the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Irish Centre for High-End Computing, the Lambe Institute for Translational Medicine, and the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland.


Some Research Highlights

Fitness apps: the positive and negative wellness outcomes

NUI Galway’s Horizon project NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute has launched a €7.45 million Horizon project to develop ground-breaking and innovative scientific and engineering platforms for the production of advanced cellular therapeutics to treat osteoarthritis and other major diseases. Cellular therapies are being tested for conditions including degenerative diseases, immune and inflammatory disorders, and cancer. These revolutionary therapies offer great promise for patients and practitioners and may finally open the door to new and effective treatments which up to now have been unavailable. According to Frank Barry, Professor of Cellular Therapy at REMEDI (NUI Galway), the adoption of best-in-class manufacturing protocols is still the most serious obstacle facing the cell therapy industry: “The only way the field can progress is through the widespread adoption of highly automated production and testing protocols. AutoCRAT addresses these gaps and will be a game-changing innovation.”

A study carried out by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway has examined how fitness apps can affect user well-being. The study, carried out on 272 people involved in cardio-intense activity, focused on identifying how the social features of fitness apps predict the type of passion one has for physical exercise, and what the resulting positive and negative implications are for the person’s well- being. Researchers indicated that people who use fitness apps while giving support and encouragement to other exercisers, are more likely to have a harmonious passion for their exercise, and lower life stress. In contrast, people who use the app for social recognition are more likely to develop an obsessive passion for physical exercise, and suffer higher life stress in the long run.

Dr Eoin Whelan J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics Lead author of the study


Ella Anderson and Jack Gaffey, UCFRC Youth as Researchers, with actor Cillian Murphy and UNESCO Chair Professor Pat Dolan, Child and Family Research Centre NUI Galway. Photo credit: Jason Clarke.

Actor Cillian Murphy and NUI Galway launch empathy education initiative Activating Social Empathy is a new initiative to introduce Empathy Education for secondary school students in Ireland. Researchers in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) at NUI Galway, looked at the role of empathy in the development of social understanding and its potential to enable young people to foster better social responsibility, civic behaviour, and critically, action. They identified a need for focus on the promotion of empathy related skills and social values in Irish secondary schools. In response, researchers have developed an interactive, social and emotional learning programme to teach empathy skills and foster positive peer relations among secondary students. Cillian Murphy, actor and Centre Patron, said: “In supporting this education programme, my hope is that it will help young people see that everyone has a different story and everyone’s story is valuable.”

How psychological services and obesity treatment should go hand in hand A study led by NUI Galway, has found that on average, patients with severe and complicated obesity who were attending a weight management programme were more enthusiastic about participating in a programme to help improve their lifestyle than they were about having surgery, if the methods of treatment had equivalent results and costs. Lifestyle modification and drug therapies were the preferred treatment of choice over surgical intervention; however, patients undergoing treatment felt that psychological services should be part of a multifaceted approach to their recovery. The study has provided vital information at a time when Ireland is dealing with some of the highest rates of obesity in Europe, with one in four adults now classed as obese and one in four children overweight. To view the full findings, visit .


Services lacking for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder A study by NUI Galway health economists, lead author, Áine Roddy, is pictured, left , shows 74% of children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder had unmet service needs in Ireland. The study provided the first assessment of the level and nature of unmet service needs of children and adolescents with an ASD as well as debt related to meeting needs of such families in Ireland. The study found that addressing unmet needs is complex and requires careful planning and commitment on behalf of policymakers regarding designing and delivering autism specific services which are lacking in the community. One in 65 people in Ireland have ASD and it is recognized as the most expensive condition internationally. Autistic people and their families face significant daily challenges due to social and financial isolation.

Áine Roddy, study’s lead author.

Reproductive flexibility in the Galway Bay jellyfish

Hydractinia, a type of jellyfish, produces eggs and sperm more flexibly than humans, according to an NUI Galway study. This type of jellyfish reproduces in a similar way to humans but does so far more flexibly, findings which may have implications for the study of human infertility. Most animals, including humans, generate germ stem cells—the exclusive progenitors of eggs and sperm—only once in their lifetime using a gene called Tfap2. Hydractinia also uses this gene but performs this process throughout its adult life. Professor Uri Frank explained: “This broadens our understanding of the issues affecting reproduction in humans. By looking at these genetically more tractable animals, we hope to understand core processes that control cells’ decisions in development and disease.” Read the full article at: content/367/6479/757 .

NUI Galway rises in QS World University Rankings When it comes to leading global universities, NUI Galway continues to perform strongly and is now in the top 1% in the QS World University Rankings. At 238th in the world’s top 1,000 institutions, this confirms its position among elite educational institutions, placing it in the top 1% of universities in the world, and in the top 20% in the QS World Ranking. Since 2014 NUI Galway has moved up 42 places and continues to perform strongly in its international scores, reflecting the welcoming and vibrant population of Galway city. In particular, NUI Galway has improved substantively with regard to its academic and employer reputation internationally. “Excellence is a core strategic value of NUI Galway with an objective to respect and support the ambition of our students and staff so they are enabled to be excellent in their contributions to our communities.”—Professor Ó hÓgartaigh, President, NUI Galway. The full rankings can be found at .

A young female Hydractinia .

Germ stem cells are shown in red; developing eggs in green.

Image credit: Dr Tim DuBuc


NUI Galway Biomedical Engineer Wins ‘Researcher of the Year’ at IRC Awards Professor Laoise McNamara, Professor in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway, ( pictured below ), was awarded ‘Researcher of the Year’ for her research in bone mechanobiology and osteoporosis, at the Irish Research Council 2019 Researcher of the Year Awards. Professor McNamara’s research is at the interface of engineering and biology and informs medical device design. Her work seeks to understand how the mechanobiology process is changed in osteoporosis, a disease which affects bone mass, and in cancer metastasis to bone.

Seven new NUI Galway projects to respond to COVID-19 crisis During the global coronavirus pandemic, our researchers were working not only to address the health challenges created by the pandemic, but also to improve our understanding of the economic and social implications caused by the fallout from COVID-19. As such, seven new NUI Galway projects were awarded funding: equipment to make it easier and safer for patients with COVID-19 to breathe; expediting the diagnosis of COVID-19 in a clinical setting using AI-enabled analysis of CT scans; improving long-term patient recovery and reducing disability after COVID-19 critical illness using microRNA-based approaches; identifying mental health needs and best practice for psychological support in frontline healthcare workers during and after the COVID-19 outbreak and in future pandemics; modelling real-time population-wide impacts of COVID-19; optimising COVID-19 social distancing communications—identifying and addressing psychosocial determinants of social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic; rapid response and learning for later—establishing high quality information networks and evaluation frameworks for the National Ambulance Service response to COVID-19. NUI Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said: “As a region renowned for creativity and as a global medtech hub, our university has been to the fore in looking at innovations that can support the response to the COVID-19 crisis.” Read more at .

€175k awarded to NUI Galway for SFI public engagement and education programmes Five NUI Galway based programmes will engage more than 100,000 members of the Irish public with science in 2020. Inspiring minds, engaging and educating the public are to the fore of these science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects. Bright Club, Cell EXPLORERS, SpaceShip Earth, CÚRAM and ReelLIFE SCIENCE are programmes which encourage people from all communities, age groups and backgrounds to engage in STEM through fun and entertaining educational activities. Funding was awarded ( see awards ceremony pictured, left ) to create an Escape Room, launch four high-altitude balloons and involve people living in Direct Provision to become involved in STEM, among other exciting and innovating initiatives brought to the public by academic researchers, scientists and educational experts.

L–R: Lindsay Deely, Curious Young Minds, Professor Derek O’Keefe, Spaceship Earth, Dr Jessamyn Fairfield and Kate Murray, Bright Club, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director Science for Society, SFI, Janic Schulte, Cell EXPLORERS, Megan Depinna and Dr Enda O’Connell, Reel LIFE SCIENCE, Dr Muriel Grenon, Cell EXPLORERS Photo: Science Foundation Ireland.


Investing in your Future Our Campus is Growing Ireland’s Fastest Expanding Campus Since the university opened the doors of the quadrangle in 1845, the NUI Galway campus has been constantly evolving to meet the needs of our growing student population. Today, the main campus has over 90 buildings on 105 hectares We have recently heavily invested in our campus. This investment has focused on transforming facilities for research in areas such as Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Life Sciences, BioSciences and Human Biology, and as a

of land spread along the banks of the River Corrib. This riverside location, combined with the architectural beauty of the campus and its proximity to the vibrant city of Galway, makes it one of the most picturesque and unique university campuses in the world.

postgraduate student you will benefit from these investments and will undertake your learning in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities utilising cutting-edge technologies.


Some of Our Facilities Include

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Including a purpose-built 120- seat auditorium, opened in 2017

Human Biology Facility A new facility for the study of human biology, opened in 2017

Hardiman Research Building A new facility for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students, opened in 2013

Ireland’s Largest School of Engineering Opened in 2011

Research Facility for Biomedical Sciences Opened in 2014

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society Opened in 2014

A State-of-the-Art 6,500ft 2 Sports Centre Including international competition standard swimming pool opened in 2008

School of Psychology Opened in 2014

Clinical and Translational Research Facility Opened in 2015

A Green Campus

One of the lowest levels of energy consumption in the higher education sector in Ireland, boasting the ISO 50001 standard for energy management.

We convert waste cooking oil to biodiesel to fuel university vehicles.

We generate more than 25% of our electricity needs from our own combined heat and power plants (mini electricity generating stations).


Galway — The Perfect Student City

“NUI Galway’s beautiful campus is right beside the Corrib river and only ten minutes away from the sea and Galway’s city centre.” Anna Maria Rengstorf , PhD student



Galway is a place like no other. Set on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the broad sweep of Galway Bay, Galway is as distinctive as it is beautiful. From this position on the Atlantic edge of Europe, NUI Galway has a proud history of reaching out and connecting with the world. Galway casually combines the energy of a young and diverse population with the authenticity of a place steeped in history and tradition. We are renowned as a place where arts and culture are celebrated, reinterpreted and shared with the world. Galway has also been designated European Capital of Culture for 2020. NUI Galway contributes to this cultural dynamism through a diverse range of teaching programmes focused on the creative arts. Whether it is film, language, creative writing or theatre, the university is training the next generation of arts makers. Galway is also truely the festival capital of Ireland, with festivals and fringe events running through the whole year: . The university is in the heart of the city centre, with all amenities within walking distance including shopping facilities, theatres, restaurants, music venues, and cultural and sporting venues. It is small enough to get to know people easily and this sense of community is one of the features of Galway life that our students love most. Students make up 20% of the city’s population, which is one of the reasons why the city has such a vibrant lifestyle. Cost of Living The cost of living in Galway is considerably less than Dublin. Rent prices are 46% more expensive in Dublin city than Galway city ( Source : 2020 Q1 Rental Report, rent-a-room trends ). Students, in general, do not have long commutes to campus as it is located in the heart of the city and is well serviced by city bus routes.

Ireland’s ‘most charming’ city Learn more about our charming city at: .


Flexible Online Programmes

“Having a full-time job and young children, along with taking on a master ’s, was a challenge. However, the course structure helped me greatly in spreading out the workload evenly. The combination of classroom and online tutoring was exactly the balance I needed for a flexible approach to work and study.” Tom Tuohy Biomedical Science (Blended Learning) graduate, R&D Manager, Covidien, Galway


Live and Learn We offer a wide range of part-time, flexible courses suitable for professional development opportunities to upskill or enhance career prospects. Many of these programmes are taught fully online or via blended learning, so they especially suit those who are working full- or part-time. These flexible delivery modes allow you to study at times that best suit you. In an online course, you receive all your course materials online. They are designed in a self-instructional, easy-to-follow format with an opportunity to engage in online discussions with your fellow students and course tutor. You will also receive course feedback, activities, and assignments online. In a fully online programme, you will not have to attend the university campus for examination: these are carried out online using continuous assessment or timed examination formats. Blended learning programmes are very similar to online programmes, with the added opportunity of attending periodic face-to-face workshops on campus. Flexible learning options require you to think differently about how you communicate with the university, interact with other students, complete assignments and, most importantly, study. If you enjoy working independently, have strong organisation and time management skills, and are comfortable working with technology, then this flexible mode of learning could be for you. Technologies and Teaching The Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) at NUI Galway supports a range of technologies that underpin online and blended courses. From the university’s online learning platform (Blackboard) to video-collaboration tools, from podcasts to interactive multimedia, NUI Galway staff and students are provided with the very latest and most effective tools to support learning and teaching. Please see Page 308 for a list of postgraduate blended learning and online learning programmes.


Programmes 28 Education (Professional Master of, [Post-Primary]) 29 Education Leadership 30 Education (Special and Inclusive Education) 31 Education Studies 32 Oideachas (Máistir Gairmiúil san, [Iar-bhunscoil]) 33 Special Educational Needs 34 Advanced Language Skills: French, German, Italian or Spanish* 35 French* 36 German Literature/Language* 37 Nua-Ghaeilge* 38 Spanish* 39 Translation Studies* 40 Ardscileanna Gaeilge do Mhúinteoirí 41 Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála 42 Conference Interpreting 43 Cleachtas Gairmiúil sna Meáin

63 Literature and Publishing 64 Writing 66 Digital Cultures 67 Digital Media 68 Medieval Studies 69 Old and Middle Irish 70 Culture and Colonialism 71

Irish Studies—Literature and History 72 Irish Studies—Literature and Music 73 History 74 International Contemporary Literatures and Media* 75 Global Women’s Studies: Gender, Globalisation and Rights 76 Values and Knowledge 77 Politics and Sociology 78 Public Advocacy and Activism 79 Art and Ecology 80 Fine Art 81 Fine Art: Studio Art 82 Applied Behaviour Analysis 83 Clinical Neuroscience 84 Clinical Psychology 85 Clinical Psychology (for Qualified Clinicians) 86 Consumer Psychology 87 Child, Youth and Community 88 Environment, Society and Development 89 Family Support Studies 90 Health Psychology 91 Psychology (HDip—Conversion) 92 Psychology (HDip—Full) 93 Social Work 94 Social Work, Practice Teaching, Supervision & Management 95 Adolescent Health

44 Gaeilge Fheidhmeach 45 Léann an Aistriúcháin

46 Léann Teanga 47 Archaeology 48 Coastal & Marine Environments: 49 Landscape Archaeology 50 Rural Futures Planning and Innovation 51 Creative Arts: Producing and Curation 52 Drama and Theatre Studies 54 Irish Theatre History and Archives 55 Playwriting and Dramaturgy 56 Theatre Practice and Production 57 Film Production & Direction 58 Film Studies: Theory and Practice 59 English 60 Journalism 61 Sports Journalism and Communication 62 Global Media and Communication Physical Processes, Policy & Practice

*Note on Master’s Programmes in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Each master’s programme in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is made up of 60 taught credits and a dissertation worth 30 credits. Every programme has a minimum of 20 core compulsory credits in taught modules and students can complete the 60 credit requirement by selecting taught modules from all programmes in the school to build a tailored programme to suit their individual needs. Modules focus on developing advanced skills in language, literature or translation and students can select literature modules studied through the original language or international literature in English translation. Language specialisms in this programme are currently, advanced French, Gaeilge, German, Italian, Spanish, and beginners and advanced Latin.


College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

A range of full-time and part-time research options (master’s and PhD) are also available. Please see page 261 for research programme listings or visit:


Education (Professional Master of, [Post-Primary]) School of Education College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: Professional Master of Education (PME). Applicants may also be interested in the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO), page 32. DURATION: 2 years, full-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 140 PAC CODE(S): Visit pme for relevant course code. FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme. Please see page 285 for further information. CLOSING DATE: 12 February 2021

Your Course In preparing teachers for the post-primary sector, this programme aims to guide and facilitate student teachers’ initial entry into teaching and provide a solid theoretical foundation to support and aid their preparation for professional practice within the classroom. Modules include

• Professional Studies; • Educational Sciences; • Professional Practice/School Placement; • Subject-Teaching Methodologies;

• Practitioner-Based Research. Career Opportunities

CONTACT Ms Sinéad Coyne T: +353 91 492 195 E:

This qualification in Initial Teacher Education at master ’s level will qualify graduates for employment as post-primary teachers and is recognised in Ireland, Europe and non-EU countries. Minimum Entry Requirements Primary degree Level 8. FIND OUT MORE AT: education-professional-master.html


1. Accreditation: The programme is professionally accredited by the Teaching Council. 2. Excellent prospects: Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a post-primary teacher in Ireland and other countries. 3. Placement: Throughout each of the two years of the programme, students engage in school placements, which will provide a rich experiential base for their initial development as a professional teacher.

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School of Education College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies Education Leadership (Master of)

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MEd DURATION: 1 year, part-time (Year 2 entry only) NUMBER OF PLACES: 20 COURSE INSTANCE(S): MED5 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2021

Your Course This master ’s programme is a one-year qualification for candidates who have completed either the PDSL or DGCS leadership diploma. Course content will focus on qualitative and quantitative research approaches with a particular emphasis on critically identifying perspectives on researching school leadership. Students will complete a leadership focused dissertation that will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to engage in primary research and consolidate the learning outcomes achieved in other modules on the PDSL/DGCS programme. Career Opportunities School principalship, mid-level leadership positions in schools, education support services, entry to PhD/Doctoral studies. Minimum Entry Requirements Candidates must have completed the PDSL/DGCS in order to be eligible to apply for this course. This is a one-year, top-up programme to enable graduates of the PDSL/DGCS to obtain a master ’s qualification. FIND OUT MORE AT: education-leadership.html

CONTACT School of Education T: +353 91 492 195 E:

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. Master’s award for those who have completed the Graduate Diploma in School Leadership or the Dioplóma Gairmiúil i gCeannaireacht Scoile. Find out more at education . 2. Develop and consolidate expertise in the area of school leadership and research. 3. Engage in a critical exploration of a leadership in a dynamic professional learning community.

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Education (Special and Inclusive Education) (Master of) School of Education College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MEd DURATION: 1 year, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 15 COURSE INSTANCE(S): MED4 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2021

Your Course The MEd (Special and Inclusive Education) offers teachers who have successfully completed the PDip (Special Educational Needs), and obtained a H2.1 award or higher, the opportunity to continue their study and conduct educational research that will assist them further in effectively supporting students with special educational needs in their schools. On successful completion of the programme participants will be able to: • Critically interrogate previous research in the area of special and inclusive education; • Design, plan and conduct a small-scale quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods primary research project or secondary research project in the area of special and inclusive education; • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate techniques, and report and present findings in an aligned, transparent and ethical manner; • Reflect on the role of the researcher in the research process. Career Opportunities Teachers can work in SEN teaching and in co-ordination and leadership roles in schools and other education settings and in education support services. Further research opportunities also exist at PhD level. Minimum Entry Requirements Entry is restricted to teachers who have recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in SEN and obtained a H2.1 award or higher. FIND OUT MORE AT: special-inclusive-education.html

CONTACT Dr Niamh Flynn T: +353 91 494 071 E:

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. Enables you to develop critical research literacy skills. 2. Supports you to conduct small- scale yet significant educational research to a high professional standard in the rapidly evolving field of special and inclusive education. 3. The programme is delivered through a flexible blended learning approach.

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Education Studies (Professional Diploma in) School of Education College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: PDip DURATION: 1 year (blended/ distance education), part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 35 COURSE INSTANCE(S): PFS FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. CLOSING DATE: None, determined by Programme Team and Programme Director.

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Your Course The Professional Diploma in Education Studies is the first in a suite of courses that will cover a number of specialist content areas. The Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leading Innovation) is a qualification in leading innovative learning in schools. It will be delivered through distance education and supported with an online/ blended approach to engaging learners. It is aimed at education professionals who would like to challenge and/or improve the way they think about their work in a variety of ways. Our course will include some face-to-face sessions, and we believe that these combined with more frequent online engagement will provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all learners. We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations, critical review, reflection and practical application. This commitment to participative learning experiences will ensure that high-quality learning outcomes are achieve. Career Opportunities There are four main career pathways: 1. Permanent or more substantial contract in initial employment; 2. Internal promotion within current schools; 3. Job mobility—transfer to other schools; 4. Employment opportunities in education support services. Minimum Entry Requirements A Level 8 undergraduate degree (H2.2) or equivalent in education, the social sciences, arts and humanities, or other relevant discipline is required. FIND OUT MORE AT: education-studies.html

CONTACT Dr Paul Flynn, Programme Director E:


1. Critically engage with emergent and current trends influencing the field of education today. 2. Design appropriate and effective curricula and instructional strategies in literacy/numeracy that are informed by contemporary pedagogical theories. 3. Develop a network of professional relationships with a wide range of individuals in the field of education.

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Scoil an Oideachais Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta, agus an Léinn Cheiltigh

AN CLÁR: Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (Iar-bhunscoil) (MGO) FAD AMA: 2 bhliain lánaimseartha

Oideachas (Máistir Gairmiúil san, [Iar-bhunscoil])


Le tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoi dheiseanna maidir le táillí agus maoiniú féach leathanaigh 286 agus 288. SPRIOCDHÁTA: 28 Feabhra 2021 SEICEÁIL AN GHARDA SÍOCHÁNA/IMRÉITEACH Ó NA PÓILÍNÍ: Teastaíonn grinnfhiosrúchán Gardaí/ imréiteach na bpóilíní. Tuilleadh eolais ar leathanach 285.

Do Chúrsa Clár máistreachta go hiomlán trí mheán na Gaeilge é an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas. Déantar an clár in oideachas tosaigh múinteoirí dara leibhéal seo go lánaimseartha thar dhá bhliain agus tá sé aitheanta ag an gComhairle Mhúinteoireachta chun críocha clárúcháin mar mhúinteoir iar-bhunoideachais in Éirinn. Ar an gclár, forbraíonn múinteoirí faoi oiliúint creat coincheapúil a thacaíonn le foghlaim agus teagasc cruthaitheach a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge ag leibhéal na h-iarbhunscoile agus san earnáil Ghaeltachta agus Ghaelscolaíochta ach go háirithe. Leagtar an-bhéim ar theicneolaíocht agus ar chumas múinteoirí faoi oiliúint cuir chuige agus áiseanna ilmheánacha a chruthú agus a úsáid go héifeachtach sa seomra ranga. Deiseanna Gairme Tabharfaidh an cháilíocht seo deiseanna fostaíochta do chéimithe in earnáil an oideachais in Éirinn agus thar lear. Tá an-tóir ag earnáil an Ghaeloideachais ar chéimithe an MGO. Riachtanais Iontrála Bunchéim ag Leibhéal 8. Ní mór d’iarratasóirí caighdeán maith Ollscoile a beith acu i dtaca le labhairt agus scríobh na Gaeilge agus mar chuid den nós imeachta iarratais, tá scrúdú béil le déanamh. TUILLEADH EOLAIS LE FÁIL AG: oideachas-irish.html

SONRAÍ TEAGMHÁLA Scoil an Oideachais F: +353 91 494 072 R:

CÚISEANNA CHUN TABHAIRT FAOIN gCÚRSA 1. Deiseanna láidre fostaíochta— tá an-tóir ar chéimithe an MGO in Éirinn agus thar lear. 2. Saineolas ar an oideachas trí Ghaeilge—is é an MGO an t-aon chlár in oiliúint tosaigh múinteoirí dara leibhéal go hiomlán trí mheán na Gaeilge in Éirinn. 3. Scileanna teicneolaíochta—is é an MGO an t-aon chlár iPad 1:1 in oiliúint tosaigh múinteoirí in Éirinn.

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School of Education College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

CONTACT Andrea Higgins T: +353 91 495 136 E: 3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. DES support: The programme is supported by the DES and provides a recognised qualification for teachers working in the area of special education needs and learning support in mainstream and special settings. Programme fees are paid by the DES. 2. Expert associates: The programme is delivered by a core team supported by a cohort of associate lecturers with a range of experience and expertise. 3. Innovative teaching: Key to the programme are inclusive approaches to teaching and learning, which are discussed and demonstrated. Teachers are supported in implementing such approaches in their schools. PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: PDip DURATION: 1 year, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 30 COURSE INSTANCE(S): PDE. Application is via a circular issued by the DES, usually in the previous January, which can be downloaded from the DES website. Completed forms must be submitted to: PDip in Special Educational Needs, School of Education, NUI Galway, by the closing date. FEES AND FUNDING: Fees are covered by the DES for eligible participants. GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme. Please see page 285 for further information. CLOSING DATE: The closing date for completed applications is given on the DES circular.

Special Educational Needs

Your Course This programme aims to give teachers a thorough professional knowledge and understanding of special needs and learning difficulties, and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the education of those with special needs and learning difficulties in various contexts. In doing so, the programme also aims to provide enjoyable and rewarding learning experiences and the ability to be responsive to learners’ needs. The programme involves release from schools/centres for designated block periods of a total of eight weeks over the academic year, with substitute cover provided. In addition, some lectures and workshops take place on Saturdays. The programme also includes supervised work in teachers’ own schools/centres and a four-day placement in a special setting other than their own. Career Opportunities Qualified teachers who graduate from this programme are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for positions as learning support and special education teachers in mainstream and special settings. Minimum Entry Requirements To be eligible, applicants must be graduates and qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Further eligibility criteria are included in the DES circular. FIND OUT MORE AT: education-special-educational-needs.html

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