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National University of Ireland Galway School of Humanities

National University of Ireland Galway School of Humanities

National University of Ireland Galway School of Humanities


The School of Humanities encourages interest and research in many multi-disciplinary areas with programmes ranging from Culture and Colonialism to Irish Studies, English, History, Philosophy or Old Irish to Film and Digital Media. The skills of critical analysis, problem-solving and other transferable skills are attained through our innovative teaching programmes. Thus graduates are equipped to become responsible citizens and valued members of society.

About the University

With over 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence.

Our Reputation

NUI Galway has earned national and international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top-quality teaching.‌

Our Campus

‌Our campus has been transformed over the past decade through our €400 million capital programme. With over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land, the University is right in the heart of Galway city.

How We're Unique

From our position on the very edge of Europe, we reach out to the world, and we have the most diverse student body in Ireland. Irish language and culture, as well as volunteering and community outreach, play a strong role in the student experience here.

The Irish Language

The language has a unique position in the University, predominantly due to its proximity to the Connemara Gaeltacht - the largest Irish-speaking region in Ireland.

Our History

From Queen's College to the National University of Ireland, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland.‌‌‌


In addition to traditional subjects such as English, History and Philosophy, students in the Humanities are also offered scope to develop areas of interest such as Irish Studies, Journalism, Creative Writing, Film or Drama and Theatre Studies. Our range of undergraduate programmes combines traditional Arts Subjects with these specialisms thus providing an extra element to the student qualification.


Our School has a vibrant student research community with over 120 PhD students. Students are matched with a supervisor in their area of interest and have access to great archive resources and a broad research community. Many interactive conferences, collaborations and initiatives take place each semester fostering a dynamic community of researchers.

In addition, Humanities has twenty-one different taught MA programmes offering many a bridge to PhD research or, particularly for more professionally focussed programmes, increased employability. Many of our MA programmes are offered on either a full-time or a part-time basis.

International Students

Our English, History and Philosophy courses are popular with international students with a few hundred each year taking classes. Our small group classes allow for exchange of ideas and sharing of different cultures. Most of our taught MA programmes have a cohort of international students which creates an interesting dynamic and mix of perspectives in class groups.


  • Galway

    c/o School of Humanities, Galway, University Road, , Galway