Diploma supplements are produced and posted by the Conferring Office.

What is the Diploma Supplement ?

The Diploma Supplement (DS) is a document accompanying a higher education diploma, providing a standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by its holder.  This document provides information additional to the official award documents, such as: the skills and competences acquired; the level of the qualification; and entry requirements and access opportunities to the next level of education.  It also explains the Irish educational system and references the qualification against the European Qualifications Framework

It is produced by the higher education institutions according to standards agreed by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The Diploma Supplement is also part of the Europass framework transparency tools.
The supplement is designed as an aid to help (but not guarantee) recognition – it is not a CV or a substitute for the original qualification.
Please see the below links for more information:




Diploma Supplement FAQs

It is possible to get an explanation of particular sections of the Diploma Supplement:

Section 2.2 Main field(s) of study for the qualification (disciplines)

Shows only the major field(s) of study (disciplines) that define the main subject area(s) for the qualification.  The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011) fields of education is used - http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/international-standard-classification-of-education-isced-2011-en.pdf

Section 3.1 National Framework of Qualifications level and Award Type

For a detailed definition of the National Framework of Qualifications levels and Award Types
please go to: http://www.nfq.ie/nfq/en/frame_action/levels.html

Section 4.2    Programme requirements

Please refer to websites below for detailed information on Programme requirements :

Section 6.1    Additional Information

Refers to some of the academic and non-academic achievements attained such as the University Scholar and the Presidential Award.  Please refer to websites below for detailed information:



What are ECTS?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences to be acquired. Further information can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/education/ects/ects_en.htm.

What are credits?

A credit system is a systematic way of describing an educational programme by attaching credits to its components. The definition of credits in higher education systems may be based on different parameters, such as student workload, learning outcomes and contact hours.

What is the Bologna Process?

Please go to http://ec.europa.eu/education/policy/higher-education/bologna-process_en.htm for more information.

How do I query the content of a Diploma Supplement I have received ?

Contact the NUI Galway Conferring Office via email: conferring@nuigalway.ie
Please quote full name and student ID number (which is listed on the Diploma Supplement) and details of your query in relation to the Diploma Supplement received.

Who is eligible to receive a Diploma Supplement ?

All graduates who have completed a taught programme of learning based on a minimum of 60 credits receive a Diploma Supplement.  

Diploma Supplements are not available for postgraduate taught courses prior to 2014; they are not available for postgraduate research courses prior to Winter Conferrings 2019.  

When are they produced and where are they sent ?

Diploma Supplements are available after each Graduation and are posted to the home address of the graduate.