Our New and Returning Postgraduate Research Student's Guide is a very useful signpost document that directs you to relevant university services e.g. registration, fees, accommodation.

Welcome to University of Galway.

Orientation seeks to welcome you and provide you with the necessary information as you start your research journey at University of Galway.

Orientation will be in three stages.

Stage 1 Pre-recorded Presentations

Please note: Stage 1 Pre-recorded Presentations are now available below.
(Click on this link or scroll down the page).
 Please review each of these presentations prior to Stage 2 and Stage 3.

Attendance at Stage 2 and 3 Orientation is obligatory. Your attendance will be recorded.

Orientation will give you the opportunity to learn more about

-the graduate research environment at University of Galway
-commencing your research programme
-services provided by the university 

Orientation also gives you the opportunity to meet staff and other students.

Orientation Stages

Stage 1 - Pre-recorded presentations

Please note: Stage 1 Pre-recorded Presentations are now available belowPlease review each of these presentations prior to Stage 2 and Stage 3.

To view subtitles (if not provided within presentation)

  • Google Chrome browser can generate captions for any audio or video file which you are watching/listening to in the browser (Settings > Advanced > Accessibility > Live Captions).
  • When going to each video presentation, if subtitles not available–select Watch on YouTube, you will have an option for closed captioning or to open a transcript for subtitles. Click on the cc icon in the bottom right of the video for closed captions or on the 3 small dots under email video and select Open Transcript..

Stage 2  - University level Orientation 

Hosted by Prof. Dónal Leech, Dean of Graduate Studies

  • Date/Time: Thursday, 19th October from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (This includes registration at the beginning and lunch at the end)
    Contact: Caoimhe Forde graduatestudies@universityofgalway.ie 
  • Venue: Aula Maxima, Ground Floor, Quadrangle Building (Building 1 on Campus map
    A light lunch will be provided at the end of the session.
    Please let Caoimhe at graduatestudies@universityofgalway.ie know if you have any dietary requirements prior to the 12th October.
  • Parkinghttps://www.universityofgalway.ie/buildings/service-helpdesk/get-to-around/

Stage 3 - College Induction/Orientation 

This is organised by the Vice-Deans of Graduate Studies in your relevant College.

  • College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
    Date/TimeFriday, 20th October from 3 – 5 pm
    Organiser: Dr. Lindsay Reid lindsay.reid@universityofgalway.ie
    Platform: Live online via Zoom (details will be included in email sent to PGR students who didn't attend Stage 2 session in August in due course). If you attended Stage 2 in August and/or didn't receive the zoom log in details, please contact Dr. Reid directly. 
  • College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
    Date/Time: Thursday, 19th October from 2-3 pm
    Organiser: Dr. Lorraine Morgan (College Contact cbppl@universityofgalway.ie)
    Venue: Whitaker Room (CA110), Cairnes Building (Building 35 on Campus map)

Further Supports for Incoming International Students

Please also see:

Looking forward to meeting you.

Dónal Leech
Dean of Graduate Studies 

Key Links and Contacts (from Presentations below)

Postgraduate Research Orientation Videos

College Orientation Videos: