Research in University of Galway

NUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University.  We emphasise interdisciplinary research programmes, and collaborations with industry partners in areas of strategic importance, both regionally and nationally. Situated on the edge of Europe, NUI Galway is a dynamic location for research and innovation.  Our approach is to be collaborative, creative, interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial. We partner with almost 3,000 research institutes worldwide to create global networks of expertise.

In the past ten years, our researchers have tripled their annual output of indexed publications, quadrupled the number of invention disclosures made annually and increased the annual number of citations by a factor of five. In the past decade, we have also more than doubled our annual number of research graduates.  A number of NUI Galway researchers have been included among the most "influential names in science", according to Thomson Reuters. The list is a citation analysis identifying scientists ­ as determined by their fellow researchers ­ whose research has had a significant global impact within their respective fields of study.

 Find out more about University of Galway's different research areas.

In order to better understand the scale and reach of our research output, the University engages a number of research metrics and tools to assess and benchmark our research reach and impact while engaging with the principles of Responsible Metrics which University of Galway is committed to further developing and implementing.


4th June 2024

QS World University Ranking 2025: University of Galway ranked 273rd in the world, out of ~1,500 global universities. 


10th April 2024 

QS World University Subject Rank 2024: University of Galway  achieved a global rank in 24 subjects, up from 23 in 2023, with a Top 100 Global Rank in 3 subjects. 


5th December 2023

University of Galway is ranked 120 in the second year of the QS Sustainability Ranking, up from 161-170 in 2022. 


27th September 2023

University of Galway retains it's global rank of 301-350 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. 


20th September 2023

University of Galway is ranked 98th in Europe out of 690 institutions across 42 European locations in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Europe 


27th June 2023

University of Galway is ranked 289th out of ~ 1500 institutions worldwide in the QS World university Rankings. 


1st June 2023

University of Galway continued to climb in the  5th edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World IMPACT Rankings 2023, andhas a global rank of 34 (no. 1 in Ireland, up from 47 in 2022) out of a total  of 1,591 institutions from 112 countries across the World.

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22nd March 2023

QS World University Subject Rank 2023: University of Galway achieved a global rank in 23 Subjects, up from 22 last year - with Performing Arts at University of Galway achieiving a global rank of 101-120 for the first time. The subject of English at University of Galway also broke into the top 100 in the world, achieving a global subject rank of 91. 


12th October 2022

University of Galway has climbed in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2023,  into the 301-350 category, up from the 351-400 category last year.