gradireland Higher Education Awards

Connie Healy--HE awards

Award-winner at the November 2019 HE Awards. L–R: Tristanne Silva, gradireland; Connie Healy, Programme Director, Masters in International and Comparative Business Law, NUI Galway; Mark Cumisky, Career and Skills Consultant, UCD; read more about the award-winning courses here 

Cindy Coleman--HE awards

Award-winner at the November 2019 HE Awards. L–R: Tristanne Silva, gradireland; Cindy Coleman, Co-Director (with Janusz Krawczyk, not pictured), MSc in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy, NUI Galway; Gillian Skinner, Marketing & Talent Specialist, Jameson International; read more about the award-winning courses here. 

The gradireland Higher Education Awards  (formerly known as the gradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards) have been taking place annually since 2012. These Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the calibre of postgraduate courses all across Ireland. Courses are judged on such criteria as employability, links with industry, the student experience, and research excellence record of its academics. These awards are now widely recognised and firmly established with HEIs and other stakeholders across Ireland and internationally. 


We had the following courses shortlisted for these Awards in November 2019: 

  • Best New Course: 

MSc (AgriBiosciences)
Masters in International and Comparative Business Law
MSc in International Accounting and Analytics
MSc in Exercise Physiology and Application in Therapy
MSc in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy
MSc (Global Environmental Economics)

Winners, November 2019:  

Read more about the award-winning courses here.

Winner New Course PG 2020 Winner 2020 PG course Law




We had seven courses shortlisted for these Awards in 2018: 

Winner 2018:  

Best Business, Finance and Management course 2018MSc in International Management.


We had four courses shortlisted for these Awards in 2017, along with a nomination for Best Prospectus, in the Student Marketing Category.

Winner 2017: 

Best Postgraduate Prospectus Winner. Order (or download) our award-winning postgraduate prospectuses (Taught and Research editions available) here.


Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards: November 2016 

The winners of the 2017 gradireland Higher Education Awards were announced in November 2016: NUI Galway programmes were nominated ten times across four categories and our team proudly took home two awards on the day: the winner in the Science category was the MSc in Biotechnology, National University of Ireland, Galway which has now taken home this award twice in a row, for more information on this programme click here.  The most hotly contested award t was for Best New Course, with NUI Galway nominated four times in this category, and we were delighted that the MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (MSc.CCAFS) took home the prize. To explore this programme further or to apply click here. 

Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards: April 2016 

Our MSc in Biotechnology was shortlisted in the Science course category for 2016, and went on to win the Award for Postgraduate Science Course of the Year at a ceremony in The Mansion House, Dublin, on 28 April 2016.


We had two courses shortlisted for these Awards in 2015 , and in 2015 again took home the award for best Information Technology course. Our MSc Biotechnology was the runner-up in the Science course category.

Shortlisted 2015:
Winner 2015:


We had FOUR courses shortlisted for these Awards in 2014 (the most courses shortlisted for any Irish Higher Education Institution), and this year again took home the award for best Business course. Read more here

Shortlisted 2014:

Winner(s) 2014:


We had a record EIGHT courses shortlisted for the Irish Postgraduate Course of the YeaAwards 2013. We won in three of the five major categories: best Business course, best Engineering course, and best Science course.