Five reasons to study a postgraduate course in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway

Are you trying to decide what to do after your undergraduate degree? Alternatively, are you thinking of returning to University to complete a postgraduate degree? Making the choice to do a postgraduate programme is an investment in your future and in an increasingly competitive job market, a postgraduate qualification can set you apart from other candidates, boost your prospects, and help kick-start your career. A postgraduate degree in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies will equip you with the academic qualifications and skills to succeed in your future career paths.

Here are just 5 reasons why you should study a postgraduate course in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway:

  • Professional Qualifications that are Highly Sought After

At NUI Galway, we offer a number of postgraduate programmes in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies that will give you the specialised qualifications required for a number of career paths. Are you interested in becoming a Social Worker? With the MA Social Work, you will be eligible to apply for registration with CORU as qualified social workers in a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. If you want to work as a professional conference interpreter, you can study the MA (Conference Interpreting) which will allow you to sit the Inter-Institutional EU Accreditation Tests and work as a professional conference interpreter, an area where there is increasing demand in Ireland and in the EU. We have a suite of professionally accredited postgraduate programmes within the School of Psychology by the PSI and offer both full and part time Professional Doctorate Programmes in Clinical Psychology. For those looking to teach at post primary level, The Professional Master of Education (PME) at NUI Galway is a recognised and accredited postgraduate qualification for teaching (post-primary) and provides the professional knowledge, understanding and pedagogical skills required to become a teacher. Also offered through Irish with the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas, this qualification is more sought after than ever given the shortage of post primary teachers in Ireland.


  • Unique and New Programme Offerings to give you a Distinctive Qualification

We have a number of highly unique programmes in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies that can give you a truly differentiated and specialised postgraduate qualification. The MA Literature and Publishing is Ireland’s only postgraduate programme dedicated to literature and publishing and this course provides the opportunity to study the history and business of publishing within the context of literary study. The MA in Family Support Studies is the only of its kind in Europe with an emphasis on applying a Family Support orientation across a wide range of practice and policy arenas.

In September 2020, we will launch a new postgraduate course, the MA (Rural Futures Planning and Innovation). This course will address an observed gap in rural specialist knowledge and training that can identify future planning needs and challenges and respond in a critical and reflexive way with innovative and alternative practical strategies, policy narratives and theoretical perspectives to those that have tended towards reactive, predictive and low-impact intervention in this dynamic sphere of development and change, locally, nationally and internationally.

  • The Skills to Succeed in your Career

Whist Arts and Humanities have been traditionally perceived as academic areas, the skills that you learn are some of the most sought after by employers globally. There is an increasing demand for skills such as critical thinking, coordination, social perceptiveness, active listening and complex problem-solving, all of which you will learn with a postgraduate programme in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. The ability to apply these skills, particularly in a technology setting will become more important than ever. While many STEM graduates will possess the hard skills required for such a setting, it is Arts graduates who will have the soft and transferrable skills that will result in idea generation, innovative problem solving and the creativity required to do things differently. Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple, once said: “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” In corporate and business environments, Arts graduates are also highly valued. Problem solving, effective communication, leadership, creativity and innovative thinking are just some of the skills sought after by employers such as Bank of Ireland, Lidl and KPMG and these are all skills accumulated through studying a postgraduate course in Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

  • Study in the Leading International Centre for the Creative Arts

NUI Galway is a leading international centre for the creative arts, with strong specialisms in Drama, Film, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Publishing and more. We offer unique and innovative courses at MA and PhD level, based on world-leading research, with all classes taught by leading academics and practitioners. Our courses are underpinned by strong partnerships with the creative arts sector, notably with such institutions as Druid Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, Galway International Arts Festival, and more. The newly launched MA (Creative Arts: Producing and Curation) includes an internship with an arts organisation and you will participate in the Galway International Arts Festival’s SELECTED Programme, a bespoke programme that gives students the unique opportunity to see how Ireland’s major annual cultural event is put together.

With Galway designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2020, it will be an exceptional time to study a postgraduate programme in the creative arts.


  • Follow in the Footsteps of Successful Graduates

Many of the graduates of our postgraduate courses have gone on to be highly successful and recognised in their fields of work across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Catherine Doyle, a graduate of the MA in Literature and Publishing has recently been shortlisted in the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 for her book The Lost Tide Warriors in the Specsavers Best Children’s Book category. Additionally Deirdre Sullivan, a graduate of the MA in Drama has been shortlisted in the Dept 51@Eason Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year award for her book Perfectly Preventable Deaths. Gar O’Brien, a graduate of the MA Film Studies was recently appointed as Head of Film & TV at the Irish Film & Television Academy having been programme director of the Galway Film Fleadh, 2010-18.


So while many may say that Arts is a vocation, the success stories of our graduates highlight the career opportunities that are opened up with a postgraduate degree from the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway.

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