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University of Galway

Location

University Road, Galway, IE, Galway Ireland

Ranking

# =273QS World University Rankings

About University of Galway

University of Galway has been inspiring minds since 1845 as a research-led university and is one of the oldest and largest universities in Ireland. We are an international university with global ambition, but with deep roots in Galway City and West of Ireland, renowned for its unique culture, creative industries, medical technologies, marine ecology and economy, and  innovation. From this unique location, we are passionate about leading the transition to a more sustainable future. Located on the edge of the Atlantic, in a global hub for medical technology, data and IT, and in a city renowned for culture and creativity, we are committed to using our talents and skills to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals from multiple perspectives.

Named as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2022, our impact and achievements include being ranked 258th by QS, in the top 2% of higher education institutions worldwide, according to 2021 QS World University Rankings, and was ranked among the best universities globally in the study of 19 subjects . Ranked 82nd place in the  2021 Sustainable Development Goals World Ranking , University of Galway continues to excel with successes in SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy achieving a rank of 14th place, 44 th place in SDG 3-Good Health & Wellbeing, 71 st place in SDG 5-Gender Equality and 62 nd place in SDG 10-Reduced Inequalities. We are also recipients of the Gold STARS Award for Sustainability from ASSHE, along with eight Athena SWAN School Bronze Awards.

With over 19,000 students, 3,300 international students and 480 international staff from 122 countries, University of Galway contributes greatly to the diversity and dynamism of Galway City and the West of Ireland as a region. We are Ireland’s leading University for student volunteering and for Graduate Employability,  with a Graduate Employment rate of 98% over the past number of years.  

University of Galway has a long-established world leading reputation of teaching and research excellence. With an academic community of world-leading researchers working at the forefront of their fields, we offer our students opportunities to collaborate internationally through its programmes, delivered through our four Colleges (Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies; Business, Public Policy and Law; Engineering and Science,  and Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences)  and five Research Institutes ( Data Science Institute (DSI), Ryan Institute , Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change , Institute for Lifecourse and Society ,   Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies ).

The University's main Galway campus sits at the heart of the city, covering over 105 hectares of land along the River Corrib. Our regional footprint is the largest in Ireland, spanning the Atlantic seaboard with over 2,770 staff and 110,000 alumni network worldwide. As one of the largest employers in Galway, the university makes a significant contribution to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the city.

We are passionate about leading the transition to a more sustainable future for our students and wider community, through our shared values of Respect, Openness, Sustainability and Excellence . From our home on the edge of the Atlantic – a global hub for medical technology, data and IT, and a city renowned for culture – we are committed to providing our students with the best student experience whilst preparing them for the future. Our University Strategy 2020–2025 Shared Vision, Shaped by Values outlines our vision for University of Galway, formed by Sustainable Development Goals. 

About University of Galway

University of Galway has been inspiring minds since 1845 as a research-led university and is one of the oldest and largest universities in Ireland. We are an international university with global ambition, but with deep roots in Galway City and West of Ireland, renowned for its unique culture, creative industries, medical technologies, marine ecology and economy, and  innovation. From this unique location, we are passionate about leading the transition to a more sustainable future. Located on the edge of the Atlantic, in a global hub for medical technology, data and IT, and in a city renowned for culture and creativity, we are committed to using our talents and skills to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals from multiple perspectives.

Named as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2022, our impact and achievements include being ranked 258th by QS, in the top 2% of higher education institutions worldwide, according to 2021 QS World University Rankings, and was ranked among the best universities globally in the study of 19 subjects . Ranked 82nd place in the  2021 Sustainable Development Goals World Ranking , University of Galway continues to excel with successes in SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy achieving a rank of 14th place, 44 th place in SDG 3-Good Health & Wellbeing, 71 st place in SDG 5-Gender Equality and 62 nd place in SDG 10-Reduced Inequalities. We are also recipients of the Gold STARS Award for Sustainability from ASSHE, along with eight Athena SWAN School Bronze Awards.

With over 19,000 students, 3,300 international students and 480 international staff from 122 countries, University of Galway contributes greatly to the diversity and dynamism of Galway City and the West of Ireland as a region. We are Ireland’s leading University for student volunteering and for Graduate Employability,  with a Graduate Employment rate of 98% over the past number of years.  

University of Galway has a long-established world leading reputation of teaching and research excellence. With an academic community of world-leading researchers working at the forefront of their fields, we offer our students opportunities to collaborate internationally through its programmes, delivered through our four Colleges (Colleges of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies; Business, Public Policy and Law; Engineering and Science,  and Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences)  and five Research Institutes ( Data Science Institute (DSI), Ryan Institute , Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change , Institute for Lifecourse and Society ,   Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies ).

The University's main Galway campus sits at the heart of the city, covering over 105 hectares of land along the River Corrib. Our regional footprint is the largest in Ireland, spanning the Atlantic seaboard with over 2,770 staff and 110,000 alumni network worldwide. As one of the largest employers in Galway, the university makes a significant contribution to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the city.

We are passionate about leading the transition to a more sustainable future for our students and wider community, through our shared values of Respect, Openness, Sustainability and Excellence . From our home on the edge of the Atlantic – a global hub for medical technology, data and IT, and a city renowned for culture – we are committed to providing our students with the best student experience whilst preparing them for the future. Our University Strategy 2020–2025 Shared Vision, Shaped by Values outlines our vision for University of Galway, formed by Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Rankings & ratings

University of Galway is one of the top universities in Galway, Ireland. It is ranked #=273 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #287
  • 2014
    #=284
  • 2015
    #=280
  • 2016
    #=271
  • 2017
    #=249
  • 2018
    #=243
  • 2019
    #=260
  • 2020
    #259
  • 2021
    #238
  • 2022
    #=258
  • 2023
    #=270
  • 2024
    #289
  • 2025
    #=273

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