J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway is committed to attracting high calibre students from around the world. To this end we are offering Merit Scholarships on our Master's programmes. To be eligible candidates must have achieved a H1 (or international equivalent) in their primary degree and scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. 

Please note that to be considered for this merit based scholarship applicants must have accepted their offer on their chosen programme by paying the deposit. Applications submitted by candidates who have not already accepted their offer will not be considered. It should also be noted that an individual student can only be in receipt of one scholarship or fee waiver at any given time. 


How to Apply:

For EU applications please complete our online: EU Scholarship Form

Non-EU applications please complete our online: Non-EU Scholarship Form

Business Postgraduate Merit Scholarship T&Cs

For any additional  information on the scholarship application process, please contact businesspostgrad@nuigalway.ie. ‌

List of Postgraduate Programmes which offer scholarships

MSc International Accounting and Analytics - Pathway A

MSc International Accounting and Analytics - Pathway B

MSc Corporate Finance

Master of Accounting

MSc International Management  

MSc Strategy, Innovation and People Management 

MSc  Human Resource Management 

M. Econ. Sc. in International Finance

MSc Global Environmental Economics

MSc Health Economics

MSc Ageing and Public Policy

MSc Information Systems Management 

MSc Business Analytics 

MSc  Marketing Management 

MSc International Marketing and Entrepreneurship 

MSc Digital Marketing 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Taught Postgraduate Scholarships 

EU Students:

NUI Galway has generous scholarships valued at €1,500 for EU students applying for full-time taught postgraduate courses. You will be eligible if you have been accepted to a full-time taught course at NUI Galway, and have attained a first class honours (or equivalent) in a Level 8 primary degree. Full criteria here (for entry 2022-23). 

International Scholarships Scheme

National University of Ireland, Galway is committed to attracting high calibre students from around the world. To this end, the University offers a range of based scholarships to students from a number of countries, in line with our strategic international priorities. Find out more

MBA Scholarships

The MBA programme has a suite of scholarships available for applicants who have been accepted onto our programme.  To be eligible for our scholarships the form must be submitted by June preceding start of the programme. Find out more

What our Scholars Say


Ellen Grant |   Master of Accounting Scholar 2020-21

I would absolutely recommend studying the Master of Accounting programme at NUI Galway. The programme is based on the CAP2 syllabus and provides a wide range of exemptions. The coursework is very much aligned to equip students with the skills they will need for their future careers with a specific emphasis on group work and an entire module dedicated to practical skills in Semester 2. This year has been a completely different experience due to the move to virtual learning. However, the lecturers and coordinators have done absolutely everything to facilitate a seamless transition. The teaching staff have been nothing but supportive and have created an open and safe environment for student contributions and feedback. The small class size also means there is a real opportunity to get to know almost everyone, which is something you don’t necessarily get with every course. Finally, it must be said that Galway city is an amazing location to study from. The weather may be unpredictable at times however, it more than makes up for it on the good days.

Jack Byrne |   MSc Global Environmental Economics Scholar 2020-21

I was delighted to receive the NUIG Business postgraduate scholarship to study a Masters in Global Environmental Economics. I came home from New Zealand at the height of the pandemic in 2020, and it was great to have the opportunity to get a world-class education at my hometown university. I had studied Law and Accounting in the University of Limerick for my undergraduate degree, then travelled and worked in South America, Australia and New Zealand for a few years. 2020 was a year of change for everyone so I chose to pursue a new direction in my career. I've really enjoyed the Msc in Global Environmental Economics so far. Our lecturers have done a great job in adapting to the online environment and the modules we have taken are very interesting. My favourites so far were Climate Change Economics and Econometrics, it's great to get an in-depth knowledge of what humanity needs to do to meet the challenges of climate change. The scholarships NUIG provide are a great help as a student as it eases some of the financial burden of making the decision to study a Masters. 

Aisling Sealy Phelan |   MSc Global & Environmental Economics scholar 2020-21

I have always had a keen interest in the Environment and tackling climate change and this, alongside my interest in economics is what led me to choose to study the MSc in Global Environmental Economics, and I couldn’t be happier. I was also very interested by the placement opportunities offered, and I hope to complete my placement later this year. I find the course has a great mix of subjects, both quantitative, theoretical, and practical, all with a focus on the economic issues of climate change and the potential solutions. It is a really interesting and extremely relevant course and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first semester albeit online. The lecturers have really adapted well to online delivery and although it is not the same as in person, they have provided great support throughout. I think the material covered in this course has been well thought out and planned, and I have learned so much over the last few months. Galway is an amazing city, full of friendly faces, culture, and craic - I could not recommend it more to any potential students. I think the course is a perfect balance between the interrelated issues of policy, economics, and the natural environment.

Faheem Azhar |   MSc Business Analytics Scholar 2020-21

My goal as a Business Analyst is to help guide businesses in improving the processes and services with the help of IT tools and data analysis.  As I belong to a middle-class family, it was nearly impossible for me to manage the huge cost of my study abroad. I am extremely grateful for the Merit Base Scholarship opportunity provided by the NUI Galway. Their overall process to apply for the scholarship was straightforward forward and the Business department was always there to answer my questions regarding that.  The teachers and the students are very cooperative. The content covered in the courses especially the programming and analytics-related courses is tailored from a basic level, which is very handy for someone like me who came purely from a business background.

Aoife Bell |   MSc Digital Marketing scholar 2020-21

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is passionate about the digital aspect of marketing as you gain valuable knowledge into topical areas of interest for future employers such as marketing analytics, social media marketing, content creation and digital sales management, to name a few. The course fully immerses you in the Digital Marketing world, where you are given the opportunity to attend captivating talks from industry experts and attain valuable certifications from accredited marketing organisations such as HubSpot. The course was well-balanced between learning important theory and practising what we learned through interactive class discussions, group projects, presentations and pitches. I can confidently say that I am a well-rounded marketer and prepared to bring these valuable lessons and skills learnt from this course into the real world of marketing!

Shyam Panchal |   MSc Information Systems Management Scholar 2020-21

The M.Sc. ISM (Information Systems Management) gives you a complete blend of sociotechnical subjects that is ideal for enhancing your innovative thinking, critical analysis, and decision-making skills. Professionally designed modules are well balanced, and their contemporary structure leads to the industry's growing expectations. Modules such as Interactive Systems Design, Project Management, and Applied System Analysis are imperative to demonstrate your IS skills. While pursuing my course, I got a chance to get an opportunity as a Teaching Assistant in one of the computer science programs, which helped me delivering the learned practical insights. I would thoroughly recommend this course to one who would like to expand their horizons in people and technology

Conor Flynn |   EY Turnaround and Restructuring Analyst

I chose the MSc Corporate Finance Program as it offers students the opportunity to develop their technical and analytical skills that are now so often sought by employers. In my experience lecturers were engaging, patient and understanding of student’s individual circumstances. As students come from a variety of backgrounds requiring no previous knowledge of module content, lecturers provide clear concise learning material in addition to extra resources across a variety of platforms including videos, websites, readings and podcasts. In my opinion, student diversity within the program is advantageous particularly in group discussion and/or projects as students draw upon different real-world experiences. The analytical elements of the degree are provided in conjunction with international institutions such as SAP allowing students to increase their employability prospects in the current competitive labour market. Finally, alignment with professional accountancy bodies mean the degree is well suited to students seeking to pursue a career in accountancy or professional services.

Mairead Long |   MSc Strategy, Innovation People Management Scholar 2020-21

During my time working in a technical role, I had the opportunity to get involved in more business-oriented projects and developed an interest in innovation and business strategy. The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management was a natural choice to allow me to further develop my areas of interest while also gaining proficiencies in human resources. The CIPD accreditation will stand to me in whatever path I choose. Despite the challenges we all faced studying during a pandemic, the lecturers made a marked effort to adapt to online delivery and made the course as accessible as possible for us. I was lucky enough to be with a cohort of supportive students who have provided that much needed interaction and camaraderie. I’ve had a very positive experience on this course, and I’m excited to see how I can apply it in my career going forward.

KOMAL Goel |   International Accounting & Analytics Scholar 2020-21

In the course of my professional journey, I realized that data analytics played a pivotal role in offering stronger assurance, providing business insights, and adding value. This realization grew into a robust desire to explore data analytics skills in the field of accounting. Further research helped me understand that there is no better master’s program that aligns with my interest and competencies than the MSc in International Accounting and Analytics (Pathway B) offered by NUIG. This is a unique industry-oriented program, which provides a wonderful opportunity for existing International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) members like me to understand the nuances of data analytics, tailor made for accounting professionals. It is an honor to be chosen for the postgrad scholarship offered by J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics for the Jan’21 intake of this prestigious program. Being a first-generation graduate in my family and coming from a farming background, I cannot describe with enough words how this scholarship has immensely motivated me to give 100% of my focus and efforts on my education without worrying about my financial situation.

Emma Gillespie |   Mayo Local Enterprise Office Graduate Programme

As a student in the MSc Corporate Finance course I gained both the skills and confidence necessary for a rewarding future career. The smaller class size allowed us to develop and engage in all the elements, albeit in a virtual sense, due to Covid restrictions. The lecturers are patient, approachable and highly-skilled and additionally their agility in being able to deliver the course in the virtual environment has to be commended. The modules are both challenging and rewarding, with the ability to somewhat customize your modules to direct your learning to areas that you are interested in. The course itself is a mix of quantitative and qualitative modules. The analytics elements are delivered by world-leading providers like SAP and offer separate certification that is highly desirable to employers. The work placement element of the course offers real-world experience and an opportunity to transform learning into actions. It enables the creation and cultivation of a network of industry peers that will serve well in the future. It has been a wholly positive experience and I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in a career in the finance field.

Jason Rochford |   MSc Corporate Finance Scholar 2020-21

"I cannot recommend the MSc in Corporate Finance or the NUIG faculty enough to prospective students, in what was an extremely challenging year to deliver educational content the staff consistently over-delivered. Despite the online learning environment, the course proved extremely interactive and engaging throughout the term, at a pace suitable for all backgrounds, combining both theoretical and practical perspectives. A big emphasis was placed on regular check-ins, one to one meetings and virtual coffees which showcased NUIG’s commitment to delivering high quality education no matter what the environment – physical or virtual which I found particularly valuable. Working in finance for 3 years prior, I felt the course provided a strong bedrock across key finance, asset management and accounting principles on which to further build on my career. The class comprised of a diverse set of backgrounds which truly enforced the global nature of the programme adding to the learning environment via team projects and discussion. The alignment of studies to professional exam bodies providing exemptions is also a super benefit."

Ellen Coleman |   Valuation, Modelling & Economics Analyst at EY

I would highly recommend the MSc in Corporate Finance to anyone looking to pursue career opportunities in this area. This masters programme focuses on developing both analytical and decision making skills through modules such as accounting, finance and portfolio management. The scholarship opportunities available at NUIG for postgraduate taught courses are second to none and provide many students with financial support that can aid in many ways. As a recipient of the Business Postgraduate Merit Scholarship, I believe that this drove me to achieve top results in Semester 1 and gave me the confidence to take part in finance related competitions and events throughout the year. My experience so far on the MSc in Corporate Finance programme has been very positive and I would strongly recommend that anyone interested explores this fantastic opportunity.

Mark Towey |   MSc Business Analytics Scholar 2020-21

The MSc in Business Analytics at NUIG gave me the ideal platform to start my career in analytics. Coming from a non-IT background I was nervous about the technical aspects of this course but I received excellent tuition and all staff and students on the course were extremely helpful and friendly. Learning programming languages such as Python, R and C# became my favourite modules of this course. There was a real emphasis on how we can use these technical skills to solve business problems and develop insights that businesses can act upon. The major project was a great experience in how to deal with a real-world business problem. We combined everything we had learned throughout the course to complete this project and I learned a lot from it. On reflection of the last year, it was a fantastic experience and I would encourage anyone to apply for this course as you gain a well-rounded education of all facets of business analytics. I am confident that I now have the technological skills and business knowledge needed to use and manage big data and business analytics in a modern organisation.

Leanne Ming Yuet Tang |   MSc Business Analytics Scholar 2020-21

I choose to pursuit a MSc in Business Analytics because I really enjoy what I learnt during my FY of BComm. Despite the pandemic, NUIG has endeavoured its best to provide an accessible learning and collaborative environment for students using online platforms. In this course, I expand my knowledge in advanced analytics that contribute to today’s AI driven society. With well-structured programme materials and lecturers’ enthusiasm, I really enjoy my learning. As a result, I would strongly recommend this course to potential newcomers who are interested in the technical field.

Ally Whyte |   MSc Strategy, Innovation People Management Scholar 2020-21

I would highly recommend the Strategy, Innovation and People Management course as the course is very well rounded, offering a wide range of modules in the areas of strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and HR, as well as an opportunity to go on placement in second semester. Although the course has been taught completely online this year, all of the lecturers have been extremely approachable, helpful and accommodating to the students which has made the year much easier. The assignments are mainly real world, team-based tasks which has helped me to meet lots of new people and develop my communication skills and confidence through taking part in presentations. Coming from a psychology background, I have especially enjoyed the people management modules! The course has equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed for the working world and I look forward to starting my work placement as HR Officer with Ryanair in April.

Emma Cummins |   Master of Accouting Scholar 2020-21

On completing a level eight Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting) degree in NUIG, I decided to apply for a place in the Master of Accounting programme. Upon securing a place, I applied for a scholarship having met the eligible criteria of achieving a H1. The scholarship process was straightforward which involved filling out a form and writing a short personal statement. The scholarship helped partly finance my studies. The masters cover a range of modules including tax, audit, financial reporting and finance. On completing the masters CAP2 exemptions will apply. The skills for accounting module provide an insight on case studies in the FAEs which will be beneficial in the near future.

Sarah Gavin |   Master of Accounting Scholar 2020-21

In completing the masters in accounting I can say that it successfully prepares you for the working world as a trainee accountant. The course has provided us with exemptions for the CAP 2 exams. As well as the academic modules, the course has given me the practical skills that is needed for completing the daily tasks in an accountant’s role. It has also provided us with excellent workshops to help us prepare for the FAE’s which I will have to sit to become a chartered accountant. The teaching staff at NUIG are incredibly supportive, they have also made themselves available to us if we have queries and questions about career paths and opportunities. We have also been given great opportunities to give our input into the structure of the course. Being awarded a scholarship from NUIG has enabled me to focus solely on my academics and achieve the best results possible in my exams without financial worry.

Amal Nada |   Audit Trainee at Grant Thornton

I was very lucky to be accepted MSc Corporate Finance, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway. MSc corporate finance is very exciting me because it provides practical insight to what is happening in the real world! Personally, I need such practical study because all my previous experience is academic. But after participating in this course, I feel that I can touch the application of theory in the industry world. Moreover, it is very nice when you find a continuous support from your instructors who are interested to arrange guest speakers' sessions to encourage us to participate and to keep us deeply understanding what is happening in the real world. Also, I am very happy with our weekly over coffee meeting with our program coordinator, in which we can discuss any concerns and listen to guest speakers from different disciplines, as well. A remarkable advantage that deserves to be mentioned is, at the end of this programme, there will be a work placement opportunity which will qualify you to be a part of the industry afterwards. Trust me, this programme is inclusive, you can learn so many things by doing.


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