Tertiary Degrees at ATU

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Would you like to study close to home? Consider applying for one of the Tertiary Degrees at ATU

You can now start your degree in your local ETB (Education and Training Board) for a year, and then complete your degree at one of ATU’s campuses in the region.

Tertiary Degrees at ATU

You can choose from the following four degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Engineering Technologies
  • Tertiary Access Route into Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing


What ETBs are taking part?

  • Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB)
  • Galway Roscommon ETB (GRETB)
  • Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB (MSLETB)


What are the fees?

There are no fees attached to the first year of these courses in the Education and Training Boards. In subsequent years, the normal registration fees will apply.

You will be eligible to apply for a SUSI grant. Further information can be found here: https://www.susi.ie/.


Why choose a Tertiary degree?

Tertiary degree programmes are ideal for individuals who have a strong interest or previous experience in the subject area.

You may have completed a part-time course in your local ETB or have experience working in a related field, maybe you have not considered third level education due to family and/or other caring duties; perhaps you work in a family business or have farm responsibilities; maybe the financial costs associated with accommodation or childcare are holding you back; or you have additional needs or a medical condition.

Tertiary degree programmes allow you to complete year one close to home in your local ETB before choosing to specialise at an ATU campus of your choice.

Progression is guaranteed upon meeting successful completion criteria in year one

Visit your local ETB site for application information and application deadlines:

Atlantic Technological University is a technological university in the west and north-west of Ireland. It was formally established on 1 April 2022 as a merger of three existing institutes of technology – Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo, and Letterkenny IT – into a single university, the fourth such TU in Ireland.

Atlantic Technological University offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Lifelong Learning opportunities for aspiring higher education students. Learning is and will be the core activity of the Institute, bringing students, staff and the region together to share, apply, test and create knowledge. Out of ATU’s five campuses, the Galway Campus is the largest and home of the Institute’s administrative headquarters. Overlooking Galway Bay, the campus remains one of Galway City’s iconic landmarks due to its distinctive architecture and design. The modern building hosts an IT Centre and the Library. Business, Tourism, Engineering, Science a wide range of courses are available on this campus.

Galway City is also home to ATU’s The Centre for Creative Arts and Media. A stones throw away from the city centre, the campus focuses in courses in art & design, textiles, and film & documentary that cater to aspiring creative students, who are looking to gain on hands experience to prepare them for Art and Multimedia sectors. The building consists of high ceilings, wide windows and spacious room, while the library is constructed with Irish oak using a distinct ecclesiastical theme.

The Mayo Campus of Atlantic Technological University opened its doors to students back in 1994 and now offers modern facilities and services for both students and staff. Courses in Nursing, Business, Sciences, Tech among others are the main focus at the Mayo Campus. The National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology is located in North-West Connamara at ATU’s Letterfrack Campus. The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology was the first institute in Ireland to house a agricultural college, originally set up by the Franciscan Brothers in 1904. Today students at Mountbellow have the choice between two degrees on the campus – Rural Enterprise & Agribusiness or Agriculture & Environmental Management.

Among the excellent academic services provided by ATU, there are also great recreational facilities for its students to avail of including GAA, rugby, soccer, athletics, indoor sports and a selection of clubs and societies.

ATU Campuses

  • ATU Galway City, Dublin Road
  • ATU Galway City, Wellpark Road
  • ATU Mayo
  • ATU Connemara
  • ATU Mountbellew 

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