The Bachelor of Science (Social Sciences)

A webpage for current first year students of the programme | 2021 - 2025

First Year Student Handbook

The 2021 - 2022 first year student handbook will be continuously updated throughout the year...

First Year BASS Student Handbook | 2021 - 2022

Year One Modules
Year One Modules

Other Important Student Handbooks

First Year Soc & Pol Handbook | 2021 - 2022

First Year Geography Handbook | 2021 - 2022

Online Learning at NUI Galway

Getting Started

Request to Study Remotely

University's Remote Study Protocol

The All Aboard Digital Skills Map

Digital Skills Map All Aboard | Digital Skills in Higher Education

Open Badge Passport Website

The NUIG Guide for Citing Harvard Style and Essay Help and Information

Harvard Style Citing & References

Harvard Style Referencing Handout

Essay Submission Form

Essay Appraisal Form

Some Important Information and Links

Student Supports Information

Students' Queries Recommended Steps

Absent Due to Extenuating Circumstances

Extended Leave of Absent

How to Write a Formal Email as a University Student

  1. You must use your student email address
  2. Stick to a professional black font
  3. Always include a short and accurate subject line
  4. Use a proper salutation (e.g. ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Dear Dr Reilly’)
  5. Make sure you are making contact with the correct lecturer/tutor/teacher
  6. Introduce yourself in the first paragraph (name and student number), and the module you refer to in the email
  7. Prioritise the most important information and get to the point quickly
  8. Keep your message/question brief
  9. Use formal language and do not use slang or text speak
  10. Use a proper form of closing (e.g. 'kind regards')
  11. Include an necessary documents or attachments
  12. Proofread your message for meaning, spelling, and grammar
  13. Make sure that the email does not contain any sensitive information
  14. Always be realistic about a timeframe for a response (you should never expect a response in the evening or over the weekend).