Biology - Research

Research students will immersed in work of a senior researcher within one of our research groups across immunology and microbiology, sustainable exploitation in biology, evolutionary biology and environmental biology. Recent outputs from the Department include publications in high-impact journals, such as Nature Immunology, Cell and PNAS, and the development of two campus companies: Profector, which provides technology for genetics and Beemune, which seeks to protect the health of bees.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant biological subject is required. Additional qualifications such as MSc or relevant work experience may also be considered. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their projected area of research and to identify academic supervisor(s). For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHD02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHD03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHD04 MSc by Research 2 years Full-time
MHD05 MSc by Research 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr. Martina Schroeder
Tel : +353 (0)1 708 6853
Fax :+353 (0)1 708 3845


Biology/Institute of Immunology
Sustained funding success over fifteen years has meant that Biology & Immunology at Maynooth, with 18 research laboratories, is one of the best equipped and resourced biological research units in Ireland. Among its main research strengths are immunology and microbiology. Research focuses on preclinical models of human disease, new approaches to tackle inflammatory conditions and the application of cell therapies, especially for lung diseases. This involves partnerships with multinational biopharmaceutical companies, emerging Irish enterprises, NGOs and charities.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

The research activities of the department have increased significantly in scope and the department has established international reputations in areas of biological control, bioinformatics, immunology, medical mycology, molecular genetics and plant biotechnology.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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