Chemistry - Research

The aim of the Department is to provide graduate students with every opportunity to enhance and develop their career, by providing good supervision, training in research methodology in physical, organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry and professional skills required to develop as an early career researcher.

Entry requirements

Normally a Second Class Honours Grade 1 primary honours degree in chemistry, or a related discipline. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their projected area of research. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHE02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHE03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHE04 MSc by Research 2 years Full-time
MHE05 MSc by Research 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Administration
Postgraduate Committee Department of Chemistry
Tel : +353(0)1 708 3770


Chemistry at Maynooth is distinctive in that the size of the Department is large enough to offer a range of structured, funded research options within modern laboratory facilities and research instrumentation typical of a larger university, but still small enough to maintain a highly studentoriented, supportive environment.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research strengths include bioanalytics and neuroscience, electrochemistry and materials chemistry, spectroscopy and astrochemistry of low temperature materials, biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry, synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry.

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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