This course is designed for students who have a curiosity about the wider world and how humans diversely experience living and being in that world. Anthropology focuses on the links between global and local processes, between abstract theory and real behaviour, equipping students with sophistication in social theory and practical engagement with people in their lived contexts.

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree grade II (2.2) in Anthropology or related discipline is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHC60 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Anthropology provides excellent preparation for a career in community work, education, the health professions, product design, international aid and development projects, NGO work, and business and administration.

Further enquiries

Programme Coordinator Dr Pauline Garvey
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3587 / 3984
Fax; +353 (0)1 708 3570
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Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include theory, ethnography and research methodologies.


Maynooth University is home to the only department of anthropology in the Republic of Ireland. Our department was established in 1983 and since then has gained an international reputation for the quality of its research and the teaching and learning experience it provides.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

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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