Maynooth University


Maynooth University is one of the leading new universities in the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) survey ranked MU #49 in its latest Young University Rankings; this is the highest position achieved by an Irish university. The success follows on from the University’s strong performances in other recent THE rankings, including being named among the top 400 universities in the world, the top 200 European universities, and being recognised as one of the top 200 universities with strongest international connections and perspective in the world.

Postgraduate study

Whatever your reasons for undertaking postgraduate study – to research a subject you are deeply interested in or invest in your future career – at Maynooth University you will be led by academics who are leaders in their chosen field and passionate about their role as educators.

Candidates without an academic degree, a Taught Master’s qualification is still an option at Maynooth University. Through its ‘recognition of prior learning’ (RPL) policy, Maynooth University acknowledges the value of labour market participation to life-long education.

Most prospective postgraduate students do not realise that it is possible to move into a new area of study via a conversion Master’s programme. These popular programmes offer level 8 Bachelor degree holders (or equivalent) a ‘no experience necessary’ path into a new field of expertise.

As a graduate student at Maynooth, you will embark on a stimulating and challenging journey alongside academics who are passionate about their research, and involve you in new discoveries and understandings while training you to the highest level in your discipline.


Highlighted Courses


The MSc in IT-Enabled Innovation is aimed at both Business and non-Business graduates and developed by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI); a consortium containing Intel, Boston Consulting Group, and Maynooth University; the MSc in IT-Enabled Innovation provides managers with a toolkit to create business value from IT.  This course develops the capacity for participants to understand how IT operates both as a function and as a key interrelated resource within an organisational context. This involves understanding people, work processes, relationships, organisation structures, and organisation strategies, and how all of these impact on and are impacted by Information Technology.


We live in a moment where the key discourses which have dominated our understanding of the world – of politics, economics and culture at large – suddenly seem inadequate to the task of engaging with an allegedly ‘post-truth’ environment. New discourses are struggling to emerge; some old ones appear once again to be urgently relevant.  The political challenges now confronting us are urgent and manifold, and demand serious critical thinking. These include: inequality, migration, climate change, neo-imperialism, neo-nationalism and isolationism, the exploitations and depredations of global capitalism and resurgent misogyny and racism. The MA in English: Literatures of Engagement addresses this sense of crisis by recognising the significant role that literature – and the critical discourses associated with the study of literature – have in both reproducing and analysing cultural values and ideologies, but also in articulating responses and resistance to those


In response to recent global economic and financial upheaval, this degree programme analyses the role of risk in economic and financial decision-making. Emphasising problem-solving through combining theoretical principles, quantitative methods and empirical tools, graduates acquire a range of skills and have excellent employment records in areas like credit risk management, insurance, bond trading, investment and fund management. The one-year programme requires a 2.1 honours degree in Finance or Economics or a degree with substantial Finance or quantitative component, such as Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Maths Physics or Statistics. A two-year programme is available for students without the required Economics/Finance background.



This programme empowers actors and practitioners from development, security and other peace and security related institutional backgrounds involved in international peace-building with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to provide leadership to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent conflict. This master’s programme will provide a challenging learning experience for those who wish to develop and integrate mediation and negotiation knowledge and skills with their awareness of wider conflict and development issues while providing students with a critical insight of the entire spectrum of international conflict intervention.


There has never been a better time to study innovation! Innovation is the no.1 priority of the Irish government as a driver for economic growth; it is the central pillar of EU and US development strategies. Companies large and small also recognise the essential need for early-stage innovation research that uncovers crucial understanding of user needs, socio-cultural trends and insights, which lead to exciting and differentiating new innovation concepts.
The programme welcomes participants from varied disciplinary backgrounds, including graduates of Social Sciences, Anthropology, Design, Business or Engineering. Graduates of other disciplines are also invited to apply.



Located in the heart of Ireland’s only university town, Maynooth University is based just 25 kilometres from the city of Dublin, offering a large, historic campus ideal for postgraduate studies. 
In recent years, Maynooth has invested in an impressive capital building project, including a new state-of-the-art Library building, student accommodation, a bespoke Education building and an award-winning enterprise and technology hub.  With dedicated postgraduate space in the Library building, postgraduate students can access support from our team of Subject Librarians and our Research Support Librarian. One to one and group consultations help to support your research, with training and guidance finding information and using library resources, advice on conducting literature reviews, managing your references and showcasing your research.



Each year Maynooth University invests over €1.4 million in postgraduate scholarships:

John and Pat Hume Doctoral Awards:

Each year, Maynooth University provides up to thirty John and Pat Hume doctoral awards to support prospective students, commencing research studies at the university. The John and Pat Hume PhD Scholarships provide up to €18k of stipend support plus full fees for up to 4 years of PhD studies. The application process is competitive and prospective students should visit the website to make an application:

Maynooth University Teaching Studentships

Maynooth University awarded 11 Teaching Studentships in 2017 to postgraduate students commencing their PhD studies. Offering a €9,000 stipend per annum and fees paid over 5 years, these Doctoral students commit to an agreed number of teaching/demonstrating hours for their Departments during their PhD. Please visit the Maynooth University website for information on current opportunities.

Taught Master’s Scholarships:

(€2,000 Taught Masters Scholarships)

Maynooth University offers sixty scholarships of €2,000 cash to support full-time taught Master’s study at Maynooth University. These Master’s Scholarships are available across all Departments of the university, and they are open to EU and non-EU citizens, and to Maynooth and non-Maynooth graduates. The funding is competitive and prospective students should make an application online at:

Alumni Scholarships:

If you are/will be a graduate of Maynooth University and have not undertaken a Taught Master’s programme elsewhere, you are eligible to apply for a Taught Master’s Alumni Scholarship of €5,000 at Maynooth University. The funding is competitive and prospective students should make an application online at:


Since the 18th century, researchers and scholars at Maynooth have fostered a spirit of inquiry and scholarship rooted in the classical European tradition.

That tradition of intellectual freedom informs the principles and values that make Maynooth University a uniquely scholarly and research intensive institution. To this day, scholarly rigour, academic freedom, and collegial collaboration remain the hallmarks of the Maynooth researcher.  

As a scholarly community in the 21st century, we now work in diverse ways to inquire and discover, to create, conserve, disseminate and apply knowledge, to prepare the researchers of tomorrow and to engage with the problems and challenges that face modern society. We bring our scholarly expertise to bear on the key questions for our age, and are rightly proud that our research informs the teaching we provide at all levels.

Through our world-class research institutes, we are addressing key issues facing the modern world. In exploring human health, our researchers are collaborating with healthcare providers and industry to discover new ways to tackle disease and discover new medicines. In the area of ICT and smart technologies, our research ranges from protecting privacy and security in networked data to developing computer systems capable of sensing and understanding the world.

Within the social sciences, researchers are devising sustainable responses to a changing world, from climate change to smart cities. In the humanities, we are exploring the past and present through social, political and historical lenses that will help better grapple with the challenges of the future.


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