Maynooth University

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Building on a tradition of scholarship and excellence in all aspects of its Teaching and Learning, and research activities, within the liberal arts and sciences tradition Maynooth University is committed to being a first class research-led centre of learning and academic discovery. It is located on a pleasant university campus in Ireland’s only university town 20km west of Dublin, and has recently undergone a major phase of expansion in research, teaching and service facilities. The spacious campus is laid out in its own extensive grounds in rural surroundings, and is divided between an older complex of fine nineteenth century buildings and a modern complex of teaching, research, accommodation, and support facilities. Maynooth University has approximately 8,400 total registered students (approx. 2100 postgraduates), with 26 academic Departments which are organized into three Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences. .

Postgraduate study

Taught postgraduate courses:

An Foras Feasa: MA in Digital Humanities.

Adult & Community Education: HDip in Further Education, MA Community Education, Equality and Social Activism, PGradDip & Dip Arts (Adult Guidance & Counselling), PG Cert in Arts in Healthcare Settings.

Ancient Classics: : MA in Classical Studies, MA in Classics, MA in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Thought.

Anthropology: MA/PG Cert in Anthropology and Development, MA in Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes (CREOLE), MA/PG Dip in Anthropology.

Applied Social Studies: MA in Community and Youth Work, Master of Social Science (Rights and Social Policy).

Business: MSc in Business Management, MSc in Human Resource Development, MSc in Humans Resource Management, MSc in Strategy and Innovation, MSC IT Management, MA in Mediation and Conflict Intervention, PG Cert in Mediation and Conflict Intervention (Peace Process Practices), PG Cert in Mediation and Conflict Intervention (Law Society), PG Cert in Conflict Resolution in Education, PG Cert in Organisational and Workplace Mediation, PG Cert in Restorative Practice.

Centre for Teaching and Learning: PG Dip in Higher Education.

Computer Science: HDip in Information Technology, HDip in Science (Computer Science), HDip in Science (Software Engineering), MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering), Erasmus Mundus MSc in Dependable Software Systems, MSc in Geocomputation.

Economics, Finance and Accounting: : MA in Economics, MA in Economics (2-year option), MA in Finance, MA in Finance (2-year option), MA in Accounting, MA in Accounting (2-year option), MSc in Economic & Financial Risk Analysis, MSc in Economic & Financial Risk Analysis (2-year option), HDip in Arts (Finance), HDip in Economic Science, HDip in Professional Accounting.

Education: Master of Education, Master of Education (School Leadership), HDip in Education (Primary Teaching), Prof. Dip in Education (Second Level Teaching), PG Dip in Educational Management, Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling), PG Dip in Special Education.

English: HDip in English, MA in Gender and Sexuality in Writing and Culture, MA in Irish Literature and Culture, MA in Postcolonial and World Literature, MA in Theatre.

French: : MA in French.

Geography: : MSc in Climate Change, MA in Society and Space, MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

German: MA in German.

History: MA/HDip in Irish History, MA in Local History, MA in Military History & Strategic Studies, MA in Historic House Studies, MA in European History.

Immunology: MSc in Immunology and Global Health.

Medieval Irish: MA in Medieval Irish Studies

Language Centre: : Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán agus san Eagarthóireacht (ar líne).

Law: LLM Master of International Business Law, LLM Master of Law, Master of Legal Science, Master of Legal Science Professional

Mathematics & Statistics: MA/MSc in Mathematics, HDip in Mathematics, HDip in Mathematical Statistics, HDip in Statistics, MSc in Mathematics for Education.

Media Studies: MA in Radio and Television Production.

Music: MA in Musicology, MA in Performance & Musicology, MA in Composition, MA in Creative Music Technologies, PG Dip in Music Technology.

National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG): MSc in Geocomputation.

NIRSA: MA in Society and Space.

Nua Ghaeilge: MA sa Nua Ghaeilge.

PhilosophyMA/HDip/PG Dip in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy (Contemporary Philosophy), MA in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Thought, MA in Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, MA in Philosophy of Religion.

Physics (Mathematical & Experimental):HDip in Applied Physics, HDip in Mathematical Science, MA/MSc in Mathematical Science.

Sociology:MA in Sociology, MA in Society and Space, MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism.

Spanish: MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies

All applications must be made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).


The university is committed to providing an environment within which the student can learn, develop and mature. The focus is on ensuring that all students have an experience that will benefit them not just academically but personally as well, and that the environment is truly student-friendly. The ongoing policy of investment in developing new programmes and courses, and in providing new learning and research facilities, is one part of the equation. Equally important is the ongoing investment in expanding and supporting student social and recreational facilities. A €100 million building programme has recently been completed, resulting in the most up-to-date academic facilities and student accommodation. The excellent sports, library and restaurant facilities on the beautiful campus allow you to enjoy all aspects of life at Maynooth University, whether you are seeking fitness, social or cultural activities. Thanks to a €6.4 million development, Maynooth University boasts two indoor sports halls, a swimming pool, a magnificent fitness centre, a weights room, brand new changing rooms, three natural turf playing fields and an all-weather playing pitch with floodlights.


Research opportunities are available in all our departments, with transferable skills and subject-specific skills training also available.

The university has built a strong reputation for research excellence both in our academic departments and in our Research Institutes:

  • An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions
  • Institute of Immunology
  • Callan Institute (Applied Information and Communications Technologies)
  • Hamilton Institute (Applied Mathematics of Complex Systems)
  • National Centre for Geocomputation
  • National Institute for Research and Spatial Awareness.
  • Innovation Value Institute, IVI
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute (for Conflict Intervention)

All Research Students at Maynooth University undertake a Structured Research MSc/MLitt or PhD Programme. The Structured PhD provides a tailored research experience, with a specific set of modules assigned to each student, depending on their needs and level of experience. Modules can include subject specific training in the chosen discipline, professional skills such as statistics and commercialization of research and career development skills such as teaching and learning support, writing and presentation skills. After an initial meeting with their supervisor, the research student and their supervisor design an individual research programme to enable the student to bring their thesis to completion while developing their abilities as early career researchers.

Registration for a structured Ph.D is normally for four years for a full-time student and six years for a part-time student. Registration for a structured Masters of Research is normally for two years for a full-time student and three years for a part-time student. Those wishing to apply for postgraduate research positions should approach your chosen department/Research Institute in the first instance before submitting your application through the PAC system.

In order to assist and enable our researchers to achieve their potential, Maynooth University offers the John and Pat Hume Scholarship to those on research programmes. Please refer to the Graduate Studies website for more specific funding information.

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