University profile

Maynooth University

2016/17 edition

About Maynooth University

Maynooth University offers innovative degree programmes, world-class teaching facilities and a tradition of academic excellence since 1795. Ireland’s fastest growing university with almost 11,000 students and a reputation for academic excellence, our programmes span the disciplines from the Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Arts. The university is recognised as one of the top universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World Rankings, Top 150 under 50 Rankings 2016, Top 200 Most International Universities 2016 and was the first university outside of the US to be featured in the Princeton Review.

Ireland is the IT and Pharmaceutical Hub of Europe so studying here opens a huge amount of career opportunities for me! With its history, old castles, welcoming culture and respectful citizens, it makes you feel comfortable and at home

Zubin is from India and studied IT Management.
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The Best of Both Worlds

Located in the beautiful, safe and historic town of Maynooth with a medieval castle at its gates, the university is just 25 minutes away from Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital. Adjacent to Ireland’s ‘silicon valley’, the university maintains strong links with Intel, HP, Google and over 50 other giants of industry and works with these multinational companies on research projects, guest seminars and work placements. Maynooth University’s location gives it a unique character among the Irish universities, and has contributed to the development of a strong sense of community both within the university and in its relationship with the surrounding area. MU has one of the best graduate employment records of any Irish university and has a strong track record in terms of research income per academic and for commercialisation of research.

Maynooth provided me with a great opportunity to start interesting research in the field of economic geography. I learned a lot from the whole staff. Two years later I still travel back once in a while to work on the project we started during my internship.

Rutger from the Netherlands
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Postgraduate Taught Masters and Research at Maynooth University

From three academic faculties – Science and Engineering, Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Social Sciences– students at Maynooth University can choose master's programmes in a broad range of disciplines including science, engineering and computer science, arts and humanities, psychology, music, education, law, business, media studies and design. Please see our Graduate Studies pages for more information.

Research at the university spans a wide range of academic areas. The university’s scale allows it to work across traditional boundaries to focus on the major societal challenges of the 21st century. The university has identified six multi-disciplinary thematic priorities. These include People, Place and the Environment; Social and Economic Transformations; Human Health; Mathematics, Communications and Computation; Humanities in Practice: Sources, Resources and Discourses; Human Cultures, Experience and Creativity. The university offers research masters programmes as well as structured PhD programmes in a wide array of subject areas.

Maynooth is a wonderful university with a buzzing campus life and a welcoming atmosphere. There’s always something to do and I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else.

Kelsi is from the USA and she is studying an MA in Anthropology.

International Summer School (MUISS)

The Maynooth University International Summer School Programme offers students the opportunity of a lifetime. They will study in a beautiful institution with a history of high quality education stretching back over 200 years. The programme provides students with the option to earn credits towards their studies in their home institutions. Each module carries five ECTS or approximately 3 US credits. For more information see the MUISS web pages.

Student Support and Academic Services

The university offers a wide array of support to students via student support services, the Academic Advisory Office, library facilities, the Accommodation Office, the Career Development Centre and the International Office.

According to last year’s StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015, Maynooth University has the happiest international students in Europe. Students going abroad to Maynooth University have reported highest satisfaction with support structures for students, community atmosphere, innovative programmes, as well as multicultural mix and vivid student life. Furthermore, Maynooth University received an outstanding score in the 2015 International Student Barometer, the largest international study of international students in the world. More than 93% of Maynooth students would recommend Maynooth University to a friend.


Fees and funding

Maynooth University offers postgraduate research and taught programme awards to highly qualified new PhD and Masters students across all departments of the University.

Prospective postgraduate students of any nationality are eligible to participate in the competitions. The Irish Research Council (IRC) offers scholarships for PhD and Research Masters students for study in Ireland.

In addition we welcome students of all nationalities who are sponsored by their own governments or privately. Full details on international student tuition fees and postgraduate funding are available on the Graduate Studies webpages.

See here for information on Maynooth University international student tuition fees and postgraduate funding.

English language requirements

Maynooth University requires all students to meet our English language requirements which can be reviewed on our website here. For international students who do not yet meet academic or English language entry requirements, one of our preparation courses may help you enter the programme of your choice.

How to apply

Prospective students are invited to consider studying at Maynooth for a taught or research postgraduate degree, an undergraduate degree, a visiting semester, or for a summer school programme. For more information on the application process, please visit our International Office webpages under Study at Maynooth.

Contact details

+353 1 708 3386
International Office
Humanity House
South Campus
Maynooth University
Co. Kildare
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