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Maynooth University


Academic Strengths

Research at Maynooth University spans the disciplines from the Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Arts.  Our scale allows us to work across traditional boundaries to focus on the major societal challenges of the 21st century.  We have identified six thematic priorities:

  1. People, Place and Environment
  2. Social and Economic Transformations
  3. Human Health
  4. Mathematics, Computation and Communications
  5. Humanities in Practice: Sources Resources & Discourses
  6. Human Cultures, Experience and Creativity

Maynooth University also offers several unique programmes, including undergraduate degrees in Anthropology, Chinese Studies, Computational Thinking, Equine Business, and Music Technology; and postgraduate degrees in Climatology, Design Innovation, Digital Humanities, Dramatherapy, Immunology & Global Health, IT-Enabled Innovation, International Justice, and Sociology: Internet & Society.

Some programmes include an industrial work placement (e.g., BSc Computer Science & Software Engineering, BE Engineering, BSc Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Chemistry, MSc Software Engineering).

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All undergraduate students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree. Maynooth has been working closely with many prestigious higher education institutions to promote and facilitate student mobility in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North & South America.

Maynooth University Research Centres

Research, making discoveries, creating new knowledge and expanding boundaries are at the heart of Maynooth University. The University has over three hundred researchers undertaking pioneering multidisciplinary research of worldwide significance; from astrophysicists carrying out observations of the cold universe, to anthropologists and biologists working together to combat the diseases of poverty in the Southern Hemisphere, and historians uncovering the mysteries of Ireland's historic houses.

Research at Maynooth University is a 200-year-old endeavour, beginning with Nicholas Callan, who invented the world’s first battery – the ‘Maynooth battery’ – and the induction coil, changing the study of modern electrical and physical science. Within the walls of the university, the store of human knowledge has quietly grown thanks to the committed expertise of Maynooth University’s scientists, social scientists, engineers and scholars. The standard of research here has secured impressive funding and the output has gained international prestige.

Research at the University focuses on six thematic priority areas: People, Place & Environment; Social & Economic Transformations; Human Health; Mathematics, Communications & Computation; Humanities in Practice: Sources, Resources & Discourses; and Human Cultures, Experience & Creativity. Find out more about these themes 


Explore our Institutes to learn more about research at Maynooth:

Study Abroad at Maynooth University

More than 100 international students each year study in Maynooth University as Visiting /Study Abroad students. We are working with a large number of universities and partners in America, Canada, Brazil, Russia, China, Korea and Singapore to facilitate study abroad visiting students. As a visiting student at Maynooth University, you will be a member of a large multinational student community, but also have individual attention from the staff. You can choose from a wide range of academic subjects across three faculties: Faculty of Celtic Studies, Arts & Philosophy; Faculty of Social Science; and Faculty of Science & Engineering, and across all undergraduate levels, 1st to 4th year.

Visiting/Study Abroad students can apply through our partner universities or providers in addition to applying as independent students.

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Language Centre at Maynooth University

The Language Centre at Maynooth University offers a wide range of services, including conversation classes and language laboratory sessions for undergraduate students of English, Irish, French, Spanish, German and Chinese; non-specialist language courses for undergraduates and postgraduates in other disciplines and non-examination evening courses. The Language Centre has two digital language laboratories and a self-access language learning area that contains a large number of PCs, AV resources and satellite TV. The Language Centre is delighted to welcome students from all over the world to Maynooth University. International students can avail themselves of our fully equipped SALL Room (Self-Access Language Learning) beside the Language Centre corridor.

Student Support Services at Maynooth University

The International Office at Maynooth University provides advice, help and support to all international students during their time at Maynooth University. We can offer support with visa and immigration, dealing with culture shock, assist with opening a bank account, getting health insurance and any other issues international students may have.  The International Office also works closely with the Student Services team in the University to provide access for international students to the other student services available on campus and to offer the Student Buddy Network, peer advisory service to new international students. 

Support services available to students’ on-campus are coordinated by the Student Services team, which oversees the Access Office, Medical and Counselling Centre, Residence Office, Career Guidance and Academic Advisory services, Crèche, Chaplaincy and Students’ Union. On-campus facilities also include accommodation, a new restaurant, excellent sports facilities, a swimming pool and a new library extension which will double the size of the existing facilities. There are also over 150 active clubs and societies, providing many opportunities for students to get involved in social, cultural and sporting activities.

Accommodation at Maynooth University

Maynooth University currently houses nearly 900 students on-campus. Prospective students may apply through the Residence Office for campus housing. All on-campus accommodation is situated on Maynooth University’s North Campus, close to lecture halls, sports and recreational facilities.  Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and sitting room.  The apartments are secure and there are staff on call at all times.

The Residence Office also maintains a database of off-campus accommodation in Maynooth and the surrounding areas, including houses, house-shares and accommodation in a family home.

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Posted by Education in Ireland on  12/07/2018