WELCOME TO MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY
                                        FIND YOUR DEGREE                                      2
                                        FÁILTE AN UACHTARÁIN | PRESIDENT'S WELCOME            7
                                        WHY CHOOSE MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY?                       8
                                        YOUR MAYNOOTH EDUCATION                              10
                                        OUR ALUMNI                                           12
                                        WIDENING PARTICIPATION AT MAYNOOTH                   14
                                        SUPPORTS FOR OUR STUDENTS                            16
                                        AN GHAEILGE SAN OLLSCOIL | IRISH IN THE UNIVERSITY   18
                                        RESEARCH AT MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY                      20
                                        IRELAND'S ONLY UNIVERSITY TOWN                       22
                                        MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY CAMPUS                           24
                                        MAYNOOTH STUDENTS' UNION (MSU)                       26
                                        SCHOLARSHIPS AT MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY                  28
                                        AN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY                          32
                                        COMMUTING TO MAYNOOTH                                34

       QUESTIONS ABOUT                  NAVIGATE OUR DEGREES BY CAO CODE                      4

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                                        BROAD-BASED DEGREES

                                        THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE                 36
                                        THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE              116

                                        SPECIALISED DEGREES

                                        Specialised Degrees
                                        COMPUTER SCIENCE Specialised Degrees
                                        EDUCATION Specialised Degrees                        152
                                        HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES Specialised Degrees   166
                                        LAW Specialised Degrees                              178
                                        SCIENCE Specialised Degrees                          186

                                        APPLYING TO MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY
                                        MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY CAO HANDBOOK ENTRY 2020          202
                                        LEAVING CERTIFICATE APPLICANTS                       205
                                        APPLICANTS REQUIRING EXTRA SUPPORTS                  206
                                        MATURE STUDENT APPLICANTS                            208
                                        QQI (FURTHER EDUCATION) APPLICANTS                   210
                                        BTEC HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA APPLICANTS              213
                                        UK, EU & INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS                    214
                                        DEFERRING, TRANSFERRING & OCCASIONAL STUDENTS        216
                                        PLAN YOUR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021                    217
                                        LEAVING CERTIFICATE MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS       218
                                        ALERT LIST & IMPORTANT DATES                         221
                                        FEES & GRANTS                                        223
                                        POSTGRADUATE STUDY AT MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY            224
                                        NUI CERTIFICATES & DIPLOMAS                          226
                                        GLOSSARY OF TERMS                                    227
                                        USEFUL CONTACTS                                      229
                                        NOTES PAGE                                           230
                                        CAMPUS MAP                                           232

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    OUR TWO BROAD-BASED DEGREES: BACHELOR OF ARTS MH101 & BACHELOR OF SCIENCE MH201                                                                   OUR SPECIALISED DEGREES: section 3 to section 9
    THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF ARTS Degree                      section 1    THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF ARTS Degree                       section 1       BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND                            section 3        HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES                              section 7
    MH101 BA OVERVIEW                                                 38   Music Technology                                           MH101    100
                                                                                                                                                      ACCOUNTING Specialised Degrees                                               Specialised Degrees
                                                                                                                                                      Overview                                                               130   Overview                                                             166
    Bachelor of Arts Subjects                                              Old Irish and Celtic Languages                                 MH101 102
                                                                                                                                                      BA Finance                                               MH401 FIN 132       BMus Bachelor of Music                                      MH103    168
    Accounting                                                MH101   42   Philosophy                                                     MH101 104
                                                                                                                                                      BA International Finance and Economics                   MH401 IFE 133       Music & Music Technology also available in the
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 3                  Also available in specialised degrees - see section 4                                                                                                   Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1
                                                                                                                                                      Finance & Economics also available in the Bachelor
    Anthropology                                              MH101   44   Also available in BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics                                                                                                 BA Psychology                                               MH106    169
                                                                                                                                                      of Arts degree - see section 1
    Business (International)                                  MH101   46   Politics                                                       MH101 106                                                                                Also available as a Bachelor of Science degree
                                                                                                                                                      BSc Quantitative Finance                                     MH402 134
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 3                  Also available in BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics                                                                                                 - see section 9
                                                                                                                                                      BA Accounting and Finance                                    MH403 135
    Business (Management)                                     MH101   48   Psychological Studies                                          MH101 108                                                                                Psychological Studies available in the Bachelor
                                                                                                                                                      Accounting & Finance also available in the Bachelor                          of Arts degree - see section 1
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 3                  Psychology available in specialised degrees                                of Arts degree - see section 1
    Business (Marketing)                                      MH101   50   - see section 7 and section 9                                                                                                                           BSocSc Bachelor of Social Science                           MH107    170
                                                                                                                                                      BBS/BBA Business and Management                         MH404 BMA 136
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 3                  Sociology                                                      MH101 110                                                                                BA Media Studies                                            MH109    171
                                                                                                                                                      BBS/BBA International Business                           MH404 INB 137
    Chinese Studies                                           MH101   52   Also available in specialised degree MH107 - see section 7                                                                                              Media & Cultural Studies also available in the
                                                                                                                                                      BBS/BBA Marketing                                       MH404 MKT 138        Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1
    Computer Science                                          MH101   54   Spanish                                                        MH101 112
                                                                                                                                                      Business (International), Business (Management) & Business (Marketing)       BSocSc Community and Youth Work (full-time)                 MH116    172
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 4                  Statistics                                                     MH101 114   also available as subjects in the Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1
    Also available in the Bachelor of Science degree                                                                                                                                                                               BSc Product Design                                          MH305    173
                                                                           Also available in the Bachelor of Science degree - see section 2           BBS/BBA Equine Business                                      MH405 139
    - see section 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                BSocSc Community and Youth Work (part-time)                 MH802    174
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees: MH207 BSc Data Science p. 192       BBS/BBA Business and Accounting                              MH407 140
    Criminology                                               MH101   56   and MH402 BSc Quantitative Finance p. 134                                                                                                               BA Community Studies (part-time, mature only)            MH803 BCS   175
                                                                                                                                                      Accounting, Business (International), Business
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 8                                                                                                                                                                          BA Local Studies (part-time, mature only)                MH803 BLS   176
                                                                                                                                                      (Management) & Business (Marketing) also available as
    Economics                                                 MH101   58                                                                              subjects in the Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1                      BA Theology & Arts*                                         MU001      -
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 3                  THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR                                     section 2        BBS/BBA Entrepreneurship                                     MH411 141       *This is a joint degree provided by St Patrick's College, Maynooth
    Also available in BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics                OF SCIENCE DEGREE                                                          BCL (Law and Accounting)                                MH502 LWA 142        (SPCM) and Maynooth University. Further information about this
    English                                                   MH101   60                                                                                                                                                           degree is available from SPCM. See for
                                                                           MH201 BSc OVERVIEW                                                 118     BCL (Law and Business)                                  MH502 LWB 143
    European Studies                                          MH101   62                                                                                                                                                           further details.
                                                                                                                                                      Accounting, Business (International), Business (Management),
                                                                           Bachelor of SCIENCE SUBJECTS
    Finance                                                   MH101   64                                                                              Business (Marketing) & Law also available as subjects in the
                                                                           Biology                                                      MH201 120     Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 3
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees - see section 9                                                                                                   LAW SPECIALISED DEGREES                                     SECTION 8
    French                                                    MH101   66
                                                                           Chemistry                                                    MH201 121                                                                                  Overview                                                             178
    Gaeilge | Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish)                     MH101   68   Also available in specialised degrees - see section 9                      COMPUTER SCIENCE Specialised Degrees SECTION 4                               LLB (Law)                                                   MH501    180
    Geography                                                 MH101   72   Computer Science                                             MH201 122     Overview                                                              144    BCL (Law and Accounting)                                 MH502 LWA   181
    Also available in the BSc Biological and Geographical                  Also available in specialised degrees - see section 4                      BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering MH601 CSA               146
    Sciences - see section 9                                                                                                                                                                                                       BCL (Law and Business)                                   MH502 LWB   182
                                                                           Also available in the Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1              (through Arts)
    German                                                    MH101   74                                                                                                                                                           BCL (Law and Criminology)                                MH502 LWC   183
                                                                           Data Science                                                 MH201 123     BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering MH602 CSS               148
    Greek                                                     MH101   76                                                                              (through Science)                                                            BCL (Law and Arts)                                       MH502 LWD   184
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees: MH207 BSc
    Greek and Roman Civilization                              MH101   78   Data Science p. 192 and MH402 BSc Quantitative                                                                                                          Accounting, Business (International), Business
                                                                                                                                                      Computer Science also available in the Bachelor of Arts degree
                                                                           Finance p. 134                                                                                                                                          (Management), Business (Marketing), Criminology &
    History                                                   MH101   80                                                                              - see section 1 and Bachelor of Science degree - see section 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Law also available as subjects in the Bachelor of Arts
    International Development                                 MH101   82   Engineering Science                                          MH201 124     BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development           MH601 MWA        147    degree - see section 1
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees - see section 6                      (through Arts)
    Latin                                                     MH101   84
                                                                           Experimental Physics                                         MH201 125     BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development           MH602 MWS        149
    Law                                                       MH101   86
                                                                                                                                                      (through Science)
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 8                  Also available in specialised degrees - see section 9                                                                                                   SCIENCE Specialised Degrees                                 SECTION 9
                                                                           Mathematical Physics                                         MH201 126     BSc Computational Thinking                                 MH603      150
    Mathematical Physics                                      MH101   88                                                                                                                                                           Overview                                                             186
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees - see section 9
    Also available in specialised degrees - see section 2                                                                                                                                                                          BSc Biotechnology                                           MH202    188
                                                                           Mathematics                                                  MH201 127
    and section 9
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees - see section 9
                                                                                                                                                      EDUCATION SPECIALISED DEGREES                              SECTION 5         BSc Biological and Geographical Sciences                    MH203    189
    Mathematical Studies                                      MH101   90                                                                                                                                                    152    BSc Physics with Astrophysics                               MH204    190
                                                                           Mathematics (Pure) and Mathematical Studies                                Overview
    Mathematics (Pure)                                        MH101   92   available in the Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1                                                                                                BSc Theoretical Physics and Mathematics                     MH206    191
                                                                                                                                                      B Ed Bachelor of Education - Froebel Primary Teaching MH001           154
    Also available in the Bachelor of Science degree                       Statistics                                                   MH201 128                                                                                  BSc Data Science                                            MH207    192
                                                                                                                                                      B Ed Bachelor of Education - Froebel Primary            MH002         154
    - see section 2 and section 9                                                                                                                     Teaching (Gaeltacht Applicants)                                              BSc Biological and Biomedical Sciences                      MH208    193
                                                                           Also available in the Bachelor of Arts degree - see section 1
    Media & Cultural Studies                                  MH101   94                                                                              BSc Science (with Education)                        MH212 SED         155    BSc Psychology (through Science)                            MH209    194
                                                                           Also available in specialised degrees: MH207 BSc Data Science p. 192
    Medieval Celtic Studies                                   MH101   96   and MH402 BSc Quantitative Finance p. 134                                  BSc Mathematics and Computer Science                MH212 MCS         156    Psychology also available as a specialised Bachelor
    Music                                                     MH101   98                                                                              (with Education)                                                             of Arts degree MH106 - see section 7
    Also available in specialised degree - see section 7                                                                                              BSc Mathematics (with Education)                    MH212 MED         157    Psychological Studies available in the Bachelor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of Arts degree - see section 1
                                                                                                                                                      BA Early Childhood - Teaching and Learning (part-time) MH801          158
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BSc Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry                  MH210   195
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BSc Science (with Education)                             MH212 SED   196
                                                                                                                                                      ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING                                     section 6         BSc Mathematics and Computer Science                     MH212 MCS   197
                                                                                                                                                      Specialised Degrees                                                          (with Education)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BSc Mathematics (with Education)                         MH212 MED   198
                                                                                                                                                      Overview                                                              160
                                                                                                                                                      BE Bachelor of Electronic Engineering                       MH304     162
                                                                                                                                                      Engineering Science available in the Bachelor
                                                                                                                                                      of Science degree - see section 2
                                                                                                                                                      BSc Robotics and Intelligent Devices                        MH306     164

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    Code    Course                                                                PAGE
    MH001   BEd Bachelor of Education - Froebel Primary Teaching                  154
    MH002   BEd Bachelor of Education - Froebel Primary Teaching                  154
    MH101   The Maynooth Bachelor of Arts Degree                                   36
    MH103   BMus Bachelor of Music                                                168
    MH106   BA Psychology                                                         169
    MH107   BSocSc Bachelor of Social Science                                     170
    MH109   BA Media Studies                                                      171
    MH116   BSocSc Community and Youth Work (full-time)                           172
    MH201   The Maynooth Bachelor of Science Degree                               116
    MH202   BSc Biotechnology                                                     188
    MH203   BSc Biological and Geographical Sciences                              189
    MH204   BSc Physics with Astrophysics                                         190
    MH206   BSc Theoretical Physics and Mathematics                               191
    MH207   BSc Data Science                                                      192
    MH208   BSc Biological and Biomedical Sciences                                193
    MH209   BSc Psychology (through Science)                                      194
    MH210   BSc Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry                           195
    MH212   SED BSc Science (with Education)                                      155
    MH212   MCS BSc Mathematics and Computer Science (with Education)             156
    MH212   MED BSc Mathematics (with Education)                                  157
    MH304   BE Bachelor of Electronic Engineering                                 162
    MH305   BSc Product Design                                                    173
    MH306   BSc Robotics and Intelligent Devices                                  164
    MH401   FIN BA Finance                                                        132
    MH401   IFE BA International Finance and Economics                            133
    MH402   BSc Quantitative Finance                                              134
    MH403   BA Accounting and Finance                                             135
    MH404   BMA BBS/BBA Business and Management                                   136
    MH404   INB BBS/BBA International Business                                    137
    MH404   MKT BBS/BBA Marketing                                                 138
    MH405   BBS/BBA Equine Business                                               139
    MH407   BBS/BBA Business and Accounting                                       140
    MH411   BBS/BBA Entrepreneurship                                              141
    MH501   Law (LLB)                                                             180
    MH502   LWA BCL (Law and Accounting)                                          181
    MH502   LWB BCL (Law and Business)                                            182
    MH502   LWC BCL (Law and Criminology)                                         183
    MH502   LWD BCL (Law and Arts)                                                184
    MH601   CSA BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering (through Arts)      146
    MH601   MWA BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Arts)         147
    MH602   CSS BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering (through Science)   148
    MH602   MWS BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development (through Science)      149
    MH603   BSc Computational Thinking                                            150
    MH801   BA Early Childhood – Teaching and Learning (part-time)                158
    MH802   BSocSc Community and Youth Work (part-time)                           174
    MH803   BCS BA Community Studies (part-time, mature only)                     175
    MH803   BLS BA Local Studies (part-time, mature only)                         176

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                                                                             PRESIDENT’S WELCOME
    Ranked #50
    in the world                                                             Tá an-áthas orm mar Uachtarán Ollscoil Mhá Nuad go
                                                                             bhfuil sé ar intinn agat staidéar a dhéanamh linn.
                                                                                                                                                                 As President of Maynooth University I’m delighted that
                                                                                                                                                                 you are considering studying with us.

    JUNE 2019
                                                                             Cuireann Ollscoil Mhá Nuad oideachas den scoth ar fáil i réimse                     Maynooth University offers an outstanding education in a wide range
                                                                             mór ábhar agus, rud atá níos tábhachtaí, déanaimid cúram den                        of subjects, and even more importantly, we care about teaching and
                                                                             mhúinteoireacht agus díot féin mar mhac léinn aonair. Tá an mhúinteoireacht         we care about you, the individual student. Research and teaching are
                                                                             agus an taighde ar chomhthábhacht, dar linn agus sin é an fáth go mbeidh an         equally important to us, and therefore you will have the opportunity to
                                                                             deis agat foghlaim ó thaighdeoirí agus ó scoláirí a bhfuil cáil dhomhanda           learn from internationally-renowned researchers and scholars who are
                                                                             orthu. Tá siad tiomanta don mhúinteoireacht agus do mhic léinn.                     also deeply committed to teaching and to students.

                                                                             Is deis ar leith é oideachas ollscoile chun dul i mbun foghlama, an                 A university education is an extraordinary opportunity to learn, to refine
                                                                             smaointeoireacht a bheachtú, scileanna a shealbhú agus tú féin a                    your thinking, to acquire skills, and to develop as a person; it provides
                                                                             fhorbairt mar dhuine. Is san ollscoil a gheofar an t-eolas agus na                  the knowledge and skills for work, the foundation for your career and the
                                                                             scileanna do phoist ar leith, agus bonn chun do ghairm féin agus an                 basis for a fulfilling future.
                                                                             cineál saoil atá uait a thógáil air.
                                                                                                                                                                 We want you to get the most from your university education. We want
    Maynooth University is recognised as one of the leading
    new universities in the world, ranked #50 in the latest                  Is é ár mian go mbainfidh tú an méid tairbhe is féidir as do chuid                  you to learn the latest thinking in your chosen subject or subjects, but
    Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Young Universities’ list.                  oideachais ollscoile. Teastaíonn uainn go ngnóthóidh tú céim leis an eolas          we also work hard to help you to develop the intellectual skills to think
                                                                             agus leis na scileanna is déanaí i do rogha ábha(i)r. Tá sé den tábhacht,           critically, analyse complex issues, make good decisions, communicate
    This success follows on from Maynooth’s extremely strong
                                                                             áfach, go bhforbróidh tú na scileanna intleachtúla chun ceisteanna casta            your ideas clearly, and work well with others. Knowledge is always
    performances in other recent THE rankings, including being named
                                                                             a anailísiú, cinntí maithe a dhéanamh, do chuid tuairimí a chur i láthair go        changing, but these skills will last a lifetime.
    among the top 500 universities in the world, and being recognised as
                                                                             soiléir agus obair éifeachtach a dhéanamh le daoine eile. Bíonn an t-eolas
    one of the top universities for international connections and outlook.                                                                                       We want you to have the opportunity to broaden your interests and
                                                                             ag athrú i gcónaí, ach mairfidh na scileanna seo go deireadh do shaoil.
                                                                                                                                                                 abilities, and so we provide the opportunity to take some modules
    The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings list the
                                                                             Is é ár mian go mbeidh an deis agat d’ábhair suime agus do chumais a                outside of your core subjects, to study abroad, or to gain practical work
    world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger. The 2019
    ranking includes 351 universities. Universities are ranked according     mhéadú agus mar sin, cuirimid an deis ar fail duit staidéar a dhéanamh              experience.
    to a range of criteria, including research income achieved; reputation   ar roinnt modúl nach mbaineann le do chroí-ábhair, staidéar a dhéanamh
                                                                                                                                                                 Finally and very importantly, you become part of a learning community,
    for teaching; numbers of PhDs awarded; the number of scholarly           thar lear, nó taithí phraiticiúil oibre a fháil.
                                                                                                                                                                 where you study in a stimulating university setting, with a warm friendly
    publications and their quality evidence by citations; and the
                                                                             I ndeireadh na dála, tá sé ríthábhachtach go bhfoghlaimeoidh tú i suíomh            atmosphere, where you can make new friends and feel at home.
    numbers of international staff and students. Maynooth is ranked #50
                                                                             spreagúil ollscoile, in atmaisféar cairdiúil croíúil, áit ar féidir leat cairdeas
    in the world and first in Ireland.                                                                                                                           A Maynooth education allows you to develop the knowledge, skills,
                                                                             a dhéanamh agus bheith ar do shuaimhneas.
                                                                                                                                                                 intellectual agility, broad mind and ability to work with others that will
                                                                             Cuirfidh an t-oideachas a bhfaighidh tú i Má Nuad ar do chumas                      help you to succeed in work and in life.
                                                                             saineolas a chur ar do rogha ábhar agus do chuid scileanna, gastacht
                                                                                                                                                                 We revised our undergraduate curriculum in recent years, which for
                                                                             intleachta agus aigne leathan a fhorbairt, chomh maith leis an gcumas
                                                                                                                                                                 2020 entrants means more flexibility in customising your degree to
                                                                             obair éifeachtach a dhéanamh le daoine eile, rud a rachaidh chun do
                                                                                                                                                                 your needs. The curriculum is built on the same subjects and excellent
                                                                             leasa sna tréimhsí eile den saol pearsanta agus oibre atá romhat.
                                                                                                                                                                 teaching as before, but our revised structure allows you more flexible
                                                                             Tá athbhreithniú déanta againn ar ár gcuraclam fochéime le blianta beaga            choices about how much of each subject you study, the option to take
                                                                             anuas, rud a chiallaíonn go bhfuil tuilleadh solúbthachta ar fáil d’iontrálaithe    electives in addition to your chosen subjects, and the option to take
                                                                             2020 chun a gcéim féin a shaincheapadh. Is iad na hábhair chéanna                   additional first year modules to further develop your academic thinking
                                                                             agus an sártheagasc céanna a bheidh i gceist, ach leis an struchtúr                 and working skills.
                                                                             athcheartaithe beidh roghanna níos solúbtha agat faoin méid de gach
                                                                                                                                                                 This flexible structure will allow you greater choices, and will allow you
                                                                             ábhar is mian leat a roghnú, cúrsaí roghnacha le cois d’ábhair roghnaithe,
                                                                                                                                                                 more opportunities to match your learning with your needs and interests.
                                                                             agus modúil bhreise is féidir a dhéanamh sa chéad bhliain chun do chuid
                                                                                                                                                                 We hope you will join us in 2020 because of the outstanding education
                                                                             scileanna smaointeoireachta agus oibre acadúla a fhorbairt.
                                                                                                                                                                 we offer, and the exciting opportunities offered by our unique curriculum.
                                                                             Leis an struchtúr solúbtha seo beidh roghanna níos leithne agat, mar
                                                                             aon le deiseanna breise chun do chuid foghlama a chur in oiriúint do
                                                                             riachtanais agus d’ábhair spéise do shaoil féin.

                                                                             Tá súil againn go roghnóidh tú teacht anseo i 2020 le leas a bhaint as
                                                                             an sár-oideachas a chuirimid ar fáil, agus as na deiseanna spreagúla a
                                                                                                                                                                  An tOllamh Pilib Ó Nualláin          Professor Philip Nolan
                                                                             ghabhann leis an gcuraclam uathúil seo againne.
                                                                                                                                                                  Uachtarán, Ollscoil Mhá Nuad         President, Maynooth University

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                                                     12,900 STUDENTs
                                                     10,755 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
                                                     2,145 POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
                                                     STUDENT CITIZENSHIP
                                                     95 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED
    95%                                              15% of full time new undergraduate entrants have a disability
                                                     28% of students are from target socio economic groups
    GRADUATES are iN
    EMployment or in                                 GLOBALLY-CONNECTED UNIVERSITY
    further studIES/
    training                                         Most students have an
    From computer programmers to teachers,
                                                     opportunity to study abroad,
    scientists to journalists, graduates from        either for a full academic year,
    Maynooth University pursue a wide variety of
    careers. 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey.
                                                     graduating with an international
                                                     degree, or for a semester.
                                                     With over a third of academic staff coming from abroad and many of our own

    CAO MOST POPULAR                                 academics and graduates working internationally, we have built up a wealth of
                                                     global connections.
    The Maynooth Bachelor of Arts Degree MH101
    has been the most popular CAO course for a
    number of years, receiving most 1st preference   UNIQUE FLEXIBLE                           CAMPUS
                                                     CURRICULUM                                ATMOSPHERE
                                                     Our revised curriculum, introduced        Maynooth University is a place
                                                     in September 2016, offers students

                                                                                               of lively contrasts – a modern
                                                     many opportunities to personalise         institution, dynamic, rapidly-
                                                     their degree programme throughout         growing, research-led and engaged,
    CAO first preference                             their time with us.                       yet grounded in historic academic

    applications in 2019                                                                       strengths and scholarly traditions.

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     We are proud to have provided                FLEXIBLE                                                                     FIRST YEAR                                                                      SECOND YEAR
     generations of students with an              DEGREE STRUCTURE                                                             CRITICAL SKILLS COURSES                                                         ELECTIVES
     excellent education. Building on our         At the start of second year, most students will have the option to avail     At third level it is expected that students will develop skills that will not   An Elective is a great way to enhance your degree by enabling you to
     proud past, we are constantly adapting       of the University’s flexible pathways structure. These flexible pathways     only enable them to successfully negotiate their university experience          develop new skills and knowledge that will complement your chosen
                                                                                                                                                                                                               programme. Electives allow you to expand your university education by
     what and how we teach to better equip        allow students to choose how they will study their chosen subjects for       but which will also help them in other areas of their lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               providing the opportunity to study an area outside your chosen degree
                                                  the remainder of their degree. The various pathways create significant
     you for the many opportunities and           flexibility within your programme of study. A range of options will mostly
                                                                                                                               Our 15 credit Critical Skills courses are designed to develop these skills
                                                                                                                                                                                                               programme. An Elective is 10 credits and so would make up 1/6 of your
                                                                                                                               early in our students’ university experience. These optional courses are
     challenges you will encounter in your life   be available, although not all options will be available for every subject
                                                                                                                               designed to help first year students to learn, experience, practice and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               study in second year.
                                                  and every degree.
     and in your career. Maynooth University                                                                                   develop various essential skills that will support their ongoing studies.       Electives allow students to broaden their perspective by studying
                                                  Students study 60 credits each year at University. Your chosen pathway                                                                                       across disciplines thus learning how to think differently and appreciate
     offers a curriculum and an intellectual,     will allow you to divide this 60 credits between the subject(s) you wish
                                                                                                                               Expect small classes and active learning. We want to build student
                                                                                                                                                                                                               different viewpoints. We know employers want graduates who can look
                                                                                                                               confidence by providing a learning environment that is both supportive
     cultural and social environment that         to study for the remainder of your degree.
                                                                                                                               and academically challenging.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               at the world in different ways and find creative solutions to challenging
                                                                                                                                                                                                               problems. Students taking Electives will be introduced to the diverse
     provides students with opportunities to                                                                                                                                                                   fields of research underway at Maynooth as well as the excellent
     reach their full potential.                  OUR FLEXIBLE PATHWAYS:                                                                                                                                       lecturing staff throughout the University. You may also choose to take
                                                  DOUBLE MAJOR:                                                                                                                                                an Elective because you are intrigued by the topic.

     Because you are living in the diverse        Studying two subjects equally to degree level
                                                                                                                                                                                                               SAMPLE ELECTIVES
     and ever-changing 21st century, we               SUBJECT 1: 30 CREDITS                SUBJECT 2: 30 CREDITS
                                                                                                                                                                                                               > Accounting in Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                               > Beginning Chinese / German / Spanish
     know we must continuously enhance                                                                                                                                                                         > Creative Technologies and Digital Prototyping
     the Maynooth Education to even               MAJOR WITH MINOR:                                                                                                                                            > Community Education
                                                  Specialising in one subject to degree level, while continuing with a
     better serve the needs of our students.      smaller amount of a second subject
                                                                                                                                                                                                               > Continuing French / Spanish / German / Gaeilge / Chinese
                                                                                                                                                                                                               > Education Engagement and Equality
     Our revised curriculum, introduced                                                                                                                                                                        > Engaging with Civil Society
                                                      SUBJECT 1: 40 CREDITS                SUBJECT 2: 20 CREDITS
     in September 2016, offers you many                                                                                                                                                                        > Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Problem Solving
                                                                                                                                                                                                               > Film and Screen Studies
     opportunities to personalise your
                                                  SINGLE MAJOR:                                                                  “ Critical Skills gives you the opportunity to develop the core               > Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture
     degree programme throughout your             Specialising in one subject to degree level                                      skills necessary for university. It is applicable to every subject          > Global Environmental Change
     time with us; we have introduced                                                                                              choice and allows you to fully interact with every lecture. Taking          > Great Books
                                                                        SUBJECT 1: 60 CREDITS                                      it as one of my first year subjects helped me acclimatise to                > Introduction to Philosophy, Theory of Mind (AI), and Logical Thinking
     more subject choice than ever before                                                                                          academia at university level. It has given me the confidence and            > Irish language electives
     including a dedicated first year Critical    See the degree pages of this handbook for details of the progression             skills to successfully approach my degree and further learning.”            > Perspectives of Poverty and Development
                                                  options available in your preferred programme.
     Skills subject, flexible programme                                                                                            SARAH KILDEA, BCL LAW AND ARTS                                              > Science Communication: Science and the World
                                                                                                                                                                                                               > Service Innovation
     pathways and the opportunity to take         GUIDANCE ON PROGRAMME CHOICES AND OPTIONS AVAILABLE
                                                  UNDER THE MAYNOOTH EDUCATION:                                                                                                                                In all cases, the option to take an Elective is subject to timetable
     an Elective and Experiential Learning                                                                                     See individual degree information for details on the availability of our 15
                                                                                                                                                                                                               compatibility and the requirements of your main subjects; for some
                                                  The Programme Advisory Office is available to assist and advise              credit Critical Skills courses in your preferred degrees.
     opportunities to enhance your degree.        undergraduate students, including incoming first year students, with                                                                                         students this may mean an Elective may not be compatible with their
                                                  programme related decisions you may be unsure about during your              SAMPLE CRITICAL SKILLS MODULES                                                  programme. See the degree pages of this handbook for details on the                                                                                                                                                                                availability of Electives in the second year of our programmes.
                                                  time at Maynooth University. The Programme Advisory Office acts              > Exploring the Power of Language
                                                  as a guide to students as you navigate your own way through your             > Globalization, Integrating Worlds
                                                  programme options.                                                           > Universal Critical Skills (multiple classes)
                                                                                                                               > Creative Thinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                               EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
                                                  Incoming first year students will be briefed by the Programme Advisor                                                                                        Maynooth students get the opportunity to experience more from
                                                  during Orientation about the programme choices you will be asked to          > Digital Critical Skills                                                       their degree programme with an enhanced range of high-impact
                                                  make during your academic journey at Maynooth University. Continuing         > Exploring Culture                                                             learning experiences, connecting classroom content with real-world
                                                  students may also avail of the service if you are unsure about your          > Social Analysis of Everyday Life                                              experience. These include opportunities in undergraduate research,
                                                  programme options, for example if you have any questions about               > Critical Skills for Science                                                   professional development, student leadership, study abroad and
                                                  flexible pathways, or whether or not to choose to take an Elective.          > Critical Skills for Social Science                                            service learning, empowering Maynooth students to develop their skills
                                                                                                                               > Great Ideas that Changed the World                                            and competencies for work, life and citizenship.
                                                                                                                               For more details log on to                                                      For more details log on to

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     SOME OF THE COMPANIES HIRING OUR GRADUATES                                                              Postgraduate Scholarships

     ACCENTURE / ALLERGAN INC / APPLE / BANK                                                                 Maynooth University invests €1.4 million annually
                                                                                                             in our postgraduate students at Master’s and PhD level.
     OF AMERICA / CRH / EATON CORP / FACEBOOK /                                                              As Maynooth continues to expand its bursary and scholarship opportunities, successful

     GOOGLE / INGERSOLL-RAND / INTEL / MEDTRONIC                                                             applicants for the Maynooth Alumni Taught Master’s Scholarships, Sinéad, John and
                                                                                                             Clíodhna continue their postgraduate studies at Maynooth University.

                                                                                                               Clíodhna Duffy                    John McEneaney                        Sinéad O’Connell
                                                                                                               MA Nua Ghaeilge                   MSc Data Science                      PME Secondary
                                                                                                                                                 and Analytics                         Education Year 1
                                                                                                              “Chuala mé faoin scoláireacht      “I first heard about the             “I really enjoyed my time
                                                                                                               seo thart ar sé mí ó shin          scholarship from a lecturer          as an undergraduate in
                                                                                                               ó mo léachtóirí sa Nua-            who I had spoken to                  Maynooth. It was an easy
                                                                                                               Ghaeilge nuair a bhí orm           about doing my masters.              choice to return to the
                                                                                                               cinneadh a dhéanamh                If it was not for this alumni        university to do a masters
     Maynooth never really leaves you. Once you finish    Graduating also means you’ll be on the job hunt.     fanacht in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad       scholarship, it is likely that       and qualify as a teacher.
     your degree at Maynooth University you become        Maynooth University alumni are equipped with         don mháistreacht. Leis an          I would not have been                I’m very proud to have
     part of a 75,000+ (and growing!) worldwide           expertise and critical thinking skills valued by     scoláireacht seo a fháil tá        financially able to do this          been awarded the alumni
     alumni network that connects graduates with          employers in a competitive and ever-changing         an t-ádh orm go bhfuil mé in       course. I’m very grateful            scholarship, and it will really
     one another and fosters social and business          working world.                                       ann leanúint ar aghaidh ag         for this opportunity as it           ease the burden of funding
     relationships in a way only Maynooth can.                                                                 déanamh ar theanga na tíre         will really help me pursue           this course.”
                                                          Lots of our Level 8 degrees offer work               seo in áit a thug an oiread        a career in the field of Data
     From reunions and cultural nights, alumni lectures   placements. See degree pages for details.            sin deiseanna acadúla agus         Science.”
     and career networking opportunities, becoming                                                             sóisialta dom le ceithre
     a student at Maynooth opens up the Maynooth                                                               bliana anuas mar fhochéimí.”
     alumni network.

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     AT MAYNOOTH                                                                                                                                           Maynooth University strives to create an inclusive
                                                                                                                                                           campus community where all students have the same
                                                                                                                                                           opportunities to learn, socialise, participate and progress.

                                                                                                                         Tackling Educational Disadvantage                                    Students with Disabilities
                                                                                                                         School leavers from long-term socio-economically disadvantaged       The Disability Office offers a range of supports to ensure that
                                                                                                                         backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland can apply    students with disabilities have the same opportunities for participation
                                                                                                                         through the CAO to the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR),         and progression as the rest of the University community. Students
                                                                                                                         which offers places on reduced points at Maynooth University.        with disabilities comprise over 7% of the student body at Maynooth,
                                                                                                                         HEAR entrants receive extra college support through MAP (the         which is one of the highest participation rates in the country.
                                                                                                                         Maynooth University Access Programme) that is personal, academic     Supports available include an advisor, examination accommodations,
                                                                                                                         and financial in nature and designed to promote confidence and
                                                                                                                                                                                              Educational Support Workers (e.g. academic personal assistant, note
                                                                                                                         independence, as well as opening up employment prospects. HEAR
                                                                                                                                                                                              taker or sign language interpreter), the Student Central academic
                                                                                                                         supports include the Launchpad residential orientation programme,
                                                                                                                                                                                              support programme for students with significant learning needs and
                                                                                                                         a dedicated HEAR advisor and financial support. For more
                                                                                                                                                                                              work placement supports. Students can register with the Disability
                                                                                                                         information on the Higher Education Access Route, see page 206
                                                                                                                                                                                              Office under any of following disability categories: autistic spectrum
                                                                                                                         and visit
                                                                                                                                                                                              disorders, ADD/ADHD, blind or low vision, Deaf or hard of hearing,
                                                                                                                         Mature Students                                                      DCD/dyspraxia, mental health conditions, neurological conditions
                                                                                                                         Maynooth University is the leading institution in the country for    including brain injury and speech and language disabilities, significant
                                                                                                                         welcoming and encouraging mature applicants, and in providing        ongoing illnesses, physical disability and specific learning difficulties
                                                                                                                         a learning environment that is supportive and inclusive of mature    including dyslexia and dyscalculia.
                                                                                                                         students. A mature student is a person who is at least 23 years of
                                                                                                                         age on January 1 of year of entry and there is no upper age limit.   School leavers with a disability who are resident in the Republic
                                                                                                                         Maynooth University greatly values the particular contribution       of Ireland can apply through the CAO to the Disability Access
                                                                                                                         of mature students to the academic and social environment            Route to Education (DARE), which offers places on reduced points
                                                                                                                         of the University, and reserves up to 12% of places on all           at Maynooth University. For more information on the Disability
                                                                                                                         undergraduate programmes for mature students. Currently up to 250    Access Route, see page 206 and visit
                                                                                                                         mature students begin their studies here each year.                  dare. A Maynooth University student with a disability can register
                                                                                                                                                                                              with the Disability Office at any time regardless of their entry route,
                                                                                                                         Supports for mature students include a unique selection process
                                                                                                                                                                                              but early registration is strongly recommended. Visit the Disability
                                                                                                                         with interviews for many courses, summer academic skills courses,
                                                                                                                                                                                              Office website for information on the documentation required, the
                                                                                                                         preparatory courses with guaranteed progression to degrees, advice
                                                                                                                                                                                              consultants/ specialists that can verify a disability and the age limits
                                                                                                                         and guidance on the application/selection process and a dedicated
                                                                                                                                                                                              on reports at
                                                                                                                         Mature Student Advisor. For more information on the mature entry
                                                                                                                         route, see page 208 and contact the Mature Student Office at

                                                   These groups include school leavers from long-term socio-
                                                   economically disadvantaged backgrounds, mature students and
     The Maynooth University Access
                                                   students with disabilities. MAP provides access routes and a range
     Programme (MAP) promotes higher               of personal, academic and financial supports that enable students
     education as a real option and encourages     to become more independent in their learning, thereby easing the
     under-represented groups to enter third       transition from school to university and from university to career.
     level. MAP provides a number of initiatives
                                                   MAP supports for all students include a MAP Academic Advisor
     to remove barriers and to create realistic    in every department, daily MAP advisory drop-in, an extended
     expectations for educational progression      orientation before and through the first semester and a technology
     among schools, parents, adult learners and    training module to introduce useful educational apps and tools.

     communities who historically do not access    Visit us online to find out about the entry routes and the supports
     higher education.                             available through MAP at

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                                                                                                  Personal and well-being SUPPORTS INCLUDE
                                                                                                  >   Chaplaincy Service                     You can find more details about the
                                                                                                  >   Crèche Service                         range of supports available at Maynooth
                                                                                                  >   Counselling Service                    University during our open days or on the
                                                                                                  >   Health Centre                          website
                                                                                                  >   Student Budgeting Advice Service       studentsupports

     As well as being part of our large           Academic supports
     University, you’re also part of a smaller    > Academic Advisory Office
     campus community.                            > Academic Writing Centre
     There are various services, from             > An Droichead - Ionad Tacaíochta na Gaeilge/
     academic to personal, that you may             Irish Language Support Centre
     want or need to avail of during your time    > Career Development Centre
     at Maynooth.                                 > IT Support
                                                  > LIST (Library Information Skills Tutorials)
     Help is readily available for students who
                                                  > Mathematics Support Centre (MSC)
     are struggling with a particular problem
                                                  > Placement Office
     or feeling a bit lost.
                                                  > Programme Advisory Office
                                                  > Programming Support Centre

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                                                                                                  Oifig na Gaeilge                                  Irish Language Office           
                                                                                                  Tacaíonn Oifig na Gaeilge le húsáid na Gaeilge i measc fhoireann         The Irish Language Office supports the use of the Irish language among
                                                                                                  agus mhic léinn. Má tá spéis agat sa Ghaeilge, bí linn agus tapaigh      staff and students. If you have an interest in Irish, join us and make the
                                                                                                  na deiseanna atá ar fáil anseo! Lean Oifig na Gaeilge ar na meáin        most of the opportunities available here! Follow the Irish Language
                                                                                                  shóisialta le teacht ar an nuacht agus ar na hócáidí is déanaí:          Office on social media for the latest news and events:

                                                                                                      @OnaGaeilgeMU                                                             @OnaGaeilgeMU
                                                                                                      @OnaGaeilgeMU                                                             @OnaGaeilgeMU
                                                                                                      @OnaGaeilgeMU                                                             @OnaGaeilgeMU

                                                                                                  Oifigeach na Gaeilge Aontas na Mac Léinn (AML)                           SU Irish Language Officer
                                                                                                  Cuireann Oifigeach na Gaeilge AML an Ghaeilge chun cinn i measc           The Students’ Union Irish Language Officer promotes Irish among the
                                                                                                  mhic léinn na hOllscoile                              student body

                                                                                                  An Cumann Gaelach                                                        Irish Language Society
                                                                                                  Spreagann Cuallacht Cholm Cille úsáid na Gaeilge ar an gcampas           Cuallacht Cholm Cille promotes the use of Irish through various events
                                                                                                  trí imeachtaí agus trí fheachtais éagsúla. Lean an Chuallacht ar na      and campaigns.
                                                                                                  meáin shóisialta:                                                        Follow them on social media:

                                                                                                      @CuallachtMaNuad                                                         @CuallachtMaNuad
                                                                                                      @Cuallacht                                                               @Cuallacht
                                                                                                      Cuallachtnag                                                             Cuallachtnag

                                                                                                  Seomra na Gaeilge, Foirgneamh NA nEALAÍON                                Irish Language Room, Arts BUILDING
                                                                                                  Spás sóisialta do chainteoirí Gaeilge.                                   A social space for Irish language speakers.

                                                                                                  Scéim Chónaithe                                                          Irish Language Residency Scheme
                                                                                                                                                                           Rooms in apartments on the north campus are available to those who
                                                                                                  Cuirtear seomraí in árasáin ar an gcampas thuaidh ar fáil dóibh siúd
                                                                                                                                                                           wish to speak and promote Irish on campus.
                                                                                                  a bhfuil spéis acu an Ghaeilge a úsáid agus a chur chun cinn ar an
                                                                                                                                                                           For further information, please contact:
                                                                                                  gcampas. Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais, déan teagmháil le

     Tá pobal bríomhar Gaeilge anseo               There is a vibrant Irish language                                                                                       Irish Language Classes (ILASP)
                                                                                                  Ranganna Gaeilge (ILASP)
     in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad.                         community here in Maynooth University.                                                                                  Irish language classes, at various levels, are available to students
                                                                                                  Cuirtear ranganna Gaeilge, ag leibhéil éagsúla, ar fáil do mhic léinn
                                                                                                                                                                           (including international students). Participants have the option of taking a
     Cuirimid ócáidí ar siúl ar an gcampas         We hold regular events on campus for           (mic léinn idirnáisiúnta san áireamh). Bíonn an deis ag rannpháirtithe
                                                                                                                                                                           TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) examination and getting a recognised
     go rialta do chainteoirí Gaeilge agus do      Irish language speakers and for those with     scrúdú Gaeilge TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) a dhéanamh
                                                                                                                                                                           qualification in the Irish Language, which enhances graduates’
                                                                                                  agus cáilíocht phroifisiúnta a fháil, rud a chuireann le deiseanna
     dhaoine a bhfuil spéis acu sa teanga.         an interest in the Irish language. Our Irish   fostaíochta san earnáil phoiblí, in earnáil an oideachais agus eile.
                                                                                                                                                                           employability in the public sector, in education and in many other areas.

     Bíonn an-tóir ag mic léinn agus ag baill      language classes are very popular amongst      Tuilleadh eolais ó
                                                                                                                                                                           Email for further information.

     foirne ar ár ranganna Gaeilge. Tá Cuallacht   students and staff. Cuallacht Cholm Cille,                                                                              Irish Language Committee
                                                                                                  Coiste na Gaeilge
     Cholm Cille, Cumann Gaelach na                the University’s Irish language society, is    Oibríonn an coiste ar mhaithe le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge in obair
                                                                                                                                                                           The committee works to promote the use of Irish in the day-to-day
                                                                                                                                                                           affairs of the University.
     hOllscoile, ar cheann de na cumainn is mó     one of the largest and most successful         laethúil na hOllscoile.
     agus is rathúla ar an gcampas.                societies on campus.                 

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                                                                                                                                                                        Since the 18th century, researchers and                                       Maynooth University Hamilton Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A multidisciplinary research institute that builds bridges between
                                                                                                                                                                        scholars at Maynooth have fostered a spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mathematics and its applications in communications, networks,
                                                                                                                                                                        of inquiry and scholarship rooted in the                                      artificial intelligence and biology.
                                                                                                                                                                        classical European tradition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maynooth University Human Health Institute
                                                                                                                                                                        Our research spans the natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Maynooth University Human Health Institute undertakes research
                                                                                                                                                                        Humanities, Business and Law, Computer Science and Engineering.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that contributes to solving important problems to improve human
                                                                                                                                                                        Our diversity and scale allow us to work across traditional boundaries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      health on an individual, national and global scale. Our research
                                                                                                                                                                        to focus on major societal challenges of the 21st century.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      draws on the unique expertise across a wide range of disciplines at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maynooth University. We aim to translate basic research to effective
                                                                                                                                                                        OUR RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND CENTRES                                           therapies and outcomes with the support of industry partners, clinical
                                                                                                                                                                        To bring together researchers across a range of disciplines, the University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      partners and policy makers.
                                                                                                                                                                        has established a number of recognised research institutes and centres
                                                                                                                                                                        that work in close co-operation with academic departments.                    Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute was launched in
                                                                                                                                                                        ASSISTING LIVING & LEARNING INSTITUTE (ALL)                                   March 2017 with a remit to foster and carry out research of societal
                                                                                                                                                                        The ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute’s globally distinctive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      importance in all areas of the Social Sciences. It brings together
                                                                                                                                                                        feature is in developing the interface between the users of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      over one hundred excellent researchers from both Maynooth and
                                                                                                                                                                        technologies and the broader community and societal infrastructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      external partners, and is a major international centre of excellence for
                                                                                                                                                                        and systems required to make this use beneficial. This interface is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      research and policy in the social sciences. It incorporates the National
                                                                                                                                                                        where some of the most exciting and empowering developments will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, and the National Centre for
                                                                                                                                                                        occur in the coming decades.

                                                                                                                                                                        CENTRE FOR OCEAN ENERGY RESEARCH                                              National Centre for Geocomputation
                                                                                                                                                                        This centre joins the quest to make wave energy technically and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The national leader in the field of Geocomputation, NCG is committed
                                                                                                                                                                        economically viable. The cohort of researchers is multidisciplinary,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to extending understanding and utilisation of the capture, analysis
                                                                                                                                                                        coming from various branches of engineering, mathematics and naval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and modelling of spatial data.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      National Institute for Regional And Spatial Analysis
                                                                                                                                                                        ICARUS – Climate Research Centre                                              NIRSA undertakes fundamental, applied and comparative research
                                                                                                                                                                        ICARUS undertakes leading edge research in observational climate              on spatial processes and their effects on social and economic
     Dr Karen English is a recent recipient of the IRC (Irish Research Council) Early-Career Researcher of the Year Award and is a Principal Investigator at Maynooth
     University’s Department of Biology and head of the Cellular Immunology Lab.                                                                                        science and modelling the effects of climate change – particularly as         development in Ireland, and providing high quality graduate education.
                                                                                                                                                                        it affects Ireland.

                                                                         FIVE YEAR SUMMARY 2013-2017                                                                    Innovation Value Institute
                                                                                                                                                                        Hosted by Maynooth University, the Innovation Value Institute is an
       2018/19 IN BRIEF                                                  > 2715 publications recorded in Scopus.                                                        open innovation consortium of over thirty international organisations
       > 559 academic and research                                         The field-weighted citation index across all our                                             focussed on IT challenges for business.

         staff                                                             publications is 1.77. This measures the extent to                                            Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute
       > C. €50m current research                                          which our work has been cited by others in the                                               Maynooth University is respected internationally as a major centre of

         and contracts portfolio                                           same area, compared to a world average of 1.00.                                              research and scholarship in diverse areas of the arts and humanities.
                                                                                                                                                                        The Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute brings
       > 82 new industry and                                             > 18.5% of Maynooth University publications are in                                             together over one hundred researchers and scholars from both

         enterprise partnership                                            10% of most cited publications worldwide.                                                    Maynooth and partner institutions to ensure that we continually build
                                                                                                                                                                        on our strength in these traditional fields.
         projects                                                        > 9 new spin out companies have been created.                                                                                                                                 Simon O'Keeffe is a current PhD student whose area of research is Semi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Autonomous Robotic Systems for Assisted Living. Simon was one of the
                                                                         > 20 patent applications filed.                                                                For more details visit:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       main contributors to the robotics research team RoboEireann.

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                       Located in the heart of Ireland’s only university town, we are
                       just 25 kilometres from the city of Dublin. Surrounded by the
                       rich heritage and beauty of Kildare, the university town has
                       all you could need and all within walking distance.

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     The campus spans extensive grounds with the older
     complex of fine nineteenth century buildings on the
     South Campus and a modern complex of teaching,
     research, accommodation and support facilities on
     the North Campus.
     Located in the heart of Ireland’s only university town,
     we are just 25 kilometres from the centre of Dublin.

     First Year Students
     Approximately 1,200 students live on campus. The main campus
     accommodation is situated just a short walk to all lecture, sports
     and recreational facilities on the North Campus.                         Sports FACILITIES INCLUDE                                                 Library                                                                  DESIGN FOR NEW student CENTRE
     Currently more than 50% of all campus accommodation is reserved          > Sports halls                                                            The Library sits in the heart of the campus. Recently                    The new Student Centre will serve as a home-from-home for
     for first year students. The average annual cost of renting on the                                                                                                                                                          students and a focal point for student life. The new building is
                                                                              > Fitness centre                                                          extended, the Library offers a wide range of study
     campus runs from between circa €4,700 to €6,700 depending on                                                                                                                                                                slated to open in early 2021 and serve as a hub for the Maynooth
     choice of room and facilities.                                           > Fully equipped gym                                                      and social facilities including an in-house café, laptop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Students' Union (MSU), clubs, societies, events, and a variety of
                                                                              > Weights room                                                            lending and wifi throughout.                                             activities that help to create that special sense of belonging that is
     The online booking system opens for prospective first years in late
     April/early May (date is confirmed in November 2019 - check website      > Changing rooms                                                          The Library is an eco-friendly building with a seeded roof and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 so important to the Maynooth student experience.
     for details). This is a first come first served process, which allows
                                                                              > Natural turf playing fields                                             range of technologies that minimise its impact on the environment.
     you to choose the room type you want within the budget you have
     planned. Unsuccessful CAO applicants receive a full refund of the        > Floodlit all-weather playing pitch                                      With access to over 850,000 ebooks, 95,000 ejournals, 300
     booking fee paid to secure the room.                                                                                                               databases and over 460,000 print publications, we can help you
                                                                              The sports halls host badminton, basketball, fencing, karate and
                                                                                                                                                        to make the most of your time in Maynooth. We also have a range
     Entrance Scholars (over 550 points) have the option of residing on       archery. Weekly aerobics and circuit training sessions also take place
                                                                                                                                                        of study areas including laptop lending, lots of PCs for student use,
     campus. See p. 28 for more details.                                      in the sports halls.
                                                                                                                                                        group study and seminar rooms fully equipped with AV facilities.                                  The outdoor playing fields cater for Gaelic football, hurling, soccer,
                                                                                                                                                        Taking time out from study is easy too with lots of spaces in which
         on webchat                                                           camogie and rugby. The nearby River Liffey plays host to the canoe
                                                                                                                                                        to relax including our Starbucks Café, an Exhibition space, touch
                                                                              and kayak club. Walking, golf or horse riding at Carton Estate.
                                                                                                                                                        tables and a landscaped atrium.
     Irish Language Accommodation                                             The University has acquired 60 acres of adjacent land for the
                                                                                                                                                        Library staff are here to help you find, use and manage information.
     We reserve rooms on campus in the Scéim Chónaithe where students         development of additional sport and recreational facilities. Plans are
                                                                                                                                                        Library Information Skills Tutorials (LIST) are held regularly in
     have the opportunity to use the Irish Language as their day-to-day       currently underway to significantly enhance student sporting facilities
                                                                                                                                                        throughout the first semester. LIST tutorials can also be found online
     language and can get involved in Irish cultural events and activities.   further on this adjacent space.                                                                                                                     Maynooth Green Campus awarded the prestigious Green Campus Flag by An
                                                                                                                                                        through our website. As well as that, staff can help you at any time      Taisce and the International Foundation of Environmental Education.
     Home Finder Service                                                                          during the day via the information desk, Library Chat, Social Media
     There are many accommodation options available locally to the                                                                                      on our homepage, email or phone.
     University - from traditional “digs” accommodation and self-catering     Cafés and Dining on Campus                                      
     in owner-occupied homes to private rented apartments and houses.         > The Little Coffee Co. – Arts Building
     We offer an online “Listing Service” which assists property owners       > Subway – John Hume Building
     and Maynooth students to make that initial contact.                      > The Kitchen @ Phoenix – Phoenix Building                                                > The Living Room @ Phoenix – Phoenix Building
                                                                              > Starbucks @ JP’s – The Library
                                                                                                                                                        Find us on Facebook and Twitter
     Occasional or Guest Accommodation                                        > Students’ Union Bar – North Campus
     Students may avail of campus accommodation on the South                  > Pugin Hall – St. Patrick’s House on the South Campus
     Campus. This is for occasional stays only.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Campus Bookshop

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                                                                                                                                                                                                             Maynooth University Undergraduate Handbook 2020

     STUDENTS' Union
                                                                  Our mission is to add colour to
                                                                  your experience here in Maynooth.

                                                                                                                Connect with MSU                                                     ABOUT MU CLUBS & SOCIETIES
                                                                                                                The MSU Info Centre is located in the Students’ Union building on    Maynooth University (MU) Clubs and Societies are the lifeblood of
                                                                                                                campus. Any Maynooth student can drop into the Info Centre and       campus activity and provide you with a great opportunity to throw
                                                                                                                we will help you with any questions you might have. You can also     yourself into University life. With over 100 Clubs & Societies we
                                                                                                                arrange to speak with student leaders or staff by appointment.       are confident, no matter what your tastes, that you will find at least
                                                                                                                MSU’s President, VP Education, VP Welfare & Equality and VP Clubs,   one that is perfect for you! From developing existing skills, trying
                                                                                                                Societies and Student Engagement are all based here. You can also    something different to making new friends; joining a club or society
                                                                                                                find us online. Visit or search for @maynoothsu on        is one of the best things you can do. Many students look back at
                                                                                                                your favourite social media channels.                                their time spent in Clubs & Societies as one of their highlights - the
                                                                                                                                                                                     opportunities for friendship, social development and personal growth
                                                                                                                                                                                     are almost unlimited!

                                                                                                                Current Clubs & Societies Listing

                                                                                                                Access                  Busking                 Electronic           History                  Media                     Rowing
                                                                                                                Africa                                          Engineering                                   Mens GAA Football
                                                                                                                                        Camogie                                      Hockey                                             Rugby
                                                                                                                AIESEC NEW                                      ELSA                                          Mens Soccer
                                                                                                                                        Cancer                                       Hogwarts                                           Shotokan Karate
                                                                                                                Aikido                                          Empower                                       Mental Health
                                                                                                                                        Cards                                        Hurling                                            Sinn Fein
     ABOUT MAYNOOTH STUDENTS’ UNION (MSU)                       Maynooth Students’ Union services include       Airsoft                 Celtic Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                     IESN                     Mountaineering &          Snooker
                                                                                                                American Football                               Equestrian                                    Bouldering NEW
     Every registered student of Maynooth University            > Peer Support Information and Help Centre                              Chemistry                                    Islamic                                            Snowsports
                                                                                                                Animal Rights                                   Feminist                                      MUCK
     automatically becomes a member of MSU. As a                                                                                        Chess                                        Israel                                             Socialist Party
     member, you can expect a high level of service,
                                                                > Student Travel/Leap Card                      Anthropology
                                                                                                                                                                Fencing              Japanese Culture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        St Catherine's NEW
                                                                                                                Aquatics                                        Finomics             Judo
                                                                                                                                        Christian Union
     support, guidance and engagement aimed to enhance          > Printing, binding, laminating                 Archery                                         FLAC                 Kenpo Karate
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ogra Fianna Fail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strength & Fitness
                                                                                                                                        Circus                                                                                          Surf
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Olympic Handball
     your student experience. We're here to represent your      > MU merchandise, hoodies, tees and lots        Arts Crafts and
                                                                                                                                                                French               Kickboxing
                                                                                                                Design                                                                                                                  SVP
     voice at every level and ultimately make your university                                                                           Grounds NEW             Froebel              Kilkenny Campus
                                                                  more!                                         Astro 2
                                                                                                                                        Creative Writing        GAA Handball
                                                                                                                                                                                                              People Before             TaekwonDo
     experience as engaging and fun as possible.                                                                Athletics                                                            Labour                   Profit NEW                Tea
                                                                > Bar and Venue, located in the SU building;    Australian Rules
                                                                                                                                        Cuallacht na Gaeilge    Gaisce NEW           Ladies GAA Football      Pokemon                   The Purpose
     Your MSU is run BY students FOR students. Our                serving food all day and entertainment each   Badminton
                                                                                                                                        Dance                   Galway Cycle         Ladies Soccer            Politics & Sociology      Movement NEW

     mission is to provide you with a fantastic and                                                             Basketball              Design Lab              Game of Thrones      Languages                Pride                     Trad Music
                                                                  night                                         Biology                 Deukuma                 Games                Law                      Pro Life                  Trampoline
     varied range of events, entertaining and informative
     campaigns and student centered services; MSU               > Londis Convenience Store, located in the      BLW Campus Ministry     Disney                  Geography            Legion of Mary           Pro-Choice NEW            Ultimate Frisbee
                                                                                                                Bosco NEW               DJ                      Golf                 Literary & Debating      Psychology                Volleyball
     prides itself on the role it plays in enhancing student      John Hume Building; student prices, served    Boxing                  Drama                   GradSoc NEW          Mars FM                  Red Cross                 Yoga
     life in Maynooth.                                            by student staff                              Business                Education               Green Campus         Maths                    Rovers                    Young Fine Gael

                                                                                                                *Listing may change
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