University Name

Maynooth University


Maynooth University is internationally recognised for the quality and value of our research and scholarship, and our dedication and commitment to teaching and our students.

Part of the NUI and formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, Maynooth University traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, drawing inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and scholarship. The University is a place of lively contrasts. It is a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.

The humanities, social sciences and natural sciences form the academic and intellectual core of the University, complemented by strong departments and programmes in teacher education, computer science and electronic engineering, business and law.  Maynooth has an international reputation for research in humanities; social and spatial sciences; mathematics, communication and computation; and human health. Maynooth is an engaged university, making significant contributions to social, cultural and economic development at local, regional and national levels.

Comprising more than 12,500 students and 900 staff from more than 20 countries, the University is located in the historic town of Maynooth, 25 km from Dublin.


Please note that these are general admission guidelines.  For advice on specific cases please send the qualification details to the International Office before applying.

Students must have completed a recognised School Leaving examination which is considered equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. Certain programmes may have specific or additional requirements (e.g. Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required for the BA Finance degree). Note that all applicants applying from outside Ireland are NOT required to have taken the Irish language.  In addition, all students must meet the minimum English Language requirements detailed below. Please see country-specific academic requirements below for more detailed information on entry requirements for students from China, India, USA and Saudi Arabia.

English Language Requirements

Minimum English language requirements for undergraduate Science & Engineering programmes:

IELTS: 6.0 minimum overall score
TOEFL (Paper-based test): 550
TOEFL (Internet-based test): 80
PTE(Pearson): 55

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Minimum English language requirements for all other undergraduate programmes:

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
TOEFL (Paper-based test): 560
TOEFL (Internet-based test): 92
PTE(Pearson): 59

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Country-Specific Requirements


Senior Secondary School Certificate with an average grade of at least 75%


Minimum 75% in the Higher Secondary School Certificate- Standard 12 awarded through the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or the India Council for School Examinations (ICSE), or any equivalent Standard 12 All India Secondary School Certificate


GPA plus SAT or ACT
Minimum High School GPA 3.0/4.0 (3.5/4.0 for certain degrees)
Minimum SAT Composite (reading, writing and math): 1000 / 1600 (1200 / 1600 for certain degrees)
Minimum ACT Composite: 22 / 36 (26 /36 for certain degrees (writing section not required)

Superscoring applies if tests are taken within two years of applying
Maynooth University's ACT code is 5483 and our SAT code is 7266.

Saudi Arabia

General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihiyah) with a minimum overall score of 85% plus recognised Foundation Year


Maynooth University, Mariavilla, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland

Student Life

A campus is a vibrant place with a wide variety of activities open to all our students. We, here in Maynooth University, believe strongly in providing the total experience for our students. This includes a strong and innovative academic experience as well as providing various activities that help the personal development of our students.

Getting involved with the various student-led initiatives on campus gives you the opportunity to develop as an individual, gain key transferable skills, meet new friends as well as have some fun during your time here in Maynooth.


Maynooth Students' Union (MSU) is the representative body for all students. The aim of MSU is to promote, defend and advance the interests of its members. Every registered student is a member of the Maynooth Students' Union.


At Maynooth University, we aim to provide as many students and staff as possible with the opportunity to partake in sports and physical recreation.

The formative years spent at university should encompass a lot more than study and course-work. Research and practical knowledge vouch that sport enables all of us to work and play better. For students, the lifestyle habits adopted during the college years are likely to be those for life. School-leavers just starting college have an obvious advantage and can anticipate quick gains through physical training which should stand to them for the rest of their years.
Maynooth University is committed to the development of sporting excellence and awards a number of sports scholarships annually to promote and foster sporting talent in the University. We have sports development programmes in:

  • GAA
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Soccer

    Welcome to MU Life home to Maynooth University Clubs and Societies.

    There are currently over 100 clubs and societies - something for everyone, no matter who you are or what your tastes, there will be a club/society to suit you.

    From developing existing skills, trying something different and making new friends, joining a club or society is one of the best things you can do.

    Clubs and Societies are student-run and are a vital part of the student experience here at Maynooth University.


    The Maynooth Green Campus Committee (MGC) is officially in existence since December 2012. MGC brings together stakeholders from St Patrick’s College Maynooth (SPCM), Maynooth University, and the Catholic world development agency, Trócaire, headquartered on campus.

    MGC’s goal is to achieve the Green Campus Flag which was duly awarded to the university in May 2018. This Flag is an international award and the award scheme is co-ordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education, based in Copenhagen.  The Flag is awarded to third-level colleges that satisfy an assessment of progress undertaken by An Taisce.

    To reach this goal MGC created a roadmap with a set of realistic objectives that fall under a number of thematic headings: Biodiversity, Energy Management, Water Conservation, Waste Management, Sustainable Travel and Transport, and Climate Justice.


    The Experiential Learning office aims to enrich the undergraduate education experience, enabling MU students to experience more from their degree programme by developing and cultivating high-impact learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, where students learn by doing. These dynamic educational experiences are delivered in collaboration with academic educators, employers and community partners, and connect classroom content with real-world experience, empowering MU students to grow and develop with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies that they need for lifelong learning and future success. Students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of research, work, leadership, global and community service opportunities.

    Programmes / Activities of the Office include:

    • The MU Student Experience (MUSE) Awards
    • Skills for Success
    • Summer Programme for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
    • Community-Based Service Learning
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Social Networks
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Tune in to RTE Six One News tonight where Dr Leah O'Toole of @froebelMU will discuss the potential impacts of school closures on children's learning

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Well done to Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird of @MU_MathsStats & @mu_msc and his family who are running 600km to raise funds for SOSAD Ireland
Ciarán Mac an Bhaird @CPMacanBhaird
I’m adding my kms around @MaynoothUni @StPatsMaynooth campus in January to my brothers’ kms in @AughnamullenGAA We’re running 600km to raise €10000+ for @SOSAD_Ireland Please support this worthy cause (link below) & spread the word. I reached 195km to-date in January anocht
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Congratulations to Saoirse Ward and Mariia Skyba, winners of @Intel_IRL Women in Technology Scholarships!
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Listen back to Dr Ciarán Reilly on @RTERayDarcyShow discussing the Irish ancestors and the impact of the famine on the families of two US presidents – Joe Biden and John F Kennedy.

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