Maynooth University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,,Ireland

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Shilpa Saxena

Considered one of the fastest-growing universities of Ireland, Maynooth University is regarded as one of the top 200 universities in terms of international tie-ups and connections. A majority of the staff members at this university have a doctorate. By the academic year 2019-20, the number of research and academic staff members had already crossed 578.

On the Times Higher Education’s latest list of the ‘Youngest Universities’, Maynooth University stood 49th among other new universities across the globe. Its library is huge, with more than 4,60,000 publications, and the online library consists of around 80,000 journals.

Thousands of international students have enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and PhD-level courses at this university. Due to these reasons, Maynooth University features in the top 200 universities of Europe and top 350 universities across the world. Some of the university highlights are discussed below:

Maynooth Highlights

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What are the courses available to international students?

Over 83 undergraduate programmes and more than 70 part-time and full-time master’s programmes are taught at Maynooth University. The popular undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines are shown below:

Undergraduate Fields

Postgraduate Fields

Adult and Community Education

Adult and Community Education

Applied Social Studies

Ancient Classics




Applied Social Studies



Chinese Studies


Computer Science

Chinese Studies

Design Innovation

Computer Science

Electronic Engineering

Design Innovation





Experimental Physics


Froebel Education



Froebel Education

International Engineering College




Mathematics and Statistics





International Development




Mathematics and Statistics


Media Studies


Medieval Irish


Modern Languages
















Theoretical Physics

International students may choose their area of specialisation in either of the aforementioned fields.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

Students who wish to enrol in undergraduate courses must have completed a school-leaving exam from a recognised school. The certificate these students receive on clearing this examination must be equivalent to the Irish school-leaving certificate.

Eligibility Requirements for Indian Undergraduate Applicants

  • Academic requirements: Students from India must have an ICSE, SSC, or CBSE school-leaving certificate, with a minimum of 75%
  • Language requirements: International undergraduates applying from non-English-speaking countries like India need to prove their language proficiency through either of the following exam scores:

English Test

Minimum Undergraduate Score

IELTS Academic

6.5 bands overall

TOEFL (paper-based)

At least 560

TOEFL (Internet-based)

92 or more

PTE Academic

Minimum 59

Eligibility Requirements for Indian Graduate Applicants

  • Academic requirements: International graduates who wish to enrol in postgraduate courses must have a bachelor’s degree equivalent to an Irish bachelors; Indian graduates must secure at least 55% for entry to business degree programmes, while they need at least 60% for entry to other graduate programmes
  • Language requirements: International graduates applying from non-English-speaking countries like India need to prove their language proficiency through either of the following exam scores:

English Tests

Minimum Graduate Score

IELTS or equivalent

6.5 bands overall

IELTS for business degrees

6.5 bands with 6.0 in writing and reading components

IELTS for Global Health & Immunology

7.0 bands with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in other components

Note: These are generic requirements for graduates and undergraduates aspiring to study at the university. Some of the courses may have higher score requirements or different academic and language requirements.

Please refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.

What are the documents needed for the application?

The following set of supporting documents are required for international admissions at Maynooth University:

Undergraduate Documents

  • High school transcripts and certificates
  • 3rd level academic transcripts from any college (if applicable)
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Details of current studies (for transfer applicants)
  • Other documents requested by the International Office or described in the country-specific entry requirements

Graduate Documents

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fee?

A non-refundable application fee of EUR 50 needs to be paid by international students who wish to apply to any of the Maynooth courses. This payment can be made via a credit card or debit card.

What is the fee structure of the different courses offered by the university? 

Tuition fees vary depending on the course and programme. Given below is the estimated highest and lowest annual tuition fee for international students for graduate and undergraduate programmes offered by Maynooth University in the academic session 2021-2022:

Maynooth Tuition Fee

Source: Maynooth University

Note: Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, student fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.

Please also note that the university reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

Yes, Maynooth provides various scholarships to its qualifying international students.

Undergraduate students can apply for sports and academic scholarships. Sports scholarships cover the sports-related expenses of students. These sports scholarships aim to reduce the burden of part-time work that students undertake to meet their expenses.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students capable of reaching optimal performance at national, international, inter-county, and inter-provincial levels are eligible for these scholarships. Students who wish to receive these scholarships should submit their applications every year by Early April.

Maynooth University also offers department-wise scholarships to students. For instance, students who wish to pursue a third-level course in Bio-Medical Science, Physiology, Zoology, and Medicine are eligible for the Professor William C Campbell Bursary Scheme. Similarly, the Naughton Scholarships are offered to those who intend to pursue a third-level course in Science, Technology, and Engineering.

The university also provides undergraduate scholarships to differently-abled students and those facing financial issues. This scholarship is capped at EUR 2,000 every year and is applicable to undergraduate entrant students.

Maynooth provides 60 scholarships every year to students enrolled in full-time master’s programmes. These scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of their academic brilliance, and the maximum award is EUR 2,000. The application for this scholarship programme starts in Spring every year.

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary with progressive years. Students must check the exact deadlines and minimum requirements with their respective departments and apply for the desirable awards on time to make their profiles considerable.

For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

The tentative application deadlines for international admissions to different courses offered by Maynooth University are given below:

Application Type

Application Deadline*

Undergraduate Courses

Music degree

Early February

Other applications

Early July

Postgraduate Courses

All PG taught programmes

End June

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage students to check the school/department’s website for the exact deadlines.

How do I start my application? Is there a ‘Pathway’ option available?

To enrol in a programme of their choice, both UG and PG students can apply through the PAC (Processing Applications in the Cloud) portal of Maynooth University. Students can start by searching for a course using the ‘Find A Course’ section available on this portal. After checking the eligibility criteria of specific programmes, students can register on this portal and continue with the application.

International Pathway

The International Foundation Programme is a pathway programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to sharpen their subject-related skills and English language proficiency. The intakes for this foundation programme start in January and September every year.

What are the steps to the application process?

The step-by-step process to apply through Maynooth University application portal is as follows:

Step 1: The students can start by visiting the PAC application portal at After that, new students should register on this portal. Those who have already registered can click on the ‘Login’ button. Both these buttons are present in the top right corner of your screen.

Maynooth Application Steps

Step 2: While registering on the portal, students should provide complete details such as name, address, date of birth, email, password, etc. After that, students should read the privacy statement and tick the declarations before clicking on the ‘Register’ button.

Maynooth Application Steps

Step 3: After registering on the portal, students will get an activation link on their registered email address. They will need to click on this activation link to proceed. Once they confirm their email, they can log in on the portal using their email ID and password.

Maynooth Application Steps

Step 4: Finally, students can click on the ‘My Accounts’ section and start filling in the application form.

Maynooth Application Steps

Next, wait for the results.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

Students shortlisted for an interview or other final selection stages will be notified within 2 weeks of the last date of application. Students who do not receive a response to their applications 4 weeks after submitting them can contact the university using this email ID:

Please note that decisions are announced online and all the student-specific communication from the university is done via email. Hence, students must register with an active email address to keep a track on all university notifications, especially in their spam folder. Aspirants may also check their application status on the official admission portal.

It is also recommended to stay updated with any announcements related to modifications or requirements in the admission process by remaining active on the university website.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What are the chances of getting into this university?

Overseas students who meet the mandatory requirements, including subject-related and English proficiency requirements, stand a higher chance of being selected by Maynooth University. For admission to postgraduate business-related courses, students must at least secure 55% overall in their recent examinations.

Indian students who want to secure admission to this university must obtain 70% in English if they have completed their HSC from CBSE or ICSE schools. Students from other boards need a minimum of 75% in English for hassle-free admission to this university.

To boost your chances of selection, check out the preparation tips for English proficiency exams, refer to:

Preparation Tips

Sample Papers

IELTS Tips and Tricks

IELTS Practice Tests

TOEFL Tips and Tricks

TOEFL Practice Tests

PTE Tips and Tricks

PTE Practice Tests

Pro Tip: Start preparing for these exams 6-8 months in advance (before appearing for the exam).

How many India/international students study at the university?

In the academic year 2019-2020, approximately 15,900 students from across the globe were enrolled in different courses at Maynooth University. Out of these, nearly 2,297 students were international.

Maynooth Student Enrolment 2019-2020

The entire student body of this academic year can be segregated as follows:

Student Type


Total students




Masters students (Taught and Research)


Doctoral students


International Students


Source: Maynooth University

Maynooth Student Body 2019-2020

The percentage of international and domestic students studying at Maynooth in this academic year can be seen below:

Maynooth Student Body

Source: Maynooth University

This share of international students came to study at Maynooth from 95 countries, including India.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

Students who want to work part-time during their coursework need to submit an application and get a PPS number first. Also, students will not get a VISA to visit Ireland for distance learning or enrol in a part-time course.

International students enrolled in a full-time course of a duration of at least one year need not obtain a work permit to take up part-time work opportunities. Students with an immigration stamp 2 authorization can work up to 40 hours per week from June to September and mid-December to mid-January. At other times, they can work up to 20 hours every week.

Undergraduate, graduate, and PG students get various opportunities to work on campus. This includes positions such as campus tour guides, tutors, exam invigilators, orientation leaders, etc.

Graduate Assistantships

MU offers teaching assistantships to graduates of different disciplines. These scholarships are awarded to applicants starting their PhD Doctoral Studies in the autumn semester. The applicants selected for this scholarship receive EUR 6,500 as tuition fees support and a stipend of EUR 9,007 every year.

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the Ireland Study Visa Guide.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many campuses does the university have?

Maynooth University is divided into two campuses, viz.

Maynooth Campuses

The campus is set up in the rural region and is divided into two sections comprising the older buildings and newer teaching and research facilities.

The university is further divided into three departments:

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Philosophy

The Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Philosophy further houses:

  • School of Celtic Studies
  • School of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Maynooth University also consists of 12 research centres and institutes, which are given below:

  • ALL Institute: Assisting Living and Learning
  • Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER)
  • Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy
  • Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention
  • ICARUS Climate Research Centre
  • Innovation Value Institute (IVI)
  • Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute
  • Maynooth University Hamilton Institute
  • Maynooth University Human Health Institute
  • Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute
  • National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG)
  • National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)

All centres and campuses under the university are international. It means that international applicants may get a place in their dream course through either of the colleges on either of the campuses.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

Only students registered for full-time programmes and staying independently without assistance can stay in the on-campus housing facilities offered by Maynooth University. Wi-Fi, laundry, dining room, lounge area, etc., are a few of the common facilities provided in the residence halls of the university.

On-Campus Accommodation

The on-campus accommodation facilities and annual room rates for the academic year 2021-2022 are given below:

Accommodation Type

Residential Halls

Annual Rent (in EUR)

Ensuite (Single room with bathroom)

Courtyard, Rye Hall, and River


Single room with shared bathrooms

Village and Rye Hall


Source: Maynooth University

Cost of Living

The estimated annual living costs that international students (living on-campus and off-campus) might need to bear for the academic year 2021-2022 are given below:


Off-Campus Cost (in EUR)

On-Campus Cost (in EUR)

Room rent










180-450 + taxi charges from airport (EUR 50-60)

180-450 + taxi charges from airport (50-60)

Books and Supplies



Medical and Clothes

405 + Medical Insurance (120-150)

405 + Medical Insurance (EUR 120-150)




Miscellaneous Expenses



Other expenses (GNIB Card and Re-entry Visa)



Total Expenses



Source: Maynooth University

International students must keep into account these and other miscellaneous costs along with the tuition fee while preparing their overall budget.

Note: Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.

Please note that you must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation you choose. Also, you must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of doubts?

Students can use the contact details given below to get in touch with the university in case of doubts and queries:


Address: Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 708 6000

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