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Maynooth University

  • Public University, Estd 1997
  • Maynooth, Leinster
  • 50 Courses

University Highlights

  • Considered both one of Ireland’s oldest and youngest universities
  • Full university title: National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • An NUI constituent university
  • Over 15,000 full-time students, including international students from over 100 countries
  • Two campuses, with the oldest campus hosting a chapel, castle, and museum
  • Three faculties
  • #301-400 in Impact Rankings according to the Times Higher Education 2022
  • =106th in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2022
  • Highest percentage of mature and access students at any Irish university

University at a Glance

  • International
  • Male/Female
  • UG/PG Course
    1 : 2.76
  • Faculty/Student
  • No. of
  • Yearly Hostel &
    Meals Expense
    7.5K - 10.7K


Maynooth University’s origins can be traced all the way back to 1795, with the establishment of the Royal College of St. Patrick. It operated for several decades as a clerical college. It only gained university status in 1997, however, as a constituent college under the National University of Ireland. This makes MU both one of Ireland’s youngest and oldest universities. Although formally the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, it is typically known as Maynooth University or MU.

Consisting of two campuses, MU makes Maynooth the only university town in Ireland. The school’s centuries of academic legacy, versus the fact that it is one of Ireland’s youngest universities, reflects in its campuses. The southern campus is home to historic 19th-century architecture, which MU shares with St. Patrick’s College. Among these buildings include the National Science Museum, the John Paul II Library, the college chapel, and Maynooth Castle. On the other side, the northern campus is more modern. Student residences, student union and sports centres, and academic buildings can be found here. Students have access to multiple services, including Student Counselling, Health Centre, Writing Centre, and Student Budgeting Advice Service.

MU hosts 15,180 full-time students, comprising of students from over 100 countries. It has the highest percentage of mature and access students at any Irish university. These students enrol in programs offered by three main faculties:

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

Overall, MU offers over 80 undergraduate courses and over 200 postgraduate courses.

MU has a reputation for being a very friendly university, close to the Dublin city centre. The Student Centre and Sports Centre offer more than 100 clubs and societies for students to choose from.

As a research-intensive university, MU has international recognition in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Currently, there are over 1,100 active research staff and students. MU boasts over 500 externally-funded research projects as well. The university strives to address the challenges and questions posed by the 21st century under several interdisciplinary research facilities, which include the following:

  • Social Sciences Institute
  • Arts and Humanities Institute
  • Hamilton Institute
  • Human Health Institute
  • ALL Institute: Assisting Living & 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)
  • National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG)
  • National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements
  • Transcript
  • Passport photo page scan (please ensure applicant name is included when saving the scanned document)
  • Two academic references
  • English language test score (if English is not applicant’s first language)
Application feesEUR 0 - 50
  • Undergraduate
    Duration: 3 Years - 4 Years
    1st Year Tution Fees: 13.5K
  • Postgraduate
    Duration: 1 Year - 2 Years
    1st Year Tution Fees: 13.0K


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Maynooth University through our handy list of options below!

On campus accommodation :

MU offers Residence on Campus options for full-time students. These include:

  • River Apartments (538 single bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms)
  • Village Apartments (240 beds across four residence halls)
  • Rye Hall Apartments (three to four single-bed rooms with shared bathrooms, across a 20-apartment complex comprising three residence halls)
  • Courtyard Apartments (single study bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms across three buildings)

Facilities at these residences include:

  • Open plan kitchens equipped with microwave, oven, kettle, and fridge
  • WiFi
  • Laundry services
  • Dining and lounge areas
  • Non-smoking and vaping areas

Link to accommodation: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/accommodation/accommodation-campus/apartments-and-room-details


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Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    Maynooth University Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    +353 1 708 6000

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