Programme Proposal Submissions

Proposals for new programmes, micro-credentials and requests for modifications to existing programmes should be submitted to the Academic Programmes Committee by email at academic.programmes@mu.ie

Proposals for new micro-credentials should also be sent to Sinéad Gannon at microcredentials@mu.ie. Please refer to the Maynooth University Framework for Micro-credentials listed in the guidance section below.

New elective stream proposals should be submitted to the Dean of Teaching and Learning who will then submit to the Academic Programmes Committee.

Programme Proposal Process

If available, the full programme proposal (including the module descriptors with details of assessment and learning outcomes) should be submitted at Stage 1. This will ensure that the proposal is considered in the most efficient and timely manner.

Should the module descriptors and details of assessment and learning outcomes not be submitted at Stage 1 and, if following initial consideration, the Academic Programmes Committee agrees that the programme would be beneficial to the University, the full programme proposal, with a swift turnaround, will be requested from the proposer.

Academic Programme Proposal Forms 2023-24

Please refer to the guides further below for advice on the process for the approval of new programmes

New Programme Proposal Form 2023-24
Modification to Programme Proposal Form 2023-24
New Micro-credential Proposal Form 2023-24
New Elective Stream Proposal Form 2023-24
Request for Integrated Study Abroad Period
New Collaborating Partner Proposal Template

 

Guide to the Approval Process for New Academic Programmes and Modules

Guide for Development of Programmes and Modules
Process for New Academic Programme Proposals 2023-24
Maynooth University Framework for Micro-credentials May 2023

 

Deadlines for Submission of Programme Proposals 

Undergraduate programmes requiring entry in the CAO Handbook, for admission in September 2025:

30 October 2023

Please note, programme proposals received after this deadline will be accepted and considered by the Academic Programmes Committee, but the approval process may not be completed on time to ensure entry in the CAO Handbook.
This is also the deadline for undergraduate programmes requiring marketing and recruitment assistance from the International Office.
 

Postgraduate programmes and programmes not requiring CAO entry, for admission in September 2024:

4 December 2023

Please note, programme proposals received after this deadline will be accepted and considered by the Academic Programmes Committee, but the approval process may not be completed on time to ensure entry to the Postgraduate Prospectus. In this case, responsibility will lie with the Department/School to market these programmes.
This is also the deadline for postgraduate programmes requiring marketing and recruitment assistance from the International Office.
 

To ensure timely and efficient consideration, it is recommended to submit new programme proposals for consideration by the Academic Programmes Committee as follows:

 

Deadline for Submission of Proposals Initial consideration by the Committee
2 September 2024 11 September 2024
30 September 2024 9 October 2024
28 October 2024 6 November 2024
25 November 2024 5 December 2024
6 January 2025 15 January 2025
24 February 2025 5 March 2025
5 May 2025 14 May 2025

If you have any queries in relation to academic programme proposals, please email academic.programmes@mu.ie
 

Academic Programmes Committee 2022-2025:

Chair: Vice-President Academic:
Professor Aidan Mulkeen, Registrar

Faculty of Arts and Humanities:
Professor Alison Hood, Dean
Professor Victor Lazzarini [while Professor Chris Morris on sabbatical leave]
Dr Eoghan Moloney

Faculty of Science and Engineering:
Professor Ronan Farrell, Dean
Dr John Keating, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
Professor John Stephens 
Professor Deirdre Desmond

Faculty of Social Sciences:
Professor Peter McNamara, Dean
Dr Helen Shaw, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
Dr Adrian Kavanagh
Dr Hilary Tierney

Vice-President International:
Professor Patrick McCole

Interim Dean of Teaching and Learning:
Dr Susi Gottlöber

Assistant Registrar and Director of Admissions:
Ms Ita McGuigan

Representative of Graduate Studies Office:
Vacant

Director of Graduate Research:
Professor Fiona Lyddy

Registry:
Dr Adrienne Kendlin
Ms Niamh Lynch

Bursar's Office:
Ms Jane Corcoran

Students' Union:
Mr Gavin Fanning (VP Education, MSU)

  Academic Programmes Committee Terms of Reference

Committee Meeting Dates 2024-2025:

Wednesday, 11 September 2024
Wednesday, 9 October 2024
Wednesday, 6 November 2024
Thursday, 5 December 2024
Wednesday, 15 January 2025
Wednesday, 5 March 2025
Wednesday, 14 May 2025