Established in 1975, Maynooth University's Department of Adult and Community Education is the only specialist academic department for the education of adults in Ireland.  It is at the forefront of development in adult educational practices, teaching and learning, research, and policy formation. Courses offered in the Department of Adult and Community Education foster dialogue and discussion with the aim of enabling participants to critically reflect on their role in civil society. We offer certificates, diplomas, degrees, higher diplomas, masters and doctorates. ​Download a summary of our 2018 2019 offering: 

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Course programme categories at MU Adult & Community Education

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How to Apply

  • Apply Here for On Campus short courses, certificates and undergraduate Diplomas.
  • How to Apply for Postgraduate Courses

Funding and Fees: Maynooth University provides a full time Student Budgeting Advice Service for all students to help with budgeting, planning and managing college expenses. From 2017 funding options have been extended to part time students both under-graduate and post-graduate so please check out MoneyMatters for more information and how to apply. Undergraduate Degree students (MH803) may also apply for the 1916 Bursary and the Uversity Bursary. You can obtain further information about funding and scholarships from the Graduate Studies Website and information about fees can be found on the Fees Website.
Easy Payment Option: If you would like to pay by instalment please contact Kay Loughlin at kay.loughlin@mu.ie 

Qualifications outside the Irish education system? If you have qualifications from outside Ireland, you might like to check out the Qualification Recognition Service (External Source)  

Convictions: Please note that candidates are required to declare in writing to the university, if they have been convicted of an offence in the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere. You may want to read the university conviction policy.