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: 

Adult Education Part Time Courses_Summary  

How to Apply

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

Funding and Fees: ​Information about funding and scholarships can be found on 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 

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.