Below is a link to our Graduate Research Academy Research Student Handbook for the current academic year. The handbook is a useful tool when you have questions around your stuctured PhD programme, supporting your progress and wellbeing, in addition to academic policies and student support offices.
Funded Postgraduate Research Students
All funded research students who are funded under Hume Doctoral Awards, MU Doctoral Scholarships, IRC, SFI, HRB, and any external funding managed by the Maynooth University Research Development Office (Graduate Research Academy), should complete the "Funded Postgraduate Research Student Pack" (FPRSP) prior to commencing their funding and return to [email protected] Payments cannnot be authorised until the completed FPRSP pack is received by our office. NB: All packs must be received at least 5 days before the scholarship start date. You can download the FPRSP here:
- Please read the "Guide" tab included within the FPRSP excel file
- All funded research students in receipt of both Stipend & Fees must complete the Data Input sheet and sign Forms A, B, C & D
- Supervisors must sign Forms A & B
- The completed pack (in Excel format) should be returned to [email protected]
- Please include your name, student number and funding body in the subject line
- All funded research students in receipt of a Tuition Bursary (Fees only) (e.g. internal MU scheme - John Hume) should complete the Data Input sheet and sign Forms A & D (only forms A & D apply to fees only students).
Note: Students funded through Graduate Teaching Studentships or personal grants such as SUSI or Social Welfare funding do not need to compete the Funded Postgraduate Research Student Pack.
Scholarships with a Fees Component
For scholarships with a fee component (excluding Hume Doctoral Awards, MU Doctoral Scholarships and IRC), the supervisor must complete the online form and indicate the appropriate Business Unit. Further details: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/student-fees-grants/quick-link-forms-documents/postgraduate-fee-internal-transfer-form
Obtaining a PPSN
The following are the steps in order to apply if living abroad for the moment but intend to relocate to Ireland for the start of the academic year 2021-22.
1. Print off and complete the Reg 1 form (attached), or this can be found under Temporary Arrangements for PPSN Applications
2. Photo ID (passport )
3. Proof of address (in own country if you don’t have an Irish address)
4. Documentation or letter or contract from the IRC as proof that you are going to be completing a PhD and will be in receipt of funding.
5. Scholarship Exemption Declaration form (attached) for PhD students, print and complete this, leaving the PPS number blank so that the DEASP can see why you need a PPS number.
6. Your Visa application number
6. Scan and email all of the above to [email protected] with a cover note in the email explaining that you are starting your PhD with MU, will be in receipt of a stipend but cannot travel to Ireland at the moment because of travel restrictions.
If the DEASP require any further information from you they will be in touch directly. There is a delay of up to 4 weeks in the process.
This Initial Meeting Record Form GSF1 formally outlines your individual research programme. As soon as possible after registration, you (the research student) should arrange the "initial meeting" with your supervisor(s)/supervisory team.
The purpose of the initial meeting is to:
- Provide an opportunity to design a unique, individual programme
- Identify modules that will enhance the student’s research programme
- Identify modules that the student will take in year one
- Agree a schedule of meetings
- Ensure the student has attended the postgraduate research induction day programme
- Ensure that the student is aware and agrees to the University regulations and policies
The Initial Meeting Record GSF1 Form is signed by you and your supervisor and then approved by the DRSPC. A copy should be kept by you and your supervisor and stored in the department, but the original is sent by the department to the Graduate Research Academy [email protected]. This record will inform the Annual Progress Review subsequently carried out by the student’s DRSPC.
Details of the agreed programme are recorded in the IMR which is approved by the DRSPC. The IMR is forwarded by the DRSPC to the Graduate Research Academy by the end of October/February, or within four weeks after first registration for students registering outside of standard registration times, for inclusion in the student record system. The IMR informs the Annual Progress Review subsequently carried out by the student’s DRSPC.
The Departmental Research Student Progress Committee (DRSPC) undertakes a formal annual progress review of all research students. This is recorded on the Annual Progress Review Form GSF2.
Part A deals with the student’s research activities, outputs, and progress, as well as supervisor’s comments. The student should complete this part of the form in consultation with their supervisor. The supervisor completes their part and submits Part A of the form to the DRSPC.
Part B allows the student to provide feedback on supervisory and departmental support. Part B is directly sent to the DRSPC.
The DRSPC’s recommendations are recorded in the Annual Progress Review Form and a copy is returned to the Graduate Research Academy at [email protected]
This form "Registering for Modules Outside of your Home Department GSF3 Form" should be completed by research students taking a module within MU which is not included on the student’s departmental programme or course of study.
The credit waiver and course variation form GST5 should be completed by students who wish to receive a waiver for a module they have already completed or students who wish to change the balance of minimum credits required i.e. take 20 subject specific credits and 10 transferable credits instead of 15 credits in subject specific and generic modules (total of 30 credits).
Maynooth University welcomes applications from occasional students who wish to study a postgraduate specific module(s) for a semester. Please note that as an occasional student you are not on a programme leading to any other award of this University.
If you are interested in studying as a Postgraduate Occasional Student, it is important you contact the relevant departments(s) to ascertain which module(s) you are interested in registering for. You should also contact the Fees Office to ascertain what Fees are applicable before applying.
This form is intended for candidates who have already commenced a postgraduate research programme in another institution and who wish to transfer to Maynooth University to continue their studies.
Research students who have completed the normal period of registration and who need some extra time to finalise and submit their thesis may apply for a one semester registration at a reduced rate of EU €1,000/Non EU €2,170 plus student levy, with permission from the Graduate Research Academy. Students must have paid the full continuation fee & student levy due prior to applying for the Final Semester Fee support. If the student submits their thesis by the approved submission date, the Final Semester Fee support will be applied.
The Final Semester Fee of EU €1,000/Non EU €2,170 plus student levy is available only once to PhD/Professional Doctorate students who has completed a minimum of four years of full time or six-years of part time study; or for a Research Masters students who has completed a minimum of two years of full-time or three years of part-time study. The fee will be valid for one semester (eg: those who would normally submit in October would have until February 28; those submitting in February would have until October 31).
In exceptional circumstances a student who is registered for and pursuing a Research Master’s degree may petition to transfer to the PhD register. The student must submit the GSF10 form along with the signatures of supervisor and DRSPC (Departmental Research Student Progress Committee) to the Graduate Research Academy for approval. All approvals will be noted by the Graduate Education Committee.
If you are a student from another unviersity and wish to attend a module in Maynooth University, please complete the GSF11 Form.