Registration for New Postgraduate Research Students
Ensure that you have applied and accepted on PAC.
You will receive registration details by email approximately one to two weeks before the course commences with details of registration and fee payment. Information will be sent to the email provided on your online application. If you are moving to a new address or wish to change the address that you originally provided, you can change it by logging into your PAC account.
If you have any further queries in relation to registration please contact the registration office directly.
Student Records and Registration Office
Phone: +353 1 708 3813
Fax: +353 1 708 3935
The registration office is open 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-5.00 Monday to Friday.
The fees schedule is now available online.
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, should complete the Funded Research Student Pack and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment will not be authorised until the Pack is returned.
Students funded through Graduate Teaching Studentships or personal grants such as SUSI or Social Welfare funding do not need to compete the Funded Research Student Pack.
The Funded Research Student Pack comprises pf four forms:
Form A: Research Agreement for Funded Research Students:
In the case of funding through a personal scholarship such as Hume Doctoral Awards, MU Doctoral Scholarships and IRC, the student and the supervisor must complete and sign Form A. In the case of funding through a research grant managed by the supervisor, the supervisor must complete Form A prior to the student signing.
Form B: Research Stipend Form for Funded Research Students
This form must be completed by the student. If the student is paid directly through a research grant managed by the supervisor, the student should speak to the supervisor regarding the funding process. For further information please contact email@example.com.
Form C: Section 193 Revenue Form (Scholarship Tax Exemption)
All students in receipt of a stipend must complete Form C. Stipend payments cannot be made otherwise. All students must have an Irish PPS number. Foreign social security numbers cannot be accepted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on applying for an Irish PPS number.
Form D: Researcher Undertaking
The undertaking ensures that MU complies with National IP Protocol as demonstrated by requirement 2 of the National IP Management Requirements.
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 can be found here: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/student-fees-grants/quick-link-forms-documents/postgraduate-fee-internal-transfer-form
Initial Meeting Record
After registration, each research student must arrange an introductory meeting with their primary supervisor. A customised and individualised programme of research is agreed and recorded as the ' GSF1: Initial Meeting Record ' document, which is then approved by the Departmental Research Student Progress Committee (DRSPC). The Initial Meeting Record is forwarded by the DRSPC to the Graduate Studies Office. This record informs the annual progress review which takes place at the end of each academic year.
A candidate, who has completed their Initial Meeting Record before their registration date may register for the appropriate PhD modules. However, if the Initial Meeting Record is not completed prior to registration, a candidate must register on the day indicated by Records Office, and choose their appropriate modules by the end of October.
The purpose of the Initial Meeting Record is to:
- Provide an opportunity to design a unique, individual programme
- Identify modules that will enhance the candidate’s research programme
- Identify modules that candidates will take in year one
- Agree a calendar of meetings
- Record attendance at the induction programme
- Ensure that the candidate is aware and agrees to the University regulations and policies as outlined on the graduate studies website
For further details please visit the Graduate Studies Academic Policies section of the website for a full overview of the PhD process.
What is the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee?
All students are eligible to register for one semester without a tuition fee being payable for that semester subject to the criteria below:
- Students must be registered for the semester January -September 2020;
- Students are only eligible for the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee directly after completion of the normal duration of the research programme. For example when registering as full-time PhD and Professional Doctoral students in year 5; full-time Research Masters students in year 3; part-time PhD students in year 7; and part-time Research Masters students in year 4;
- A student must be registered for the year prior to availing of the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee.
Do I have to apply for the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee?
No, Graduate Studies will advise Fees Office of student eligible for the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee.
Information for International Students
The International Office has developed a useful pre-arrival guide book.
If you are a non-EU national and you are arriving in Ireland this September, the International Office - email@example.com will assist you with visa, immigration and other information to help you to make the most of your student experience in Ireland.
Wellbeing Workshops are offered by the Student Services Centre:
14 October @ 2pm: Learning to respond to stress signals - Understanding the Window of Tolerance; Link: https://bit.ly/2XuDpmD
25 November @ 2pm: Relaxation & Mindfulness Practice Combined: Navigating the overload by introducing Mindfulness practice; Link: https://bit.ly/2Z3Q8xl
10 February @ 2pm: Understanding anxiety through self regulation, theory & practice; Link: https://bit.ly/3ExSgO9
5 May @ 2pm: Relaxation & Mindfulness Practice Combined: Regulating through Mindfulness & Relaxation Practices; Link: https://bit.ly/3nRjXvl
Click here to register.
Dr Adeline Cooney of the MU Writing Centre will hold Writing Retreat Workshops from Wednesday 29 September from 10.00-1.00pm. Register here and please use a MU email to register.
The Graduate Studies Office would like to reassure all research students that we will do everything in our power to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 disruption on your studies. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing for you, your supervisors and your research participants. Find more COVID-19 information here.