Applying for RPL at Maynooth University

There are different RPL processes and application forms for admissions and module exemptions. All applications will however require the learner to provide evidence of appropriate past learning in the form of certification and/or an extensive summary of such learning. In many cases, the application may be followed by an interview, usually conducted online. Please read the following to consider which RPL route best applies to you. 


RPL for Programme Admission

Postgraduate (incl. Microcredentials) Students applying via PAC

You will begin your application on the website. As part of the normal PAC application process, you will need to indicate via a tick box that you are interested in submitting an RPL application afterwhich you will be able to upload the completed RPL form to as part of your online application. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via the system. For guidance on applying via the PAC system, please see our 'How To' video guide below. 

Springboard Applicants

Please complete and submit the RPL form with your application on the Springboard Courses website. It should not come through the Postgraduate Applications Centre. Your application should be submitted well in advance of the commencement and registration of the programme. For most programmes, applications close at the end of May each year.

Undergraduate Applicants

If you are at least 23 years of age on 1 January in the year you start your course and you are starting college for the first time, you are considered a mature student and are eligible to apply under the Mature Student Entry Route. If you are under 23 years of age and are interested in applying via the RPL entry route based on prior formal and/or experiential learning, please contact our office at 

Download RPL Application for Programme Admission


RPL for Module Exemptions

You may be able to gain exemptions from certain programme modules if you can formally demonstrate that you have already met all of the learning outcomes of those modules. To apply for module exemptions, we would encourage you to, in the first instance, to contact the relevant module coordinator and your programme director to discuss your prior learning. Completed application forms and evidence of prior learning should be submitted to the RPL office at for consideration.

Note that exemptions will not be granted until both of the following conditions have been met:
1. a formal application has been recieved by the RPL Office and
2. you have fully registered to the modules from which you are seeking an exemption.

Download RPL Application for Module Exemption


Professor Joseph Coughlan, Head of the School of Business at Maynooth University, has been reviewing applicants via the RPL pathway for many years and is a keen advocate for validating prior experiental learning. 

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