Maynooth University welcomes continued growth in CAO applications

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 09:15

New BSc in Biological and Geographical Sciences sparks particular interest

Maynooth University continues to see strong growth in applications, following the trend of recent years.   The University has seen applications rise by 1%, despite a national decline of 2% in applications for Level 8 courses through the CAO.

The Maynooth Arts degree has the highest number of applications for any course in the CAO system, reflecting the popularity of the flexible Maynooth curriculum, in which students can progressively specialise as they progress.

Several programmes at the University have seen a substantial increase in first preferences including Engineering (+40%), Psychology (+29%), Business (+19%) and Biological and Biomedical Sciences (9%).

There has also been strong interest in the new BSc in Biological and Geographical Sciences degree which offers students the opportunity to study various areas of climate change, ecosystems, landforms, and how human activity impacts on our ecosystem both locally and globally. The new BSc is offered by two academic departments of international repute.

Commenting on the figures, Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, said: “We are delighted to once again see so many students choosing Maynooth University as their first preference in this year’s CAO process. Our programmes provide students with excellent preparation for life and make them highly sought-after employees upon graduation.

“We look forward to welcoming our new students for the academic year 2020-2021. In choosing Maynooth University, they will join one of the leading universities in the world, with strong international connections and a lively, dynamic and rapidly-growing campus.”