Maynooth University  Certificate in Science 

Applications for 2020 are now open. Click here to apply.  
Please note we are still taking applicants as normal during the COVID-19 pandemic and the course is still scheduled to begin in September 2020. We will not be conducting face to face interviews during the summer and instead will chose applicants based on their application forms alone. If there are any delays or changes that need to be made we will notify applicants well in advance.

The Maynooth University Certificate in Science is a Level 6 Foundation Programme for mature students who wish to undertake a foundation year in preparation for degree studies in the Science and Engineering areas.  In this one year full-time programme of study, students undertake modules on Mathematics, Engineering Science, Computer Science, Experimental Physics, Mathematical Physics, Biology and Chemistry.  There are a maximum of 25 places on the course each year, and students benefit from the collegial and supportive learning environment provided by this group.

The aims of the Maynooth University Certificate in Science are:

  • To reintroduce adults to study and learning and to give them the background they will need to embark on a course for a degree in Science or Engineering;
  • To provide an access route for students who wish to take Science or Engineering when their second level education did not offer the necessary subjects.

Minimum Entry Requirements
Students must be aged 21 years or more on January 1st, in the year of entry and must be educated to Junior Certificate level (or its equivalent), to include Mathematics. Students must also qualify for EU Fees Status.  Non-EU citizens currently residing outside Ireland are not eligible to apply for this programme.  Non-EU applicants currently residing in Ireland must demonstrate that they qualify for EU Fees Status.  Further information relating to fees status is available here.

Successful completion of the Certificate in Science with a minimum overall grade of 60% will allow enrolment on the first year of one of the degree courses listed below:

Successful completion of the Certificate in Science with a minimum overall grade of 60%, along with successful completion of Maynooth University Special Mathematics examination in August 2021, will allow enrolment on the first year of the degree course listed below:

While the Certificate in Science guarantees students, who achieve 60% plus, an offer of a place on specific courses (MH 201, MH601 and MH602), applicants should also be aware of the wider opportunities, that are also available. Past students who have achieved very high grades have successfully progressed across the full range of STEM courses in MU  - Physics with Astrophysics (MH204), Theoretical Physics and Maths (MH206), Biological and Biomedical Sciences (MH208), Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry (MH210) and Science / Maths Education (MH212). Past students have also progressed into STEM courses in other Irish Universities.

For students who have successfully completed the course and decided that Science is not for them opportunities also exist in Arts (e.g. MH101). Completion of the course and achievement of good results are very favourably looked upon by the University as demonstrating both preparation and commitment for level 8 studies.