At the beginning of the second semester, eligible first year students will have an opportunity to request to amend your subject registration. Eligible students are first year students who have a subject choice(s) within your programme of study, excluding MH901 Arts Kilkenny students.
Students requesting to change their first year subject registration are asked to complete the Form No. R9 – First Year Subject Change Request available to download from the Student Records website. Students should return this form by email only from your MU email address to the Programme Advisory Office at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17.00 Friday February 9th 2018.
Some points to think about before requesting to change your first year subject registration:
- Students must register for 60 credits each year. If you choose to discontinue a subject(s) in semester 2, you must register for another subject(s) or module to ensure you remain registered for 30 credits in second semester.
- Students must complete all assessments for your first semester modules, even if you intend discontinuing a subject. Students can only request subject changes to your second semester registration at this point in the academic year. ALL modules taken in the year contribute to the annual result. So even if discontinuing a subject, you still need to do as well as possible in the modules taken.
- All requests are subject to timetable compatibility and minimum subject entry requirements.
- Students require a minimum of 15 credits in a subject to progress it into second year (some progression routes require a minimum of 30 credits – for specific subject progression requirements please see the Student Registration Guides linked below). This means you cannot progress a first semester subject you discontinue or a subject you take up new in second semester as you will only have 7.5 credits in the subject.
For more information:
- Refer to your First Year Student Registration Guides for more information about your second semester subject options and second year progression routes
MH101 Student Guide
All first year programmes except MH101
- Attend an information session hosted by the Programme Advisory Office: all sessions will take place in Rowan House Room 1.20 (ground floor)
- Tuesday, January 30th at 11am and 2pm
- Thursday, February 1st at 3pm
Are you thinking about requesting a change to your first year subject registration? Come along to one of our three student Information Sessions hosted by the Programme Advisory Office during Week 1 of semester two to learn more about how to submit a subject change request and the potential impact of your request on your progression options for second year and the rest of your degree.
Student Information Sessions/Drop-In Advice Clinic
- Tuesday, 30th January at 11am and 2pm
- Thursday, 1st February at 3pm
All sessions take place in Rowan House Room 1.20 on the ground floor.
Can't make an information session? You can book an appointment to meet with a member of the Programme Advisory Team via our online booking system: muprogrammechoices.youcanbook.me/
↵The structure of our BA and BSc programmes allow students to decide whether to specialise from the start, or to take up to four subjects in the first year and focus later. Students study 60 credits each academic year, you can decide how to divide up these credits across your subjects in year 1.
Student Registration Guides
The Registrar's Office has produced First Year Guides designed to explain the options within your chosen programme and which will help you make the right choices for you, which you can download:
MH101 First Year Guide
for students on the BA Arts degree
All programmes except MH101 First Year Guide
for student on all programmes except the BA Arts degree
The Critical Skills courses are designed to help first year students to learn, experience, practice and develop various essential skills that will support their learning. At third level it is expected that students will develop skills that will enable them to successfully negotiate their university experience. These critical skills include:
- Analytical thinking,
- Evaluating evidence
- Making balanced judgments
- Communicating ideas clearly.
The Critical Skills subject aims to develop these skills early in the University experience. Discover more information about the Maynooth University Critical Skills courses on the Critical Skills webpage: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/critical-skills
The Programme Advisory Office is available to assist and advise undergraduate students, including new first year students, with programme related decisions they may be unsure about before and after the registration period. The Programme Advisor will brief all incoming first year students during Welcome Week about the programme choice you will be asked to make during your academic journey at Maynooth University.
Last year, we helped hundreds of new students, just like you, with their programme choices including questions like these:
- How do the Arts timetable groups work?
- Is it possible for me to take a particular combination of subjects?
- What will my options be for next year if I take this particular combination of subjects?
- I hope to transfer into year 2 a denominated programme next year; what subjects do I need to take?
- How do I know if I have to take particular subjects as part of my programme?
- I have changed my mind about a subject; what should I do now?
How to get in touch with the Programme Advisory Office:
We love hearing from students, especially first year students, so please get in touch with any programme choice related questions you may have via:
Phone: 01 474 7428
In person: At the beginning of term, we operate a drop-in service for students between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday in Rowan House. After week 5, students can book a one-to-one appointment with the Programme Advisor via our website: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/programme-advisory-office