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We expect more than 3,500 students to begin studying a level 8 degree at Maynooth University in 2021 and our Student Engagement Office is looking forward to welcoming our new MU first year group! First year orientation (Welcome Week) is expected from Monday September 20th with lectures expected to begin from September 27th.
Offer Date: 7th September, 2021 from 14:00
Reply Date: 13th September, 2021 by 15:00
Issue of main body of offers take place after Irish Leaving Certificate Examination results become available.
Offer Date: 20th September, 2021 from 10:00
Reply Date: 22nd September, 2021 by 15:00
Offer Date: 28th September, 2021 from 10:00
Reply Date: 30th September, 2021 by 15:00
Offer Date: 5th October, 2021 from 10:00
Reply Date: 7th October, 2021 by 15:00
Offer Date: 12th October, 2021 from 10:00
Reply Date: 14th October, 2021 by 15:00
This is an outline of the next steps for those offered a place on a Level 8 degree at Maynooth University via the CAO (and who wish to accept the offer):
Follow the offer and acceptance procedure as set out by the CAO:
Applicants who receive an offer of a level 8 degree at MU will receive an information pack in the post in the days following receipt of their CAO offer. This pack includes a letter detailing all the steps you need to take in terms of registration and orientation and a range of information leaflets. The contents of the pack are available to view below:
Maynooth University aims to ensure the security and privacy of an applicant’s personal data by preventing the release of any details relating to a CAO applicant to any unauthorised person.
All enquiries about an applicant’s course choice/offer can only be discussed with the applicant. If a third party is enquiring on behalf of an applicant, the applicant must be present and give full permission (by phone/email etc.) to Maynooth University’s Admissions Office to discuss his/her course choices/results/offers with the third party. In all cases, the applicant will be required to confirm he/she is the applicant in question. Each applicant will be asked to confirm the following:
ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING MATHS ENTRY EXAM
ONLINE - Tuesday 14th September 2021
This provides prospective Maynooth University engineering students with a chance to secure the required H4 (previously HC3) in Leaving Certificate Mathematics in order to meet the basic entry requirement for qualification to our Engineering degree (MH304). The exam is based on the content covered by Paper One of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics syllabus and consists of one exam lasting two hours.
We also run a free preparatory course in advance of the Engineering Mathematics Exam.
Monday 13th September 2021 - all students registered for the Maths Entrance Exam will be automatically enrolled in this optional course.
Students attaining the H4 (60% or higher) standard in the examination will be deemed to have met the mathematics entry requirement to the degree.
The Student Engagement Officer and the Student Records Office take over from the Admissions Office team for orientation and registration. All applicants who are offered a place at MU receive a welcome pack in the post including a letter which details the processes and dates involved.
The Records Office send an email with details about the registration process.
Click here to see what happens next.
First year undergraduates will start formal lectures on the 27th September, and have some orientation activities in the week of the 20th.
Entrance Scholarships are automatically awarded to incoming first year students who have obtained 550 points or more in the Leaving Certificate (from six subjects in one sitting). From 2022 students will need 575 points or more to be eligible for the Entrance Scholarship.
The €1,000 award is for one academic year following admission to the University, payable in two instalments – one in November and one in February (subject to the Entrance Scholar remaining in good standing with the University).
For students presenting GCE A Levels the awards are based on achieving points from three/four subjects in GCE A levels.
No application required.
Our Entrance Scholarship for one entrant to MH103 Music is awarded in September. The top scoring applicant, based on the MH103 remote assessment, is offered the scholarship of €1,000. The successful applicant is informed when they receive their offer for MH103 through the CAO.
The Mature Student Office (which is part of the Access Office) are committed to supporting the learning experience of Maynooth's mature students. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them.
THE MH101 BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE: 318 CAO POINTS IN 2020 - 34 SUBJECTS AVAILABLE IN 2021
Most popular CAO 1st preference course in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chosen by one in four of our Entrance Scholars (new Maynooth students who achieved 550+ points in their Leaving Certificate exams)
Preferred course for 1,300 students who begin MH101 annually
Four weeks to choose up to four subjects from a possible thirty four (one per group) - proceed with two subjects (or one) from 2nd year
Possibility to move into a specialised degree such as Law, Business, Computer Science (depending on 1st year subjects and results)
Postgraduate study - once you have completed your Bachelor of Arts degree you may wish to pursue postgraduate study:
It is possible through your master's degree to become an expert in a subject that you have already studied or you could also undertake a master's in a totally new discipline to complement your degree.
MH001/MH002 Bachelor of Education - Primary Teaching (B Ed)
Some applicants to our MH001/MH002 Bachelor of Education - Primary Teaching (B Ed) degree are concerned about achieving the Leaving Cert points required. Our advice is that applicants should also consider the postgraduate route into primary teaching. The PME Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) is a two-year postgraduate teacher education programme for primary teaching for persons who possess a level 8 honours bachelor degree. The level 8 MH101 Bachelor of Arts degree is a popular choice for many students.
A Double Major in Psychological Studies will not lead to an accredited Psychology degree. However, you could pursue this at a later date through postgraduate study. Unlike MH106 and MH209, Psychological Studies in MH101 will not lead to a professionally accredited degree, however Psychological Studies graduates may be eligible to apply for consideration to entry to a one-year postgraduate programme to achieve a professionally accredited qualification in psychology (on a competitive basis - limited numbers).
Apart from professions requiring specialist training such as engineering and science, most career options are wide open to Maynooth’s Arts graduates. With about 40% of graduate jobs open to any discipline (gradireland.com), the quality of your degree and your ability to communicate your experience is often far more important than the content of your subjects.
Some of the transferable skills that an Arts degree offers include the ability to:
Lead and participate in discussions
Develop and argue opinions
Understand, assess and evaluate issues
Write well in a variety of formats
Propose ideas and theories
Think and act creatively
Organise workload and work to deadlines
Convey meaning precisely
Conduct research and evaluate sources
Read pages of text and pick out the essential points
Work alone and on own initiative
Retain and absorb large amounts of information
Have confidence in your opinions
Be able to base conclusions on statistical research
Debate and persuade others of your point of view
Foreign language skills (depending on subject choice)
Second Year Transfer Options from MH201 Bachelor of Science Degree.
Degree – Year 1
Degree Transferring to Year 2
Subjects and Grades Required in Year 1
MH202 – Biotechnology
Students must take Biology, Chemistry and Maths plus 1 other in First Science *
Students must have an overall of 60%.
MH204 - Astrophysics (Year 3 transfer only)
Students attaining 60% in Experimental Physics and 60% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Physics in Year 2 of MH201 may apply to transfer into 3rd Year of MH204. Places are limited and are based on results.
MH207 - Data Science
Students must take Computer Science/ Mathematics/ Data Science plus 1 other in First Science*
Students must pass the year and achieve an overall of 55% or greater in Mathematics in their First Science Examination.
MH208 - Biological & Biomedical
Students must take Biology, Mathematics plus 2 other *
Assessed on a case by case basis on -
A) Points on admission
B) Year 1 results
MH210 - Pharmaceutical & Biomedical
Students must take Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry plus 1 other in First Science*
Students must achieve an overall grade of 60%.
SED Science (with Education)
MCS Mathematics and Computer Science (with Education)
MED Mathematics (with Education)
Students must take Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry & Experimental Physics
Results plus interview
Students must take Mathematics and Computer Science plus 2 others in First Science.
Results plus interview
Students must take Mathematics & Mathematical Physics plus 2 others in First Science
Results plus interview
MH304 - Engineering
Students must take Engineering Science, Mathematics, Computer Science plus 1 other*
Subject to attaining 50% or over in the First Science examination
MH306 - Robotics
MH304 - Engineering
Subject to passing the year and attaining 50% or over in the Maths Modules
MH602 - Computer Science
Take 22.5 credits of Computer Science and pass Year 1
*Can include Critical Skills
Limited places available for transfers.
We know that making a final decision on the list of level 8 degree choices can be quite a challenge. We have therefore broadened the first year entry on many of our degrees in order to open up progression options to our students. This means that many first year students can spend the first few weeks of semester one sampling subjects or pathways within their degree before deciding on their options.
Before the end of May, you should have received a Statement of Application Record from the CAO. This final acknowledgement is designed by the CAO to enable you to verify that all information has been recorded completely and correctly. You must read the statement and follow the instructions carefully, and contact CAO if anything is incorrect or omitted.
The country is currently implementing a phased re-opening of society as Covid-19 vaccination rates continue to climb. In line with the Government’s plan, which deems higher education an “essential” sector, Maynooth University is preparing for a return to campus with additional public health precautions in place.