An Occasional Student studies specific modules for a semester or one academic year at the University.

Occasional students do not receive a National University of Ireland qualification. Instead they receive a transcript of results, issued by the Student Records Office. Examples of reasons for choosing to study as an Occasional Student include: 

  • Meeting Teaching Council of Ireland requirements
  • Personal interest

If you are interested in studying as an occasional student:

  • Contact the relevant academic department(s) to ascertain which courses / modules you are applying for (our Course Finder will aid your research).  Please note that the onus is on you to determine whether modules you apply for are offered in the first or second semester and whether or not they clash on the timetable.
  • Fully complete our Undergraduate Occasional Student Application Form (application fee is €25.00). This is available from the Admissions Office - drop by the Office or contact us and we'll post/email one to you;
  • Pay the application fee of €25 (click here to go to fee payment page);
  • Please ensure that transcripts of all relevant studies are submitted with your application;
  • Contact in the Admissions Office should you wish to discuss your application (we act as a liaison between you and the Department once the application has been submitted).

Applicants for admission as an occasional student are required to have at least attained a Level 5 qualification or equivalent (e.g. school Leaving Certificate). The relevant academic department(s) assesses your application. This may take a few weeks. Applicants may contact the Admissions Office for a provisional indication as to the progress of their application.
Assessment, whether examination or continuous assessment, is the same as per all other Maynooth University students. No special examination arrangements are made for occasional students.  Semester 1 examinations take place in January; Semester 2 examinations take place in May.  All results are issued in July.  In exceptional circumstances, where a student is required to return to their “home” university to recommence studies in January, there may be the possibility of an assessment in December, subject to approval by both the academic department(s) and the Examinations Office.

Please note that if you wish to add on further modules to your application, following approval, your application will be treated as a new application and you will be liable for the €25.00 application fee again.