Applicants should first check that they fulfil the requirements for the particular course they wish to apply for, as shown in this section. In particular please note the scoring scheme.
Application is made through the Central Applications Office website or via paper application. There is a normal fee for applications received on or before 5.15 pm on February 1. Late applications are accepted up to and including May 1 on payment of an additional fee. Students who wish to study Community and Youth Work (MH116 and MH802) or Music (MH103) must apply before February 1.
Places on courses with QQI entry routes are available in the first instance for students under 23 years of age on January 1. If these places are not filled they will be allocated to qualified QQI mature applicants. Applicants 23 years of age or over before January 1 (21 years of age for MH802), not fulfilling normal entry requirements, may apply for matriculation on the basis of mature years. Mature student applicants with QQI qualifications are considered along with other mature applicants.
The best score for each applicant is calculated and the results are forwarded to the CAO in July of each year.
You can calculate your score using the free online points calculator at www.careersportal.ie/qqi.
This is based on the following scoring system:
Each level 5 and level 6 component is scored:
> 3.25 for a Distinction
> 2.16 for a Merit
> 1.08 for a Pass
This number is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum of 120 credits (a total of 390 points).
It may be easiest to multiply the individual component credit value by 3 for Distinction, 2 for Merit, and 1 for Pass, multiplying by 13 and dividing by 12. The maximum number of QQI points is 390.
The scoring is applied by the CAO. For the most current list of linked awards and specialised components visit our website. You will also find other information in relation to QQI entry pathways.
Changes made to those listed below will be implemented in the next admissions cycle, through the CAO, where possible.
Please Note: some degree programmes have additional minimum entry requirements.
Students with appropriate BTEC/OCR qualifications with Merit/Distinctions will be considered for admission on a competitive basis to the first year of the below honours degree programmes at Maynooth University:
BTEC Higher National Diploma
BTEC Extended National diploma Award (180 credits)
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Entended Diploma Award (180 credits)
Holders of any BTEC Higher National Diploma or Extended National Diploma Award (180 credits), with Merit/Distinction Grade will be considered for admission to the first year of these degrees. Applicants will be graded on the best of 6 modules in the second year.
The points are calculated by the following grades:
Distinction =3 Merit =2 Pass =1
Applicants who do not have Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level with a minimum grade of O4/H7 must have a Distinction in a Mathematics or Statistics module or GCSE Grade B in Mathematics.
Application must be made to the CAO by May 1st.
- Candidates may apply for admission to second year of a similar course if they have obtained relevant awards - e.g. DIT. Preference is normally given to candidates who have achieved merit or distinction grades.
- Candidates may also be considered for transfer into second year of any undergraduate degree course if they have successfully completed the first year of a similar degree course in another recognised institution, or have completed a certificate or diploma course. In some cases transfer to third year is possible for diploma holders in cognate disciplines.
- Applications for admission may be obtained from the Admissions Office. Completed applications must be received by July 1 of the year you wish to enter (late applications may be accepted up to July 31). If taking summer examinations, please include these results with your application. Applicants should enclose a certified copy of transcripts of results and a fee of €25.00 applies.
- Applicants may, if they wish, contact the Admissions Office for a provisional indication as to the progress of their application.
Applicants wishing to take French, Nua-Ghaeilge or Music must have obtained minimum Leaving Certificate grades. There is no equivalent QQI module for any of these three subjects. The grade requirement(s) will be checked following registration and students without the required grade(s) will need to choose other subjects.