Students who began second year in September 2016 now have additional flexibility to customise their programme of study.
A range of options will be available:Double Major – taking two subjects equally to degree level
Major with Minor – specialising in one subject to degree level, while continuing with a smaller amount of a second subject
Single Major – specialising in only one subject to degree level – where available.
If you have any questions about options available to you, please consult our Guide available above or visit our Flexible Pathways webpage.
NOTE: All choices will be subject to timetable viability and individual programme requirements. Students must pass a subject in first year in order to study it as a major or a minor in second year.
We are very excited to offer Electives to our second year students as part of the new Maynooth Education. An Elective is a great way to enhance your degree by enabling you to develop new skills that will compliment your chosen programme. Electives allow students to broaden their perspective by studying across disciplines thus learning how to think differently and appreciate different viewpoints. We know employers want graduates who can look at the world in different ways and find creative solutions to challenging problems. Students may also choose to take an Elective because they are intrigued by the topic.
Why take an Elective:
- Broaden your perspective by taking an interdisciplinary topic
- For the opportunity to learn with students from other disciplines
- Develop transferable skills for the future e.g. study of a modern language, entrepreneurship, or science communication
- Because you are interested in the topic
Each Elective is 10 credits so for all students an Elective makes up 1/6 of your study in second year. Electives are assessed and count towards your second year marks. Taking an Elective doesn’t mean taking on extra modules; students who take an Elective do 10 credits less in their other subject(s).
If you have any questions about elective streams, please consult our Second Year Guide available above, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From September 2016 we made changes to our marks and standards for second year undergraduates. These changes are designed to ensure the continued strength and quality of the Maynooth degree. There are two main changes:
The default compensation mark for a module is 35%. That means that if you get a module mark of under 35% you cannot pass the module by compensation, and must repeat it or substitute another module.
Your second year mark will contribute to your final degree mark. Generally second year of a three year degree, or a degree with study abroad, will contribute 30% towards the final degree mark, while second year of a four year degree will contribute 10% towards your final degree mark.
Further details on these changes are available here
For the full regulations see the University Marks and Standards at www.maynoothuniversity.ie/university-policies