Study Abroad in Maynooth, Ireland

Study Abroad in Maynooth: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: anthropology, biology, chemistry, conflict resolution, design innovation, early and modern Irish, economics, education, engineering, English, finance and accounting, equine studies, European studies, history, geography, international development, Irish cultural heritage, languages, law, mathematics and statistics, media studies, music, philosophy, physics, sociology and theology

Program Options

Full Curriculum means that you can choose any course (subject to prerequisites) from Maynooth University’s entire curriculum. With a tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1795, the University offers a diverse and flexible curriculum across the Arts, Engineering, Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and the Social Sciences. Students studying at Maynooth University typically take 4 courses per semester from across 34 university departments. Maynooth is the only university in Ireland to offer anthropology courses and due to its history offers an unrivalled suite of theology courses. Students may choose up to 6 3-credit courses but to ensure a manageable workload we recommend a maximum of 5.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 18 3.0 GPA

The Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage offers an inter-disciplinary overview of Irish culture with a focus on archaeology, history, language and literature. Students choose either ID 001 (3) Introducing Irish Cultural Heritage or ID 002 (3) Introducing Settlement and Society in Early Ireland and then select three additional courses from the following:

  • ID 003 (3) – The Cultural Heritage of Newgrange
  • ID 004 (3) – Cultural Heritage and the Irish Literary Tradition
  • ID 005 (3) – Cultural Heritage and the Early Irish Heroic Tradition
  • ID 013 (3) – The Cultural Heritage of Royal Sites
  • LC 101 (3) – Irish language I

Courses are subject to change.

As part of the Program Maynooth University offers an exciting array of field seminars to the Boyne Valley World Heritage Site which includes the three largest artificial structures in Neolothic Europe dating from 3300-3000 BC; the Hill of Tara, the great monastery of Clonmacnoise and the prehistoric complex at Emain Macha which contains archaeological sites dating from 2200 BC. Students may have to pay a small supplement to participate in some of these excursions.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 3.0 GPA

The Peace and Conflict in Irish Society Certificate Program offers an intensive study of social justice, peace and conflict within the context of Irish society, North and South. It combines classroom-based learning with field trips in and around Dublin and an independent study project. Students will gain an awareness of the impact of conflict on communities, the history of the divisions which lead to and sustain conflict and the role of those involved in peace and development work as well as a deeper understanding of the key themes of equality, human rights and justice.

Students take the following four courses to complete the Certificate:

MC 102 (3) – Understanding Conflict: the Irish Experience
SP 001 (3) – Social Justice Policy
SP 002 (3) Social Justice Practice
SP 003 (3) – Social Research project

Courses are subject to change.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 3.0 GPA

The Certificate in Social Sciences and Health is suitable for students majoring or interested in global/public health, health sciences and international relations/development. Students take four courses across multiple disciplines with additional workshops to deepen their experience and understanding of global and public health.

Fall semester courses
AN 226 (3) – Psychological Anthropology
GY 226 (3) – Geographies of Health and Health Care
HY 370 (3) – History of Health and Medicine
KD 303 (3) – Food, Nutrition and Climate Security

Spring semester courses
AN 229 (3) – Medical Anthropology
AN 317 (3) – Misfortune and Meaning
SO 209 (3) – Sociology of Health
SP 213 (3) – Political Economy of the Welfare State

Courses are subject to change.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 3.0 GPA

The Teacher Education Certificate program is designed for education majors, those considering teaching as a profession or students looking to gain an understanding of the Irish education system. In addition to taking classes at Maynooth students will conduct a practicum placement in a local school, offering valuable hands-on experience. Participants will study alongside Irish students who are pursuing their teacher certification and follow the first semester of Maynoothís Professional Master of Education.

There are four elements to the Program which is recommended for a total of 18 credits:

  • Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Curriculum
    Topics covered include classroom environment/management; approaches to teaching; ICT in learning; understanding curriculum; assessment for, of and as learning; inclusive education.

  • Teacher as Critically Reflective Practitioner
    This course deals with the foundations of education and students will be exposed to two of the following – educational psychology; history of education; philosophy of education; sociology of education.

  • School Placement
    Students will spend two days per week in a local school.

  • Subject Methods (teaching subject)
    Students will choose one methods course. Topics include introduction to the curriculum; syllabus and assessment; exploration of key concepts and skills; exploration of resources for the subject.
Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 18 3.0 GPA

In 2019, spring semester students can extend their studies into the summer with an optional 4-week internship and service learning program which includes accommodation on campus, a transportation pass and an unpaid work placement. Service learning placements are available in animal welfare, community outreach, elderly support and youth services. Internship placements are available in accounting, hospitality, IT, marketing and personnel and management. Details are being finalized and will be updated here when available.

Maynooth University

Maynooth University has been recognized as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked #49 in the new Times Higher Education (THE) 200 Under 50 rankings. Maynooth University is also the highest placed Irish university in these rankings. It is Irelandís fastest growing university with over 9,000 students from over 90 countries.

Today, the University is a place of lively contrasts. It is at the same time Irelandís youngest university, established as the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 1997, and Irelandís second oldest university, with a tradition of academic excellence tracing back to the founding of St Patrickís College in 1795. The campus of Maynooth is divided across the South campus, an older complex of fine nineteenth century buildings, and the North campus, a modern complex of teaching, research, accommodation and support facilities.