National University of Ireland, Maynooth

About National University of Ireland, Maynooth

National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUI Maynooth or NUIM) was founded by the Universities Act, 1997 as a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is Ireland's second oldest university, tracing its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795.

 The University draws inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and is a place of lively contrasts. It is a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.

NUI Maynooth is located in the historic town of Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, 20 km west of Dublin. Its grounds consist of two connected campuses; an older south campus of 19th century buildings, shared with St. Patrick's College, and a modern north campus, occupying circa 100 acres.

 The University is internationally recognised for the quality and value of its research and scholarship and its dedication and commitment to teaching.

 NUI Maynooth has an international reputation for research in humanities; social and spatial sciences; mathematics, communication and computation; and human health. This research connects directly with the teaching, and with wider societal needs through a very successful knowledge transfer office.

 The institution has grown rapidly in recent years, but retains a student-centred and deeply collegial ethos.

The University has three Faculties – the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; the Faculty of Science and Engineering; and the Faculty of Social Sciences, which offer programmes from undergraduate to doctorate levels in a range of disciplines including the traditional humanities, music, education, anthropology, media studies, business, basic sciences, social sciences, computer and electronic engineering.

Advantage National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM)

  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) is adjacent to the Irish ‘silicon valley’, home to the European and international headquarters of many multi-national companies, such as Intel, HP, Facebook, Microsoft and Google. The university has strong connections with several multinational companies, providing opportunities for internships and work placements.
  • Situated just 25 kilometres west of Dublin city centre, and well serviced by bus and rail routes, Maynooth is Ireland's only university town.
  • NUIM offers several unique degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including Equine Business, Dramatherapy, Music Technology, Computational Thinking, Chinese Studies, Immunology and Global Health, Climatology, Digital Humanities, Anthropology, Design Innovation, IT Management, and a new MA in Theatre Production, offered in conjunction with the Gaiety School of Acting.
  • NUIM continues to invest significantly in a wide range of technologically advanced facilities catering for student’s academic, social and sporting life at university.
  • NUIM currently holds the records for the highest research income per academic and one of the most successful commercialisation of research among all the Irish universities, and the campus boasts some of the finest state-of-the-art research facilities in Ireland.
  • No. 1 in Ireland, 67th in the World: NUI Maynooth has been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world, ranked #67 in the new Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings.
  • NUIM was also named University of The Year 2008 in The Sunday Times University Guide (UK).
  • In 2008, NUI Maynooth occupied fourth place on the Irish Sunday Times University League Table 2008.
  • NUI Maynooth was ranked first in Ireland and third in the world in the 2011/12 International Student Barometer Survey an international survey involving over 209,000 international students from 238 universities in 16 countries.
  • NUIM is the first and only international university outside of North America to be included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” guidebook.
  • NUI Maynooth has achieved high scores in 13 of the 30 subject areas included in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2013. The University’s outstanding strengths in English Literature and Geography and English Language and Literature are recognised by rankings in the range of 101-150 and 151-200 respectively.
  • On-campus facilities also include accommodation, a new restaurant, excellent sports facilities, a swimming pool and a new library extension which will double the size of the existing facilities.


Fees range around 13,000 - 15,000 Euro annually.

Cost of Living

As the only university located in a town rather than a city, we estimate the cost of living to be less expensive at Maynooth University that at the other universities in Ireland. We advise students that cost of living including accommodation, books, entertainment, food, bills, etc. should be roughly be budgeted between €7,500 - €10,000 per year.

Ranking of Universities

World Ranking                     :        1103

Country Rank                       :         7

Admissions Processes


Students must have completed a recognised School Leaving examination which is considered equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. Certain programmes may have specific or additional requirements (e.g. Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required for the BA Finance degree). Note that all applicants applying from outside Ireland are NOT required to have taken the Irish language.  In addition, all students must meet the minimum English Language requirements detailed below.

Minimum 75% in the Higher Secondary School Certificate- Standard 12 awarded through the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or the India Council for School Examinations (ICSE), or any equivalent Standard 12 All India Secondary School Certificate


International applicants must have a recognised primary (undergraduate) degree which is considered equivalent to an Irish university primary degree. Some programmes may have additional requirements.

Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree

English language Requirments

Undergraduate Science & Engineering programmes:

IELTS: 6.0 minimum overall score

For all other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


€ 15,500


€ 15,500

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

€ 5,500

Campus accommodation

€ 0

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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