Built on Research Excellence: Postgraduate Programmes at NUIM
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Built on Research Excellence: Postgraduate Programmes at NUIM

With over a third of academic staff coming from outside Ireland and many of our academics and researchers working with international partners, NUI Maynooth has built up a wealth of global connections. This accumulated research knowledge provides the base for our Taught Masters, Research Masters and PhD programmes. NUIM offers postgraduate taught and research programmes across all three faculties of the University (Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy; Faculty of Social Sciences; Faculty of Science & Engineering).

Taught Masters programmes

Some of the most sought-after Masters programmes at NUIM include:

The MSc Immunology and Global Health is targeted at biological and health science graduates who wish to broaden their understanding of immunology, its importance in global health, and the factors that impact on immunological intervention strategies in health and disease. An important component of the course covers emerging and re-emerging diseases, including diseases of poverty. Graduates of the course have secured positions in health research internationally, in the healthcare sector, in industry, and in non-governmental organisations.

The Erasmus Mundus-funded MSc Dependable Software Systems was awarded ‘Best New Course 2013’ at the Irish national awards. This 2-year Masters in Computer Science offers students an advanced specialism in software dependability and a choice of study over two years to be undertaken in two of three universities; NUI Maynooth, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland or the Université de Lorraine in France. (All tuition is through English.)

MSc Business Management is one of the most popular Masters programmes at the University, designed for graduates of all disciplines to undertake a Masters in Business without a Business degree. As part of the required Business Research project, students use their existing Business knowledge to apply themselves to real-world industry challenges, linking Masters students with companies including Bewley’s, Coca Cola, Fáilte Ireland, and the Red Cross, helping them to contribute to the creation of new knowledge, products and services that underpin economic growth.

MSc Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing is producing highly employable graduates including those now working in local government, ordinance survey and the European Space Agency. Geographical Information Science is transforming how society stores, analyses and uses a wide range of data in fields as diverse as health, crime, environmental management, geology and urban development. Several graduates have been taken on the IRLOGI sponsored Africa GIS Internship, details of which can be found at: http://blog.esri-ireland.ie/2012/10/31/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-gis-volunteer-in-kenya-helen-caugheys-african-adventure/

Further information about all of our Masters programmes is available on our website.

Research Masters and PhD programmes

All research students at National University of Ireland Maynooth undertake a Structured Research MSc/MLitt or PhD Programme. The aim of the structured programme is the advancement of knowledge through research, supporting the PhD student researcher with professional skills training to prepare them for a career in global research. The key elements of a PhD programme at National University of Ireland Maynooth are:

  • A programme of research that is uniquely developed for the student with expert supervision from senior academics who are leaders in their field;
  • Taught modules specialising in the chosen research field with possible rotation within projects hosted by academic and industrial laboratories;
  • Attendance at research modules and conferences at other universities in the region as part of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance.

Students who are interested in pursuing a research degree with the university should contact the Department or Research Institute where they wish to study and discuss research project options with specialised academic staff from that research field. A full list of our PhD and research Masters options are available from our website.

How to Apply

For international students applying for a Masters or a Research Degree Research at NUIM, a step-by-step guide to making an application can be found on our How to Apply pages. Research applicants are advised to contact the Department where they wish to study before they apply, as it is important to identify a potential research supervisor and suitable research topic in advance. Students will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher and a minimum overall score of 60% at Bachelor level to be considered eligible for one of our postgraduate programmes.

Need more information?

For further information and to learn more about Maynooth, please visit the pages of the International Office and Graduate Studies.