A mature student is a person who is at least 23 years of age on January 1st of year of entry. There is no upper age limit. Mature students who range in age from 23 to 73 are currently enrolled at NUI Maynooth.
In the case of part time degrees (MH117 Community & Youth Work part time, MH003 Early Childhood - Teaching & Learning), a mature student is at least 21 years of age on January 1st of year of entry.
Mature applicants for the Primary Education degrees should apply to the CAO before February 1st and also contact our Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education on (01) 4747400 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are three steps:
Step 1. RESEARCHING YOUR COURSE CHOICES
Choosing the correct course for you is one of the most important decisions you must make before you apply to NUI Maynooth as a mature student. To make this choice it is essential that you spend some time investigating and researching the course(s) you wish to pursue.
WHERE TO GET INFORMATION
Step 2. APPLY TO THE CAO
Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO). You can also apply online at www.cao.ie. Application forms are available from: CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway (phone +353-91-509800). The closing date for receipt of applications is 1st February each year.
Please be advised that we may have to consult with the relevant Academic Department(s) before we can advise you as to whether or not your application has been successful. This may take a reasonable amount of time. Applicants may, if they wish, contact the Admissions Office for a provisional indication as to the progress of their application.
Step 3. APPLY TO NUI MAYNOOTH
Applications to NUI Maynooth must be made online using our new and improved online application system. The new system will be in place before the 13 December. Please check back here nearer the time for more details.
The Admissions Office welcomes any enquiries potential applicants may have on any aspect of the application process and staff are willing to give advice on application procedure, subjects, course schedules etc.
Candidates for the MH103 Music will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of a music test which will be held in March each year (31st March 2013).
Candidates for the following courses will sit an entrance test:
All other courses will be assessed on the basis of the application form and/or interview and applications must be received before February 1st.
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) and require examination support for the written tests please download the form for request for examination supports from this page. Please send in this form with your supporting documentation to Ms. Maeve McCaldin, Disability Office (telephone 01-708 3721), by 1st March each year.
Unfortunately we will be unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after the deadline. You can find further information on the supporting documentation required and examination and other supports available at http://access.nuim.ie/disability/prospective-students.
Places on courses with FETAC/BTEC entry routes are available in the first instance for students under 23 years of age on 1st January each year. If these places are not filled they will be allocated to qualified FETAC/BTEC mature applicants. Mature student applicants with FETAC/BTEC qualifications are considered along with other mature applicants.
For further information or to speak to someone about your options please contact the Admissions Office at 01-708 3822 or the Mature Student Support Officer at 01-708 3307, you can also visit the mature student webpage.
All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English may satisfy the requirement through any of the following:
7.1 National University of Ireland Matriculation
English at Level 4 or above, before 1985; at Level D or above, in or
7.2 NUI Certificate in English Language Studies
(currently awarded at Shannon College of Hotel Management)
7.3 Leaving Certificate
English at Grade D ordinary Level or above
7.4 University of Dublin (Trinity College)
English Composition (not English Literature) at Pass Level or above
7.5 UK Examining Boards/Bodies
• GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
• GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
• GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
• CSE Grade 1 Pass in English
The following standard in English Language examinations set by
certain Examination Boards – any one of:
(i) Assessments and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) C or above
(ii) Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) C or above
(iii) Edexcel Foundation C or above
(iv) University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES)
C or above
7.6 EU Countries’ Matriculation Examination
Matriculation Examinations from European Union Countries where
English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
7.7 Norwegian Certificate of Upper Secondary Education
A score of 4 or higher in English in the First Part
7.8 Hong Kong Education Examination Authorities
(i) Hong Kong Certificate of Education, English Language Syllabus B
Grade C or better
(ii) Hong Kong Examination Authority, Advanced Level Use of
English Grade C or better
7.9 Sri Lankan National Certificate in English Pass level or better
7.10 Other English Language Examinations
(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A minimum score of 550 (213 for computer-based tests or 79 for
internet-based tests) in the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University
(ii) Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
A minimum score of 750
(iii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Test Patterns A and B, with an average score of 6.0 over all
It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in
English and that Faculties/Colleges may set higher requirements.