Choose Your Subjects
We have a wide variety programmes at Maynooth and they can be broken down into 3 main categories: Arts & Social Sciences (MH101), Science & Engineering (MH201) and then all our various other degrees which we call Denominated Degrees.
Now that you’ve made your necessary preparations, it’s time to make sure about your subject choices. We have presentations to help you research your decisions:
Help Choosing your Subjects & Programmes
Review and research your course choice on the Study at Maynooth section of our website.
This links to our Course Finder which has further details of course content.
Reflect on your interests. Ask yourself questions:
- Why did I choose this subject in the first place?
- Is it selected by me or by someone else?
- What are my strengths?
- Does the subject interest me?
- What kind of occupation could I pursue with this subject?
- Could I see myself doing this for years to come?
Subject Information (13th-17th Sept) & Welcome Week (20th-24th Sept)
Consult Department Websites as a way to get a feel for a potential subject. Talk to various department staff to enquire about subjects that interest you.
Seek out students who are currently studying the same programme or who have graduated from the same programme. Meet and ask them questions about their coursework, career hopes, and experiences?
The Programme Advisory Office provides information on any choices you might wish to make related to your programme.
Talk to the Career Development Centre about your subject choices and potential career implications.
Change of Mind
At the beginning of the academic year, you will have up to four weeks to change your mind about your subjects.
You can change your subject choices up until Friday 22 October (free of charge) BUT remember to use this 4 week window wisely.
Get the timetable of the subjects / modules that you are interested in from the Timtabling Office.
If you do want to make changes, this can be done on-line via the registration amendment facility which can be accessed by logging into your Student Web account (you’ll get one when you register): https://studentweb.nuim.ie
Try and avoid making changes to your subjects at the last minute without previously attending the lectures of the relevant subject you are moving to.
All subjects are taught from day one of the commencement of lectures, so the later you leave it to firm up your choices, the more of a subject you may miss.
Please contact The Programme Advisory Office if you have any questions about changing your subjects after registration. Details are available from their website.
If you wish to make an application for an internal transfer please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your CAO number and a contact telephone number so a member of the Admissions Office team can contact you.
Applicants for internal transfer must have the requisite CAO points of the course you are applying to. All special programme requirements and places have to be available in that course. Internal transfers are not finally approved until mid-October when all CAO offers have been finalised.
If you have any trouble finding your way around campus, finding rooms, facilities or if you just want to see what’s available on campus we have various campus maps that can help on the location part of the Maynooth website
What is “Critical Skills”?
Critical Skills is a unique offering to Maynooth University first-year students that will help you transition to third level.
It is designed to help first year students to learn, experience, practice and develop essential skills that will support their University career. You will learn how to write great academic essays, how to reference your work and effectively gather information.
Our class sizes are small, so you will better be able to network with your fellow students and interact one on one with your tutors. We focus on the active learning of transferrable skills sets.
Not all courses are eligible for critical skills. For more information and to learn how to check your eligibility, visit our webpage:
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Talk to us
Between the 13th and 17th of September we will be hosting Live Webinars for the various subject choices open to students as well as a Live Q&A prior to registration. Join us and ask our staff anything that’s on your mind about our Arts or Science degrees or any of our courses. Our Departments will be online to help!