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Study at postgraduate level is about independence, confidence and insight. It brings a person to a new place! Gaining a postgraduate qualification not only enables one to have a new horizon on their discipline, it also offers new work horizons—postgrads work in better jobs with better prospects—as well as new life horizons.

- Dr Michael Shortall - Dean of Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate courses at St Patrick's Pontifical University

Choosing us

Postgraduate is about specialisation, passion for one’s chosen discipline and mastery therein. Choosing Postgraduate at St Patrick's Pontifical University means entering a large and diverse academic community with scholars and postgraduates from over a dozen countries. It also means entering a community of learning with over two centuries of scholarly tradition, on a large contemporary campus—co-shared with dynamic Maynooth University, with significant international research and support networks, and striving to embrace students from a diversity of cultural and social backgrounds. The generosity of Maynooth’s donors provides scholarship and grant possibilities permit broad access to this life-transforming opportunity, ensuring access and new possibilities for promising students from many environments and contexts.

Why study with us?

Studying at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth you will:

  • be encouraged to engage critically, so that you can form your own ideas and conclusions
  • become more skilled at expressing yourself and gain the confidence to communicate powerfully and eloquently.

Our staff are friendly and approachable and give personal care and attention to each student. A community of learning that draws on a long and distinguished tradition of scholarship and pastoral practice.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth pursue a wide variety of careers, including pastoral ministry, chaplaincy and teaching. A qualification in Theology and/or Philosophy is valued by areas such as NGOs, Journalism, Marketing, Civil Service, and Academia, to name but a few. The skills learnt in the course of your studies, such as critical reflection and personal integration, are attractive in the modern workplace.

Student Testimonials

Hear from some of our Postgraduate students

My journey to St Patrick's was fuelled by a passion for sacred music, the pursuit of a high-quality postgraduate education, and a life-long love of Ireland.

Cassandra Bailey Langjahr Masters in Liturgical Music Student

Higher Diploma in Theological Studies (Blended Learning) / 2021
The blended learning model was fantastic. It made the course accessible to me living in the West of Ireland.

Trish Gallagher Higher Diploma in Theological Studies

Higher Diploma in Theological Studies (Blended Learning) / 2021
”I was trying to find a course that would renew my qualifications and something that I would enjoy teaching. I was able to add on Religion with the teaching council as one of my subjects.”

Seamus Gannon Higher Diploma in Theological Studies


Check out our Postgraduate prospectus for more information.

Our full range of Postgraduate, Taught & Research, programmes.

How to apply

Applying to SPPU

To apply for one of our postgraduate programmes please complete the relevant postgraduate application form, full list of courses and how to apply can be found here Applications are being accepted through PAC

In relation to the submission of documentation, all documentation can be uploaded to your application form on PAC. The application forms are for both EU and Non-EU/International applicants.

Please contact the Admissions Officer with any further queries.


Please note that, if accepted, you must have a valid student visa to study in this university. You must arrive on campus for Postgraduate Induction week beginning Monday 18th September 2023. Please check with your local Irish Embassy to confirm if you need to apply for a visa in advance or on arrival in Ireland.
Should you not gain a student visa on time to arrive on campus by 18th September, your place on the programme will be deferred to the next available intake. Should you have any queries please contact our office for advice:

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