Why St Patrick's Pontifical University?

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For an Education to Value

Students at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth have the best of both worlds. On one hand, they have the attention of a small learning College and, on the other, they have all the resources and excitement of a large university. We support and challenge our students to achieve their potential. Our graduates develop a set of skills necessary to succeed in the world.

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. You’ll 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. You’ll learn in small classes and seminars, quickly getting to know your tutors and classmates. You’ll graduate as a confident, informed and well-grounded person, capable of making real change in your own life and in wider society.

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​See for yourself

Come to an open day or browse our website. We are happy to help if you have any questions. or would like to talk to someone about your options. Please email admissions@spcm.ie ie or call +353 (0)1 708 4772.

If you live outside Ireland, check out our dedicated area for international students.


For me the possibility to teach as guest lecturer at St Patrick's was a great intellectual and cultural experience. The staff welcomed me warmly and the students did not only have profound philosophical knowledge, but also a deep-rooted existential interest in philosophical questions. I can only encourage everyone, who is willing to teach in a foreign language, to make the same experience.

Benjamin Hahn Research assistant at the University of Passau

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

Theology and Arts is a very broad course which gives you the option to study many different subjects and you are not tied down to one subject.

Luka Pranciliauskas Theology & Arts student from Wicklow

​My experience in St Patrick’s Pontifical University has been amazing, small lecture sizes made meeting new people easy and it’s really easy to talk to lecturers if you have any problems or questions.

Mark Paul Behan-Clarke Arts & Theology student from Wicklow

As well as the beautiful campus, the small class sizes allow for you to get to know your lecturers and other students.

Shauna Murphy Theology & Arts student from Meath

I have found that there is a support system in place like no other, where students are treated as people rather than another number in hundreds.

Aoife Ward Arts & Theology student from Meath

I love the fact that this degree allows me to study theology within St. Patrick’s Pontifical University along with other Arts subjects within Maynooth University. It really is the best of both worlds for me.

Aoife Ryan Theology & Arts student from Westmeath

From day one, everyone has been so friendly, and the staff go above and beyond, particularly during the last year of remote learning which has been a new experience for us all.

Niamh Palmer Theology & Philosophy student from Cork

The St Patrick’s graduate is discerning and socially engaged. Their knowledge and appropriation of their theological studies empowers them to make a unique and invaluable contribution in their future careers

Colm McGoldrick Theology student from Mayo

As a single mother with responsibilities I knew I was not the typical student to avail of this opportunity.

Yvonne Myles

After reviewing all of the options, it soon became clear to me that St. Patrick’s, Maynooth was the best choice.

Terry Judge

In the past three years I have had the most fulfilling, exciting and rewarding time of my life.

Michael Ormonde

If you live outside Ireland, check out our dedicated area for international students.

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