Why St Patrick's Pontifical University?

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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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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.


I love the sense of interconnectedness between students in St Patrick’s Pontifical University. One of my favourite parts of the university is being able to have access to such a beautiful area, with a wealth of academic and technological resources​. The way in which everything is in such close relation to one another from the college, to the town itself, makes attending SPPU even better.

Niall Carey Theology & Arts student from Meath

My time in St Patrick’s has helped to mould the person I am today. With classmates and staff from every corner of the globe I became more aware of the world around me. I've learned invaluable skills from my time at St Patrick's, skills I will use in every aspect of my life in the future. SPPU aims to prepare their students for whatever situation they find themselves in after their studies.

Jack Yore Theology & Arts student from Monaghan

As I hope to have a career with An Garda Síochána, the BATh was the perfect degree to choose. In first year, I studied criminology and Irish alongside theology, then majoring in Irish and theology. I think this degree will really aid me in my future career as not only does theology teach you about varying faiths, and beliefs. It also teaches you morality, and ethics, why people think what they do and how to appreciate that.

Eimear Faulkner Theology & Arts student from Drogheda

Not only do you have the chance to get a great education in St Patrick’s, you also can become involved in student life. There is a great support network for student representatives, so it is easy to take part while also keeping up with your studies. I was able to set up and sit on the Students Representatives Council, and also become a student ambassador.​ This gave me the chance to help out on student issues and arrange college events.

Jessica Lennon Theology & Arts student from Offaly

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

Every day there are events going on. A great benefit about St Patrick's Pontifical University is that if you want an event to happen just ask, and the staff or fellow students will always try to facilitate it. There are many clubs and societies to join, this allows you to meet so many new people.

Luka Pranciliauskas Theology & Arts student from Wexford

Being a BATh student allowed me to study Irish, which is an essential subject for Primary Teaching in Ireland, along with Theology. I am very grateful for this course as I wasn’t able to achieve the high points needed for a degree in education. Looking back, I believe this degree has in fact served me better as I am gaining a more in-depth knowledge into both Irish and Theology, before embarking on my Professional master’s in education

Aoife Ryan Theology & Arts student from Westmeath

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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