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 environment 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.

For Eight Reasons See Below

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


Due to the generous funding of the Peter Coffey Scholarship in philosophy, my doctoral studies at St Patrick’s Pontifical University have surpassed my expectations. Accommodation and study reside upon the beautiful grounds of their eighteenth-century campus, wherein there exists a small but amiable atmosphere of students and staff. It is a welcoming place for any student of theology and philosophy, with a sizeable and hospitable theology faculty and an exciting and growing philosophy faculty that can accommodate a wide range of interests and studies. For any student interested in studying philosophy or theology abroad in a distinctly Christian atmosphere, St Patrick’s should be at the top of their list.

Joseph McMeans Doctorate in Philosophy

Your theology studies have the potential to shape both who you are and what you do, just as it did with me.

Alan Burke Head of Mission & Hospital Management Team, Bons Secours Group

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

Being a student at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth gives you a sense of purpose, belonging and direction.

Sinéad Hussey RTÉ Broadcaster

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.

Let’s talk

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