St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
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St Patrick’s College, Maynooth opened its doors as an educational institution in 1795 and, over the intervening two centuries, it has established for itself an impressive reputation for scholarship and learning.
Today, as a Pontifical University, the College specialises in the study of theology and philosophy and related areas. As a student, you will be a member of a friendly community at a beautiful location, dedicated to your flourishing in your chosen subjects and in university life, while sharing in the resources of Maynooth University, one of the leading young universities in Ireland and Great Britain.
The Pontifical University has close links with National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The two universities share the same campus and cooperate in a number of important academic programmes. The campus is also the seat of the National Seminary.
Today, Maynooth preserves much of its rural ambience and provides easy access to large tracts of peaceful countryside. At the same time, it is within easy reach of Dublin and is close to the high-technology industrial parks on the western edge of the city. It is home to a vibrant local community and offers students and others abundant opportunities to enjoy a busy and varied social life.
The south campus itself is beautiful with its elegant neo-gothic and Georgian architecture, while on the north campus the buildings are more modern and contemporary. The campus is also teeming with wild life; here you will find grey squirrels, rabbits and hares in abundance. On occasion, unusual birds such as hawks and kestrels have been observed. It is hard to imagine that this haven of tranquillity is so close to the capital of Ireland.
The Student Experience
Students at St Patrick’s College, 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.
For the past 200 years, the graduates and priests of St Patrick’s College have spread out throughout the world. The name of Maynooth is now recognised globally. Currently, there are staff originating from as far afield as the United States and South Africa. We are proud of our current diverse student body. Students come from China, Africa and South America. We are active partners in the Erasmus+ programme with links across Europe.
Our students experience the closeness of a small college community supported by the resources of a world-class contemporary university. You have full access to our Departments as well as courses and programmes on offer on campus. Our students also get involved in the many societies and clubs that flourish on our campus.
Heritage, Community and Campus
St Patrick’s College is situated in one of Ireland’s most recognisable and beautiful locations. The Neo-Gothic architecture is evidence of the long and proud heritage. Higher education has taken place on this location for over 220 years. At the same time, there are a wealth of academic and technological resources on offer on our campus. As a small college, it is possible for a community atmosphere to thrive. Friends made here can be friends made for life.
With exchange agreements with almost 30 recognised universities across Europe, St Patrick’s College is actively engaged in the Erasmus+ programme. Students of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth who choose to spend a year abroad graduate with a BATh or BTh International, enhancing both their CV and career prospects.