Registration for new postgraduate research students
Ensure that you have applied and accepted on PAC.
You will receive registration details by email approximately one to two weeks before the course commences with details of registration and fee payment. Information will be sent to the email provided on your online application. If you are moving to a new address or wish to change the address that you originally provided, you can change it by logging into your PAC account at www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
If you have any further queries in relation to registration please contact the registration office directly.
Student Records and Registration Office
Phone: +353 1 708 3813
Fax: +353 1 708 3935
The registration office is open 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-5.00 Monday to Friday.
Research Student Induction: Wednesday 29 September: 12.00 noon – 2.00 pm
Postgraduate Research Induction is compulsory for all new research students.
Part A: Research Induction will take place on 29th September from 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm in the Education Lecture Theatre - ELT, Education House, North Campus.
Part B: Series of online presentations through moodle. The presentations will include:
- Important Information about Health & Safety on campus, and how you can play your part in keeping yourself and the your classmates safe this year. It is important that you maintain procedures consistently. We are asking you to take responsibility for your actions. Please pay particular attention to this part of the induction information.
- Presentations from core University services about the many supports that are available to you, such as the Library, IT Services, Maynooth University Writing Centre and several others.
Livestream Webcast: The induction link will be available on the Research Student Moodle page on Wednesday.
Link here: https://moodle.maynoothuniversity.ie/course/view.php?id=17613
Enrollment key: ResearchStudent2021
Panopto Live link: https://mu.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=26807c4b-326f-4311-890b-adb200805ea0
For further information, please contact: email@example.com
The fees schedule is now available online. Please visit our Fees page for further information.
Funded Postgraduate Research Students
All funded research students who are funded under Hume Doctoral Awards, MU Doctoral Scholarships, IRC, SFI, HRB, and any external funding managed by the Maynooth University Research Development Office, should complete the Funded Research Student Pack and return to the Graduate School. Payment will not be authorised until the Pack is returned.
Students funded through Graduate Teaching Studentships or personal grants such as SUSI or Social Welfare funding do not need to compete the Funded Research Student Pack.
The Funded Research Student Pack comprises four forms:
Form A: Research Agreement for Funded Research Students: in the case of funding through a personal scholarship such as Hume Doctoral Awards, MU Doctoral Scholarships and IRC, the student and the supervisor must complete and sign Form A. In the case of funding through a research grant managed by the supervisor, the supervisor must complete Form A prior to the student signing.
Form B: Research Stipend Form for Funded Research Students Form B: the Research Stipend Form for Funded Research Students must be completed by the student. If the student is paid directly through a research grant managed by the supervisor, the student should speak to the supervisor regarding the funding process. For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Form C: Section 193 Revenue Form (Scholarship Tax Exemption): all students in receipt of a stipend must complete Form C. Stipend payments cannot be made otherwise. All students must have an Irish PPS number. Foreign social security numbers cannot be accepted. Please contact email@example.com for advice on applying for an Irish PPS number.
Form D: Researcher Undertaking: the undertaking ensures that MU complies with National IP Protocol (http://www.knowledgetransferireland.com/ManagingIP/KTI-Protocol-2016.pdf) as demonstrated by requirement 2 of the National IP Management Requirements.
Scholarships with a Fees Component
For scholarships with a fee component (excluding Hume Doctoral Awards, MU Doctoral Scholarships and IRC), the supervisor must complete the online form and indicate the appropriate Business Unit. Further details: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/student-fees-grants/quick-link-forms-documents/postgraduate-fee-internal-transfer-form
Modules for Research Students
Modules for research students are available here.
Initial Meeting Record
After registration, each research student should arrange an introductory meeting with their primary supervisor. A customised and individualised programme of research is agreed and recorded as the ' GSF1: Initial Meeting Record ' document, which is then approved by the Departmental Research Student Progress Committee (DRSPC). The Initial Meeting Record is forwarded by the DRSPC to the Graduate Studies Office. This record informs the annual progress review which takes place at the end of each academic year.
A candidate, who has completed their Initial Meeting Record before their registration date may register for the appropriate PhD modules. However, if the Initial Meeting Record is not completed prior to registration, a candidate must register on the day indicated by Records Office, and choose their appropriate modules by the end of October.
The purpose of the Initial Meeting Record is to:
- Provide an opportunity to design a unique, individual programme
- Identify modules that will enhance the candidate’s research programme
- Identify modules that candidates will take in year one
- Agree a calendar of meetings
- Record attendance at the induction programme
- Ensure that the candidate is aware and agrees to the University regulations and policies as outlined on the graduate studies website
For further details please visit the Graduate Studies Academic Policies section of the website for a full overview of the PhD process.
What is the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee?
All students are eligible to register for one semester without a tuition fee being payable for that semester subject to the criteria below:
- Students must be registered for the semester January -September 2020;
- Students are only eligible for the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee directly after completion of the normal duration of the research programme. For example when registering as full-time PhD and Professional Doctoral students in year 5; full-time Research Masters students in year 3; part-time PhD students in year 7; and part-time Research Masters students in year 4;
- A student must be registered for the year prior to availing of the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee.
Do I have to apply for the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee?
No, Graduate Studies will advise Fees Office of student eligible for the COVID-19: Research Student Semester Completion Fee.
Information for International Students
The International Office has developed a useful pre-arrival guide book available online.
If you are a non-EU national and you are arriving in Ireland this September, the International Office will assist you with visa, immigration and other information to help you to make the most of your student experience in Ireland.
Wellbeing Workshops offered by the Student Services Centre:
- Tues Oct 20th @ 3.30-4.30pm - Fidelma Curley Relaxation & Mindful Practices Combined: Coping with the Overload 1hr workshop
- Thurs Nov 12th @ 3.30-4.30pm - Mairead White Managing your Anxiety: Self-Care: One Thing at a Time 1hr workshop
- *CANCELLED TUES 17th Nov @ 3.30-4.30pm - Fidelma Curley Relaxation & Mindful Practices Combined: Coping with the Overload 1hr workshop [Please note this particular workshop has now been cancelled due to unforseen personal circumstances for Fidelma Curley. MU Counselling Services will hold it again when it is possible and will advertise it on their webpage at that point with a link. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.]
- Thurs Nov 26th now @ 10am Deirdre McDonagh Managing your Anxiety: Self-Care: One Thing at a Time 1hr workshop [*CHANGE OF TIME: A colleague of Mairead White was in touch to advise that they will have to take the workshop instead as Mairead will be out this week. Deirdre McDonagh(a Counsellor at MU Student Counselling Services) will be offering the workshop at the alternative time of 10am. We appreciate this may not suit all who have signed up already. Deirdre and myself will work to try and facilitate that you each can avail of the workshop, if not at 10am this Thursday then at another suitable time in semester 2. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.*] Link to 10am Teams meeting on Thursday 26th November is here.
Click here to register.
Writing Retreat Workshops – Dr Adeline Cooney of the MU Writing Centre will hold Writing Retreat Workshops from Wednesday 22 September from 10.00-1.00pm. Click here to register, please use a MU email to register.
The Graduate Studies Office would like to reassure all research students that we will do everything in our power to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 disruption on your studies. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing for you, your supervisors and your research participants.
Click here for details.