Bachelor of Arts


Program Description

Bachelor of Arts

CAO minimum entry points 2016: 330

The programme takes place over four years and is divided into two parts. Part I is equivalent to year 1 and Part II equates to years 2, 3 and 4. Progression to Part II is conditional upon obtaining a pass in Part I.

In the first year (Part I) students take four subjects from the following:

  • English
  • French Studies
  • Gaeilge
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Léann Dúchais / Irish Heritage Studies (1st Year Only)
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Theology & Religious Studies

There is a free choice of subjects in the first year but it is not possible to take French with Theology & Religious Studies.

When choosing your subjects in the first year, it is essential to have at least two subjects from different second year subject groups (see below) bearing in mind that Léann Dúchais is a first year subject only and those who choose Psychology in the first year may not be offered a place in Psychology in the second year.

At the beginning of the second year (Part II) students choose two of the four subjects taken in the first year. No more than one subject can be taken from any one of the following groups:

  • Group 1: French Studies, Geography, Theology & Religious Studies
  • Group 2: Media & Communication Studies
  • Group 3: English, Mathematics
  • Group 4: Gaeilge, Philosophy
  • Group 5: History, Music, German Studies
  • Group 6: Psychology

In the second year, students also take two elective modules in areas outside their majors. Electives can include TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), IT, Irish Studies, Gender Studies. Please note places in TEFL are limited.

Students may also take electives in other Arts subjects by choosing a module from outside their two major subject areas provided they have obtained the permission of the relevant Head of Department. Students of Psychology must take Introduction to Information Technology as their elective in Semester 1 and a specialized Psychology module, Information Technology in Psychology, in Semester 2.

In the third year, off-campus placements are undertaken. For all students, except those classified as mature students who have been approved for exemption from the Off-Campus Placement Programme and those taking Psychology to degree level, two semesters are spent off-campus on academic/work placement. Students of Psychology undertake an off-campus placement from September – February of the third year and take three Psychology modules on-campus in the Spring Semester.

In the fourth year, students advance the study of the two major subjects and present an Undergraduate Dissertation in one of these subjects. Students of Psychology must undertake their Undergraduate Dissertation in Psychology, either singly or jointly with their other major subject. Submission of the Undergraduate Dissertation is in the Spring semester and it is equivalent to two modules.

Entrance Requirements

All applicants are required to fulfill at time of enrolment the minimum entry requirements of the University of Limerick. These are:

At least Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects, and

Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics>; Irish or another language; and English in the Leaving Certificate (or approved equivalent*).

* In terms of Irish examinations the following are accepted as approved equivalents in fulfilling minimum entry requirements for the BA programme:

  • National University of Ireland Matriculation Certificate
  • University of Dublin (TCD) Matriculation Examination
  • Northern Ireland Schools Examination Council GCSE and GCE (Advanced Level)

Candidates may fulfill minimum and additional entry requirements from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate.

Foundation Level Mathematics is acceptable in fulfilling minimum entry requirements for the BA only. It is not reckonable for specific subject requirements or points purposes.

Direct entry for mature applicants also applies.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Founded in 1898, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is a Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts. The College offers a wide range of programmes in Education.

Founded in 1898, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is a Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts. The College offers a wide range of programmes in Education. Read less