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Mary Immaculate College launched a new Bachelor of Arts degree, MI002, in collaboration with the University of Limerick, which commenced in the academic year 2017-2018. The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year degree course in the Liberal Arts with three years on campus at MIC and one year on work placement and/or study abroad. Arts graduates are very much in demand for a large variety of careers because the degree programme offers a broad general education which develops the intellect and trains the mind.

Why study Arts at MIC?

At MIC, we deliver an Arts Degree which is flexible and wide-ranging offering 19 subjects in total. Students study four different major subjects in First Year and focus on two of these in Second Year, which they will then continue to study to degree level as joint honours. You can study a combination of subjects from familiar Arts subjects such as English, French, German or History, to newer subjects such as Drama & Theatre Studies, Media & Communication Studies or Psychology. In Third Year, you will have opportunities to work, to travel, and to study abroad as part of the Off-Campus Programme.

You will study Arts at MIC because:

• You want to choose from a wide range of subjects at an institution where you can benefit from real-world work experience and can live and study in another country;
• You want to engage with fresh ideas;
• You wish to communicate your own ideas effectively and persuasively;
• You want to engage critically and analytically with the world around you;
• You want to develop skills that will enhance your career and, in the broadest sense, your contribution to society.

You can choose from a set of 13 subjects taught at Mary Immaculate College and if you wish, you can choose one of your subjects from a choice of six from the University of Limerick. These are: Economics, Politics & International Relations, Public Administration & Leadership, Sociology, Spanish or Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

In First Year, students take four subjects from the following (click on the titles below to learn more about them):

Economics*     English     French Studies     Gaeilge     Geography     German    

History     Music     Linguistics with TESOL*     Mathemathics       Philosophy

Media & Communications Studies       Politics & International Relations*                

Psychology            Public Adminstration & Leadership*                 Sociology*    

Spanish*            Drama & Theatre Studies         Theology & Religious Studies

*Subject offered by University of Limerick

Note: At least three out of four subjects must be from Mary Immaculate College (all four can be from MIC, or you can choose one from UL with three from MIC) and no two subjects can be taken from the same group. Scroll down for detailed course structure or get the details from MIC BA brochure here.

Minimum Entry Requirements

At the time of enrolment, applicants are required to hold the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include at least two H5 (Higher Level) and four O6 (Ordinary Level) or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Gaeilge or another language and English.

Career Prospects

With an MIC Bachelor of Arts degree, you will Be A sought-after graduate with a range of knowledge and transferable skills. The list below demonstrates just some of the sectors that our graduates go into. Whether you want to pursue further study or just Be A highly employable person, the Bachelor of Arts is an excellent choice.


If you want to see more career options for specific subjects, click on the links for the subjects above. For more information on specific departments, click here.

Course Structure

*Subject offered by University of Limerick  †Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Foundation Studies

All  First Year Arts students take the Foundation Studies course. Its aim is to equip them with basic literary and computing skills. These modules examine academic writing at university level where writing style, essay structure and referencing of sources are explored in a task-based approach. Research skills include: formulating research questions; sourcing material; searching databases; case studies; action research and questionnaires. The IT component of Foundation Studies identifies and equips students with the computer skills needed to achieve success in their college studies.


In year two, students take two elective modules from a range of areas that include: Entrepreneurship, Gender Studies, Information Technology (IT), Irish Studies, Léann Dúchais (Irish Heritage Studies) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).  MIC are also introducing a number of electives in education which will be particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in teaching.

Off-Campus Programme

In year three, you will participate in an off-campus programme. This typically consists of a study abroad placement in Europe, Australia or the USA and/or work placements in a wide variety of settings, in Ireland or abroad. International placements are highly valued and encouraged for the added cultural and linguistic benefits they confer. The Off-Campus Programme provides students with a unique opportunity to discover the world and experience working environments which may also provide future employment for graduates.

Students of Psychology undertake off-campus placement in the autumn semester only and take modules in the spring semester.

Undergraduate Dissertation

In your final year, you will complete an Undergraduate Dissertation in the subject(s) of your choosing. This is a unique opportunity to complete an extended piece of research and analysis in your chosen topic, designed with guidance and direction from an academic supervisor in your chosen subject. The undergraduate research dissertation will develop your research and analytical skills with a view to employment or further study.

Students of Psychology must undertake their undergraduate dissertation in Psychology, either singly or jointly with their other major subject.

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships 

MIC will offer for competition, on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, 15 First Year Undergraduate Entrant Scholarships, to entrants on the Liberal Arts programme, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.

Read and hear what current and past students say about MIC and the BA here.

Additional Information:

For general enquiries, please contact the Arts Faculty Office:
E: Rachel.Godfrey@mic.ul.ie
T: +353 61 204972

For current MIC Bachelor of Arts (MI004) students please click here for further information.

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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