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Academic Programme

The academic programme is semesterised and modularised.  Each semester comprises 15 weeks: 12 weeks of classes followed by a study week then 2 weeks of examinations. Each course module lasts one semester and usually involves 3 hours of lecturers/ tutorials per week.  It is recommended that international exchange students take a minimum of 4 course modules per semester of study. 
Credit Transfer  - EU Students

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a way of ensuring academic recognition between European institutes of higher education. It is based on a system of credits whereby a full year's academic programme is worth 60 ECTS credits, and one semester's academic programme is equal to 30 ECTS credits.
At Mary Immaculate College each Liberal Arts  or Early Childhood Care & Education course module is equal to 6 ECTS credits. Each Education module is worth either 3 or 6 ECTS - see module descriptor for details  
Credit Transfer - U.S. Students

Accreditation of courses at Mary Immaculate College is directly comparable to the U.S. system. Each course module represents 1.5 or 3 credits (see "EU Students" above).  

Credit Transfer - Australian Students

Each course module worth 6 ECTS is comparable to 10 Australian Study Credits. Modules worth 3 ECTS are 5 Study Credits.

 Grading System

A grade is awarded for each module for which a student is registered. The table below lists the grades which can be awarded, together with their Quality Point Value (QPV) and equivalents in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The QPV corresponds to the Grade Point Average (GPA) used in the North American system. The ECTS grades apply to international exchange students from the EU.  

MIC/UL Grade

Award Equivalent

Quality Point Value (QPV)

ECTS Equivalent


First Honours




First Honours




Honours 2.1




Honours 2.1




Honours 2.2




Honours 2.2




Third Honours




Third Honours




Compensating Fail




Compensating Fail







Academic Programmes

Bachelor of Arts  (B.A.)

The main subjects available in the Arts (B.A.) Programme are

English, French, Geography, German, History, Irish, Mathematics and Computer Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Music, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies.  

Elective modules include: Léann Dúchais (Irish Heritage Studies), Gender Studies, Information Technology.   

Special modules are offered to international exchange students including: Gaeilge Ab Initio (Irish for Beginners), English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and Léann Dúchais ( Irish Heritage Studies). 

International exchange students may take courses in any of the Arts subjects and at any level, subject to fulfillment of any pre-requisites. 

Note, however, that class schedules may preclude certain course combinations and that student numbers in practical lab-based courses such as Media & Communications and Information Technology are limited. 

B.A. in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies (BACATS)

This programme seeks to articulate the contemporary, varied and ever-changing roles of theatre and its practitioners in society. At its heart is the concept of ensemble, which loosely defined, values and emphasises the importance of the practice of the collective. The idea of a working in a pro-social manner in theatre is also at the core of  this programme. This highlights engagement with specific sites and audiences, and with the idea that theatre has a core societal function and exists not only as entertainment.

Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.)

The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme comprises theoretical education, pedagogy of curricular areas, and teaching practice.  

International exchange students may take modules from the Bachelor of Education programme only if their home university has an Education link with Mary Immaculate College.   

No other international exchange students may take modules / module components from this programme under any circumstances.

B.A. in Early Childhood Care and Education (BAECCE)

The College recognises that quality provision in early years is crucial in helping each child develop to their full potential. The benefits that accrue from quality early childhood education and care apply to all children, but as research shows the benefits are particularly significant for children with special needs and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This degree focuses on the holistic care and education of young children in a diversity of settings.

English as a Foreign Language (6 ECTS Credits)

The English as a Foreign Language [EFL] modules aim to provide students with the opportunities to develop their communication skills more accurately and fluently in both oral and written expressions of English.

English for Academic Purposes (6 ECTS Credits)

The English for Academic Purposes [EAP] modules will assist students in improving their academic reading and writing skills in terms of structure, register and accuracy of expression in addition to developing their communication skills.

Léann Dúchais (Irish Heritage Studies) (6 ECTS Credits)

The Léann Dúchais (Irish Heritage Studies) programme in Mary Immaculate College incorporates various aspects of the study of many disciplines, e.g., History, Literature, Geography, etc.  It includes modules in Celtic spirituality and mythology; public art and architecture in Ireland; folklore, storytelling, folk custom and belief in Ireland; Irish archaeology and the musical heritage of Ireland.  The programme aims to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of that heritage and a unique insight into those forces which together have gone towards forging modern Ireland.

Gaeilge ab initio (Beginners Irish Language Course) (6 ECTS Credits)

Gaeilge ab initio is an Irish language course for beginners, concentrating on the spoken language. The emphasis is on the basic communication skills and grammar of the language, allowing the students to converse in Irish on matters concerning themselves and their interests.  Course content includes: Background and History of the Irish Language; Irish Language Today; Irish Mythology; Introduction to Irish Placenames; Gaeltachtaí (Irish-Speaking Areas) 

Course Registration

Registration for courses takes place on campus at the beginning of each semester. Class schedules are available during the international exchange student orientation programme.  

Issuing of Results

Transcripts of grades obtained by international exchange students are sent to their home university co-ordinator following each semester of study. 




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