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Bachelor of Arts (International)

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    The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year, full-time, honours degree (Level 8) but can be shortened to three years in the case of some international applicants. At MIC the programme is flexible and wide-ranging. 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. If you are pursuing the four-year programme, you will spend your third year off-campus on a work placement or studying abroad.

    Bachelor of Arts, Mary Immaculate College

    Why Study the Bachelor of Arts at MIC?

    You will study on this programme 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).

    If doing the four-year programme, in Year 3, students have the opportunity to spend the year off-campus working in a relevant placement in Ireland or further afield and/or studying abroad in Europe, USA or Australia.

    Career Opportunities

    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 find employment in. Whether you want to pursue further study or just be a highly employable person, the Bachelor of Arts is an excellent choice:

    • Academic Administration
    • Psychology
    • Arts Bodies
    • Public Service
    • Civil Service
    • Publishing
    • Film Industry
    • Social Services
    • Financial Services
    • Teaching
    • International and EU Organisations
    • Television & Radio
    • Linguistic & Translation Work
    • Tourism
    • Marketing & Public Relations
    • Urban Planning
    • Overseas Aid Work
    • Professional Administration/Management
    • Banking and Commerce
    • Regional and Local Community Development

    Off-Campus Programme

    If you do your degree over four years, in Year 3, you will participate in the off-campus programme; if you opt for a three-year programme, you will progress straight to Year 4. The off-campus programme 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.


    While all BA students are encouraged to spend at least one semester in another country, students of French, German and Spanish are required to complete at least one semester in an environment where the relevant language(s) is/are spoken. This provides an opportunity to experience and understand other cultures, and, in the case of placements in continental Europe, to improve foreign language skills. Students are encouraged to make full use of the consequent opportunities for further travel, fostering adaptability and a global outlook to enable them to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world of work.

    Note: The option of a three year programme is not available to students of Psychology as they are required to take modules in the spring semester of Year 3. This makes the off-campus option available for one semester only, in the autumn.

    Admissions Enquiries

    MIC Admissions Office

    T: +353 61 204348


    Programme Information

    MIC Arts Office

    T: +353 61 204972


    Programme Content

    In your first year, you choose four subjects from groups 1-11. You can select any subject combinations, however, at least three of the subjects must be from Mary Immaculate College and no two subjects can be from the same group. When choosing your subjects in Year 1, it is essential to have at least two subjects from different Year 2 subject groups bearing in mind that Economics, Politics & International Relations and Public Administration & Leadership are first year subjects only and those who choose Psychology in Year 1 may not be offered a place in Psychology in Year 2.

    Group 1 - Psychology or German 
    Group 2 - English
    Group 3 - Media and Communication Studies
    Group 4 - Gaeilge or Drama and Theatre Studies
    Group 5 - French
    Group 6 - Theology and Religious Studies or Linguistics*
    Group 7 - Music or Sociology*
    Group 8 - Mathematics or Politics and International Relations*‡
    Group 9 - Geography or Spanish*^
    Group 10 - Philosophy or Public Administration and Leadership*‡
    Group 11 - History or Economics*‡

    * Subject offered by University of Limerick. If you wish to take more than one subject offered by the University of Limerick to degree level, please see for information about the Bachelor of Arts (LM002).

    ‡ Subject offered in first year only

    ^ Spanish only available at post Leaving Certificate level

    Years 2-4

    Towards the end of Year 1, you will receive advice and guidance before selecting the subjects you will continue with from years 2-4. At the beginning of Year 2 (Part II) you will choose two of the four subjects taken in first year. You will continue with these two subjects to degree level as joint honours. No more than one subject can be taken from any one of the following groups outlined below.

    Group 1 Psychology or German (beginners or advanced)
    Group 2 English or Mathematics 
    Group 3 Media and Communication Studies or Geography or Spanish* 
    Group 4 Gaeilge or Philsophy or Drama and Theatre Studies
    Group 5 Music or Theology and Religious Studies or Sociology* or Linguistics*
    Group 6 History or French

    * Subject offered by University of Limerick. If you wish to take more than one subject offered by the University of Limerick to degree level, please see for information about the Bachelor of Arts (LM002).

    See what BA subject you can combine with this table here; view full BA flyer here or below.

    Semesters 1 & 2 (Year 1)
    Foundation Studies 1
    Major Subject A
    Major Subject B
    Major Subject C
    Major Subject D
    Semesters 3 & 4 (Year 2)
    Major Subject 1 (two modules)
    Major Subject 2 (two modules

    Note: If completing the four-year degree, Semesters 5 & 6 (Year 3) are outlined in the table below. If completing the three-year degree, students will progress automatically to the modules detailed in Semesters 7 & 8 (Year 4).

    Semesters 5 & 6 (Year 3)
    Off-Campus Programme 1 & 2 (Work Placement and/or Study Abroad)

    Note: Students of Psychology are on campus for Semester 6 and take three Psychology modules

    Semesters 7 & 8 (Year 4)
    Major Subject 1 (two modules)
    Major Subject 2 (two modules
    Undergraduate Dissertation 1 & 2

    Foundation Studies & Electives

    All First Year Liberal 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 2, students take two elective modules from a range of areas that may include: Gender Studies, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Information Technology (IT) and Léann Dúchais (Irish Heritage Studies). 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.

    Undergraduate Dissertation

    In your final year, you will complete an Undergraduate Dissertation in one of your major subjects. 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.

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

    How to Apply

    Fees: Click here.

    Federal Aid: Click here.

    Download and complete the application form, paying particular attention to the following requirements:

    • Please enclose detailed certified results and awards for all examinations mentioned in the application form (certified original documents and certified English translation where applicable).
    • Official results and award of examinations to be taken should be submitted as soon as they are available.
    • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you will be required to show evidence of a high level of competence in English as part of the application.
    • Please note that your application form cannot be considered unless certified results and awards are submitted.
    • When detailing result/grade/mark, please include QCA/GPA, mark or percentage relative to marking system at your university.

    USA Entry & Visa Requirements

    • High school graduation diploma with GPA of 3.0 or above that includes English, another language and mathematics.
    • SAT score in the range of 1240 to 1600 (new 3-component SAT) including 530 or above in Math and 480 or above in Critical Reading/Writing or a minimum ACT score of 25.
    • Particular programmes at MIC require applicants to have passed Advance Placement tests or Sat II tests in specific subjects.

    You do not require a visa to study in Ireland. However, you will be required to register with the Immigration Officer in Limerick within one month of arrival in Ireland. Full details on how to register will be given to you during orientation.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. 

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