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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?

    Becoming an arts student and graduate is one of the best ways to develop vital skills for your career, for personal growth, and to make the fullest contribution to society. The flexibility of studying an arts degree at MIC means that you can study a combination of familiar arts subjects and try new ones in the first year before deciding on the two subjects you wish to gain your degree in.

    Our Arts students develop excellent communication and thinking skills that enable them to engage critically and analytically with the world around them. Subject-specific content is supported by general skills modules, elective modules, and research.

    The Bachelor of Arts at MIC is taught by academics from 13 different subject departments, which ensures great diversity. A commonality for all however, is that staff are excellent teachers, renowned subject experts, and compassionate. Assessment methods vary greatly depending on the subject and the year. As BA students, you will be assessed in a variety of coursework, practical tasks, written examinations, and conducting your own research.

    Throughout each year, you will develop broad and specific skills to enhance both your personal and professional capacity. In Year 1, you will take Foundation Studies, which includes the development of literary, computing, problem-solving, and research skills. In Year 2, you will further broaden your skill base by selecting elective modules. These include Entrepreneurship, Gender Studies, Information Technology (IT), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and Education. The electives in Education may be particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in teaching. In Year 3, you will have opportunities to develop specific skills through work, or travel, or studying abroad as part of the Off-Campus Programme. You will submit your undergraduate dissertation, demonstrating your research skill and ability to work independently in your fourth and final year.

    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

    In Year 3, 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.

    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

    E: Admissions@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Information

    MIC Arts Office

    T: +353 61 204972

    E: Rachel.Godfrey@mic.ul.ie

    Programme Content

    In your first year, you choose four subjects from groups 1-11. You can select any subject combinations, however, 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 (see below) bearing in mind that 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 
    Group 7 - Music 
    Group 8 - Mathematics
    Group 9 - Geography 
    Group 10 - Philosophy 
    Group 11 - History

    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 
    Group 4 Gaeilge or Philsophy or Drama and Theatre Studies
    Group 5 Music or Theology and Religious Studies
    Group 6 History or French

    Overview of Programme Structure

    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
    Elective

    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

    Extra Programme Elements

    In Year 1, you will take Foundation Studies, which includes the development of literary, computing, problem-solving, and research skills.

    In Year 2, you will further broaden your skill base by selecting elective modules. These include Entrepreneurship, Gender Studies, Information Technology (IT), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and Education. The electives in Education may be particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in teaching.

    In Year 3, you will have opportunities to develop specific skills through work, or travel, or studying abroad as part of the Off-Campus Programme.

    You will submit your undergraduate dissertation, demonstrating your research skill and ability to work independently in your fourth and final year.

    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: To meet professional accreditation requirements students of Psychology must undertake their undergraduate dissertation in Psychology, either singly or jointly with their other major subject.

    How to Apply

    EU Applicants

    You are advised to contact the MIC Admissions Office before applying on Admissions@mic.ul.ie or on +353 61 204348 / 204929.

    Non-EU Applicants

    Entry requirements and the application process vary according to country of origin. Check your country here.

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on International@mic.ul.ie or +353 61 204988 / 774790.

    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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