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Bachelor of Arts (MI002)

CAO Minimum Entry 2021: 280 points
Places Offered: Up to 300
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  • Programme Overview

    The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year, full-time, honours degree (Level 8). 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. In Third Year, you will have opportunities to work, to travel, and to study abroad as part of the Off-Campus Programme.

    Bachelor of Arts students in the Media lab at MIC Limerick

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

    Meet our Bachelor of Arts students
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - Gaeilge
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - English Language & Literature
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - French Studies
    Bachelor of Arts (MI002) at MIC - History
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - Geography
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) - German Studies
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - Drama & Theatre Studies
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - Media & Communication Studies
    Bachelor of Arts (MI002) at MIC - Music
    Bachelor of Arts (MI002) at MIC - Philosophy
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - Psychology
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MIC - Theology & Religious Studies
    Bachelor of Arts (MI002) at MIC - Mathematics

    Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

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

    BA student in graduation robes about to graduate from Mary Immaculate College
    Succeed with the Bachelor of Arts at MIC
    With 13 subjects to choose from you will gain the knowledge to take you anywhere


    MIC Arts Office

    T: +353 61 204972


    Programme Content

    Year 1

    In First year, students choose four subjects out of thirteen subjects on the Arts programme. Any subject combinations can be selected, however, when choosing your subjects in first year, it is essential to have at least two subjects from different second year subject groups (see below) bearing in mind that those who choose Psychology in first year may not be offered a place in Psychology in second year.

    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 Philosophy 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)
    Skills for Study and Work 1 & 2
    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
    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 five 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 a foundational course in Skills for Study and Work, which aims to give an essential grounding in academic writing and IT 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.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to hold the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include Mathematics, Gaeilge or another language, and English.

    Applicants must obtain:

    • Grade H5 on a Higher Level paper in at least two subjects
    • Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects (Higher or Ordinary Level)

    Minimum Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics satisfies the minimum entry requirements (Foundation Mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes).

    Additional Course Requirements:

    • Students opting to study Gaeilge are normally required to hold at least grade H5 in the Leaving Certificate or an approved equivalent.
    • For Music, there is no formal entrance examination but prospective students must have a satisfactory standard of music literacy and the ability to play an instrument and/or sing.

    Additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

    Language Waivers: Please contact the MIC Access Office for information on Language Exemptions on Deadlines apply.

    Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

    Link modules will be accepted for points purposes but they will not qualify as a subject for matriculation purposes.

    GCE/GCSE Applicants

    For further information about minimum grades and entry requirements, click here or please contact the MIC Admissions Office at E:

    If you are at least 23 years old on 1 January of the year of entry to college, you are considered as a mature applicant. 

    All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI002 will be invited to attend for an interview.  Mature students who do not meet the normal minimum entry requirements will be considered for admission if, having attended for interview, they satisfy the College as to their ability to benefit from and sustain participation in the BA Programme(s) applied for. Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being considered for a place, and all places will then be offered by the CAO.

    Please note that late mature applications through the CAO will be accepted for MI002 up to 1st May 2021.  Mature applicants who initially applied for any programme through the CAO by 1st February 2021, and now wish to change their mind and apply for MI002, can do so through CAO up until 12th May 2021.

    Online interviews will take place on Thursday 10th June 2021.

    Mature applicants in addition to applying through CAO are also requested to complete a Personal Statement and email it to  The link to the statement is here.

    Interview Marking Sheet click here

    Details on Uversity Scholarships for Mature Applicants click here

    Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners

    This programme is aimed at mature learners who wish to continue their education. Students achieving a merit on the Foundation Certificate will be offered a place on the Bachelor of Arts (MI002) in MIC, subsequent to completion of a CAO form and supplementary form before 1 February. For further information, click here or contact the MIC Admissions  E:

    Further Information

    For further information about applying as a mature applicant, please contact the MIC Admissions Office email

    A limited number of places per year will be awarded to applicants through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS), which gives learners the opportunity to use their QQI Level 5 or 6 major award to apply, through the CAO, for a place on a higher education programme. Entry requirements vary for each degree programme.

    Places will be available to QQI/FET/FETAC applicants who have obtained any of the following QQI Level 5 Certificates: Radio Production ERPXX or 5M4511, TV & Film Production ETFPX or 5M5158/5M18519, Print Journalism EPJXX or 5M2464, Media Production EMPXX. In order to gain entry students must possess distinctions in four modules in the QQI Level 5 qualification.

    The four distinctions must be gained from the following list:

    • E20008 or 5N1298
    • E20137 or 5N1379
    • E20123 or 5N1458
    • E20149 or 5N0637
    • E20136 or 5N1900 or 5N1590
    • E20131 or 5N1292 or
    • E20003 or 5N0785
    • E20151 or 5N0540
    • E20013 or 5N2152 or
    • E20078 or 5N2435
    • B20132 or 5N1394 or
    • N32751 or 5N1837
    • E20077 or 5N2463 or
    • E20076 or 5N2443


    Any major award. Students must possess distinctions in five modules.

    As the number of places available is limited, those places will be allocated on a competitive basis based on the student’s score. Where more than one student has the same score, students will be ranked on a random basis. Applicants who have obtained a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Media Production EMPRO or 6M5130 / 6M18534 will also be eligible to apply for a place on the BA programme, provided they have gained three distinctions from the following list of modules:

    • N32750 or 6N5505
    • N32751 or 6N5453
    • N32754 or 6N5455 or 6N18514
    • N32755 or 6N5454 or 6N18515
    • N32863 or 6N4981
    • N32949 or 6N5433 or
    • 6N18517 or 6N5427
    • N32969 or 6N5425 or 6N18516
    • N33014

    QQI/FET/FETAC applicants must apply through the CAO indicating on their application form that they have taken or are taking QQI/FET/FETAC examinations. Additional Requirements: Students wishing to take an advanced language option, distinctions must include a distinction in a language component/module. A Grade H5 in the required language from the Leaving Certificate will also satisfy the language requirement.

    Please see the Quick Guide on Further Education Entry Routes to MIC for more information on the entry requirements for each of MIC’s programmes.

    For further information about this programme and applying as an non-EU applicant, click here; for International Fees, click here

    You are advised to contact the MIC International Office before applying on +353 61 204328 / 774790. 

    Fees & Grants


    Tuition fees may be paid in respect of full-time undergraduate students undertaking approved courses in eligible institutions. Details of the Free Fees criteria are listed here.

    If you do not qualify for free fees, undergraduate tuition fees and other charges may apply. See Undergraduate Fees here.


    Students apply for a grant through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) and if they meet certain criteria, they may be eligible for full or partial financial support.

    Before applying at, please review the criteria carefully.

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