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Bachelor of Arts (MI002)

CAO Minimum Entry 2019: 300 points
Places Offered: Up to 325
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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, 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).

    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

    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.

    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 Bachelor of Arts programme, valued at €2,000 each. Further information available here.

    Diverse Subject Range
    Diverse Subject Range
    BA students pick four subjects a choice of 19, including Drama & Theatre Studies


    MIC Arts Office

    T: +353 61 204972


    Programme Content

    Year 1

    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
    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.

    Entry Requirements

    School Leavers

    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.
    • Students wishing to study Spanish (advanced) must meet the University of Limerick’s entrance requirements for this subject. For further information please refer to the UL website:
    • Students wishing to study Economics must hold an O4 or H7 grade in Mathematics.

    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 granted on disability grounds; Access/Disability Officer Maura Moore is available on +353 61 204927 / 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:

    Mature Applicants

    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. 

    Mature applicants wishing to apply for MI002 must apply for entry through the CAO (  Please note that MIC are accepting late applications for this programme for 2019 and applicants wishing to be considered must apply through CAO by 1 May 2019.

    Mature applicants who have applied initially through CAO by 1 February and wish to change their mind and include MI002 now, can do so from Monday 6 May at 12noon when change of mind opens, until 13 May only.

    Interviews for MI002 will take place on Thursday 6 June 2019.

    Applicants applying to MIC on the grounds of ‘Mature Years’ for entry in September 2019 are not required to complete a separate Mature Supplementary Form for this programme, however applicants must fully complete all sections of the CAO application, including Mature Applicant sections 1-11, and in addition submit a Personal Statement to the Admissions Office. See Personal Statement Guidelines.

    Key 2019 CAO Dates for Mature Applicants

    • 5 November 2018: CAO online application facility opens
    • 20 January 2019: Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30
    • 1 February 2019: Normal closing date for applications
    • 1 May 2019: Closing date for late applications
    • 6 May 2019: Online change of mind facility becomes available (free of charge)
    • 13 May 2019: Online change of mind closing date for MIC mature application assessment

    The CAO has a video guide for Mature Applicants wishing to apply, and it can be accessed here.

    Interview/Written Test

    All mature applicants will be invited to attend for interview and short written test.  Mature applicants who do not meet the normal minimum entry requirements may be considered for admission, if, having attended for interview and written test they satisfy the College Authorities as to their ability to benefit from and sustain the programme.

    Offer of Place

    Mature students who have completed an interview and written test will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place, and all places will then be offered by the CAO.

    Further Information

    For further information about applying as a mature applicant, please contact the MIC Admissions Office on +353 61 204348 / 204929 or email

    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 on T+353 61 204348 or E:

    Special Entry Route for QQI/FET/FETAC Applicants

    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.

    Please see this Quick Guide for more information on the entry requirements for each of MIC’s programmes (page 14-25).

    International Applicants

    For further information about this programme and applying as an international 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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