Maynooth University Department of Economics


Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH101

CAO Points : 318


This is our most popular and flexible degree. You can chat with our BA Student Ambassadors now | MU Ask a Student

  • Choose up to 4 subjects from the 34 available, timetabled across 6 subject groups (max 1 subject per group).
  • Arts at Maynooth challenges students to consider new perspectives and new ways of approaching problems and ideas.
  • You will have the opportunity to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of your choice of subjects.
  • You will develop critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.
  • We offer progression options into specialised degrees at the end of first year, depending on the student's subjects and results. The possible transfer pathways are listed in the Course Structure tab.


You can choose to further enhance your BA degree by taking Critical Skills, Electives, Erasmus and Experiential Learning options

> Critical Skills: 1st year only. 15 credit course, with a specific focus on developing skills such as effective communication, creative thinking and problem solving - skills that will benefit you in your learning and future employment.
> Elective Streams: 2nd year only. 10 credit short course outside your main subjects which allows you to expand your university education and broaden your perspective. Compatible Electives will depend on the timetable for your choice of subjects in MH101.
> Erasmus or Study Abroad: after 2nd year. Graduate with a BA International after four years.
> Experiential Learning: Community Based Service Learning, Enquiry/Project Based Learning, Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement and Volunteering.

If you would like help deciding on your options, the Programme Advisory Office assist students in making subject choice decisions.


30+ Bachelor of Arts subjects timetabled into 6 groups  
Choose 2 or 3 or 4 subjects
Maximum 1 subject per group
A year of study is 60 credits. Each subject is 15 credits
Most subjects require no previous knowledge
Subjects with extra Leaving Certificate requirements are listed in HOW TO APPLY
Make your subject choices when you register in September. Change your mind for up to 4 weeks after registering.

Group 1: Geography* | German | Law* | Mathematics (Pure - groups 1 & 3)* | Philosophy
Group 2: Business (International)* | Business (Management)* | Business (Marketing)* | Criminology | Greek | History* | Music (extra 15)
Group 3: English* | International Development* | Mathematical Studies | Mathematics (Pure - groups 1 & 3)
Group 4: Anthropology* | Economics | Finance | Latin | Music Technology | Nua-Ghaeilge
Group 5: Computer Science* | Music* | Sociology | Spanish
Group 6: Accounting | Chinese Studies | French | Geography* | Greek & Roman Civilization | Mathematical Physics | Media & Cultural Studies | Medieval Celtic Studies  | Politics | Psychological Studies | Statistics | Business (extra 15) | English (extra 15) | Geography* 

  • Some subjects may be taken as a double subject (30 credits) in 1st year. These subjects are marked with an asterisk*. Some double subject options cannot be taken together. In the case of Geography, if choosing Geography in Group 6, the only subject you may choose in Group 1 is Geography (this is due to timetabling of subjects in 2nd year)
  • An extra timetabled group of subjects (Group 7) is only relevant for students taking the optional extra 15 credits that are available in Anthropology, Computer Science, French (beginners), German (beginners), History, International Development, Law, and Spanish (beginners).
  • Subjects requiring 30 credits: beginner French, German and Spanish. Students take extra language modules. Mathematics (Pure) requires 30 credits in 1st year (groups 1 and 3)
  • Optional 1st year only 15 credit Critical Skills courses can be taken with any subject combination.

The Programme Advisory Office assists 1st year students in making decisions regarding the best combination of subjects to suit them.


Options from second year:

  • Freedom to choose how much of each subject you would like to study from second year (some limitations exist). Students decide at the end of first year what their preferred pathway is, when they are more familiar with the subjects and what they entail.
    • Double Major: take two subjects equally to degree level.
    • Major/Minor: place a greater emphasis on one subject, but continue to study a second subject.
    • Single Major: specialise in just one subject in your final years. Single Major options exist for Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, Finance, History, Geography.
  • It may be possible to progress into a specialised degree at the end of first year depending on your subjects and results. These are the possible transfer options having completed the first year of the Maynooth Arts degree (see Course Finder for details about requirements): 
  • BA in Classics MH101
    BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) MH101
    BA Finance MH401
    BA International Finance and Economics MH401
    BA Accounting and Finance  MH403
    Single Major BBS or BBA (Business and Management / International Business / Marketing) MH404 
    BBS Business and Accounting MH407
    LLB Single Major MH501
    BCL Double Major (Law and Arts / Law and Accounting / Law and Business / Law and Criminology) MH502
    BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering/ BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development MH601
As an Arts graduate you will have versatility on your side.
Over the course of your three or four year degree you gain valuable skills including the hugely important ability to think critically and analytically. Our Arts graduates emerge as flexible thinkers who are ready for the challenges of the modern workplace in the years following graduation. Apart from professions requiring specialist training such as engineering and science, most career options are wide open to Maynooth’s Arts graduates. With about 40% of graduate jobs open to any discipline (, the quality of your degree and your ability to communicate your experience is often far more important than the content of your subjects. Arts graduates find employment in:
  • Human resources & training
  • Finance
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Marketing & advertising
  • Business
  • Publishing & information
  • Librarianship
  • Teaching – primary & second level
  • Social policy
  • Leisure
  • Travel & tourism
  • Media & communications
  • Translation
  • Arts & culture
  • Management consultancy
  • Computing & IT
  • Civil service
  • Medicine (graduate entry programmes)
  • Economics
  • Public relations
  • Political lobbying
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H6
English Yes O6 H7
Language Yes O6 H7
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature student applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on application and/or interview. H4 Irish or equivalent required to study Nua-Ghaeilge.

Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2021.

Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. H4 Irish or equivalent required to study Nua-Ghaeilge. No Beginner stream.

The Maynooth Education

Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways.


DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.


Choose MH101 on your CAO application.

Choose your BA subjects (up to four) when you register in September 2021. You will have up to four weeks to change your mind on your subjects. 

Most Arts subjects require no prior knowledge.

Some BA subjects require specific Leaving Certificate grades. These extra requirements are not checked by the CAO but are checked by the University when it comes to subject registration in September.

  • French, German, Spanish advanced level require H4 in the subject. Beginner option also available which has no minimum grade requirement
  • Nua-Ghaeilge: H4 Irish (no beginner option)
  • Music: H5 Music
  • Mathematics (Pure): H2 Mathematics

RECOMMENDED: we recommend students have achieved the following grades at Leaving Certificate level in order to meet the demands of these subjects)


  • Accounting, Business (International), Business (Management), Business (Marketing), Economics, Finance: O4/H7 Mathematics
  • Computer Science, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Studies, Music Technology, Statistics: O3/H7 Mathematics


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.
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