Would you like to study the first year of your BA degree in the heart of the South East?

Since September 2013, our first year Arts students have enjoyed an interesting and diverse introduction to university life here at Kilkenny Campus. We offer smaller class sizes, a fantastic student community, a student focused learning environment and a gentle transition into full-time university life. 

Arts in Kilkenny

The Faculties of Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy and Social Sciences, are offering students the opportunity to complete the 1st year of their Bachelor of Arts degree in Kilkenny. On completion of same, students will transfer to the main Maynooth Campus to complete their studies.  The Arts degree on offer (known as MH901) gives you the option to choose from a diverse range of subjects.

You will have a number of weeks at the beginning of First Year to choose your Arts subjects. We encourage you to keep an open mind during this crucial period and to dip into a range of areas before making a decision.

In first year students take four subjects, one from each group, please check that your preferred subject combinations are available in second/third year too. In second and third year, students continue with two of their first year subjects. 
Course Requirements:
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two H5 and four O6 or H7. English, Irish and a third language are required. 
​Year One (Kilkenny)
Pick four subjects, with not more than one from the same group.
Subject Group II - HISTORY
Subject Group III - ENGLISH
Subject Group V - SOCIOLOGY
Subject Group VI -  THEOLOGY*

*Theology - As part of First Arts Kilkenny (MH901) students have the option of taking Theology, which is offered by the Faculty of Theology in the Pontifical University (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth). Students take THREE subjects (60 credits in total): Theology, (30 credits) plus two other Arts subjects (15 credits each).
If a student wishes to continue with Theology, they transfer to St. Patrick’s Pontifical University for their second and third year.  Second and third year students take Theology (30 credits each year) with one Arts subject (30 credits) each year. The B.A.Th is awarded by the Pontifical University St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. Three years of study involves 180 credits, leading to a Double Major (equal study of two subjects) award.
If students opt not to continue with Theology after first year they continue on with their remaining two Arts subjects leading on to a Bachelor of Arts awarded by Maynooth University. Please see here  for a course overview.