Maynooth University Department of Music


Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH101

CAO Points : 316

The Maynooth Bachelor of Arts is our most popular degree with 34 subjects across 6 subject groups.

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 (choose up to 4 subjects from the 34 available in 1st year) while developing critical thinking, analysis and communication skills. Being adaptable and reflective are key requirements in today's workplace and by fully engaging with your Bachelor of Arts programme, you will best position yourself for graduate employment or graduate studies once you complete your BA degree. 

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. 

We have further enhanced opportunities to develop key skills through our Critical Skills, Electives and Experiential Learning options:

  • Critical Skills: optional, 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: optional, 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 year after 2nd year: optional. Graduate with a BA International after four years.
  • We are developing our Experiential Learning programme to include: 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 dedicated Programme Advisory Office are there to assist students in making decisions regarding the best combination of subjects to suit them.

First year

The 34 Bachelor of Arts subjects are timetabled into 6 groups. Most subjects require no previous knowledge. Those that have extra Leaving Certificate requirements are listed in the How to Apply tab on this page. Students make their subject choices when they register in September and may make changes to these choices within the first four weeks of the semester. 

  • A year of study is 60 credits. Each Bachelor of Arts subject is 15 credits. Students choose four, three or two subjects - maximum of one per group.
  • Some subjects may be taken as a double subject (i.e. 30 credits) in 1st year. These subjects are marked with an asterisk*. Some double subject options cannot be taken together.
  • Only one subject may be chosen in each group. An extra timetabled group of subjects exists (not one of groups 1-6) for the optional extra 15 credits that are available in Anthropology, Computer Studies, French (beginners), German (beginners), History, International Development, Law, and Spanish (beginners).
  • Subjects requiring 30 credits: beginner level French, German and Spanish require 30 credits in 1st year as you will 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 are available in all groups.
  • At the start of 1st year the Programme Advisory Office assists students in making decisions regarding the best combination of subjects to suit them.

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 Studies* | 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 * 

* Subject may be taken as a double (i.e. 30 credits) in 1st year. Some double subject options cannot be taken together. In the case of Geography, if choosing the Geography subject in Group 6, the only subject you may choose in Group 1 is Geography (this is due to timetabling of subjects in 2nd year)

2nd and 3rd (final year)

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 N/A H4
English Yes O6 N/A
Language Yes O6 N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature students - Information:

A mature student is 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 your 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.

CAO application

Choose MH101 on your CAO application. You will choose your BA subjects (up to four) when you register in September 2021 but you will have up to four weeks to change your mind on your subjects. Students admitted to MH101 are required to meet the individual subject requirements in MH101 Arts (see below for details). These subject requirements are not checked by the CAO but are checked by the University when it comes to subject registration in September.

Information for different types of applicant
The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.
Subject minimum requirements
Most Arts subjects require no prior knowledge. Some Bachelor of Arts subjects do have extra Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements. In the case of some other subjects we recommend students have achieved the listed Leaving Certificate grades in order to best manage the subject content. Students admitted to MH101 are required to meet the individual subject requirements (where applicable) in MH101 Arts.
  • 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
  • Accounting, Business (International), Business (Management), Business (Marketing), Economics, Finance: O4/H7 Mathematics
  • Computer Science, Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Studies, Music Technology, Statistics: O3/H7 Mathematics
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