With an intake of well over 1,000 students every September, our Arts degree is our most popular. This is for many reasons.
- Some students who think they might not be successful in their application to high points courses such as our Bachelor of Education MH001 choose as their second and third preference on the CAO to apply for our Arts degree MH101 or our First Arts Kilkenny Campus MH901. Having completed their BA they then apply for the Professional Master of Education in Primary Education. See the Graduate Studies website for more about the PME.
- MH101 Bachelor of Arts offers a range of 28 subjects to students while MH901 First Arts Kilkenny Campus has a smaller number on offer. After first year in Kilkenny, MH901 students move to the main Maynooth campus for second and third year.
- The idea of a job for life isn't the standard anymore. Narrow skill sets will only take a person so far. Lifelong skills are learned by Arts graduates. They are versatile, with the skills and capabilities that employers seek - analytical, critical thinkers, team players with a capacity to learn and reflect. These are the core competencies that will make you adaptable in a changed workplace.
- You can spend up to four weeks at the start of first year sampling our 28 Arts subjects before committing to the two, three or four that you prefer.
- Arts at Maynooth gives our students a chance to reflect and develop - spend three or four years studying subjects you enjoy while gradually figuring out what career to pursue.
- From 2016 you can take Critical Skills as one of your first year subjects - learn and hone the skills that employers demand of graduate recruits.
- Postgraduate study may follow an Arts degree - pursue professional training in areas like law, business, education, psychology once you've crystallised your interests. Arts students often apply for postgraduate entry to Primary Education.
- Find out more in our Coursefinder.
These will vary depending on your course, but some of the skills developed from studying humanities subjects include the ability to:
|Lead and participate in discussions
||Develop and argue opinions
||Understand, assess and evaluate issues
|Write well in a variety of formats
||Propose ideas and theories
||Think and act creatively
|Organise workload and work to deadlines
||Convey meaning precisely
||Conduct research and evaluate sources
|Read pages of text and pick out the essential points
||Work alone and on own initiative
|Retain and absorb large amounts of information
||Have confidence in your opinions
||Be able to base conclusions on statistical research
|Debate and persuade others of your point of view
||Foreign language skills (depending on subject choice)
Primary Education MH001 at Maynooth is very popular and points can be high as a result. Remember, you can also consider MH101 or MH901 as your back up plan if you think you might not get the points and entry requirements necessary. See the Arts information tab above for more about why you should consider MH101 and MH901.
If you are considering teaching at second level as a career path, you will need to ensure you choose subjects that are recognised by the Teaching Council.
Visit the Teaching Council website for details.
Building on our strengths, we have developed a radically different Maynooth model of undergraduate education which is distinctive and challenging — one that is flexibly designed to meet the individual needs of a diverse student body and one that stimulates and supports every student to reach their full potential.
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Our broad degrees in Arts MH101 and Science MH201 provide flexibility, allowing you to select up to four subjects from a diverse range available. These programmes may suit students who want a degree in a general area such as science or arts, but do not yet know where their exact ambitions lie.
Specialised degrees are arguably more suited to students who already have a strong sense of where they want to go in life (e.g. employment in education, digital media, law, engineering etc.) With specialised degrees you study your chosen subject in-depth from the very beginning.
Visit our Course Finder for more information about our degrees.
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