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BA EUROPEAN STUDIES

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Qualification : BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH108

CAO Points : 340

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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European Studies is concerned with Europe and, in particular, Europe’s history, its political institutions (such as the EU), and its vital role in world economics and global politics. The degree includes study of specially created European Studies modules, drawing on disciplines such as Politics, History, Geography and Classics.
 
Choose this degree if you are interested in
  • How recent history (post-1945) has defined the European project and the way in which the institutions of European politics (e.g. the EU) function;
  • Learning the skills and expertise to compete successfully in the European labour market;
  • Acquiring fluency in a modern European language and learning about the cultures, politics, societies, economics and history of the region by studying at a university overseas;
  • Participating in specially created European Studies modules, drawing on disciplines such as History, Politics, Philosophy, Geography, and Ancient Classics.
A year of study is 60 credits.
 
1st year
  • 15 credits in European Studies
  • 15 or 30 credits in a language (H5 French required as no beginner French stream. Beginner level German or Spanish take 30 credits in that language - 15 credits
  • if you already have Leaving Certificate H5 or equivalent in German or Spanish)
  • Plus choose 1 or 2 other subjects
2nd - 4th year
  • 1-week field trip to the Leuven Institute in Brussels, which includes a visit to the European Parliament
  • Erasmus/Study Abroad in 3rd year
  • European Studies modules in 4th year
 
3rd year
Students spend 3rd year studying in a university in the country of their chosen language. Note: Students must be eligible to participate in the Erasmus programme therefore you must either be a citizen of one of the 28 EU member states or of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Turkey, or a permanent resident of, or have been awarded refugee status in, a participating country, or a stateless person.

 

Course Duration: 4 years

History - Martin Ott - Maynooth University

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Department of History

History - Ian Speller - Maynooth University

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Department of History

European Studies programme emphasises inter-disciplinary teaching - graduates have gone on to pursue a diverse range of careers;
  • Our graduates have found work in European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, as policy and political advisors, in print and digital journalism, international business and marketing, and education;
  • Some graduates pursue Masters or PhD degrees in economics, European Studies and finance, among others.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
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

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.
 
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. 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 2018.
 
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 2018 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: 2H5 & 4O6/H7, Irish, English & 3rd language. H5 required in French if taking French option. German & Spanish available at beginner or advanced level (advanced requires H5 in the language).
 
MH108 students only
 
Students must be eligible to participate in the Erasmus programme therefore you must either be a citizen of one of the 28 EU member states or of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Turkey, or a permanent resident of, or have been awarded refugee status in, a participating country, or a stateless person.
 
New Maynooth Education
 
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
 
HEAR and DARE
 
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.
 

 

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

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students

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