Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH101

CAO Points : 338


The Maynooth Bachelor of Arts Degree MH101 has been among the top preference CAO courses for a number of years, receiving most first preference applications.

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  • Choose up to 4 subjects from the 32 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 and to develop critical thinking, analysis and communication skills.
  • We offer progression options into specialised degrees at the end of first year, depending on 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. This 15 credit course has 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. This 10 credit option 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: Optional year abroad - students graduate with a BA International degree.
> Experiential Learning:opportunities in undergraduate research, work and professional development, student leadership, study abroad and community engagement, empowering Maynooth students to develop their skills and competencies for work, life and citizenship.

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. 30 credit option in subjects below marked with *
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 | Critical Skills
Group 2: Business (International)* | Business (Management)* | Business (Marketing)* | Criminology | History* | Music (extra 15) | Critical Skills
Group 3: English* | International Development* | Mathematical Studies | Mathematics (Pure - groups 1 & 3) | Critical Skills
Group 4: Anthropology* | Economics | Finance | Music Technology | Nua-Ghaeilge | Critical Skills
Group 5: Computer Science* | Music* | Sociology | Spanish | Critical Skills
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* | Critical Skills

  • 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 available to you 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 to those students taking the optional extra 15 credits that are available in Anthropology, Computer Science, History, International Development and Law.
  • Subjects requiring 30 credits: beginner Chinese Studies, French, German and Spanish. Students take extra language modules and these extra 15 credits are timetabled in group 7.
  • 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.
  • It may be possible to progress into a specialised degree at the end of first year depending on your first year subjects and results: 
  • 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 and/or with Global Cultures) MH404 
    BBA/BBS Business and Accounting MH407
    BBA Business and Languages (NEW in 2022) MH409
    LLB Law 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 (through Arts) 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.
Some of the areas in which Maynooth BA graduates develop their careers include:
  • 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 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

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. 

Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2022. 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 2022.

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 2022 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.

01 February 2022

Additional Information

The minimum requirements for the BA MH101 degree are Leaving Certificate 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. 

The Maynooth Education

Click here for details about optional Critical Skills courses, 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 2022. 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.

  • 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)

  • French, German, Spanish non-beginner level recommend H4 or better in the subject. Beginner option also available.
  • 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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