THE MAYNOOTH BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE - MH101 - THE CAO'S MOST POPULAR FIRST PREFERENCE COURSE
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. By choosing the Maynooth BA degree, a wide variety of interesting subjects is opened up to you. Hundreds of subject combinations are available and you don't have to make any decision on your subject choices until you have sampled as many as you wish over the first four weeks of first year. Flexible 2nd year pathways and lots of choice are what makes the MH101 degree so appealing to our applicants.
See the Course Structure tab for details about the 32 subjects/groupings/pathways after first year.
FIRST YEAR (60 credits)
32 MH101 subjects timetabled into 6 groups - scroll down to see the groups
- Each year of study is 60 credits - each subject in MH101 is 15 credits
- Choose 2 or 3 or 4 subjects
- Maximum 1 subject per group due to timetabling of subjects
- Make your subject choices when you register in September - option to change your mind for up to 4 weeks after registering
- Most subjects require no previous knowledge (exceptions Nua-Ghaeilge and Music). Subjects with extra Leaving Certificate requirements are listed in HOW TO APPLY section
- 30 credit option in some subjects. 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 second 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. New subject Language and Culture (this subject option is for non-beginner French, German or Spanish students only)
- 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.
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 credits) | 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 | Greek & Roman Civilization | Mathematical Physics | Media & Cultural Studies | Medieval Celtic Studies | Politics | Psychological Studies | Statistics | Business (optional extra 15 credits) | English (optional extra 15 credits) | Geography* (optional extra 15 credits) | Critical Skills
Group 7: only relevant if taking a 30 credit option in these subjects:
- Anthropology (extra 15)
- Chinese Studies (extra 15 required)
- Computer Science (extra 15)
- French (extra 15)
- German (extra 15)
- History (extra 15)
- International Development (extra 15)
- Law (extra 15)
- Spanish (extra 15)
- Language and Culture (this subject option is for non-beginner French, German or Spanish students)
The Programme Advisory Office assists furst year students in making decisions regarding the best combination of subjects to suit them.
SECOND AND THIRD (FINAL) YEAR (60 credits per 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.
- 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 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 MH409 BA International Economics (NEW) MH416 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
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International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
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 2023 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
01 February 2023
Choose MH101 on your CAO application.
Choose your BA subjects (up to four) when you register in September 2023. 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
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