Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH101

CAO Points : 327

The Maynooth Bachelor of Arts is our most popular degree. Arts at Maynooth challenges our 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 four subjects from a range of thirty three) 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 have further enhanced your opportunities to develop key skills through our Critical Skills, Electives and Experiential Learning options:

  • Critical Skills is an optional, first 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 - in 2nd year you’ll have the opportunity to take an Elective Stream. This is an optional 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 your choice of subjects in MH101.
  • You also have the option of taking an Erasmus or Study Abroad year in 3rd year, and graduating with a BA International after 4 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.

Visit our Maynooth Education pages for details on the New Maynooth Education - Critical Skills, Electives, flexible pathways.

First year

The thirty three Bachelor of Arts subjects are timetabled into six 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.
  • The 33 subjects are divided into six timetabled groups. 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 Science, German (beginners), History, International Development, Law, Sociology and Spanish (beginners).
  • Subjects requiring 30 credits: beginner level 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* | Philosophy | Mathematics (Pure)*
Group 2: Business (International)* | Business (Management)* | Business (Marketing)* | Criminology | Greek | History* | Statistics (in 3rd year)
Group 3: English* | International Development* | Mathematical Studies
Group 4: Anthropology* | Economics | Finance | Latin | Nua-Ghaeilge
Group 5: Computer Science* | Music | Sociology* | Spanish
Group 6: Accounting | Chinese Studies | French | Greek & Roman Civilization | Mathematical Physics | Medieval Celtic Studies | Old Irish and Celtic Languages | Politics | Psychological Studies

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. Our Law and Business subjects, for example, have transfer options into the second year of specialised degree programmes - see subjects for details.
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 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 the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 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.

01 February 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language.
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.

CAO application

Choose one MH101 sub-option on your CAO application. If you're not sure which option to choose, select MH101 OPC. By choosing one of these sub-options you are indicating to us your particular interest in these subjects, however you can change your mind once you register in September and for a number of weeks after you register. 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. 

MH101 Sub-Options

ANT  Anthropology: specialise in Anthropology from second year 
CLA Classics: take at least two subjects from Greek & Roman Civilization, Greek or Latin 
ECN ECN Economics: specialise in Economics from second year
ENG English: specialise in English with a Minor in another subject from second year 
GGY Geography: specialise in Geography from second year
FIN Finance: specialise in Finance from second year
HIS History: specialise in History from second year
INT International Development plus one other subject in your degree
MTH Mathematics (Pure) in groups 1 and 3 and another subject, or on its own in third year
MTP Mathematical Physics: specialise in Mathematical Physics in second year
MTS Mathematical Studies: specialise in Mathematical Studies in third year 
POL Politics: students take Politics and another subject from second year
PPE Philosophy, Politics and Economics: study all three subjects for three years. 
OPC Open Choice to any of the above degree streams. You can decide which degree stream to take following admission. You can apply to MH101 only once.
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: H5 French
  • Nua-Ghaeilge: H5 Irish
  • Music: H5 Music
  • Mathematics (Pure): H2 Mathematics
  • Accounting, Business (International) • Business (Management) • Business (Marketing) • Economics • Finance: O4/H7 Mathematics
  • Computer Science and Mathematical Studies: O3/H7 Mathematics


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