Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH901

CAO Points : 000

Closing Date : 01 February 2018

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This course is not running in 2018-2019. You may wish to consider MH101 instead.
Since September 2013, First Year Arts students at Kilkenny Campus have enjoyed an interesting and diverse introduction to university life.
Students have benefitted greatly from the smaller class sizes, student-focused learning environment, and the vibrant campus community. 
Choose this option if you are interested in
  • The opportunity to study the first year of your Maynooth University Bachelor of Arts degree in the beautiful and historic city of Kilkenny. In second year you will progress to the main campus in Co. Kildare where you will spend the remaining two years of your degree (on successful completion of your first year examinations - these examinations take place on the Co. Kildare campus);
  • Smaller class sizes, student-focused learning environment, and a vibrant campus community;
  • Choosing from a selection of Arts subjects taken from the full range available on the main campus in Maynooth (as part of MH101);
  • The option of spending your third year studying abroad. In this case your final year (fourth year) is at Maynooth and you are awarded a BA (International).


This course is not running in 2018-2019. You may wish to consider MH101 instead.
1st year
Kilkenny Campus
Choose 4 subjects in 1st year.
Subjects are organised into 6 groups. For timetabling reasons you can only choose 1 per group.
Group 1: Geography, Law, Philosophy
Group 2: History
Group 3: English
Group 4: Anthropology, Economics (O4/H7 Mathematics recommended for Economics)
Group 5: Sociology
Group 6: Theology (taught in Kilkenny by St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and requires 30 credits, therefore Theology is taken with 2 subjects in 1st year).
You will continue with 1 or 2 of your 1st year subjects when you begin 2nd year on the campus in Maynooth. Note: all exams take place on the Maynooth campus.
2nd & 3rd year
Maynooth Campus
  • Continue with 1 or 2 subjects
  • Elective Stream: In your 2nd year you’ll have the opportunity to take an Elective Stream. This is an optional short course outside your main subjects which allows you to expand your university education and broaden your perspective. Electives are compatible with all 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.
Course Duration: 1 year in Maynooth University Kilkenny Campus and 2 years in Maynooth University main campus in Kild

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 No N/A N/A
English No N/A N/A
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

This course is not running in 2018-2019. You may wish to consider MH101 instead.
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.

Additional Information

This course is not running in 2018-2019. You may wish to consider MH101 instead.
Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. AQA in 2016 (All Qualified Applicants were offered a place).
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 1st year Critical Skills courses are not available in our First Arts Kilkenny Campus.
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.

This course is not running in 2018-2019. You may wish to consider MH101 instead.

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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