We appreciate that making a final decision on the list of level 8 degree choices can be quite a challenge. We have therefore broadened the first year entry on many of our degrees in order to open up progression options to our students. This means that many of our first year students can spend the first few weeks of semester one sampling subjects or pathways within their degree before deciding on their options.
The MH101 Bachelor of Arts degree is an example of a degree offering flexibility. In excess of 1,200 students begin the Maynooth Arts degree annually. These students have up to four weeks to choose up to four subjects from a possible thirty five. After first year there may be an option to move into a specialised degree, depending on the subjects you choose in first year and your results.
The Maynooth Arts degree is a very flexible programme that offers students a wide range of options to customise their studies to match their own interests and goals.
You can spend up to four weeks at the start of first year sampling our range of Arts subjects before committing to the two, three or four that you prefer. You can also make changes in your choices at the start of the second semester.
When you begin second year you will be able to decide the structure of your degree (based on your subjects and results from first year). Most students take a two subject degree from second year (Double Major), but it may be possible to specialise in one subject with a little of another (Major with Minor), or just specialise in one subject (Single Major).
Critical Skills is available to take as one of your first year subjects - learn and hone the skills that employers demand of graduate recruits (only available in first year).
These are the possible transfer options having completed the first year of the Maynooth Arts degree (see for details):
BA in Classics
BA International Finance and Economics
BA Accounting and Finance
Single Major BBS or BBA (Business and Management / International Business / Marketing)
BBS Business and Accounting
LLB Single Major
BCL Double Major (Law and Arts / Law and Accounting / Law and Business / Law and Criminology)
BSc Computer Science and Software Engineering/ BSc Multimedia, Mobile and Web Development
Postgraduate study:Recent research shows that Maynooth University Master's degrees support employability, with 75% of our Taught Master's graduates surveyed reporting employment within nine months of graduation. It is possible through your Master's degree to become an expert in a subject that you have already studied, with one to one attention in smaller class sizes and independent research projects. You could also undertake a Master's in a totally new discipline to complement your degree. Examples of these conversion Master's programmes at Maynooth include:
MSc Business Management - (business for non-Business graduates)
LLM International Justice/LLM Criminology/MSc Rights & Social Policy (conversion into legal and human rights courses)
MA International Peace-building - Edward Kennedy Institute (for careers in Mediation and international peace-building)
MSc Design Innovation - for bright sparks/ideas people/creatives - draw from a wide selection of degree backgrounds to work on real-world problems for companies - inc. marketing, IT, design etc.
HDip Information Technology - a HDip 1 year programme - BA conversion into IT careers
Economics, Finance & Accounting - 2 year Master's offering conversion routes for graduates without a degree in these subjects.
MH001/MH002 Bachelor of Education - Primary Teaching (B Ed)
Some applicants to our MH001/MH002 Bachelor of Education - Primary Teaching (B Ed) degree are concerned about achieving the Leaving Cert points required. Our advice is that applicants should also consider the postgraduate route into primary teaching. The PME Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) is a two-year postgraduate teacher education programme for primary teaching for persons who possess a level 8 honours bachelor degree. The level 8 MH101 Bachelor of Arts degree is a popular choice for many students.
A Double Major in Psychological Studies will not lead to an accredited Psychology degree. However, you could pursue this at a later date through postgraduate study. Unlike MH106 and MH209, Psychological Studies in MH101 will not lead to a professionally accredited degree, however Psychological Studies graduates may be eligible to apply for consideration to entry to a one-year postgraduate programme to achieve a professionally accredited qualification in psychology (on a competitive basis - limited numbers).
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 (gradireland.com), 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 transferable skills that an Arts degree offers include the ability to:
Lead and participate in discussions
Develop and argue opinions
Understand, assess and evaluate issues
Write well in a variety of formats
Propose ideas and theories
Think and act creatively
Organise workload and work to deadlines
Convey meaning precisely
Conduct research and evaluate sources
Read pages of text and pick out the essential points
Work alone and on own initiative
Retain and absorb large amounts of information
Have confidence in your opinions
Be able to base conclusions on statistical research
Debate and persuade others of your point of view
Foreign language skills (depending on subject choice)
Our Student Ambassadors host tours of both campuses and tell you about our beautiful historic buildings, new facilities and their own experiences of life at Maynooth University. Tours typically last 45 minutes and incorporate a 10 minute tour of the Library. Check out our campus before you arrive.
Tour Schedule: check the confirmed schedule for exact times and locations
Campus Tours (depart from the Arts Building foyer)
Depart at regular intervals during the day
Accommodation Tours (depart from the Arts Building foyer)
Admissions Officer, Dr John McGinnity, and his Admissions Office staff are happy to answer a broad range of questions. Find the Admissions stands in the John Hume, School of Education and Iontas Buildings.
Leaving Certificate, mature student, QQI, EU, UK student application process
Subway (John Hume Building - North Campus)
The Little Coffee Company (Arts Building - North Campus)
Chill - (Students' Union - North Campus)
The Kitchen (Phoenix Building - North Campus)
The Living Room (Phoenix Building - North Campus)
Starbucks - The Library (South Campus)
Visitors who have registered can enjoy a free 12oz hot drink (excluding speciality drinks) which they can redeem at one of the outlets open on the day (excluding Pugin Hall, Chill, Londis and Students' Union). The voucher must be presented on a smartphone or printed out. Starbucks seasonal specials not part of this offer.
Browse the Maynooth University Book Shop in the John Hume Building.
Maynooth town has a variety of cafés, restaurants and bars and is only a five minute walk from the campus.