Monday 5th December 2016 marked a significant milestone in the provision of third level education in Limerick, and indeed Ireland, as Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon, officially launched a Bachelor of Arts programme, to be jointly offered by the University of Limerick (UL) and Mary Immaculate College (MIC).

UL and MIC have been offering successful BA programmes for decades, but this ambitious, far-reaching project will offer students a wider range of choices making it the largest jointly delivered programme in Ireland. From September 2017 up to 700 students will enrol in an enhanced arts programme, with an offering of nineteen different subjects, allowing students a combination of more than 150 pathways.

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Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon

Launching the programme Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon congratulated both institutions on three years of combined efforts to reach this stage: “This joint offering makes Limerick the place where students will find an Arts and Social Sciences programme that is tailored to their specific needs, one that offers them the most exciting content, and which is taught in ways that empower them”.

“The programme, which has been three years in the making, is a major step in building Limerick as one of Europe’s cultural capitals” he said.

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Professor Michael Breen, Mary Immaculate College

According to Professor Michael Breen, Dean of Arts, MIC, “This enhanced BA draws on what is unique to each campus, allowing us together to provide a rich Arts programme without sacrificing our individual identities. This venture will offer BA applicants a wider palette of disciplines and possibilities than has been available in the past on either campus alone”.

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Professor Don Barry, UL

Also speaking at the event was Professor Don Barry, President of UL, who said: “In broadening the learning landscape for our students we are opening up pathways to even more individually-tailored programmes that will lead students to knowledge, scholarship, research and career options that will be unrivalled in the sector. The programme has been structured to empower students to make better choices at enrolment and to defer their final decisions about the subject pathways they will take until they are better equipped to make them”.

Concluding he said “This programme is in alignment with the spirit and principles underpinning the Limerick Charter and it will benefit current and future generations of learners in Limerick, across Ireland and internationally”.

Subjects on offer as part of this new joint BA include:

  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Gaeilge
  • Geography
  • German (Advanced/Beginners)
  • History
  • Irish Music and Dance
  • Music
  • Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Mathematics & Computer Studies
  • Media & Communication Studies
  • New Media and Cultural Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Public Administration and Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Spanish (Advanced/Beginners)
  • Sociology
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Theology & Religious Studies

This enhanced BA programme, which will commence in the academic year 2017-2018, is a four-year honours degree programme with three years on campus and one year on work placement and/or study abroad. The programme is designed to allow students to study four different major subjects in First Year* and focus on two of these in Second Year, which they will then continue to study to degree level as joint honours. Students can also choose to pursue a single honours degree where they continue with one subject from year two. Single honours is available at UL in History; Politics and International Relations; Public Administration and Leadership; and Sociology.

*Students must choose a minimum of three subjects offered by their home institution, UL or MIC.

Students who wish to study at UL choose CAO Code LM002. Further information on LM002 is available here.

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