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                                                                             THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO LIMERICK

                                Mary Immaculate College hereby gives notice that the particulars set out in this Undergraduate Prospectus are a general outline intended
                                for the guidance of students and others and do not form part of a legal commitment or a contract. All programme descriptions and details
                                   are given in good faith and are believed to be correct at the time of printing. Some changes may be made during the Academic Year
                                   and may arise as a result of the possible continuation of COVID-19. Students and others should enquire as to the up-to-date position
                                 when such information is required. While every effort will be made to give due notice of major changes, the College (in conjunction with
                                     the University of Limerick), reserves the right to suspend, alter or initiate programmes, examinations and regulations at any time.

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          GENERAL ENQUIRIES                       ADMISSION ENQUIRIES             NEWSLETTER

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           The academic programme is              MIC Limerick
           semesterised and modularised.          Open Days
           Each semester is comprised of          Thursday 19 & Friday
           15 weeks: 12 weeks of lectures         20 October 2023
           followed by one study week and         Saturday 20 January 2024
           two weeks of examinations. Each        Student Experience Day
           programme module lasts one             Date to be confirmed
           semester and usually involves                                                     MIC Thurles
           three hours of lectures/tutorials      MIC Thurles
           per week. Each programme module        Open Day
                                                                                        MIC Limerick
           is equal to six ECTS credits. A        Saturday 11 November 2023
           full year’s academic programme         Student Experience Day
           is assigned 60 academic ECTS           Saturday 13 April 2024
           credits and one semester’s
           academic programme is assigned         For more information see
           30 ECTS credits in total.    

           ACCREDITATION                          CAREER FAIRS, SCHOOL VISITS
                                                  & ACADEMIC ENQUIRIES
           The University of Limerick             Our Student Recruitment
           accredits BA, B Ed, Graduate           Officer is Patrick Cosgrove
           Diploma and Postgraduate               T: +353 61 774775
           Degree programmes.                     E:

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                                                  About Mary Immaculate College              — Page 5

                                                  Mission Statement                          — Page 9

                                                  Students’ Union                            — Page 10

                                                  An Ghaeilge Neamhfhoirmiúil sa Choláiste   — Page 12

                                                  Arts and Culture                           — Page 13

                                                  Sport                                      — Page 14

                                                  Awards and Scholarships                    — Page 18

                                                  Sport Schemes                              — Page 21

                                                  Wired 99.9FM                               — Page 26

                                                  Accommodation                              — Page 28

                                                  PROGRAMMES                                 — Page 31

                                                  Student Support Services                   — Page 146

                                                  Our Campuses                               — Page 156

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Mary Immaculate College
                          Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál

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Mary Immaculate College, founded in 1898,
                                       is a university-level College of Education
                                       and the Liberal Arts, academically linked
                                       with the University of Limerick. The College
                                       is a multi-campus institution, with a
                                       student population of over 5,000, enrolled in
                                       undergraduate programmes in Psychology,
                                       Primary and Post-Primary Education, Liberal
                                       Arts and Early Childhood Care and Education,
                                       as well as a range of postgraduate programmes
                                       at Diploma, MA and PhD levels.

                                       Is Coláiste tríú leibhéal Oideachais agus na
                                       nDán ag leibhéal ollscoile é Coláiste Mhuire
                                       Gan Smál, Luimneach, a bunaíodh in 1898, atá
                                       nascaithe go hacadúil le hOllscoil Luimnigh. Is
                                       institiúid il-champais é an Coláiste, le daonra
                                       mac léinn os cionn 5,000, cláraithe i gcláir
                                       fhochéime sa tSíceolaíocht, san Oideachas
                                       Bunscoile agus Iar-bhunscoile, sna Dána agus
                                       i gCúram agus in Oideachas na Luath-Óige,
                                       chomh maith le réimse de chláir iarchéime
                                       ag leibhéal an Dioplóma, na Máistreachta agus
                                       na Dochtúireachta.

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                                                                short-listed Irish candidate city for European
          MIC Limerick is situated in the southern              Capital of Culture 2020. The city offers a variety
          suburbs of Limerick City, the third largest city      of historical, artistic and theatrical activities.
          in the Republic of Ireland with a population of       Indeed, the magnificent Lime Tree Theatre, in
          over 80,000. Our leafy campus with state-of-          the College’s TARA building, hosts a range of
          the-art facilities is within 10 minutes walking       performances from national and international
          distance of the city centre, providing easy           theatre, dance, opera and ballet companies,
          access to all cultural and social amenities,          to live musical and comedy performances.
          as well as the main rail and bus terminus.
                                                                Limerick is also the sporting capital of the Munster
          With three institutions of higher education           region and is unique in having a strong tradition
          and a combined student population of almost           and success in both Gaelic games and rugby.
          25,000, Limerick is a bustling, vibrant and           Fans can tour the spectacular Thomond Park
          exciting city. There are cinemas, nightclubs          Stadium, and the brand new International Rugby
          and a range of bars and restaurants to enjoy          Experience: Home of Legends - a world class,
          with friends. Limerick will provide you with          fully interactive experience celebrating the game
          plenty of opportunities for a great social life.      of rugby located in the heart of Limerick city.

          In 2014 Limerick was designated Ireland’s first       Limerick City will provide you with the
          ‘National City of Culture’ and in 2016 was a          complete student experience.


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                              MIC Thurles is located in the heart of Thurles town   Famine and War Museum and Lár na Páirce
                              – a vibrant and prosperous town on the River Suir     Museum of the GAA and Gaelic Games.
                              nestled in the heart of the beautiful Suir Valley.    Thurles is the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic
                              Our Thurles Campus, home to 600 students, offers      Association, founded in 1884 in Hayes Hotel. The
                              undergraduate post-primary teacher education          town is also home to Semple Stadium, Ireland's
                              programmes, great facilities with en suite            second largest sports arena with a capacity
                              accommodation and sports grounds.                     for 60,000 people, second only to Croke Park
                                                                                    Stadium, Dublin. Thurles boasts many excellent
                              With a population of over 8,000 people, Thurles is    cultural and recreational facilities including The
                              a thriving hub of shops, businesses and cultural      Source Arts Centre, Tipperary’s most exciting
                              attractions with great transport links. As part of    cultural and entertainment venue presenting
                              the Thurles Town Centre Renewal Strategy a suite      music, dance, comedy, film, children's events,
                              of measures will be implemented at a community,       visual art and more. Horse and greyhound
                              local business and local authority level over the     racing, soccer, rugby, cycling, golf, angling,
                              next decade. The revitalisation of the Thurles        hockey and swimming are all catered for.
                              Market Quarter as an integrating community
                              hub, supporting and promoting local business          Live and learn in this great town in the
                              and producers, and third-level institutions like      heart of Tipperary that offers students
                              MIC Thurles, will be at the heart of the strategy.    a unique college experience.

                              Thurles town offers a wide variety of facilities,
                              including two historic museums - the Thurles

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Mission Statement
                                       Mary Immaculate College, founded in 1898, is a third-
                                       level Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts.
                                       The College community promotes excellence in teaching,
                                       learning and research at undergraduate and postgraduate
                                       levels. It seeks to foster the intellectual, spiritual,
                                       personal and professional development of students
                                       within a supportive and challenging environment that
                                       guarantees the intellectual freedom of staff and students.

                                       In particular, the College seeks to foster in its
                                       students a spirit of justice and compassion in the
                                       service of others, together with an openness to the
                                       religious tradition and values of each individual.
                                       The College promotes a sense of identity enriched
                                       by an awareness of its Catholic tradition, the
                                       cultures, languages and traditions of Ireland, and
                                       its special commitment to the Irish language.
                                       Mary Immaculate College respects cultural diversity.
                                       It strives to promote equity in society and to
                                       provide an environment where all have freedom
                                       and opportunity to achieve their full potential.

                                       Ráiteas Misin
                                       Is Coláiste Caitliceach tríú leibhéal Oideachais
                                       agus Saorealaíon é Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál,
                                       a bunaíodh in 1898.

                                       Cuireann pobal an Choláiste ardchaighdeán feabhais
                                       chun cinn ó thaobh múinteoireachta, foghlama agus
                                       taighde ag an leibhéal céime agus iarchéime. Déantar
                                       iarracht forbairt intleachtúil, spioradálta, phearsanta agus
                                       ghairmiúil na mac léinn a chothú laistigh de thimpeallacht
                                       chabhrach agus dúshlánach a chuireann saoirse
                                       intleachtúil na foirne agus na mac léinn chun tosaigh.
                                       Tá sé mar aidhm ag an gColáiste, go háirithe, cothrom
                                       na féinne agus ómós a chothú ina chuid mac léinn,
                                       agus iad ag freastal ar dhaoine eile, chomh maith le
                                       bheith oscailte do na traidisiúin agus do na luachanna
                                       reiligiúnacha a bhíonn ag gach duine aonair.

                                       Cuireann an Coláiste féinaithne chun cinn a bhfuil
                                       traidisiún Caitliceach an Choláiste mar chuid
                                       shaibhir di, chomh maith le cultúr, teangacha
                                       agus traidisiúin na hÉireann agus tiomantas
                                       speisialta an Choláiste don Ghaeilge.
                                       Tá omós ag Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál d’éagsúlacht
                                       cultúir. Oibríonn an Coláiste chun cothromaíocht a
                                       chur chun cinn sa tsochaí agus chun timpeallacht
                                       a chur ar fáil ina mbeidh an tsaoirse agus an deis
                                       ag gach duine a gcumas iomlán a bhaint amach.

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Students’ Union
          Aontas na Mac Léinn

          Mission Statement:
          Giving you a voice, helping you to use it,
          enriching your college experience.

          Mary Immaculate College Students’
          Union (MISU) provides support,
          representation and services to its
          members, the students of MIC.

          Students are represented by the                MISU works to achieve these           • Encouraging increased
          elected MISU Student Officers.                 aims by:                                student participation in extra-
                                                         • Working together with all             curricular activities; and
          MISU aims to:                                    College departments to ensure       • Improving the College’s
          • Give students a say in their                   that key relationships are            physical environment.
            own student/college life;                      developed and maintained;
          • Protect and represent                        • Providing assistance, information   Some of the events organised by
            students in academic and                       services, guidance, security        MISU include; Orientation, Freshers'
            non-academic matters;                          and entertainment for the           Week, Charity Week, Clubs & Socs
          • Represent and advocate for                     student population;                 Day, student welfare events and
            students in academic and                     • Providing the best possible         much, much more.
            non-academic matters;                          balance between academic
          • Create a positive college                      and social experiences;             CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
            experience for students;                     • Being an approachable and           The running of clubs and societies
          • Help new students integrate                    welcoming point of contact for      at MIC forms a significant part of
            into college life; and                         students, even if it’s just         the work of the MISU. The Union
          • Facilitate extra-curricular                    for a chat!;                        promotes and coordinates the
            activities for students.                                                           activities of clubs and societies

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and stimulates the growth of new          Disney Society, Fashion soc, Film
               societies. Clubs and societies are        Society, Game Soc, Harry Potter
               a great way of meeting new people         Society, International Society, LGBTA,
               in college, providing an opportunity      Live Music Society, mature Student
               to mix with like-minded individuals.      Society, MIC Feed, MIDANCE, MIDAS,
               New members are always welcome            Photography Soc, Pool Soc, Positive
               and students are encouraged to set        Mental Health, Post Grad Soc,
               up new clubs and societies, ensuring      Psychology Society, The Crochet &
               there’s something for everyone.           Knitting Soc, Trad Music Society,
               There’s a place for anyone who            Traditional Irish Dance Soc and
               would like to get involved, whether       Writers Soc.
               you’re a beginner or an expert. Some                                                   FURTHER INFORMATION
               of the clubs and societies on offer in    Sports Clubs: Badminton, Basketball          W:
               MIC are:                                  (Ladies & Mens), Camogie, Hurling,           FB: @maryistudentsunion
                                                         Ladies Football, Mens Football,              IG: @maryistudentsunion
               Societies: Africa Society, Art Society,   Rugby (Ladies & Mens), Running               X: @maryisu
               Choral Soc, Christian Union, Coouter      Club, Soccer (Ladies & Mens), Tag            Snapchat: @maryisu
               Soc, Cumann Gaelach, Debate Soc,          Rugby and Tennis.                            TikTok: @maryistudentsunion

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An Ghaeilge
          sa Choláiste
          Tá cáil na Gaeilge ar Choláiste Mhuire         This informal space in the Library
          gan Smál agus is cuid de shaol                 is used by the entire college
          laethúil an Choláiste í ar an taobh            community (both students and
          acadúil agus ar an taobh sóisialta             staff) to improve their language
          de. Tacaíonn polasaí dátheangach               skills, attend various social
          an Choláiste le deiseanna a chothú             events and generally enjoy the
          chun leas a bhaint as an nGaeilge              strong Irish language and cultural
          mar ghnátth-theanga chumarsáide                tradition that exists in MIC. The
          i measc phobal an Choláiste, idir              room is run on a daily basis by a
          bhaill foirne agus mhic léinn.                 BA student on Year 3 placement
                                                         who is only too happy to help all
                                                         who visit An Seomra Caidrimh.
          AN SEOMRA CAIDRIMH –                           Suíomh/Location: L213
          FOIRGNEAMH NA LEABHARLAINNE                    sa Leabharlann
          Ionad Cruinnithe, Ionad Ceoil
          agus Rince, Ionad Seolta                       Uaireanta Oscailte/Opening
          Leabhar, Seomra Ranga…                         Hours: 9am-5pm (nó níos                  Acadúla eile le chéile chun seachtain
                                                         déanaí ag brath ar imeachtaí/            lán le ceol, craic agus comhluadar
          Is spás é seo inar féidir le foireann          or later when events are on)             a eagrú, leis an Seomra Caidrimh
          agus le mic léinn an choláiste teacht          Déan teagmháil linn:                     mar cheannáras na n-imeachtaí.
          le chéile chun Gaeilge a úsáid ar
          bhonn neamhfhoirmeáilte; is féidir             T: +353 61 204122
          teacht isteach agus cupán tae/                 R:              CUMANN GAELACH GAN SMÁL
          caifé a dhéanamh, labhairt le do                                                        Ní gá a bheith líofa chun a bheith
          chairde, éisteacht le ceol, agus mar                                                    linn - An Cumann aims to provide
          sin de. Tá an Seomra Caidrimh i                SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE                     an opportunity and a meeting place
          bhfoirgneamh na leabharlainne ar               – GACH MÁRTA                             for those students who have an
          champas an Choláiste. Eagraítear               Cuireann Seachtain na Gaeilge            interest in speaking, improving their
          clár cuimsitheach d’imeachtaí do               úsáid na Gaeilge agus an chultúir        knowledge of, or learning Irish.
          bhaill foirne agus do mhic léinn.              Ghaelaigh chun cinn mar chuid
          Ritheann mac léinn BA ar socrúchán             d’fhéile a reáchtáiltear i mí na Márta
          oibre an seomra ar bhonn laethúil              gach bliain. Tagann Oifig each na
          agus iad sásta aon chabhair gur                Gaeilge, An Séiplíneacht, An Oifig
          féidir a thabhairt do chuairteoirí             um Chothú Sláinte, mar aon le
          a thagann go-dtí an seomra.                    hAontas na Mac Léinn agus Ranna

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Arts & Culture
               Na hEalaíona agus Cultúr

               The College has a vibrant tradition      MIDAS produces plays and musicals,
               in the performance and visual arts.      as well as organising workshops,
               There are numerous opportunities to      cabarets and social events.
               participate in informal productions      Students also participate in the Irish
               and public performances. The Mary        Student Drama Awards (ISDA).
               Immaculate College Choral Society
               presents an annual concert and past      Recent MIDAS productions include:
               highlights include performances          A Chorus Line, Les Miserables,
               of Haydn’s Heiligmesse,                  Celebration, Closer, Disco Pigs,
               Theresienmesse and Stabat Mater,         Starlight Express, Godspell,
               Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria       Seussical the Musical and CATS.
               and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.           The Lime Tree Theatre (510-seats)
               The Choral Society has also joined       is situated on the Limerick campus
               forces with the Limerick Choral          with the Belltable (220-seats) 1km
               Union to present Mendelssohn’s           away. These professional venues
               Elijah, Puccini’s Gloria and             play host to the best in local, national
               Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia in the       and international performing arts.
               University Concert Hall, Limerick.       Every season has wonderful
                                                        surprises so make sure you check
               Tá an ceol traidisiúnta agus an rince    out to see
               faoi bhláth sa Choláiste agus is iomaí   what performances will be on
               duais atá buaite ag na mic léinn i       your doorstep.
               bhFéile an Oireachtais, i Slógadh
               agus i gcomórtais idirollscoileanna.
                                                        MIC THURLES
               The College has a particularly           There is a very active local drama
               active drama society (MIDAS).            group and a Thurles Musical
               The society is one of the college's      Society. The Source Arts Centre
               oldest societies and has been in         is adjacent to MIC Thurles.
               existence for over 20 years. MIDAS
               has won multiple National BICS           Book your tickets online at
               (Board of Irish College Societies) or call
               Awards and in 2022, the society          to the Box Office situated in the
               scooped two awards for Best              TARA building.
               Society and Best Society Event.

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          Sport and                                      FACILITIES AT MIC                         Camogie: The College has won
                                                         LIMERICK INCLUDE:                         the Purcell Cup six times since its
          recreation play                                • Weights room                            inauguration in 1977. The camogie
          an important role                              • 2 indoor soccer courts                  team has played in the Ashbourne
                                                         • IBA approved basketball court           Cup since 2015, reaching the semi-
          in the lives of                                • 3 volleyball courts                     final in 2016 and again in 2022. Many
          students. Mary                                 • 6 badminton courts
                                                         • Table tennis facilities
                                                                                                   players who played for MIC have
                                                                                                   have gone on to have successful
          Immaculate                                     • 2 teaching gyms/dance studios           careers on inter-county teams,
                                                                                                   including Clíona Healy, a member of
          College caters for                             OUTDOORS, MIC PROVIDES:                   the Cork 2023 All-Ireland winning
          a wide variety of                              • Full-size GAA pitch                     team. The College has a second
                                                         • Floodlit training pitch                 Camogie team which last won the
          sports and has an                              • 460 metre astro turf running track      Intermediate Championship in 2015.
          award-winning,                                 THE ABC OF OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                                                   Fresher camogie players also play
                                                                                                   in an All-Ireland colleges blitz. Mary
          state-of-the-art,                              TO GET ACTIVE                             Immaculate College will play in the
          multipurpose                                   Aerobics: Zumba classes are
                                                         very popular and take place
                                                                                                   Purcell Cup in 2024. Brian Leahy
                                                                                                   coaches our camogie teams.
          sports complex,                                every Tuesday and Wednesday in
                                                         Tailteann. Check with Tailteann           Coach Education: MIC is committed
          Tailteann.                                     Reception for updated schedules.          to giving access to GAA coach
                                                                                                   education courses to all students in
                                                         Badminton Club: The thriving              the College. Courses are available
                                                         Badminton Club meet every                 at foundation and advanced levels.
                                                         Wednesday and are always on
                                                         the lookout for new members.              Gaelic Football: The Mens Senior
                                                                                                   Football team competes in the
                                                         Basketball: Basketball can be played      Trench Cup, the second level Higher
                                                         at competitive or recreational level.     Education Football competition.
                                                         The College's ladies team competes        MIC has won the Trench Cup on
                                                         in the Colleges’ All-Ireland league       two occasions, in 2008 and again
                                                         and Intervarsaties. In 2017 they won      in 2018. In 2023 the team reached
                                                         the division 2 All-Ireland League final   the semi-final of the Trench
                                                         and in 2023 were back competing           Cup. Former Limerick player Pat
                                                         in the final again. The ladies            Galvin is the team manager.
                                                         team is coached by Tony Hehir.

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     “    Mary Immaculate College is committed to giving access to GAA coach
          education courses to all students on both our Limerick and Thurles campuses

          Hurling: Mary Immaculate College               Donaghy Cup. MIC also takes part       Tennis: The tennis club in MIC is
          has won two Fitzgibbon Cup titles,             in the National Freshers Blitz each    relatively new but is continuing to
          in 2016 and in 2017. The College has           year. Dr Richard Bowles (Limerick)     grow. It is a very inclusive club and
          also reached the final on two other            coaches the ladies football teams.     welcomes all players irrespective
          occasions, 2014 and 2019. Many                                                        of ability. Tennis training takes
          players who have played for MIC                Rugby: The men's rugby team            place weekly using facilities located
          have gone on to have successful                is a relatively new team in the        close to the College. MIC has
          careers on inter-county teams                  College. They competed for the first   participated in the National College
          including members of the 2023                  time in the Colleges league in         Championships and hopes to have
          All-Ireland winning Limerick team,             2016 and in 2017 they won              an intervarsities team in the future.
          such as Declan Hannon, Cian Lynch,             the Tier Two All-Ireland final.        Tennis is a great way to meet other
          Aaron Gillane, Darragh O'Donovan,                                                     students, have fun and stay active.
          David Reidy and Richie English.                Soccer: The senior men’s soccer
          The current coach, Jamie Wall,                 team compete in the Collingwood        Walking: One of the most utilised
          played in the 2013 Fitzgibbon                  Cup, and have previously been          sports facilities in the College is the
          Cup final with Mary Immaculate                 Collingwood Cup finalists. They        walking track around the GAA pitch.
          College. George Fitzgibbon is coach            have won the Spillane Cup a            This is a 460m AstroTurf track and
          to the Freshers Hurling Team. Both             number of times. This year, 2023,      is used by students, staff, visitors
          teams were unlucky in 2023 losing              we entered two teams in the IUFU       and locals for jogging and walking.
          out because of low score differences.          championship. The first team
                                                         played in the Collingwood Cup          Weights Room: There is a fully-
          Ladies Football: The College                   and the second team played in          equipped weights room in Tailteann.
          currently fields three Ladies                  the Crowley Cup. Both teams are
          football teams. MIC has won                    coached by Ray O’Halloran.             Coaching is provided at introductory
          the Giles Cup three times in the               The ladies soccer team compete         and advanced levels. You can
          last decade, most recently in                  in their respective intervarsity       compete in college and intervarsity
          2022. In 2023 they competed in                 leagues and championships.             competitions or you can play at
          the O’Connor Cup. Our second                                                          recreational level. The following
          team competed in the Division                  Table Tennis: There are four           sports are catered for at both
          4 Moynihan Cup and our third                   tables available in Tailteann          levels: hurling, gaelic football,
          team participated in the Division 5            to play table tennis.                  ladies football, camogie, soccer,

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tennis and basketball. Badminton,      MIC THURLES                                belonging as well as allowing all make
               volleyball and table tennis are        MIC Thurles boasts a wide range            friends with one another and with other
               catered for at a recreational          of activities which students can           students across the country. The clubs
               level. Selected students have the      access to foster and pursue their          and societies are run by students for
               opportunity to represent the College   particular areas of interest. It           students and allows students develop
               at international sporting events.      is key to maintaining a healthy            their leadership and creative skills in a
                                                      and balanced lifestyle.                    variety of ways for the benefit of all.
               You will find that being involved in
               sport gives you the opportunity to     2023 was a hugely success year             • Gaelic Games
               develop friendships and to enjoy       for MIC Thurles with the senior            • Coaching Gaelic Games in
               a social side of college life.         hurling team winning the the Ryan            primary and post-primary schools
                                                      Cup. Consequently, our hurlers will        • Soccer
               We, at Mary Immaculate College,        now have the chance to play in the         • Drama Society
               would encourage all students to        Fitzgibbon Cup in 2024. A member           • Basketball
               take part in sport and recreation      of the that successful team, Aaron         • Golf Society
               at some point throughout               Ryan, was also named in the Electric       • Jiving Society
               their time in the College.             Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising        • Cumann Gaelach
                                                      Stars Hurling Team of the Year for         • Green Campus
                                                      2023. The senior ladies’ footballers
                                                      and our senior soccer team are
                                                      All-Ireland champions in 2022/23           FURTHER INFORMATION
                                                      having won their respective Corn           T: +353 61 204375
                                                      na Mac Leinn and the CUFL finals.          E:

                                                      The level of engagement and
                                                      activity among students in clubs and
                                                      societies at MIC Thurles places us
                                                      among the most active colleges in
                                                      the country. Such activities enhance
                                                      our students’ sense of well-being and

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Awards &
          Mary Immaculate College has a range of initiatives for incoming
          students, to provide financial and academic support. These
          include entrance and sports scholarships, and CAO concessions.
          Once students have been accepted to/are attending the
          College, there are bursaries and awards for undergraduates and
          postgraduates to provide financial and practical assistance, and
          aid them in pursuing further study. Some schemes are specific
          to, and funded by, MIC while others are funded by the Irish
          Government and the EU.

          MIC UNDERGRADUATE                              who has previously registered for            ASHLING MURPHY
          ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS                          a programme leading to a degree              ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP
          Up to fifty undergraduate entrance             in any third-level college shall             This scholarship is a memorial to
          scholarships, valued at €2,000                 not be eligible for the award of an          Ashling Murphy, tragically killed in
          each, will be offered, for competition         Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship.          January 2022, who had graduated
          on the basis of results obtained               Scholarships shall be awarded in             as a primary school teacher only
          in the Irish Leaving Certificate               order of merit in accordance with            three months previously from MIC.
          Examination, and will                          the standard scoring system for              To cherish Ashling’s memory this
          be allocated to students from                  Leaving Certificate results. Only            Entrance Scholarship will take
          amongst MIC’s undergraduate                    performance in the six best subjects         account of her talents and love
          programmes.                                    taken at the same sitting of the             of traditional Irish music. This
                                                         Leaving Certificate will be counted.         scholarship is jointly awarded
          The scholarships are tenable only              If the holder of an Undergraduate            by MIC and the Irish National
          in MIC, for the first year of a                Entrance Scholarship withdraws               Teachers' Organisation (INTO)
          full-time primary degree programme             from the programme for which                 to the amount of €4,000, which
          to be undertaken at MIC,                       they have registered, or fails to            will be a bursary awarded to a
          in the academic year following the             continue throughout the year to              first year Bachelor of Education
          Leaving Certificate Examination                meet the attendance and other                student for their exceptional
          on which the award is based.                   requirements for the programme,              achievement (solo, ensemble and
                                                         including examination entry, they            in the community) and talent in
          To be eligible to receive a                    may be required to repay to the              the field of traditional Irish music.
          scholarship, a student must have               College the whole or part of the
          met the normal entry requirements              scholarship. No special application
          for the degree programme in                    form is required for Undergraduate
          question and have been validly                 Entrance Scholarships. Successful
          registered for same. A student                 students will be notified directly.

                                                                            MIC is required to disclose to SUSI, all funding provided by the college to
          18         MIC Undergraduate Prospectus — 2024-2025               students that have applied for a SUSI grant. Depending on the type of
                                                                            funding granted to students by the college, SUSI may include it as
                                                                            reckonable income in their determination of SUSI grants.

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AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE                           Inclusion and Interculturalism (EDII).   OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS
          Mary Immaculate College                        This scholarship programme is            Easter Week Commemoration
          Foundation confers a number                    designed to increase participation       Scholarships, Gaeltacht University
          of Awards for Excellence upon                  for international protection             Scholarships and Irish Language
          students who are registered                    applicants, refugees, and vulnerable     Third-Level Scholarships have
          in the College and who have                    migrant groups on a merit basis          been replaced with a new single
          achieved excellence in any field               and the programme consists of            scheme of bursaries based
          of endeavour such as music, arts,              an annual stipend of €3,000 and          on merit. Details of the new
          sport (with the exception of GAA               a full fee waiver. The purpose           scheme are available from Higher
          sports which already receive                   of these scholarships is to offer        Education - Equity of Access Unit,
          College and Munster bursaries).                financial support for those seeking      Department of Education and
                                                         international protection who have        Skills, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
                                                         resided in the state for less than       T: +353 57 9325317
          UVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS                          36 months out of the last 60
          These scholarships are for adult               months and who wish to undertake
          learners to acquire a Bachelor’s               undergraduate study at MIC.              FURTHER INFORMATION
          degree. Scholarships enable                    E:                        MIC is continually introducing new
          successful candidates to pursue a                                                       initiatives to provide financial and
          degree in any discipline in selected                                                    academic support to incoming
          institutions on the island of Ireland.         TOMAR BURSARY                            students. For the most up to date
          T: +353 1 6875998,                             The TOMAR Bursary is offered to          information on all such schemes see
          E:                          support MIC's PATH Programme.   and keep
                                                         It seeks to recognise students,          an eye on our social media channels.
                                                         who transfer with distinction,
          UNIVERSITY OF SANCTUARY                        from their programme of Further
          SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME                          Education Level 5 or Level 6 to
          The MIC Undergraduate University of            undergraduate studies to one of
          Sanctuary Scholarship Programme                the Post-Primary Education degree
          Awards are awarded by the                      programmes at MIC Thurles.
          MIC Office of Equality, Diversity

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        Mary Immaculate
        College is delighted
        to offer two separate
        sport schemes
        in recognition
        of the sporting
        excellence amongst
        MIC students
        and in order to
        further develop
        the relationship
        between academic
        excellence, sports
        and well-being by
        providing additional
        supports to students
        whilst they pursue
        both their academic
        and sporting career.

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          SPORTS SCHEME                                  MEMORY OF NOREEN LYNCH
          MIC’s CAO Points Concession                    AND LEONARD ENRIGHT
          Sports Scheme is an academic                   MIC offers an Elite Scholarship
          entry scheme for high performance              Scheme open to those who have
          athletes applying for a full-time Level        excelled in their chosen sport(s).
          8 undergraduate programme at MIC               The scheme, which is offered in
          Limerick or MIC Thurles. Up to ten             memory of Noreen Lynch and
          places across all undergraduate                Leonard Enright, is delivered
          programmes will be reserved                    through a bursary and additional
          for outstanding candidates who                 benefits and is offered at three
          have achieved a very high level                different levels as follows:
          of sporting performance and who                • One Gold Scholarship valued at
          are committed to continuing to                   €4,000 – applications invited from
          develop their sporting and academic              current and incoming students
          careers. Successful applicants                 • Two Silver Scholarships valued at
          who meet all the necessary entry                 €2,000 each - applications invited
          requirements, and who also meet                  from current and incoming students
          the sports assessment criteria, may            • Two Bronze Scholarships
          be eligible for a points reduction               valued at €1,000 each –
          of up to 40 points below the 1st                 applications restricted to
          Round CAO points cut-off for the                 incoming CAO applicants only.          Thomas Devaney
          programme they have applied for.
                                                                                                  Elite Sports Scholarship
                                                                        Noreen Lynch joined
                                                                                                  Recipient 2022/23
          To be considered for this entry                               Mary Immaculate
                                                                                                  International Cross-Country
          scheme, applicants must:                                      College as a lecturer
                                                                        in Physical Education
          a. Have applied for their MIC                                 in the early 70s and      I was so delighted to be an
             programme/s of choice as                    during her 35 year career with MIC       MIC Elite Sports Scholar for
             normal through the CAO;                     she established and coordinated          2022/2023. With a hectic
          b. Meet the minimum entry                      all of the sport and recreation          training schedule and a busy
             requirements of their desired               programmes at the College. Noreen        College course, it was a big
             Level 8 programme;                          helped to establish the O’Connor         relief to have the support from
          c. Come within 40 points of 1st                Cup, the Ladies Football equivalent      the College. The financial
             Round CAO points for their                  to the Fitzgibbon Cup, which was         benefits of the scholarship
             nominated programme;                        inaugurated in 1987. She was also        allowed me to continue working
          d. Be expected to act as                       involved in the establishment of         to be the best athlete and
             ambassadors for MIC in terms                national third-level Ladies Football     student teacher possible.
             of their participation in their             competitions in the mid-1980s.
             chosen sport or other activities            Indeed, the Lynch Cup, inaugurated
             as requested by the College for             in 1992, is named after her.
             the duration of the programme                                                      Part of the Limerick panel in the
             by which they entered;                                   Leonard Enright           1973 All-Ireland final, Leonard won
          e. Participate in a sport recognised                        was a member of           Munster titles in 1980 and 1981 and
             by the Irish Sports Council; and                         the Maintenance &         League titles in 1984 and 1985. He
          f. Be able to provide evidence                              Buildings Services        was the All-Star full-back in 1980,
             that they are competing at the                           Team at MIC for over      1981 and 1983. Leonard was inducted
             highest available level in their            22 years. Leonard played with the      into the GAA Hall of Fame in 2019.
             chosen sport and have identifiable          Limerick Senior Hurling team from
             potential for further improvement.          the early 1970s to the late 1980s.

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HOW TO APPLY TO BOTH SCHEMES            Applicants should also apply
               The following minimum                   directly to MIC via an online
               standards of participation will         application form, quoting their
               apply to both schemes:                  CAO number, programme of
                                                       choice and personal statement
               • Gaelic Games: Minor county            to include sporting biography.
                 level and capable of competing
                 at a higher age level                 Application forms may be accessed
               • Hockey: Interprovincial/              at
                 international representation
               • Athletics: Schools/Celtic Games or    Applicants may apply for both the
                 Junior international representation   CAO Concession Scheme and the
               • Rugby: Schools/age grade              Elite Scholarship Scheme (Gold,
                 international, provincial and/        Silver and Bronze level if eligible).
                 or international representation/
                 provincial academy/sub-academy/       Deadline for receipt of applications
                 overseas or UK equivalent             is 1 May on year of entry.
               • Soccer: Schools/age
                 grade international and/
                 or provincial representation/         FURTHER INFORMATION
                 emerging talent programme/            MIC Admissions Office
                 overseas or UK equivalent             T: +353 61 204348                                Clíona Healy
               • Basketball: Super league              E:                          Elite Sports Scholarship
                 level and/or national junior                                                           Recipient 2022/23
                 squad representation                  MIC Sports Office                                Cork Camogie Player
               • Rowing: Junior national               T: +353 61 204375
                 representation                        E:                       I was delighted to receive the
               • Other Sports: As defined by                                                            Elite Sports Scholarship as I
                 the recognised sporting body          Other Awards & Scholarships                      know there have been some
                 and evidence of a strong              Further information on all awards                very impressive awardees
                 competitive record at the highest     and scholarships available at                    previously and it’s an honour to
                 level of their chosen sport                           be among their company. It was
                                                                                                        also great to be acknowledged
               To be considered eligible for                                                            for my role in my sport,
               the Elite Scholarships you must                                                          camogie. This scholarship
               clearly demonstrate that you have                                                        relieved the financial burden
               the potential to or have already                                                         associated with combining
               performed at adult inter-county                                                          study with competing at
               level with respect to Gaelic games;                                                      an elite sports level.
               adult international or achieved
               the highest level of participation
               within the sport category.

               Incoming undergraduate applicants
               should apply for their MIC
               programme/s of choice as
               normal through the CAO.

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GAA Bursaries
                         In addition to these schemes, MIC continues to offer, in
                         partnership with Munster GAA, a number of bursaries to
                         students who have achieved county-level standard from
                         minor grade upwards. Bursaries are awarded when students
                         have registered in the College. A limited number of GAA
                         Bursaries are also provided by MIC to such students.

                         FURTHER INFORMATION
                         Joe Redington,
                         Gaelic Games Development Administrator
                         T: +353 61 774705

          MIC graduate and current Limerick senior hurler,
          Darragh O'Donovan, in action for MIC.

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                                               MEMORIAL AWARDS
                                               Munster LGFA funds bursaries,
                                               valued at €750 each, on an annual
                                               basis in memory of Rachel Kenneally,
                                               a Bachelor of Education graduate
                                               of MIC (class of 2013). Rachel was
                                               a member of the College team that
                                               won the Giles Cup in 2012 and also
                                               played inter-county football with
                                               Tipperary. She passed away after
                                               a long illness in March 2018.

                                               The bursaries are awarded to current
                                               MIC students, undergraduate or full-
                                               time postgraduate, who are involved
                                               in ladies football in Munster (playing,
                                               coaching, administration etc).

                                               Applicants must be a member of
                                               a LGFA club in a Munster county.

                                               FURTHER INFORMATION
                                               Ciara Cregan,
                                               Sports Officer
                                               T: +353 61 204375

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Wired 99.9FM
          Stáisiún Raidió Wired FM

          The College radio station, Wired
          99.9FM, is a non-profit partnership
          which broadcasts in Limerick City
          and suburban areas for 60 hours
          from Monday to Friday.

          Wired 99.9FM, Limerick’s college               and arts programmes, combined
          radio station, located at Mary                 with student current affairs output
          Immaculate College (MIC) and                   to let students know what’s going
          Technological University of the                on and how it will affect them.
          Shannon (TUS): Midwest, celebrated
          27 years on air this college year.             During each academic year, over 150
                                                         volunteers from MIC and TUS have
          The station, with studios in both MIC          availed of a free comprehensive
          and TUS, provides a voice for the              training course in all aspects of
          students of Limerick and gives them            radio broadcasting. Wired 99.9FM         older people, members of the
          a chance to offer a real alternative for       is always looking for volunteers with    Travelling Community, migrants,
          fans of great music and talk-based             good ideas and who want to try their     and former offenders develop
          radio in the city. Genres such as R&B,         hand at student broadcasting. The        communication skills and receive a
          rap, hip-hop, rock, metal, dance,              station has also been involved in a      qualification. The station is always
          punk, folk, traditional and so much            number of outreach programmes            developing its own unique outreach
          more are catered for on the station.           with the wider community that has        programmes, focusing on areas
          The station is particularly proud              seen the station open up its airwaves    such as inequality, social justice
          of its support of independent local            to people with disabilities, secondary   and the right to communicate. In
          music, and has won national awards             school students, disadvantaged           the summer of 2019 the station
          for its promotion of artists from the          youth, members of the Travelling         launched an advocacy and media
          local hip-hop scene. The station               Community, immigrants and                expression course specifically for
          is a platform for all up and coming            asylum seekers, and many more.           people living in Direct Provision
          artists, and a space where several                                                      and in 2020, the station launched
          well-known DJs and other musical               The station runs an array of QQI         Mincéir Media, a media expression
          acts made their broadcasting debut.            courses such as Media Expression         course designed for members of
          Besides eclectic music choices,                and other communication                  the Travelling Community. This
          the station broadcasts weekly film,            courses at Levels 3, 4 and 5.            year will see the conclusion of an
          literature, sports, Irish language             These courses have allowed local         Erasmus+ project entitled SNAP:

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Sexuality Intimacy Art Podcast,           setting where they can learn about        studying at MIC include RTÉ sports
               which focused on engaging 18-25           live sound and vision mixing.             broadcaster Jacqui Hurley; executive
               year olds to create work related to                                                 producer with RTÉ Children’s and
               the themes of sexuality and gender.       Wired 99.9FM is constantly striving       Young People programming, Eimear
                                                         to produce innovative programming.        O’Mahony; producer, director and
               In 2017 the station signed a new          The station gives students on-            news editor with RTÉ and TG4, Áine
               10-year licence with the BAI,             campus a wide range of media              Ní Dhúill; and production coordinator
               and the studios have since been           production opportunities and              and presenter with RTÉ Lyric FM, Ian
               updated to top of the range digital       experience. But you don’t have to         McGlynn. Notably, Daragh Dolan and
               consoles. This is part of the station’s   study Media and Communications            Jake O’Loughlin were crowned Radio
               overall strategic plan to support         to join - ANY student on ANY              DJs of the Year at the 2023 Student
               reliable, high quality operations         programme can become a radio              Media Awards, in recognition of
               in a constantly developing and            station volunteer and student             their work with Wired FM, while
               evolving environment. The station         broadcaster. If you don’t want to         fourth year students at MIC.
               has begun running live broadcasts         speak on air, there are plenty of jobs
               and video streams from the                for researchers and technicians.          For more information go
               Record Room, and other venues in                                                    to
               Limerick city, allowing students to       Notable alumni who have
               get experience in an even broader         volunteered at Wired 99.9FM while

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          Mary Immaculate College owns and               MIC THURLES                             METHOD OF BOOKING
          operates on-campus residential                 There are 36 en-suite bedrooms          Bookings are taken all year
          accommodation for first year                   conveniently located onsite at MIC      round. However, early booking is
          students. Choosing to live in college          Thurles. Spaced out over three          highly recommended. Students
          accommodation offers students the              floors, they provide accommodation      may only provisionally book
          convenience of living on-campus, or            for 36 students on a single room        one type of accommodation.
          within a short walking distance of it.         basis. Facilities and services
          It provides opportunities for making           provided include the following:
          friends and for academic, social               bedrooms equipped with single           For costs and booking details please
          and cultural enrichment in a secure            bed, study desk, chair and plenty       refer to our website, or contact
          and comfortable environment.                   of storage. All bedrooms have           the MIC Accommodation Office:
                                                         bathrooms with a sink, toilet and
          ACCOMMODATION OFFICE                           shower. Wifi is available and there     T: +353 61 302500
          The College’s Accommodation                    is a spacious, communal TV lounge       E:
          Office provides assistance to                  and fully equipped, self catering       W:
          students in finding accommodation              kitchen area. The kitchen includes      mic/accommodation
          in dedicated student residences                cooking facilities including stoves
          or in private houses.                          and microwaves as well as sinks,
                                                         refrigerators, kettles and cupboards
          COURTBRACK ACCOMMODATION                       for storing food items.
          This purpose-built facility provides
          managed accommodation for                      Please Note: Students must provide
          students on a self-catering basis.             their own bed linen and towels in all
          Single and twin study bedrooms are             College accommodation outlets.
          available. Residents of the complex
          also have use of a self-catering
          kitchen and communal TV lounge.
          Private parking is available and
          there is a housekeeping service for
          the upkeep of communal areas.

          Located on Courtbrack Avenue,
          this accommodation is less
          than a five-minute walk from
          the College's Limerick campus
          and is also within easy walking
          distance of all city amenities.

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                   OPEN DAYS
                    MIC LIMERICK
                    OPEN DAYS
                    Thursday 19 & Friday 20 October 2023
                    Saturday 20 January 2024
                    STUDENT EXPERIENCE DAY
                    Date to be confirmed

                    MIC THURLES
                    OPEN DAY
                    Saturday 11 November 2023

                    STUDENT EXPERIENCE DAY
                    Saturday 13 April 2024

                                                      For more
                                                      information see

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              LIMERICK CAMPUS                          THURLES CAMPUS

              Bachelor of Arts             — Page 33   BA in Education, Business                   — Page 99
              MI002                                    Studies and Accounting
              Bachelor of Science in       — Page 55
              MI003                                    BA in Education, Business                 — Page 105
                                                       Studies and Religious Studies
              Bachelor of Education        — Page 61
              (Primary Teaching)
                                                       BA in Education, Gaeilge                   — Page 113
                                                       and Religious Studies
              Bachelor of Education -      — Page 67
              (Primary Teaching)
                                                       BA in Education, Gaeilge                   — Page 119
                                                       and Business Studies
              BA in Early Childhood Care   — Page 71   MI019
              and Education
                                                       BA in Education,                           — Page 127
                                                       Mathematics and Gaeilge
              B Ed in Education            — Page 79
              and Psychology

                                                       BA in Education, Mathematics              — Page 135
              NEW                                      and Business Studies
              BA in English Language       — Page 87   MI021
              and Literature
                                                       BA in Education, Home          — Page 141
              NEW                                      Economics and Business Studies
              BA in Drama and English      — Page 93   MI022

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CAO CODE                                                                        LIMERICK CAMPUS

         CAO Points 280

                                        of Arts
                                        Baitsiléir Sna Dána

                                        The Bachelor of Arts is a four-year, full-time,
                                        honours degree (Level 8). The programme is
                                        flexible and wide-ranging allowing students to
                                        study four different major subjects in first year
                                        and then focus on two of these in second
                                        year, which they will then continue to
                                        study to degree level as joint honours.

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Bachelor of Arts | CAO CODE MI002

          Why study the
          Bachelor of Arts
          at MIC?                                                                               What you will study
          Becoming an Arts student and                 SKILL DEVELOPMENT                        COLLEGE SMARTS EXTENDED
          graduate is one of the best ways to          Throughout each year, you will           ORIENTATION PROGRAMME
          develop vital skills for your career,        develop broad and specific skills        College SmARTS is an extended
          for personal growth, and to make the         to enhance both your personal and        orientation programme run over
          fullest contribution to society. The         professional capacity. In Year 1,        the first 6-8 weeks of Year 1.
          flexibility of studying an Arts degree       you will take a module in Skills for     This is designed to provide Year
          at MIC means that you can study a            Study and Work, which includes the       1 students in the Faculty of Arts
          combination of familiar Arts subjects        development of literary, computing,      with the relevant information
          and try new ones in the first year           problem-solving and research skills.     and practical advice they need to
          before deciding on the two subjects                                                   successfully navigate their first year
          you wish to gain your degree in.             In Year 2, you will further broaden      of college. It also introduces them
                                                       your skill base by selecting elective    to the many academic and personal
          Notably, we recently added                   modules. These can be taken from         supports available to students at
          Business Studies as a                        a wide range of academic subjects        MIC and to various social aspects,
          subject on our BA, making it one             in the faculty or bespoke electives      such as sports and recreation and
          of the most unique Liberal Arts              such as Information Technology (IT)      clubs and societies. The programme
          programmes in the country!                   and Teaching English as a Foreign        is run in conjunction with a number
                                                       Language (TEFL). It gives you an         of support services in the College,
          Our Arts students develop excellent          opportunity to explore other subjects    including the Academic Learning
          communication and thinking                   of interest. Students of Psychology      Centre, Counselling, the Students’
          skills that enable them to engage            take specialist Psychology electives.    Union and the Access and Disability
          critically and analytically with                                                      Office. Some of the academic issues
          the world around them. Subject-              In Year 3, you will have opportunities   covered in the programme include
          specific content is supported by             to develop specific skills through       subject choice, module registration,
          general skills modules, elective             work, or travel, or studying             how to access college ICT services
          modules and research.                        abroad as part of the off-campus         such as email and Moodle, time
                                                       programme. You will submit               management, submission of
          TEACHING, LEARNING                           your undergraduate dissertation,         assignments, academic regulations
          AND ASSESSMENT                               demonstrating your research skills       and exams. College SmARTS is
          The Bachelor of Arts at MIC is taught        and ability to work independently        the first such programme to be
          by academics from 14 different               in your fourth and final year.           introduced in the College and the
          subject departments, which ensures                                                    Faculty of Arts continue to pioneer
          great diversity. A commonality                                                        new ways to support its students.
          for all however is that staff are
          excellent teachers, renowned                                                          ACADEMIC ADVISORS
          subject experts and compassionate.                                                    The Faculty of Arts has introduced
          Assessment methods vary greatly                                                       an academic advisors system for
          depending on the subject and the                                                      all Year 1 BA students to help and
          year. As a Bachelor of Arts student                                                   support them throughout their first
          at MIC, you will be assessed in a                                                     year at MIC. Each Year 1 BA student
          variety of coursework, practical                                                      will be assigned an academic
          tasks, written examinations and by                                                    advisor from within the Faculty.
          conducting your own research.                                                         The academic advisor will provide
                                                                                                advice on academic issues such
                                                                                                as studying at third-level, critical

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thinking, assessments and grades,          Technology appropriate for                 interpret and visualise data. These
              and transferable skills, and will also     undertaking a contemporary                 skills are required to succeed at
              direct students to the appropriate         humanities programme. It provides          third-level and are also transferable
              college services for non-academic          students with the skills required          to multiple work environments.
              issues as required. Academic               to write an academic argument              Overall, they benefit you both
              advisors will provide another level of     and communicate, collaborate and           in the present as you undertake
              support for Year 1 students to help        present ideas using a variety of           your degree programme and
              them find their feet at third-level.       digital formats. It builds on digital      in the future as you look to
                                                         capabilities and instils a culture         enhance your employability.
              SKILLS FOR WORK AND STUDY                  of digital innovation, creativity,
              All Year 1 BA students take a              critical thinking, communication,
              foundational course in Skills for          collaboration and lifelong learning
              Study and Work. This course                in this evolving technological
              comprises of two modules                   landscape. It also provides students
              which will provide students with           with a practical understanding of
              transferable skills in Academic            various data collection methods
              Writing, Research and Information          and the skills to digitally analyse,

              YEAR 1

              In your first year, you can choose           Bachelor of Arts Subjects
              any four subjects from the Arts              Business Studies (NEW)                   History
              Subjects listed below. You can select        Drama & Theatre Studies                  Mathematics
              any subject combinations from a              English Language & Literature            Media & Communication Studies
              choice of fourteen subjects. However,        French Studies                           Music
              when choosing your subjects in               Gaeilge                                  Philosophy
              Year 1, you should be mindful of the         Geography                                Psychology
              subject groupings in Year 2 (see             German Studies                           Theology & Religious Studies
              below). It is essential to have at least
              two subjects from different Year
              2 subject groups bearing in mind
              that those who choose Psychology
              in Year 1 may not be offered a
              place in Psychology in Year 2.

              YEARS 2-4

              Towards the end of Year 1, you will          Group 1        Psychology OR English
              receive advice and guidance before
                                                           Group 2        Gaeilge OR Business Studies
              selecting the subjects you will
              continue with from Years 2-4. At             Group 3        Media & Communication Studies OR Geography
              the beginning of Year 2 (Part II), you
                                                                          Mathematics OR Drama & Theatre Studies OR Theology &
              will choose two of the four subjects         Group 4
                                                                          Religious Studies
              taken in first year. You will continue
              with these two subjects to degree            Group 5        History OR Music
              level as joint honours. No more
                                                                          German (beginners or advanced) OR French (beginners or
              than one subject can be taken from           Group 6
                                                                          advanced) OR Philosophy
              any one of the following groups:

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