Bachelor of Arts

University of Limerick
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Arts

At the University of Limerick, we deliver an Arts Degree which is flexible and wide-ranging, offering 16 subjects in all. You can study a combination of subjects (as Single Honours or Joint Honours) from across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: from familiar arts subjects such as English, French, German, or History, to newer subjects such as, Digital Culture and Communications or Linguistics with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The UL curriculum is unique as it includes cooperative education/work experience and a study abroad placement as compulsory elements of the degree. Students will spend one semester undertaking cooperative education/work experience and one semester studying abroad. You should study Arts at UL because:

  • You want to choose from a wide range of subjects at an institution where you can benefit from real-world work experience and can live and study in another country;
  • You wish to communicate your own ideas effectively and persuasively;
  • You want to engage critically and analytically with the world around you;
  • You want to develop skills that will enhance your career and, in the broadest sense, your contribution to society.

Admission requirements

Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Subject requirements

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Pathways within Bachelor of Arts

In year 1, you choose four subjects from the groups below, selecting no more than one subject in each group. You will study these subjects for the whole of your first year. When choosing your year 1 subjects, it is essential to have a least two subjects from two different year 2 subject groups as subjects within the same group cannot be studied together. It is important to bear in mind that places in Psychology are limited from year 2.

  • Psychology or German or Geography
  • English
  • Digital Culture and Communications
  • Gaeilge or Economics
  • French
  • Linguistics with TESOL or Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Public Administration and Leadership or Spanish
  • History or Music and Dance

After first year

Group 1

Psychology or German or Geography

Group 2

Politics and International Relations or English

Group 3

Digital Culture and Communications or Gaeilge or Economics

Group 4

Public Administration and Leadership or Spanish

Group 5

Sociology or Linguistics with TESOL† or Mathematics

Group 6

History or French or Music and Dance

Off-Campus programme

In semesters 4 and 5 (year 2 Spring and year 3 Autumn) you will participate in an off-campus programme. Semester 4 is dedicated to a period of cooperative education/work experience in a sector related to your field of study. Semester 5 is spent on study abroad in one of our many partner institutions across Europe, the Americas, and Australasia. UL's dedicated Coop and Careers Office will help you find you the work placement that best suits your course of study and your aspirations, while our International Education Office will find you a place at one of our partner institutions most suited to your course of study in a part of the world that appeals to your intellectual and cultural curiosity.

Final Year Project

In your final year, you will complete a Final Year Project in the subject(s) of your choosing. This is a unique opportunity to complete an extended piece of research and analysis in your chosen topic, designed with guidance and direction from an academic supervisor in your chosen subject. The Final Year Project will develop your research and analytical skills with a view to employment or further study.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Full Time Tution fee for 2021/2022:

  • EU Fee incl. SC Levy: 5,652€
  • Non EU Fee incl. SC Levy: 12,514€


NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Continuing studies

  • Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • MA in Gender, Culture and Society
  • LLM/MA in Law, Human Rights in Criminal Justice
  • MA Business Management
  • MA in Psychology
  • MA in Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration)
  • MA/PhD in Sociology
  • MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning
  • MSc in Ecomomics & Policy Analysis
  • MSc in Financial Services
  • MSc in Project Management
  • Professional Masters in Education

Career paths

  • Administrator
  • Parliamentary Assistant
  • Branch Official
  • Business Development Executive
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • English Teacher
  • Student Union Representative
  • Insurance Broker
  • Radio Editor
  • Teacher (International School)
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Interpreter
  • Technical Support Services Administrator

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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University of Limerick

University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

Phone no: +353 61 202414
Fax +353 61 213062

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