Bachelor of Arts From University of Limerick

Program Overview

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.


  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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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. 

After first year

Towards the end of first year, you will select two subjects to continue with and specialise in to degree level (years 2-4). Note – A limited number of subjects are available as Single Honours – this is where you will study one subject for the remainder of the degree.  See the end of the table for subjects available as Single Honours. The table below displays the groups from years 2-4. Your selection is based on your year 1 subjects and you cannot choose two subjects from the same group. The table at the end of this section illustrates all the combinations available to degree level.

GROUP 1    

  • Psychology^ 

  • German

  • Geography


  • Politics and International Relations~ 

  • English

GROUP 3    

  • Digital Culture and Communications

  • Gaeilge

  • Economics

GROUP 4    

  • Public Administration and Leadership~ 

  • Spanish

GROUP 5    

  • Sociology~

  • Linguistics with TESOL†

  • Mathematics


  • History~

  • French

  • Music and Dance

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. 

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.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenship.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • 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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