Entry Points (2018)

Course Overview

This is a highly flexible programme, offering you a wide range of two-subject combinations to degree level. In addition to academic rigour, you will acquire transferable skills designed to make you career-ready and equipped for employment and further study in Ireland or abroad. Over the course of your three-year degree, you will be able to pursue and develop your interests across a broad range of subjects. The Joint-Honours BA will help you become a disciplined and creative thinker, capable of expressing your thoughts coherently and persuasively.

You will study three subjects in First Arts. You continue to study two of the subjects that you pass in first year to degree level - in Second and Final Arts.

BA (International)

The BA (International) is a four-year version of the BA (Joint-Honours), BA (Public and Social Policy) and BA (Psychology) programmes. Applications are made in Second Arts and students spend their third year studying in a third-level institution abroad or on an approved placement overseas. Studying a modern language to degree level involves spending a period, normally an academic year, abroad in a country or region where the language is widely spoken. You will pursue both of your degree subjects during the period abroad. Students registered for two languages are required to spend a minimum of twelve weeks in each of the countries/regions where the relevant languages are spoken. This will usually consist of an academic year abroad arranged by the University in one language and a summer placement arranged by the student in the other relevant country/region. Non-language students may also take a BA International by spending a year abroad in the US or on European exchanges where programmes are available through English.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/ H7 in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


3 yrs: BA, 4 yrs: BA international

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades (2018)


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Course Outline

The Bachelor of Arts (Joint-Honours) Entry has subject groupings.  Students of GY101, Bachelor of Arts (Joint-Honours), study 3 subjects in their first year, from a selection of 21 subjects. A subject belongs to one of 7 groups, and you cannot select more than one subject from a group. On progression to second year, you continue to study two of the subjects to degree level.

  • In NUI Galway we refer to the department that teaches a subject as a 'Discipline'. The table below shows the subjects, in their subject groups. You can follow the links to the Discipline website for each subject.
  • Read a brief introduction (subject description, overview of course content and career options) to each subject available to BA (Joint-Honours) students ‌‌‌HERE‌.

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More about each subject on the BA (Joint-Honours)

Additional Information on selecting subjects.

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Further Education

Many Arts graduates undertake research-based or taught postgraduate programmes. These may be academic or vocational in their focus and prepare graduates for employment in a broad range of careers, including teaching, law, languages, social work, performing arts, journalism, policy development, creative industries, business, heritage, information technology and public administration. We offer a range of taught masters degree and postgraduate diploma programmes of interest to Arts graduates. In the past number of years, the College has pioneered the development of structured PhD programmes which combine the traditional research dissertation of the PhD with generic and discipline-specific training modules designed to enhance your skills and employability. These programmes can be viewed at:

Career Prospects

Arts graduates are found in almost every walk of life and BA graduates from NUI Galway occupy leading positions in commercial, social, educational, and public organisations at home and abroad. This website gives examples of careers taken up by Arts graduates and has useful advice for Arts graduates.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers open to Arts graduates in commercial, social, educational and public organisations. Indeed, Arts graduates may be found in every walk of life. 

Your Career with an Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree is NUI Galway’s most popular undergraduate programme, and the second largest degree programme in the country.  Arts graduates are amongst the most employable graduates in the world because of their versatility and ability to think critically and independently. An Arts degree provides you with a unique combination of intellectual skills, knowledge and interpersonal competence that will make you highly adaptable in a constantly changing workforce.

Arts graduates are not locked into one set of skills that may become redundant in the future; they are flexible, multi-skilled critical thinkers, well prepared to meet the challenges of the modern jobs market. The Arts degree is the perfect foundation for a wide range of interesting and rewarding careers.

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Who’s Suited to This Course

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Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees 2018/19:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

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What Our Students Say


Hannah Healey |   Current Student

I chose to study Arts because it gives you a wide variety of subjects to choose from, so it seemed the best option for me. I hope to do a postgrad in Public Relations once I'm finished.