Bachelor of Arts (Omnibus)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
The BA is a broad degree that provides you with a foundation on which to apply for jobs or postgraduate study in Ireland or abroad. This three-year degree programme will allow you to pursue and develop your interest across a broad range of subjects. Doing a BA will help you become a disciplined and creative thinker who can organise thoughts coherently and critically in writing.
Four subjects are taken in First Arts from the 20 subjects on offer. Students have a maximum period of two weeks subsequent to registration to complete their subject selection. Students are assigned an Academic Adviser for the duration of their academic programme who will help with their subject choice and academic questions. While it is useful to have narrowed down the list of subjects prior to registration, it is not necessary to have finalised subject choice at that time.
In Second Arts, two of the subjects chosen in First Arts are pursued and these two subjects are completed in Final Arts. An advantage of the wide choice available, and of having to take four subjects, is the opportunity to take new subjects and to make interesting combinations of familiar and new subjects.
The BA (International) is a four-year version of the BA (Omnibus), 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
Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate, including: Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
3 yrs: BA, 4 yrs: BA international
Next start date: September 2014
Entry points(2013): range 300 - 615
A Level Grades (2013): CCC (A-Level) or equivalent combination
Average intake: 1000
The Bachelor of Arts Omnibus Entry has subject groupings. Students choose FOUR subjects, not more than ONE from any of the following groups.
- Information Technology in First Arts has a class limit of 120 places, offered in the first week of registration.
- Italian, German, Spanish and Welsh may be taken at First Arts without previous knowledge of those languages. N.B. Students should note that the subject Welsh is only available as a First Arts subject.
- Psychology is offered at First Arts of the BA degree (Omnibus Entry – CAO
Code GY101) and BA CONNECT programmes (CAO Code GY105, GY110,
GY111, GY114, GY115). Psychological Studies is offered to degree level in Second Arts and Final Arts, taken as a subject in combination with one other subject. Psychology is offered as a double subject in Second and Final Arts of the BA (Psychology) degree (CAO Code GY104) to students who successfully complete first year of that programme. Places may be awarded to students to transfer to the BA (Psychology) from the BA degree (Omnibus only) and will be decided on merit, based on the results of the First Sitting (Semester 1 and Semester 2) of the First Arts examination in the student’s first year of attendance (2013–2014), where the student must have passed all four subjects outright (40% or higher). There will be no option of repeating the examination with a view to obtaining a second year place.
- Limited numbers of students are admitted to Second Arts in Legal Studies (100) and Psychological Studies (100). Places will be decided on merit, based on the results of the First Sitting (Semester 1 and Semester 2) of the First Arts examination in the student’s first year of attendance (2013–2014), where the student must have passed all four subjects outright (40% or higher). Students who avail of exemptions on the basis of appropriate prior learning are not entitled to compete for a place.
- Choosing to study a modern language to degree level involves spending a period, normally a year, abroad in a country or region where the language they are studying is widely spoken. Therefore, after successfully completing the Second Arts examination and in advance of registering for Final Year studies of the BA programme, students will be required to spend a period abroad to prepare them for the demands of the Final Year of their degree studies in a language. 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.
- Students wishing to take French in First Arts will be expected to have attained a minimum of Grade C1 in Honours French in the Leaving Certificate.
- Students must achieve 45% in Mathematics in first year to proceed to Mathematical Studies in second year. Students must achieve 60% and pass the module MA186 in Mathematics to proceed to second year Mathematics.
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. The University offers 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 students’ skills and employability. These programmes can be viewed at:
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. This website gives examples of careers taken up by Arts graduates and has useful advice for those seeking to take up employment on completion of their Arts degree: www.nuigalway.ie/careers/students/opp_arts.html
The Bachelor of Arts degree is NUI Galway’s most popular undergraduate programme, and the second largest degree programme in the country. There is a good reason for this popularity as Arts graduates are amongst the most employable graduates in the world because of their versatility and ability to think critically and independently.
The current uncertainty in the employment market means that there has never been a better time to consider studying Arts. An Arts degree will provide you with a unique combination of intellectual skills, knowledge and interpersonal competence that will make you highly adaptablein 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 who are 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.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
- Tuition: €2,848 p.a. 2014/15
- Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2014/15
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - 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.
Currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts
"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"