Humanities / Social Sciences (Degree/Diploma)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The programme aims to provide students with an opportunity to pursue a number of subject areas (English, Spanish, Sociology & Politics in the case of the 2010 – 2014 cycle of the part-time BA programme), to degree level according to personal and educational interests. A variety of modules are available within each of these subject areas which provide students with a thorough knowledge of the subject area and an opportunity to explore its particular themes and concepts from a variety of perspectives. In undertaking this degree programme students have an opportunity to develop their analytical and problem-solving skills which are appropriate for decision-making roles and for personal or professional competencies.


Who is the course for?

The Degree programme is intended for those who have an interest in the humanities area or who require a general academic qualification for either career or personal development purposes. The programme also caters for those who intend to progress to further studies.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Degree/Diploma Programme. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Duration: Part-time, 4 years in duration.

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90 credits – Diploma in Arts (Years 1 and 2); 180 credits – Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 – 4).

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Summer 2015

NFQ level: Diploma cycle – Level 7; Degree cycle – Level 8

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

Subjects on offer in September 2015 will be confirmed in due course.

Applications and selections

2014-2015 Continuing Professional Credit (Humanities): Applications have closed for 2014-2015.

(Application deadline extended to 29th August 2014)



Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island


T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051

Requirements and assessment

All modules in the Degree programme are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.


The programme is offered on a semester basis. Each semester comprises 12 weeks of teaching followed by examinations. Semester 1 commences in early September and ends, including examinations, in late December. Semester 2 commences during mid-January and ends, including examinations, in mid-May. Students on the BA programme attend lectures three evenings per week for up to three hours, with the specific evening varying, depending on the modules chosen. Occasional tutorial sessions, also up to three hours, may also be delivered on Saturday mornings.


Award on completion of studies: NUI Diploma in Arts; on accumulating 90 credits at the end of Year 2.

NUI Bachelor of Arts; on accumulating 180 credits at the end of Year 4.

Find out more

Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island


T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,055 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
Non-EU (Total): €3,555 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)

Current students

Cristabelle Metcalfe

Going to University is never an easy decision when you have work and family commitments. Never-the-less it is rewarding and the end of each term brings with it an immense sense of achievement. When I decided to do my degree, I was working full time and I had a nine month old baby. My partner and I worked on opposite shifts to take care of my daughter, and we both worked nights. Time becomes a valuable asset when you are studying and good time management is key if you want to succeed. It is amazing where you will find a few hours, and being organised helps enormously. This means when the unexpected happens such as a sick child, you can still keep on top of it all. The support network in adult education is excellent. Although I could have switched to the day-time after the diploma cycle, I realised how much more comfortable I felt around others in similar positions to myself. There is a great sense of camaraderie amongst us, and everyone is happy to support one another. Certainly it would have been easier to do this before I reached my thirties, but my level of commitment and desire to learn far outweighs the age obstacle. It is not something that is regretted, indeed my plans are to continue in my studies at the end of this degree. My advice? Don’t be daunted, you will never regret the decision.




Past student

Gavan Duffy

I have had 4 very satisfying years studying for the Evening BA. All the staff and lecturers are very aware that people may be working full-time or have been out of study for a while. The way the course is delivered and the assistance that is provided to us part-time student is second to none. This helps relax all those nerves that I may have had going into my lectures for the first few weeks. Now I look back and think what was I fussing about. All the work done and knowledge gained is what made it all the more rewarding.