Course Overview

The part-time Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Science), delivered via flexible learning, prepares students to progress in the rapidly changing global environment. Our flexible, broad-based curriculum allows you to choose a degree pathway that reflects your individual interests and career objectives. The curriculum includes specialisms in Archaeology, Economics, English & Drama, Management, Marketing, Political Science & Sociology and Training & Education Management.

Applications and Selections

The next intake for this course will be in September 2023.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.






Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment


The part-time BA is a four-year flexible learning programme. Flexible learning includes a combination of:

  • face-to-face monthly lectures and tutorials
  • self-instructional learning materials
  • online tutorials
  • online discussions and activities
  • study groups and group work
  • weekly on-campus attendance requirement for those studying French

You will have online access to course content and will be supported by an online tutor at all times.


Assessments may include: online activities, essays, written reports, presentations, individual and group projects and written examinations (which take place at NUI Galway).

Basic computer skills will be an advantage. E-mail, internet and NUI Galway's online learning environment are in use throughout the course.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants who have successfully completed the Diploma in Foundation Studies are automatically eligible for admission.

Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1 st 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.

Those interested in pursuing the Economics specialism require a minimum of pass Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level or equivalent.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).

Additional Requirements


Part-time, 4 years

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date


NFQ level

Level 8

Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline


1. Core Modules

Over the duration of the degree you will complete two core modules (10 ECTS):

  • Skills for Learning introduces you to the online and blended learning environment and bridges the learning gap between your last educational experience and returning to education as an adult learner.
  • Critical Thinking covers the concept of critical thinking and its associated skills and applications within the context of academic research.

2. Specialisms

A major specialism totals 75 ECTS and is generally taken over the four years of the programme. You can choose a major specialism in: Economics, English & Drama, French and Political Science & Sociology.

A minor specialism totals 40 ECTS and is generally taken over a minimum of two years (the duration may vary across subject areas). You can choose a minor specialism in: Archaeology, Economics, English & Drama, Management, Marketing, Political Science & Sociology and Training & Education Management.

*Those interested in pursuing the Economics specialism require a minimum of pass Mathematics at Leaving Certificate level or equivalent.

3. Electives

Electives may be chosen to add value to a specialism or for your own personal development. Electives are available in the following subject areas: Archaeology, Irish Studies, Political Science & Sociology and Management. The number of electives available in a given year will depend on the degree pathway that you choose.


BA Humanities and Social Sciences degree pathway graph


A minor specialism in Archaeology will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the archaeology of Ireland’s past, stretching from the first settlers approximately 10,000 years ago right up to select themes from early modern times. This subject is delivered fully online.

The Economics specialism provides a flourishing and diverse academic environment which integrates teaching and research, theory and empirical applications, in a policy-oriented and interdisciplinary way. At degree level, you will study a range of policy-oriented modules, including the economics of healthcare and natural resources as well as a number of applied macroeconomics and financial economics modules. This subject is delivered fully online.

English & Drama
This specialism forms a basis for a spectrum of critical thinking and cultural analysis. The programme entails the study of specific literary and theatrical areas. You will refine, develop and/or acquire skills in close reading and critical analysis, improve and enhance oral and written expression, and emerge with an expanded sense of imaginative and cultural possibility. This subject is delivered by blended learning; both online and via monthly workshops on campus (Saturdays).

A specialism in Management provides a theoretical foundation in contemporary management thought. You will have an opportunity to enhance your leadership capability whilst studying Leading and Managing People, Management Skills and Negotiation Skills. You will develop your critical thinking, analysis and decision-making skills. You will deepen your understanding of the organisation whilst studying Organisational Psychology and Analysis. After successful completion of this stream you can apply this knowledge across a wide range of organisations. Online Learning and 1 weekend workshop on campus. 

A specialism in Marketing provides the theoretical foundations of marketing principles. Through a combination of game-based learning and online technology, you will gain a deeper understanding of marketing theory and apply it to real-world settings. You will examine how marketing works in a managerial context and develop negotiation skills; in particular, how to manage issues to achieve agreement and resolve a conflict. You will also develop marketing research skills, such as: how to collect accurate data, how to prepare and analyse this data, and how to compile and present the research findings. You will also study services marketing. After successful completion of this stream you can apply this knowledge to a wide range of industry settings. Online Learning and 1 weekend workshop on campus.

Political & Social Sciences
This specialism is designed to encourage students to examine the connections between political and sociological prespectives in relation to national and world issues. One of the common concerns of Political Science and Sociology is how and why societies change and what alternatives are desirable or possible. A core feature of this course is to encourage students to think critically, to explore possibilities and to seek solutions to social and political problems. This subject is delivered by blended learning; both online and via monthly workshops on campus (Saturdays).

Training and Education Management
This specialism responds to the continuing professional development needs of practitioners working in the field of adult education, training and human resource development. Its practical approach places specific emphasis on developing competence in programme design and development strategies, project and innovation management, employee development supports and organisational training efficiencies. This subject is delivered by blended learning; both online and via monthly workshops on campus (days may vary).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the part-time Bachelor of Arts (BA) are highly versatile and may find employment in a variety of areas including government organisations, healthcare, journalism, creative writing, business and education services and many more (further qualifications may be required for certain careers). Graduates will develop the following skills that are considered essential for today’s workforce:  

  • critical and analytical thinking
  • time and task management
  • problem solving and decision making
  • editing, research and report writing
  • communication, oral and written
  • digital literacy

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Degree programme is for you if you are:

  • interested in the humanities and social sciences
  • require a general academic qualification for career or personal development
  • considering progressing to postgraduate studies

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,092 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

€2,987 p.a.

Fees: Student levy

€105 p.a.

Fees: Non EU

€3,592 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2021_22 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Administrator
Tel: 091 492144
Fax: 091 525051



What Our Students Say


Jennifer Groden |   Graduate

Whether you wish to further your career or study as a passion project, I highly recommend the part-time BA at NUI Galway to anyone hoping to return to, or experience third-level education. The blended learning format consists of a range of delivery methods, including online materials, lectures, podcasts, group discussion boards and monthly workshops on campus and all are manageable around a busy home and working life. Staff are approachable,helpful and open to constructive criticism, constantly working to improve learner experience and services. As a part-time student,you will have access to the online system and library as well as all other student supports and facilities both on campus and online. I would also encourage people to connect with their fellow learners for support and friendship. The past four years have at times been challenging, but incredibly rewarding. You will build upon and develop a wide range of skills including, time management, working to deadlines, critical thinking, textual analysis and writing. These transferable skills will enable you in all areas of life and career. My belief in the transformative power of education is rooted in my own journey.


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