Course Overview

The new part-time Diploma/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Science), delivered via blended 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, History, Training & Education Management and Modern Languages.

Find out all you need to know about the new part-time BA on our Student Launch Pad.

Applications and Selections

Applications will open in April for 2017

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment


The part-time BA is a four-year blended learning programme; a Diploma in Arts is awarded upon successful completion of the first 2 years. Blended learning is a flexible method of studying, which is ideally suited to adult learners. Blended 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

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).

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

If you are aged 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry, you may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements, further information is available from

Additional Requirements


Part-time, 4 years in duration.

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Diploma: Level 7 | Degree cycle: Level 8

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

Diploma: ECTS: 90 | Degree: ECTS: 180



PAC code

Course Outline


1. Core Modules

Over the duration of the degree you will complete three core modules (15 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.
  • Skills to Succeed aims to provide you with the skills to be successful in your chosen pathway by developing a set of practical skills that form the foundation for an effective working life.

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, Training & Education Management and Italian.

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, History (available in the degree cycle), Training & Education Management and Italian.

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, Italian, Gaeilge, Irish Studies and Community & Family Studies. 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.


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. 

English and 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.


Italian is open to those who have no or little knowledge of the language.  Following a communicative and collaborative approach, during the four years of the programme, you will progress from an absolute beginner to being proficient in all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking, writing. In addition, you will develop a broad overview of the cultural and literary landscape of Italy with modules ranging from poetry to fiction, film studies and culture and society.

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.

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

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

€3,055 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€3,555 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 or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the 2016_2017 Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More


Eilis O'Regan
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

Tel: 091 494481

What Our Students Say


Mary Bernard |   Past Student

Studying at NUI Galway as a mature student was an amazing experience. Although heading back into education was a daunting task, the rewards were countless. Completing a Bachelor of Arts gave me added confidence in myself and my abilities; it allowed me to hone my skills and realise my potential in many different areas. This degree changed the direction of my career and helped me gain a promotion. It’s not just about learning a subject; I also gained experience in public speaking, problem solving, time management and project work. There were times when it was very challenging, although being a member of a group of students going through the same experiences allowed me to overcome those challenges. I recommend taking the step into further education to anyone at any stage of life. Explore an interest, further your career, or discover another path. Whatever the reasons, returning to education is an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.