Entry Points (2023)

Course Overview

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 24 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.

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 degree, you will be able to pursue and develop your interests across a broad range of subjects. The BA(Joint-Honours) 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.

For those students studying a modern language, you will study abroad in a country or region where the language is widely spoken in Year 3 before returning to a complete a fourth and final year. In this instance, you will graduate with a BA (International). 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 involve 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.

For students studying Gaeilge as one of your subjects, you will be enrolling in a four-year programme. You will spend third year off-campus, with one semester in the Gaeltacht and the other semester on a work placement in the Irish language sector.If you decide to choose a modern continental language with Gaeilge, you will spend a single semester on an Erasmus exchange and/or applied placement overseas, in addition to a single semester in a Gaeltacht setting.

There may be some very limited places for non-language students to study abroad for an academic year in the US or on European exchanges where programmes are available through English. If students are certain that they would like to study abroad in Year 3, GY129 BA(Global Experience) has a study abroad opportunity for all students and we would recommend students consider this course.


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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


3 yrs: BA, 4 yrs: BA international

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades (2023)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

30 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

In first year you are required to select 3 subjects to study.  There are 21 different subject choice available, the subjects are grouped into 7 groups, the reason they appear in groups is that you can only select one subject from a group. On progression to second year, you drop one subject and continue to study the two other subjects to degree level.

 Additional information on Arts subjects

  • In University of 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

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

 Group 6

Group 7 


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Further Education

Many Arts graduates undertake research-based or taught postgraduate programmesThese 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. 

Career Prospects

Arts graduates are found in almost every walk of life and BA graduates from University of Galway occupy leading positions in commercial, social, educational, and public organisations at home and abroad.

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 University of 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.


Career with Arts: Archaeology

Career with Arts - Irish Studies

Career with Arts - Classics

Career with Arts - Mathematics

‌Career with Arts - Geography


Career with Arts - Philosophy

Career with Arts - Mathematics

Career with Arts - Sociological & Political Studies




Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,598 p.a. (€5,738 p.a. including levy) 2024/25.

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€18,500 p.a. (€18,640 p.a. including levy) 2024/25.

EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140.  **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T +353 91 493 958
F +353 91 495 508
E collegearts@universityofgalway.ie


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.