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Community Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 54 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Maynooth, Ireland
Community Studies as a part-time (evening) is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the Maynooth University for mature applicants only (21 years or more);
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The BA in Community Studies (Social Sciences) at the Maynooth University is specifically designed for adult students who are interested in pursuing a part-time evening degree. New students are catered for in Semester 1 with an introduction to programmes which includes a comprehensive study skills and student support module aimed at people who have been out of the education system for any length of time.

If you are interested in community work, addiction and recovery, youth studies, history, politics, development, adult education, society and culture and have two free evenings a week, then this wide-ranging degree will appeal to you.

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Career Options

  • The community, voluntary and statutory sectors.
  • Adult and further education and training; community development, teaching, drug and alcohol services, civil service and Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Postgraduate study in fields of interest such as education, citizenship, social inclusion and social cohesion, regeneration, narrative enquiry, gender studies, politics and sociology.
  • Progression to the Professional Master of Education for Secondary School teaching or the HDip. in Further Education and Training.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 54 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Adult Community Education: Policy & Practice
  • Class & Community
  • Community Work: Principles 
  • Community Work:policies & Issues
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Culture & Suicide

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2020. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2020.
  • Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 54 months.
  • National

    3415 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3415 EUR per year and a duration of 54 months.
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Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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