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Local Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 54 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Maynooth, Ireland
Departments involved are History, Geography, Classics, Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage, Adult and Community Education and Anthropology. At the Maynooth University we offer a bachelor degree in Local Studies. 
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Established in 1975, Maynooth University Department of Adult and Community Education is the only academic department that specialises in the education of adults in Ireland and it is at the forefront of teaching, training, research and development.

Local Studies as a part-time (evening) interdisciplinary degree at the Maynooth University for mature applicants only (21 years or more).

This is the only interdisciplinary degree of its kind in Ireland combining the expertise of Ireland’s leading history department for the study of local history, with one of the most well regarded geography departments in the country; Study folk traditions, Gaelic Literature and Culture with modules from the Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage and Ancient Classics and deepen this knowledge with classes in Anthropology or Sociology.

Career Options

Develop research, writing, communication, critical thinking, analysis and interpretation skills to the highest level.
  • In some cases students from the Local Studies degree have published their research.
  • Higher education, secondary teaching and the tourism, hospitality and leisure industries.
  • Postgraduate study in fields such as history, geography, archaeology and folklore.
  • 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: 

  • 20th Century European History
  • Case Study Of Landed Estates
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Drama In Education
  • Gender Studies In Local Context
  • Ict For Research And Learning 

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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

Living costs for Maynooth

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
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