Student retention rate at MIC 94 per cent

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is an exciting prospect for a college applicant. With a student retention rate of 94% (HEA, 2019), among the highest in Ireland, when students choose MIC they are clearly happy with their choice and prosper. 

MIC occupies a leading position in the third-level landscape, reflecting its world-class programmes, highly responsive student support services and excellence in learning and research. 

MIC offers over 40 programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels – which are widely recognised and celebrated, nationally and internationally, for their academic excellence, offering learners the critical, analytical and transferrable skills central to success in an ever evolving economy. Now a multi-campus institute the College’s 5,000 students enjoy state-of-the-art campuses in the heart of Limerick City and Thurles town.

Post-Primary Teaching Degrees 

In recent years MIC has expanded its geographical footprint with the incorporation of St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, increasing its programme provision to include five post-primary teaching programmes in subjects such as Business Studies, Accounting, Gaeilge, Religious Studies and Mathematics. including the new BA in Education Mathematics & Gaeilge (MI013). 

The degrees at MIC Thurles are concurrent teacher education programmes and are structured so that the education component is included in each year and the graduate is qualified to teach to honours Leaving Certificate level after the completion of their degree. These programmes are accredited and recognised by The Teaching Council and there is no requirement to complete a postgraduate Masters in Education. This not only means graduates are qualified in four years but there are also the attendant cost savings.

Bachelor of Arts 

The Bachelor of Arts (MI002) is a four-year degree programme with three years on campus and one year on career-specific work placement and/or study abroad. The degree is flexible and offers a wide range of familiar subjects to choose from such as English, Geography and History, to newer subjects such as Drama & Theatre Studies, Media & Communication Studies or Psychology. 

The Bachelor of Arts is a student-focused experience, which imparts knowledge and assists individuals to become flourishing, critical thinkers and lifelong, flexible leaners, adaptable to any workplace.

BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies 

For students interested in drama and theatre practice the exciting four-year BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies (MI001) is a must. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own artistic skills and gain a broader academic knowledge in drama and theatre studies. They will also have access to the extensive facilities of the Lime Tree Theatre, based on the Limerick campus, as well as the city-centre based Belltable Theatre.

BA in Early Childhood Care and Education 

The BA in Early Childhood Care and Education (MI007) is an innovative and exciting four-year programme, which focuses on providing students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to become professional leaders in the provision of care and education for children from birth to six years of age in a variety of settings. 

Bachelor of Education Degrees 

MIC offers two of the most prestigious primary school teaching degrees in the country – the Bachelor of Education (MI005/MI006) and the B Ed in Education & Psychology (MI008). 

The Bachelor of Education is noted for its multi-disciplinary approach and is an internationally recognised qualification while the B Ed in Education & Psychology leads to both an academic and a professional qualification, allowing students to pursue careers in either Primary Teaching or in the field of Psychology. 

Open Days

MIC Limerick, Thursday 17th & Friday 18th October 2019. 

MIC Thurles, Saturday 23rd November 2019.

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