The BA in Local Studies and the BA Community Studies (MH803) have been specifically designed for Adult students who are interested in pursuing a part-time degree at night. These flexible degrees have been developed for people who are busy with work, family and daily life. If you are interested in history, politics, the environment, development, adult education, society and culture, and you have two free evenings a week, then you should consider these wide-ranging degrees where 8 of the University’s academic departments come together to create the only degrees of their kind in Ireland.

If you are curious about how people interacted with their environment in the past and how this impacted on their culture and identity in ways that are still felt today, then the BA in Local Studies should be of interest to you.Students will have the opportunity to learn together through our Common Modules where history, folklore, archaeology, geography, adult education, sociology and anthropology bring their unique disciplinary insights to bear on culture, society, landscape, politics and more. 

The BA in Community Studies (Social Sciences) is specifically designed for adult students who are interested in Community work, addiction and recovery, Youth studies, history, politics, development, adult education, society and culture.  If you would like a deeper understanding of the world around us and consider participation and critical engagement with the issues that face humanity over the coming century such as social justice, democracy and sustainability as providing a possibility to influence the present and the future, then you should consider the BA Community Studies.

These unique adult focused degrees provide students with the study skills and IT skills in the first semester followed with ongoing student support throughout the duration of the programme that allows them to complete their studies at their own pace.  Applications for the BA in Local Studies/BA Community Studies is through the CAO using code MH803.

If you would like more information about this and our other Adult and Community Education programmes please e-mail Kay at   or see our brocure for  MH803 BA Local/Community Studies Degree
For the BA Local Studies and BA Community Studies please make enquiries directly to