Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH803

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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The BA in Community Studies (Social Sciences) is specifically designed for adult students who are interested in pursuing a part-time evening degree. Community Studies as a part-time (evening) interdisciplinary degree for mature applicants only (21 years or more).

  • Departments involved are Adult and Community Education; Anthropology; Applied Social Studies; Sociology; History; Geography.
  • 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.
  • Use previous learning to fast-track to the degree award through our Recognition of Prior Learning system.

You may also be interested in the BA Local Studies

  • Community Studies is a part-time (evening) interdisciplinary degree including: Adult and Community Education; Anthropology; Applied Social Studies; Sociology; History; Geography
  • This flexible degree has been developed for people who are busy with work, family and daily life
  • As MH803 is a completely modular degree based on a 4.5 year cycle students are not divided into years but rather choose modules as they come up on the BA modular carousel
  • Experience a dynamic learning environment where new students mix, learn and gain support from other students who are further along the degree path
Course Duration: 4.5 years (part-time)

  • 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.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish No N/A N/A
English No N/A N/A
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature Applicants 

Applicants must be 21 years or older on 1 January of the year of entry. Application is made through the CAO. Selected candidates are invited for interview. Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements are not applicable. As this is a part-time degree, the minimum mature applicant age is 21. Admission is based on your application and/or interview.

Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2024. 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 2024.

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.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2024 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 July 2024



Applicants must be 21 years or older on 1 January of the year of entry. See Mature Applicant information in the Entry Requirements tab.

Selected candidates are invited for interview.

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