The National University of Ireland Maynooth offers modular part time honours degrees in Local Studies and Community Studies. These programmes were developed in response to the demand for inter-disciplinary, flexible progression routes for adults to degree level. They are offered in the evening to facilitate adults who are unable to attend on a full-time basis during the day. They represent a further expansion of NUI Maynooth provision for mature students. With such innovative features as flexible delivery, modularisation, credit accumulation and recognition of accredited prior learning, students may advance in a systematic and learner friendly way towards a primary degree.
Over a five year cycle of delivery the following two programmes are provided:
- Programme 1 Local Studies
- Programme 2 Community Studies
Students on the degree may choose to follow either the Local Studies programme or the Community Studies programme. It is not possible to attend modules from both programmes, except where Common Modules are offered.
The inter-disciplinary nature of the programmes means that the various University Departments have responsibility for module delivery.
1. Local Studies:
Participating Departments - History, Geography, Ancient Classics, Nua Ghaeilge, Language Centre, Adult & Community Education.
2. Community Studies:
Participating Departments - Adult & Community Education, Applied Social Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography.
Each academic year has two semesters. Semesters are blocks of fourteen weeks, consisting of twelve weeks class contact and two weeks study and examinations.
Each academic year on-campus is typically structured as follows:
12 weeks class contact + 2 study weeks
12 weeks class contact + 2 study weeks
Summer Modules (Optional)
Monday-Friday full-time - 1 week
Lectures are offered over two or three nights per week, from 6.00pm -10.00pm
Each programme is offered through modules. A module is a “block” of learning in which a particular topic is taught and assessed. Most modules are “stand alone” and can be studied as separate blocks. All modules carry credits towards the degree. The modules of study are delivered through a combination of regular lectures, tutorials, presentations, field courses and short summer schools.
The modules carry different credit weightings as follows:
Module Credit 5 Class Contact Hours 24
Module Credit 10 Class Contact Hours 48
The degrees are based on the accumulation of credits. Students must accumulate 180 credits to successfully obtain their degree. Credits are awarded on successful completion of end of semester assessment. The flexibility of the degrees means individuals can accumulate a maximum of 20 credits or a minimum of 5 credits per semester.
Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is considered for exemption from specific programme modules. NUI Maynooth courses and/or accredited higher education courses provided by other institutions and successfully completed by applicants are considered for APL. A University Committee appraises the applications, and credits are awarded to individual students through NUI Maynooth academic procedures.
A student can transfer a maximum of 60 credits for APL.
Applicants to the degree must indicate on their Application Form the names of higher education courses for which they may be seeking credits through APL.
Each module on the degree programmes is assessed. In general assessment methods include assignments, project work, written examinations and presentations. All students must complete a thesis.
On accumulation of 90 credits (allowing for 30 APL credits) students will be awarded a NUI Diploma in Arts (Local & Community Studies).On achieving 180 credits (allowing for 60 APL credits) the student is awarded a BA Local Studies (Honours – Level 8) or BA Community Studies (Honours – Level 8).
Students on the degree may choose to follow either the Local Studies programme or the Community Studies programme. However, students are not required to make a final decision on which progrmamme they wish to follow until they have successfully completed Semester 1.
In Semester 1 a student will be expected to successfully complete the common obligatory modules:
CM1: Study Skills & Student Support;
CM04: Introduction to Information & Communication Technologies;
CM5: Introduction to Programmes: Local Studies & Community Studies
Please note the following:
- The introduction to Information & Communication Technologies module assumes that the students have basic IT/word processing skills.
- Students who have previously achieved the award of Diploma in Arts or a higher award may apply for an exemption in Study Skills.
All students must successfully complete the Common Introductory Modules in Semester 1.
Programme Selection: Local Studies OR Community Studies
In order to complete the degree students are expected to:
- Choose sufficient modules from either the Local Studies programme OR the Community Studies programme to accumulate 180 credits for award of the degree;
- Complete a Thesis (20 credits) as part of their programme. Students must have competed 120 credits of taught modules before registering for Thesis.
Students on the part-time degrees have access to all services and supports available in the University, with the additional services of a Student Support Officer. A Study Skills and Student Support module is offered in the first semester of the programme.
Applicants to the degree programmes should be mature students, i.e. aged twenty-one years or over by 1st January in the year of admission.
NUI Maynooth encourages applications from adults who may not have completed second level education.
The number of places offered will be restricted so it may not be possible to offer places to all applications in any one year.
The University welcomes applications from non-EU applicants. For information regarding fees for non-EU applicants visit the University's website at: http://www.nuim.ie/international
Both programmes are delivered through English. Students are advised that to benefit from their chosen programme they should be proficient in both written and spoken English.
Fees are calculated on the credit weighting of each module and are payable at the beginning of each Semester. For a more detailed breakdown of fees please see Registration & Fees under the Study with Us section.
Application for admission should be made directly to Maynooth, using the official application form available from:
Part-time BA programmes
Department of Adult and Community Education
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Tel: 01 708 4587 / 708 3948
Completed application forms should be returned to the same address.
The information in this introduction in intended only as a guide for applicants. NUI Maynooth reserves the right to alter any aspect of this information at any time.