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Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College 
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Founded in 1898, Mary Immaculate College is an autonomous university-level College of Education and the Liberal Arts. The city campus, which is easily accessible, now has a student population of over 3,500 students, enrolled on a wide range of programmes in Education and the Liberal Arts, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. MIC is characterised by a warm welcome for new students, from Ireland and from overseas, excellence in teaching, learning and research, and a friendly rapport between staff and students.

The programmes on offer at MIC are among the most highly sought-after in Ireland. The College has a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research and is known for the high calibre of students it has attracted since its establishment.

MIC alumni are widely recognised as high merit contributors to all areas of social, cultural and professional life around the world, inspired by the College’s entreaty to ‘make a difference.’ Mary Immaculate College has also expanded its geographical footprint with the incorporation of St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, which currently offers the following four degree programmes that prepare students to become second-level teachers:

Among the other new additions to MIC’s programme provision is the exciting BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies (MI001). This new four year undergraduate programme (level 8) deals with an area of drama and theatre education not currently catered for at third level in Ireland. Applied theatre is considered to be the study of drama and theatre across a range of practical applications and non-traditional settings, including but not defined by stage performance or the study of literary texts. Contemporary theatre signals that the programme will deal largely with current and emergent modes of theatrical production and reception.

A distinctive aspect of student life at MIC on both campuses is the emphasis placed on providing students with a range of supports and opportunities that correspond to their individual and diverse needs, enabling them to enjoy a rich and rounded learning experience.

As Ireland’s largest Catholic college, MIC is known as a caring institution, which places students at the centre of all of its activities. It provides the academic, physical and social environment in which not only learning but also personal development are encouraged and facilitated.

Academic programmes: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Undergraduate

Mary Immaculate College offers the following 4-year, undergraduate honors degree programs: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care & Education, the BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies, and the 4-year secondary-level teaching programmes on the MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles including: BA in Education, Business Studies and Accounting; BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies; BA in Education, Irish and Religious Studies and the BA in Education, Irish and Business Studies.

Postgraduate

MIC offers taught postgraduate programmes in Education and in the Arts. A range of postgraduate programs by research and thesis are also available, up to and including PhD level, in: Applied Linguistics; Education; English; French Studies; Gaeilge; Geography; German Studies; Irish Studies; History; Mathematics and Computer Studies; Media & Communication Studies; Music; Philosophy; Psychology and Theology & Religious Studies.

Research

Mary Immaculate College has put in place several provisions to enhance the research culture within the College and provide incentives for staff to engage in professional research and development. The Research Support Office offers services dedicated to the support and enhancement of research across the College, including support to College staff, Post-Doctoral Students, Postgraduates and Research Centres. The office is staffed by a Higher Executive Officer and a Clerical officer, who assist the Associate Vice President Research who has overall oversight and management responsibility for research with in the College. The following are some of the key roles performed by the Research Support Office 

  • identifying and securing research funding opportunities, as associated work with regard to funding applications
  • expert knowledge regarding funders’ aims, objectives and regulations
  • creation and management of research records, financial records and audit records
  • implementation of research policies and application procedures
  • processing budgetary/finance transactions
  • maintaining research statistics
  • handling enquiries from faculty on research related matters
  • problem solving regarding externally funded projects / programmes
  • production of College research newsletter

Study Abroad

Mary Immaculate College offers a vibrant international study abroad programme to students from more than 50 partner universities & colleges in North America, Australia and Europe and hosts over 120 international students annually.

Students may choose to study for one semester or two at MIC on an academic program that is relevant to their home study. These include: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education; Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care & Education and Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies.

For more detailed information on what you can study and how to apply, please click here.

Why Study at Mary Immaculate College?

  • Ireland's most prestigious and top-ranked College of Education and Liberal Arts.
  • Educating 40% of Ireland's primary school teachers, with less than 4% attrition across all programmes.
  • Highly research-active faculty, 82% of whom have PhDs (one of the highest ratios in the State).
  • Accessible, friendly campus.
  • Staff focus is on students' wellbeing and academic involvement.
  • International students are fully integrated with Irish students.
  • Autumn or Spring semester study, or full-year programmes.
  • Comprehensive orientation and continued staff support throughout.
  • Active International Students' Society.
  • Superb, modern facilities, with on-campus accommodation.
  • English language support.

MIC graduates are found at the top level of many sectors nationally and internationally, most notably education, psychology, public policy development and media and communications.

MIC is conveniently located in a leafy suburb just ten minutes’ walk from Limerick city centre, in Ireland's Midwest region. With access to all major routes, the campus is just 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport and near to all the most beautiful scenery and tourist destinations in the Shannon Region e.g. the Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle.

For information on cost of living, accommodation, etc, please click here. For full details, please contact Holly Cowman, International Relations Officer, at holly.cowman@mic.ul.ie.

Student Support Services

  • Helpful and approachable support services: At MIC, the quality of the student experience is paramount and we adopt a ‘whole student’ approach. The Staff of MIC will be delighted to help you in any way they can before and during your stay on campus, with information on immigration, accommodation and genuine care for the individual student.
  • Tailored orientation programmes for international students – This programme includes day-time and evening events and takes place just before Week 1 of semester. Academic advisors assist international students to ensure a smooth transition to study at the College. This will really help you to settle into life at MIC, meet other students and get to know the campus before the semester gets underway.
  • Friendliness of the staff and students on campus – You will be fully integrated with Irish and other international students for classes, accommodation and clubs and societies. It’s virtually impossible to get lost or feel alone at MIC.

For further details visit: www.mic.ul.ie