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Bachelor of Arts (Evening) History, Politics, Sociology, Literature and Law

Bachelor of Arts (Evening) History, Politics, Sociology, Literature and Law

4 years

Course leader:
Dr. Carmel Hannan
Email: Tel:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

This programme is delivered via Blended Learning to mature students wishing to take these subjects to degree level outside of the traditional daytime mode. As a result, students will be able to take a programme that will more closely meet their educational and lifestyle choices. The programme offers the option of a diploma after two years or an honours degree after successful completion of four years.

Orientation in information technology, word processing, note-taking, study skills, and in how to use library and information resources, is provided by way of support to students.

The academic aims of the programme are to encourage evaluation of Irish society in a wider European context including historical development and perspectives, political institutions and ideology, sociological perspectives on socio-economic change and social reality. The programme will also develop critical skills in the reading of modern literature and an understanding of English literature; it will enhance research skills and the acquisition of analytical tools in the collection and analysis of qualitative information and quantitative data. On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the main principles underpinning at least three of the five subjects available through the programme: Politics and International Relations; History; Law; Sociology; English Literature.

What you will study

  Semester1   Semester 2
  3 taught modules from:   3 taught modules from:
HI4091 The Structures & Institutions of Medieval Society HI4192 Sources for History
PO4051 Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1 PO4052 Introduction to Politics and International Relations 2
SO4091 Introduction to Sociology SO4092 Introduction to Sociology 2
CU4011 Early Modern Literature EH4063 Augustan and Romantic Literature
LA4101 Law of Evidence (ONLINE) LA4132 Human Rights Law (ONLINE)
  Semester 3   Semester 4
  3 taught modules from:   3 taught modules from:
HI4193 Early Modern Europe and Ireland HI4194 Europe: Enlightment and Revolution 1688 - 1815
PO4093 International Relations PO4094 Comparative European Politics
SO4903 Introduction to Social Research Methods SO4094 Sociological Theory
CU4093 Victorian Texts and Contexts EH4094 Literary Modernism
LA4061 Crime and Criminal Justice (ONLINE) LA4112 Criminal Procedure (ONLINE)
  Semester 5   Semester 6
    CU4016 Final Year Project
  3 taught modules from:   3 taught modules from:
HI4195 Ireland: 1750-1850 HI4196 Europe: Society and Governance: 1890-1990
PO4095 Government & Politics in Europe PO4096 Government and Politics in Ireland
SO4007 Qualitative Methods for Sociological Research SO4096 Issues in Contemporary Irish Society
CU4095 Irish Literary Revival CU4096 After the Revival: Studies in Modern Irish Poetry
LA4081 Family Law (ONLINE) LA4142 Constitutional Law - Fundamental Rights (ONLINE)
  Semester 7   Semester 8
CU4017 Final Year Project    
  3 taught modules from:   3 taught modules from:
HI4297 Ireland: Revolution and Independence: 1899-1968 HI4098 Women and History
PO4087 Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict PO4098 Issues in World Politics
SO4095 Sociology of Media SO4908 Sociology of the Welfare State
CU4097 20th Century Literature in English CU4098 Contemporary Irish Literature
LA4051 Criminal Law 1 (ONLINE) LA4072 Criminal Law 2 (ONLINE)

Entry requirements

Selection for places on the course is based on the individual’s ability to commit to, complete and benefit from the course as demonstrated by application and interview. A courses selection committee will base its selection decision on criteria such as life and work experience, evidence of prior academic experience, and the range of the applicant’s interests.

How to apply

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

Fees are subject to change. For current fees please contact the fees office at the University of Limerick. The Evening BA is an approved course for tax rebate exemptions on Tuition Fees.

Your future career

These include the Public Service, European and International Agencies, Media, Journalism and Public Relations, Policy Evaluation Research, Social and Market Research and Teaching. The programme is recognised for teacher training purposes by the Teacher’s Registration Council for the teaching of History (Junior and Leaving Certificate levels) and CSPE (Junior Cert Level). Graduates who complete 8 law modules over the 4 year degree programme would be eligible to progress to do the 2-year LLB Graduate Entry at UL (with the possibility of some exemptions) which is a recognised law degree for the purpose of later pursuing a professional legal qualification.