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 3,000 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.’
A distinctive aspect of student life at MIC 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. Take a look at our campus here.
Academic programmes: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Mary Immaculate College offers the following 4-year, undergraduate honours degree programs: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care & Education.
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 Media & Communication Studies; Music; Philosophy; Psychology and Theology & Religious Studies.
MIC has a highly research-active faculty, over 82% of whom have PhDs (one of the highest ratios in the Republic of Ireland). Please click here to access the College Research Repository & Digital Archive, which contains academic publications, postgraduate theses and research archive collections.
As a postgraduate at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), you will be part of a vibrant community of over 100 PhD researchers and 250 Masters students. Our postgraduate programmes are central to the College's mission: to foster the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of students through excellence in teaching, learning and research in a range of disciplines in Arts and Education. To that end, the College has a dedicated Research & Graduate School, with a myriad of supports in place to attract world-class researchers to our campus.
Mary Immaculate College offers a vibrant international study abroad programme to students from more than 50 partner universities & colleges in North America and Australia and hosts over 70 international students annually. We have long-standing partnerships with US universities such as: Frostburg State University in Maryland; Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York; Longwood College in Virginia; Loyola University in Chicago; Regis University in Denver, Colorado; Thomas More College in Kentucky and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Recent partnerships include: University of San Francisco; DeSales University, Center Valley, PA; Sacred Heart University, Connecticut; Gannon University, Erie, PA; Niagara University and Neumann University, Aston, PA. Mary Immaculate College is also a partner to the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. 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 or Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care & Education). For full details, please contact International@mic.ul.ie or call +353 61 774787
The Foundation Certificate is a programme for mature students who wish to continue their education with a view to progressing to third level. The part-time course extends from October to May. Students attend lectures on two evenings per week and two Saturdays per term.
The course equips students with the necessary skills to benefit from, and participate in, a third-level educational course and builds up confidence in a supportive learning environment.
The course provides students with an introduction to a selection of Liberal Arts subjects: History, English, Language and Linguistics, Geography, Media and Communication Studies, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Study and Writing Skills and Information Technology.
For successful completion of the Foundation Certificate, students must demonstrate satisfactory attendance and performance in all elements of the programme. Students who are awarded a Foundation Certificate with Merit are granted direct access to the Liberal Arts Degree Programme in Mary Immaculate College.
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.
The Accommodation Office assists students in finding housing and provides advice on general housing issues.
Disability Support Service
Students who have a disability/specific learning difficulty and who require particular supports should notify the Disability Support Service in advance of admission to the University.