23/10/2015 Pictured at the recent Mary Immaculate College conferring ceremonies were Sean Breathnach, Carraroe, Co. Galway, John O' Heney, Lattin, Co. Tipperary and Kevin Kelly, Carraroe, Co. Galway who all graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching. 625 students from 20 counties and 3 continents were conferred with academic awards across the College’s 27 programmes including the College’s 100th PhD award. Pic: Gareth Williams / Press 22

Programme provision at MIC expands with addition of four secondary-level teaching programmes on MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles

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 3,600 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.

MIC’s retention rate is 94% (HEA, 2016), among the highest in Ireland, which is exemplary. This indicates that when students choose MIC they are happy with their choice and prosper. External opinion on the College is equally as positive with a recent Higher Education Authority report placing MIC within the Excellent Progress Category of how Ireland’s universities and colleges are performing.

MIC is an exciting prospect for a college applicant. Some compelling reasons have been put forward as to why this is so by the current cohort of over 3,600 students and by the many thousands of graduates.

These include:

  • An outstanding history of academic excellence
  • Superb Liberal Arts and Education undergraduate programme offerings
  • A highly supportive atmosphere and a student-friendly campus environment
  • State-of-the-art teaching and sporting facilities
  • An extensive range of student support services
  • An excellent suite of postgraduate study options

The programmes on offer at MIC, which include undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in liberal arts and education, 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.’

The programmes are validated by the University of Limerick and are accredited by the Teaching Council. The programmes will offer wholly unique content and subject combinations, presenting very favourable employment prospects to graduates.

MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles, as it is now known after its incorporation by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, prides itself on academic excellence through the provision of values-led, quality teaching with an emphasis on critical and reflective thinking. As well as offering a number of full-time academic courses, the campus serves as a centre for theological, pastoral and spiritual renewal in the region. It also boasts excellent educational, catering and recreational facilities. This along with small class sizes, extensive student support facilities and dynamic and engaging lecturers makes MIC St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles a leading option for those thinking of pursuing second–level teaching programmes.

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.

Further Information visit www.mic.ul.ie