University Name

Mary Immaculate College


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.


Undergraduate Entry Requirements

  • Students are required to hold their Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate with good results with first-division/class standing and a minimum average grade of 70%.
  • A language other than English and Mathematics must be taken as a subject up to Grade X.
  • Where there is a specific subject requirement for a specific programme (e.g. Maths, Physics, French, etc.), a minimum grade of 70% in that subject at Grade XII is required.
  • English language requirements also apply.

Postgraduate (Taught) Entry Requirements

  • A four-year or three-year honours degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised university. First-division results are required with a minimum overall grade of 60%*.
  • Particular programmes may require an interview and/or work experience.
  • Asian students must provide full transcripts/full marks sheets of each academic year. A consolidated marks sheet is not sufficient as a standalone.
  • English language requirements also apply.

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Student Life

Enriching the whole person is part of our mission at MIC, and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in student life to get a good balance between college work and recreational time.


Once you have accepted your place at Mary Immaculate College, Orientation is the first step to joining the College community. This event takes place the week before the academic year officially starts and each programme has its own schedule, which you will receive in advance. During Orientation, you will get helpful information on MIC facilities, policies and what to expect; register for your programme; get your College ID card and any course materials you need, and meet College staff. There will be a chance to get to know the campus and most importantly, meet fellow students and make friends at social events.

Clubs & Societies

Mary Immaculate Students' Union (MISU) offers a broad selection of clubs and socs’ to join, spanning the arts, culture, entertainment, education, sports, welfare and charity.

Mary Immaculate College and the MISU take great pride in the clubs & societies available to students. MIC has enjoyed great success at the annual Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards. BICS; in 2018 it scooped two prizes: Best New Society (Small College) for MIDANCE (Dance Society), and Best Society in a Cultural, Academic or Social Field (Small College) for MIDAS (Mary Immaculate Dramatic Arts Society).

College Sport

MIC has a strong sporting tradition, with sport and recreation playing an important role in the lives of our students.

MIC has a proud sporting history. Students and alumni have represented county and country in various sports including GAA, rugby, athletics, handball, soccer, rowing and more. MIC has had outstanding victories in sport in the past few years. Many current and past students are playing at the county level in Gaelic games and individuals are excelling in a number of sports at the national and international level including Ciara Griffin (Ireland women's rugby), Róisín Upton (Ireland women's hockey) and Amy O’Donoghue (middle-distance runner for Ireland) to name but a few. The MIC senior hurling team have won the Fitzgibbon Cup, the trophy for the premier hurling championship among higher education institutions in Ireland, twice. We recently introduced Elite Sports Scholarships open to all students who have excelled in their chosen sport.

Arts & Culture

Mary Immaculate College has an extensive art collection, spanning across various media including sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawings and more.

Some pieces are on continuous display around the rooms, buildings and campus, while there are also pieces in storage. The addition of new buildings has meant pieces have been added through the Government's Per Cent for Arts' Scheme including a light installation and a large scale mural (outside and on the TARA Building).

The notable Irish sculptor, Imogen Stuart, has a special relationship with the College and MIC has numerous examples of her work, which form a trail through the interior and exterior spaces.


There are regular art exhibitions at MIC, primarily of students' work but there are also occasional temporary displays by external or visiting artists.

One of the specialisms in the Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) programme is in Visual Art and a good number of students choose to undertake modules in this area. The resulting end-of-year exhibitions are always innovative and thought-provoking.

The Main Foyer of the College, the Art Room (Foundation Building) and An tSlí in TARA are the most commonly used spaces.

Lime Tree Theatre

The TARA Building includes a 510-seat state-of-the-art professional theatre facility in the Lime Tree Theatre—a welcome addition to MIC's facilities and the local and indeed, regional and national arts landscape.

It runs a lively programme all year round with everything from theatre to comedy, music to traditional arts, lectures to dance.

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