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Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy
Course Code: IET03

Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy Studies
Level 9

Entry Requirements:
  • Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) in the discipline or a related discipline. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.

    Applicants will have an academic qualification in Theology or Religious Education. 

    Academic qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in Pastoral Care, Social Studies, Psychology, Counselling or Pastoral Ministry would also be an advantage. 


Students successfully completing 45 ECTS of modules (3 core modules) in Stage 1 of the programme continue to Stage 2 where they undertake the Advanced Research Module (core module) and the Dissertation Module (core module) and exit with a Master of Arts (Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy Studies).


Alternatively, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successfully completing 30 ECTS (2 core modules) or with a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully completing 60 ECTS (4 modules, including 3 core modules). Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.


Stage 1 modules may be offered annually subject to a minimum intake of numbers while Stage 2 will be offered annually.

Fees (euro):

Cost per module (Year 1): €900

Postgraduate Certificate: €1,800

Postgraduate Diploma: €3,600

MA (Total for all modules over 2 years): €7,000

Application Process:

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 17th May 2017. Programme will run subject to a viable number of participants.

Next Intake:

September 2017.

Stage 1 modules may be offered annually subject to a minimum intake of numbers while Stage 2 will be offered annually.

Closing Date: 2017-05-17

Programme Overview

This programme aims to provide an appropriate level of formation in spirituality and the human sciences, a sound grasp of adolescent and adult psychology, skills in group and organisational facilitation, counselling and pastoral skills, as well as a working familiarity with the educational environment of the post-primary school sector in Ireland as well as the third level sector.

Module Options Stage 1: All modules = 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9)

  • Data Protection, Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting (Available in 2018-2019)
  • Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting (Available in 2018-2019)
  • Inclusion for Learning
  • Issues and Skills in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy Studies(Core)
  • Legal issues in the Educational Setting
  • Minors/Vulnerable Adults and the Law
  • School Placement (Core)
  • Theory / Practice of Counselling: Adolescent Development & Pastoral Skills(Core)


School Placement Requirements:

Please note that participants will need to carry out 2 hours per week (33 weeks per school year) in a school or educational setting. The placement can be completed in a block or spread out throughout the year once it equates to 66 hours for the full year. Please note that to work as a School Chaplain some schools require the Chaplain to have a HDip.


Modules Stge 2 - both modules are core modules


  • Advanced Research Module (Core 15 ECTS)
  • Dissertation Module (Core 30 ECTS)

Students commence Stage 2 on 16th September 2017.

Each module will include student contact time, directed study, independent and e-learning study giving a total participant effort of at least 300 hours for each module. Students will also be expected to participate in online discussions of course content. Dates are provided for on-campus workshops and lectures and the remainder of the modules are delivered online. Module delivery may overlap depending on the choice of modules. Modules will normally be assessed by continuous assessment/written coursework (up to a maximum of 5,000 words/module) based on assignment, e-tivities and discussion boards, where appropriate. There will also be an assessed School Placement element to the programme.


On-campus delivery will take place on Friday evenings: 6:30-9:30pm and Saturdays: 9:30am- 5:00pm unless otherwise indicated by module leader.


Career Opportunities

It is estimated that a significant cohort of chaplains will have to be educated for the secondary level education sector over the coming years. In addition, graduates of this programme can work as chaplains or members of pastoral care teams at Universities and Institutes of Technology and other education institutions.

Contact Details

Program Administrator
Education Department
T: 353 71-9195552 / 353 71-9195550
F: 353 71-9144585

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