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Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Religious Education
Course Code: IET04

Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Education
Level 9

Entry Requirements:
  • Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent which includes a significant element of Religious Education, Catechetics or Theology.For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


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 (Religious Education).


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). 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 two years): €7,000

Application Process:

Closing date for application is 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

The social, cultural and religious context within which Religious Education now takes place within the island of Ireland has changed considerably within the second half of the twentieth century.  Changing patterns of Church affiliation and practice, the development of Irish society as increasingly secular yet also interfaith and the pressing urgency of global inter-religious relations all contribute to provide both challenges and opportunities for Religious Education within Ireland in the twenty first century.


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

  • Contemporary Developments in Religious Education
  • Religion and Belief in a Changing World
  • Religious Education: Linking Life and Faith
  • Spirituality and Religious Education
  • Religious Education in Contexts of Diversity
  • Religious Education: Resources and Approaches in a Digital Age


Module Options Stage 2 - both modules are core modules


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

Students commence Year 2 on 15th September 2017.


Each module will include student contact time, directed study, independent and e-learning study giving a total participant effort of at least 160 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.


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

This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to progress further in their professional sector and are already in employment. It aims to enhance professional knowledge and it is designed to provide a student-centred, accessible, flexible, coherent framework for the personal, professional and academic development of participants.  Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own work practices and to link their study to their working environment.

Contact Details

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

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