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Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Education and Social Justice
Course Code: IET47

Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Education and Social Justice (Level 9)

Entry Requirements:

A Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.1) or equivalent in religious education, catechetics, education, theology, religious studies, philosophy, politics, equality studies, anthropology, psychology, sociology, or legal studies.

Graduates applying from other related social sciences or arts/humanities disciplines will also be considered.

For students without the relevant academic qualification, but with relevant previous experience, recognition for approved prior learning (APL) can be awarded in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.


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 and Social Justice).

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 the 3 core modules).  Students can also opt to complete the Advanced Research module as the 4th module for the Diploma instead of choosing one of the optional modules listed.

Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.

Fees (euro):

Cost per module: €900

Postgraduate Certificate: €1,800

Postgraduate Diploma: €3,600

MA (Total for all modules – Stages 1 and 2): €7,000

Application Process:

Application Forms are currently being accepted electronically.
Please email directly to or  Closing Date for receipt of Applications is Friday, 15th May 2020.

Next Intake:

September 2020.

Stage 1 modules may be offered annually subject to a minimum intake of participants.  Stage 2 will be offered annually from September 2021 subject to a minimum intake of participants.

Closing Date: 2020-05-15

Programme Overview

This part-time M.A. programme aims to equip students with the skills needed to investigate the challenges and opportunities for the provision of high quality religious education in schools. By analysing the provision of religious education in schools as a social justice issue in its own right, as well as considering the notion of the common good more broadly, students will develop their religious literacy, critical thinking, philosophical skills. Additionally, students will develop their awareness of the impact of social justice issues on religion, education, and religious education.

The programme is aimed at graduates from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to: Initial Teacher Education (primary and post-primary), philosophy, theology, religious studies, politics, equality studies, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and legal studies. The programme may also appeal to those working in areas such as advocacy, the charity sector, youth and community work, pastoral care, parish workers, or those with a keen interest in the relationship between religion, education, and social justice.

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

  • Readings in Social Justice and the Common Good (Core Module)
  • Religion, Education and Society (Core Module)
  • The Site of Justice? The Religious Education Teacher and the Classroom (Core Module)

Fourth Optional Module for PG Diploma:

  • Inclusion for Learning
  • Issues and Skills in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy Studies
  • Theory/Practice of Counselling: Adolescent and Young Adult Development and Pastoral Skills


Modules Stage 2: Both modules are core modules

  • Advanced Research module (Core)
  • Dissertation module (Core)

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 programme content. 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 per module) based on assignment, e-tivities and discussion boards, where appropriate.

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

Further Studies

Graduates from the programme may proceed to doctoral research in related areas.

Further Studies

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the programme may pursue careers in academia, advocacy, parish or pastoral settings, and social justice initiatives. Graduates with a prior ITE qualification may choose to apply for coordinator or other leadership positions in schools.

Contact Details

Mary Kearns
St Angela’s College, Lough Gill, Co. Sligo.
T: 00 353 (0)71 9143550

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