Course Overview

This part-time MA 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 MA 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.

Applications and Selections

Complete and return MA Religious Education and Social Justice Application Form‌. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 15th May, 2020.  This programme will run subject to a viable number of participants.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

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.

Additional Requirements


A two year part-time Masters with exit routes at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate stages.

Next start date

Autumn 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning.

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.

ECTS weighting


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


Course code

Course Outline

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.

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 Postgraduate Diploma:
•  Inclusion for Learning

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.

Further Education

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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,000 (full MA)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Cost per module:                   €900
Postgraduate Certificate:       €1,800
Postgraduate Diploma:          €3,600

Application fee: €25 (non-refundable)

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Ms Mary Kearns
Senior Administrator
Education Department
T: +353(0)71 9195551/5550