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Certificate in Religious Studies

Certificate in Religious Studies

  • PAC CodeDC996
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€1,200
  • Non EU Fees€2,500
About fees & requirements

The part-time Certificate in Religious Studies prepares primary teachers to teach in Catholic schools in accordance with the requirements of the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Episcopal Conference. In making appointments, Catholic school management boards will normally require the CRS as a condition of employment. As well as being recognised as a qualification to teach Religious Education in Irish Catholic primary schools,the CRS is also accepted by some of the Catholic elementary school systems in the UK, North America and Australia.


The aim of the programme is to equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach religious education in Catholic primary schools.

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Staff on the programme are at the forefront of key developments in Catholic primary school religious education and have been involved in the writing of the RE curriculum and programmes for Catholic primary schools in Ireland.

Delivery of the programme has been tailored to suit students’ needs which have been identified since the inception of the programme over a decade ago. The timetable has been arranged on a student-friendly basis and the three day component during the summer has received approval from the DES as a blended learning summer course which yields 3 EPV days for teachers.

Many graduates of the programme have been successful in receiving some reimbursement of fees by applying to the DES Refund of Fees Scheme.

Feedback from students has been very positive overall. The majority of students allude to some initial reluctance, scepticism and apathy which they say was allayed or transformed, as they pursued their studies on the programme.

"The content of the programme was thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile for any teacher teaching in a Catholic school".

"The programme was structured deliberately and effectively to ensure balance between learning principles of religious education and applying these principles to classroom settings. This course is very well planned and delivered by an expert team of presenters".

"I found the course very helpful and insightful and I learned a lot about Catholicism and different religions".


Teachers applying for positions in Catholic primary schools in Ireland are required to hold a qualification equipping them to teach religion according to the tenets of the Catholic faith. The Certificate in Religious Studies (CRS) offered by DCU meets the requirements of the Irish Episcopal Conference in this regard and graduates have been successful in obtaining positions in Catholic primary schools.


General Entry Requirements

Entry to the part time Certificate in Religious Studies is open to any teacher with a recognised qualification (Level 8, Pass Degree / Third Class degree from Ireland or elsewhere) to teach in a primary school in Ireland. 

All Applicants must submit:

  • Confirmation of your Teaching Council registration.  If however your Teaching Council registration has expired or you are awaiting confirmation of same, you must submit certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study.
  • Personal Statement of 250 words maximum outlining your reasons for applying

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

Dates for Submission of Applications

Online applications open 16th March 2020.

EU Applications

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 30th June 2020 using PAC code DC996

Non EU Applicants

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 30th June 2020 using PAC code DC996.  If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Certificate in Religious Study (P/T) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Part Time €0 €1,200 €2,500