Institute of Education

Master in Religion and Education (Post Primary)

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DC991 - (Full Time) DC992 - (Part Time)
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There is NO intake for this programme for September 2019

This programme is designed to meet the professional needs of second level teachers. It provides a grounding in research methodology and contemporary issues in Education and Religious Education and offers students the opportunity to specialise. With specialisms for this year's entry in:

  • Mentoring and Leadership 
  • Religious Education 
  • Digital Learning

This programme is designed to demands of the changing edcuational landscape, it focuses in particular on the needs of the second level school community. Modules include:

  • The Diverse Classroom Contemporary leadership in an Evolving School Culture Curriculum
  • Policy and assessment International Trends in Religious Education - Research
  • Practice Resourcing RE in a Digital Age Ethics
  • Teaching Profession Designing and Resourcing Junior and Senior Cycle RE Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Religious Education Spirituality
  • Adolescence and Faith Development 
  • Virtual Learning Environments 
  • Religion and Belief in a Secular Age Faith and Culture 
  • The Holocaust and Modern Culture

This programme enhances participants' ability to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current issues in Religion and Education Demonstrate a capacity for in-depth research in specific topics of RE and Education Develop complex analytical and interpretative skills in the spheres of Religion and Education Assume responsibility for work within professional and pastoral contexts, with individuals and groups Investigate and reflect on educational, religious and theological values and thereby contribute effectively to change in society.

"Participating in the MA (Religion and Education with Digital Pedagogy) has been a highly positive experience. The programme has impacted in a significant manner on my professional life and in particular on my classroom practice. The variety of new approaches and methodologies that I have learned has transformed my teaching, especially with regard to the integration of ICT in education. I have also developed a greater understanding of the critical issues facing religious educators in a contemporary and pluralistic society."

This programme of studies is primarily aimed at those second level teachers interseted in ongoing professional development in education, mentoring and leadership, religious education and digital pedagogy in second-level schools. The programme combines theory with practice to enable participants to respond to issues that are impacting on second level school communities.



  • A primary honours degree (Level 8), minimum H2.2 or equivalent (or international equivalent),  with Theology or Religious Education or Religious Studies as a major element
  • Applicants must hold a professional teaching qualification or have equivalent teaching experience.
  • Students who do not meet the normal criteria may be considered for a place on the programme on the basis of their work experience and other relevant educational achievements.
  • Applicants seeking Accreditation of Prior (Certified) Learning (APL) for the purposes of entry, module exemptions, or advanced entry, or applicants seeking Accreditation of Prior Experiental Learning (APEL) for the purposes of entry or module exemptions will also be considered.


International Applicants

International applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.



Next Steps

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Evidence of professional teaching qualification or detailed CV outlining equivalent teaching experience


Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible. 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. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.


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EU Applicants should apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( There is no intake for this Programme for September 2019.

Non-EU Applicants should apply online the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( There is no intake for this Programme for September 2019.

Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( When applying for the programme use the PAC code DC991 (Full-Time), DC992 (Part-Time)