School of Theology, Philosophy and Music

Theology and Religious Studies

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The University has launched a new student application portal. For applications to this programme see the Make an Application section below.

This honours degree is an exciting programme for mature students (aged 23 or over) wishing to pursue the academic study of religion.

The BA in Theology and Religious Studies offers the opportunity to reflect on the significance of religion in a complex world. In this programme you’ll explore the origins and development of the world’s major religions, along with the beliefs and practices that are central to these traditions. You will also have the opportunity to study the Bible and other sacred texts, explore the importance of ethics in our personal, social and political lives, and reflect on the place of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in the contemporary world. 

The programme is intended for people from a broad range of backgrounds who wish to study theology and religion for personal enrichment as well as those who would like to study theology with a view to being more active in their local community. This programme suits mature students interested in areas like community work, parish ministry and liturgy, youth and young adult ministry, social justice engagement, ecumenical projects, dialogue with other faith communities, and education and school boards. This degree also serves as a qualification for those wishing to pursue postgraduate study or research. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.

“Through the lectures and wide range of modules I learned how to think, research, analyse, critically reflect, write, structure an argument, communicate effectively and develop and use personal and interpersonal skills for the service of community development, all of which are fundamental skills and essential to all walks of life.”

For the 2020/21 academic year, the course will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities.

With close attention to particular religious traditions, ethical issues, and interreligious dialogue, students will engage with the sources, beliefs, and practices that have shaped the societies and cultures in which we live.

Throughout the course you will take modules on systematic theology, church history, scripture, ethics, world religions, as well as optional ancient languages (Hebrew, Greek, Arabic). In your final year of study you will have the opportunity for individual guided research, working on a topic of your choice with a supervisor on an extended research paper.

You will be expected to complete the programme in 4-5 years. Each module carries 7.5 ECTS credits. You may exit the programme with a Certificate (after successfully completing 8 modules), a Diploma (after successfully completing 16 modules), or the BA degree (after successfully completing 24 modules).

The programme follows a five-year cycle, with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between five and six modules per year.


Wide range of modules taught by academic staff whose teaching is shaped by their research and engagement
Opportunity to develop your own research in religion, ethics, and related disciplines in a setting that is ecumenical and interdisciplinary
Introduction to key historical and contemporary texts, issues in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, and dialogue between religious and secular perspectives
Guidance on engaging on with issues of global, social, and environmental justice
View the current course structure

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Caroline Eaton, BA in Theology and Lifelong Education

“Through the lectures and wide range of modules I learned how to think, research, analyse, critically reflect, write, structure an argument, communicate effectively and develop and use personal and interpersonal skills for the service of community development, all of which are fundamental skills and essential to all walks of life.”

Career Areas
Development Work
European and International Religious agencies
Social Justice and Human Rights Bodies
Voluntary and Community Organisations

This course is a good match for you if you want to begin or continue studying theology for personal enrichment or with a view to being more active in the community.


You may be looking to further a career in:

  • Teaching
  • Adult Education
  • Diocesan Youth Work
  • Pastoral Work
  • Church Ministry
  • Chaplaincy

The degree also serves those wishing to pursue Postgraduate Study or research in Theology or a professional Teaching qualification.


General Entry Requirements

Application to this programme is based upon maturity of years.  In order to be eligible for this course applicants must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  As part of the application process, the relevant life/work experience of the applicants and previous studies undertaken will be reviewed to determine eligibility for the course.  Applicants must include with their application a short personal statement indicating why they are applying for this programme.

Leaving Cert

See under General Entry Requirements


GCE A Level

See under General Entry Requirements

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

BA in Theology and Religious Studies
International Applications

 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.


Full time

EU Status Fee
€275 per 5 credit module €412 per 7.5 credit module
Non EU Fee
€550 per 5 credit module €824 per 7.5 credit module

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

To apply for this programme:

All Applicants must submit

  • Personal statement of 1,000 words maximum

Non Native English Speakers must also submit:

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

Application Dates

EU and non EU Application closing dates

The closing date for receipt of non-EU applicants is 1st July 2022.

The closing date for EU applicants is 31st July 2022. 

Non EU Applications

If you require a study visa for the purposes of entering Ireland, you are ineligible for part time study programmes.

Please Note: EU applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full, or up to the final closing date noted above. Early application is advised


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2022.