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M Ed in Religious Education

Note: The 'At a Glance' section below is indicative only.


Level: 9

Duration: 2 years

Location: MIC Limerick

Delivery Mode:

Face-to-face with some blended components.


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Programme Overview

Mary Immaculate College's Master of Education in Religious Education explores the rich and complex academic discipline of Religious Education (RE). RE plays an important role in developing religious literacy, identity and imagination; promoting creative and critical thinking; offering a space for questioning and reflection; and fostering spiritual development, respect, openness, empathy and justice. It provides a space for dialogue and encounter between faith traditions and people of different belief traditions.

Key Features

This two-year, part-time M Ed will provide an opportunity for advanced study in the foundations, pedagogies, critical perspectives, contemporary issues and research in the field of religious education; enabling participants to reflect critically and creatively on the application of these insights to a variety of educational contexts.

The programme, designed for teachers and educators who want to augment their understanding of religious education in the contemporary classroom and become religious education leaders in their schools, offers a variety of experiences to build knowledge, competency and skills in religious education, framed within the primary level context. The programme does not qualify participants to teach religious education in school settings.

This specialist postgraduate programme, offered by the Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education, draws on the specialist expertise at Mary Immaculate College in the area of Religious Education and the complementary discipline of Theology and Religious Studies.

Students will undertake seven taught modules and complete a dissertation.

Dr Fiona Dineen in a screenshot from the video for the M Ed in Religious Education
M Ed in Religious Ed.-More than a Master's at MIC
This programme explores the rich and complex academic discipline of Religious Education (RE)


Dr Fiona Dineen, Programme Coordinator

T: +353 61 204930


Programme Content

Core Modules
  • Religious Education: Approaches, Policy and Contexts
  • Religious Education and Inter-Belief Dialogue
  • Religious Education and the Search for God
  • Scripture and the Sacraments
  • The Christian Vision of the Human Person and its implications for Education
  • Christology
  • Principles and Practice of Research in Education
Programme Schedule
Programme classes are usually scheduled on evenings and some weekends. The delivery of the programme will be through face-to-face and some blended learning components.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a First or Second Class Honours undergraduate degree (Level 8, NFQ) in a relevant or cognate discipline and/or have evidence of relevant experience and extensive prior learning in the discipline.

Applications are welcome from teachers and educators who are interested or involved in religious education across a variety of educational settings.

Click here for English language requirements.

How to Apply

Applications for September 2023 entry are now open. 

Closing date for receipt of completed applications for September 2023 intake has been extended to 30 June.

Please Note: This programme is not open to applications from non-EU countries. Application fees are non-refundable due to applicant ineligibility. See International programme listing here.

Complete all the steps below:

  1. Download and complete the application form here.
  2. You will be required to send your university transcripts (and applicants may be required to name one or more referees on request).
  3. In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS (or equivalent) is required. 
  4. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Stripe hereand return the completed application and transcripts by email to

For fees click here.

Programme Coordinator
Dr Fiona Dineen
+353 61 204920
MIC Admissions Office

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Ask a Question