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M Ed Religious Education Specialism (formerly M Ed in Religious Education)

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

Available: Part-time

Level: 9

Duration: 2 years

Location: MIC Limerick

Delivery Mode:

Face-to-face with some blended components.


Continuous assessment, coursework and a dissertation.

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Programme Overview

Mary Immaculate College's Master of Education Religious Education (RE) Specialism explores the rich and complex academic discipline of 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 RE Specialism, 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


The programme is delivered on a part-time (2 years) basis. It is a blended programme involving both face-to-face and online delivery.

Part-time Specialism Structure

3 specialism electives, 3 core modules, 3 dissertation modules.

Year 1 - Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
Core Modules
  • EDU689 Systematic approaches to Practitioner Research (12 ECTS)
  • EDU605 National and international trends(9 ECTS)
Elective Specialism (Select 1 RE Module)
  • Religious Education: Approaches, Policies and Contexts (9 ECTS) 
  • Religious Education and the Search for God (9 ECTS)
Year 1 - Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
Core Modules
  • EDU660 Inclusive Education (12 ECTS) 
Elective Specialism (Select 2 RE Modules)
  • Religious Education and Inter-belief Dialogue (9 ECTS)
  • Religious Education: Scripture and the Sacraments (9 ECTS)
  • Critical Engagement with Spirituality in the Environment (9 ECTS)
Year 2 - Semester 1 (15 ECTS)
Core Modules
  • EDU602 Research methods (9 ECTS)
  • EDU654 Dissertation 1 (6 ECTS) or *EDUXXX Capstone 1 (6 ECTS)
Year 2 - Semester 2 (15 ECTS)
  • EDU655 Dissertation 2 (15 ECTS) or EDUXXX *Capstone 2 (15 ECTS)

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

EU - Applicants

Applications for the Master of Education (M Ed) are now open.

To apply, please complete all the steps below:

  1. Download and complete the application form here (application fee Payment Ref Number required).
  2. Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee here using Stripe, and return the completed application along with the supporting documents below by email only to

What to include with your Application

You will be required to send:

  1. University transcripts and certificates
  2. If English is not your first language/language of qualification, you will require:
  • English translation of transcript/qualification
  • Your English Language Competency Certificate (Academic IELTS or equivalent)

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 26 July 2024.


Please Note: This programme is not open to applications from non-EU countries. See International programme listing here.

For fees click here.

Programme Coordinator
Dr Fiona Dineen
+353 61 204920
MIC Admissions Office
061 205160 / 204348

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  • Programme Overview
  • Programme Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
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