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Galway GMIT

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies

Open for Applications

Discipline: Humanities

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: None when commencing Year 1

Places: 20


1,600 Euros for Year 4.

Why Study?

Religion shapes many peoples lives in significant ways, and Religious Studies can help us better understand this influence. This course offers insight into, and reflection on, a number of the great religious questions. The emphasis is on the Christian tradition, but students are also introduced to some of the other great world religions as well.

This course will enlighten students and invite them to explore their own religious beliefs in the light of other faiths, other academic disciplines, and in light of lived experience. The course, therefore, provides a good training in critical thinking, applied across a wide range of issues and contexts.

In a time of pluralism, secularism, and religious extremism, it is increasingly important for people to understand the phenomenon of religion, the beliefs and practices of the major religious traditions, and to be able to discuss and consider these in an informed and balanced fashion.

Why Pursue Religious Studies at GMIT? 
The Religious Studies learning environment at GMIT is designed for adult learners, studying with staff who are committed to students' academic needs and pastoral care. We offer a supportive atmosphere in which religious questions can be explored, the understanding of faith deepened, and an appreciation of the beliefs and religious practices of others developed. New career opportunities, in a range of areas, may also be opened up.

The course is recognised by the Registration Council for Secondary Teachers as a pathway to the Higher Diploma in Education.

Programme Modules

This four year course commences every fourth year. In September 2017 it will be entering Year 4.

Year 4 Modules - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Religious Studies

  • Readings in Contemporary Religious Thought
  • Contemporary Ethical Questions
  • Dissertation
  • Typical Elective Subjects




Subjects Covered
Each year there are three core modules and one elective module. The elective modules are offered according to the specialisations of the lecturing staff of the course.

Core Subjects

Year 1

  • Introduction to Scripture 
  • Questions of Faith & Revelation 
  • Introduction to World Religions 

Year 2

  • The Idea of God 
  • Christology 
  • Church

Year 3 (Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies)

  • Introduction to Moral Reflection 
  • The Christian Scriptures 
  • Understanding the Faith & Culture of Islam 

Year 4  (Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Religious Studies)

  • Readings in Contemporary Religious Thought 
  • Contemporary Ethical Questions 
  • Dissertation 

Typical Elective Subjects

  • Understanding Faith & Culture 
  • An Introduction to the History of Christian Ideas and Structures 
  • Religion and Death 
  • Psychology & the Quest for Transcendence 
  • Spirituality and the Irish Religious Tradition 
  • Creation 
  • The Creative and the Sacred 
  • Media, Religion, and Ethics 

A variety of assessment methods are used across the programme.

Forms of assessment will include:

  • Continuous assessment
  • Written essays
  • Class presentations
  • Examinations

and in Year 4

  • A minor dissertation

Essential Information: 

Student Cards
This course qualifies for issuing of a GMIT Student ID Card.

The course is delivered on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm – 9:45pm  from September 2017 to May 2018.

The course commences the week starting 18th September, 2017.

The course is delivered in GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway.

The room will be advised on the Notice Board in Reception on the first night.

Closing Date for Applications
Friday, 15th September, 2017

If all places are taken on the course the status of the course will change from “Open for Applications” to “Course Full”

Application Process
Either complete and return an Application Form (click to download the application form) or telephone the Lifelong Learning Centre on 091 742145 to complete the application form over the phone.

Tuition Fees
Total fees (Tuition & Student Contribution) for this course are €1,600 per year for three years (Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies) or four years (Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Religious Studies). 

Fees are normally payable in one instalment of  €1,600 in September. You may apply for two instalments (€800 in September, €800 in January). Payment by Credit Card, Debit Card/ Bank Draft or Postal Order (made payable to GMIT). Payment in cash not possible.  Fees are fully refundable up to the time the course starts, thereafter there are no refunds.

Entry Requirement
There are no formal entry requirements for this programme. Applicants will be considered from candidates who may have prior experience/ learning in the discipline area, and who may be eligible for acknowledgement of this under the Institutes RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) policy. Applications are also invited from those wishing to study individual modules. For further information please contact Barry McMillan (Programme Chair) at

Contact Us


Course details

Barry McMillan
Programme Chair
Phone: + 353 (0) 91 75 3161
Email: Barry McMillan

Peter Butler

Lifelong Learning Coordinator
Phone: + 353 (0) 91 74 2328
Email: Peter Butler



Mary Russell
Lifelong Leanring Centre
Tel: +353 (0)91 742 145