Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies
Location: Galway - Dublin Road
NFQ Level: 8
Programme Duration: Four years
Mode of Study: Flexible Learning
Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT
Entry Requirements: Admission to Year 1 is on the basis of a completed application form and interview.
€1,600 Euros per year or €400 per individual subject
Religion shapes many people’s lives in significant ways, and Religious Studies can help us better understand this influence.
This course will enlighten students and invite them to explore their own religious beliefs in 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.
Offering insight into and reflection on a number of the great religious questions, emphasis is on the Christian tradition with introductions to a number of the other great world religions as well.
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 Study Religious Studies at GMIT?
The Religious Studies course in GMIT brings a fresh eye and an open approach to the study of religion. We offer a space for those whose engagement with religion is thoughtful and exploratory.
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—including the teaching of religion—may also be opened up.
The course can be accessed as a full degree programme or as selected individual subjects.
What our students say
There are four subjects per academic year—two in each semester—with each completed subject being worth 15 ECTS credits.
In each academic year, there are three core subjects and one additional subject.
The additional subjects are offered according to the specialisations of the lecturing staff.
- Introduction to Scripture
- Questions of Faith & Revelation
- Introduction to World Religions
- Introduction to Moral Reflection
- Understanding the Faith & Culture of Islam
- The Idea of God
- The Christian Scriptures
- Readings in Contemporary Religious Thought
- Christian Symbols & Rituals
Typical Additional Subjects:
- Understanding Faith & Culture
- A History of Christian Ideas and Structures
- Religion and Death
- Psychology & the Quest for Transcendence
- Key Figures in the History of Thought
- Media, Religion, and Ethics
On completion of the level 8 degree, it is possible to progress to a two-year, research MA in religious studies at GMIT. Graduates from the course have also progressed to studies in education in other institutions in order to become secondary school religion teachers.
The course runs on a four-year cycle. The next cycle will commence in September 2019.
Lectures take place on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm–9:45pm in two academic semesters of thirteen weeks each.
The course is delivered on the GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway, in Room 1036.
We strive to make the course as accessible as possible. As well as a low course fee and evening delivery of lectures, applications are invited for a three-year level 7 degree, a four-year level 8 degree, or for individual subjects.
Closing Date for Applications
Friday 30th August 2019.
The application form is a MS Word document. It is available at this link: Application Form
Please complete it fully (as appropriate) and return it by email to Mary Russell at email@example.com . Please note that incomplete forms will be returned.
Tuition Fees and Payment
Total fees for this course are €1,600 per academic year or €400 for individual subjects.
Fees are payable prior to the commencement of study. Fees may be paid in one instalment of €1,600 in September, in two instalments over the academic year (€800 in September, €800 in January), or please enquire about a payment plan. Payment is by credit card, debit card, bank draft, cheque, or postal order (made payable to GMIT). Payment in cash is not possible. Fees are fully refundable up to the time the lectures commence.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Those who have prior learning in the discipline or in related disciplines, or who have partially completed similar studies elsewhere, may be eligible for subject exemptions under the Institute's RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) policy. For further information, please contact Barry McMillan (Programme Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This course qualifies for the issuance of a GMIT Student ID Card.