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GMIT Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies

Open for Applications. This course runs on a four-year cycle. The next cycle commences in September 2019.

Discipline: Humanities

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Flexible Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: None when commencing Year 1

Places: 20

Fee: 

1,600 Euros per  year

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 upon a number of the great religious questions. Emphasis is on the Christian tradition but students are 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.

What our students say

Mary O'Malley, BA Religious Studies, 2018

Michael Brown, BA Religious Studies, 2018

Programme Modules

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

  • Christology
  • Introduction to Moral Reflection
  • Church

Year 3 (BA in Religious Studies)

  • Understanding the Faith & Culture of Islam
  • The Idea of God
  • The Christian Scriptures

Year 4  (BA (Hons) in Religious Studies)

  • Readings in Contemporary Religious Thought
  • The Psalms & Johannine Writings
  • Dissertation

Typical Elective Subjects

  • Psychology and the Quest for Transcendence
  • Media, Religion, and Ethics
  • Imagination as Threshold of Mediation
  • Understanding Faith & Culture
  • Christian Symbols and Rituals
  • Religion and Death
  • Key Figures in the History of Thought

Assessment
A variety of assessment methods are used across the programme.

Forms of assessment will include:

  • Continuous assessment
  • Written essays
  • Class presentations
  • Examinations
  • A minor dissertation (Year 4 only)

Essential Information: 

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

Delivery
This course runs on a four-year cycle. The next cycle commences in September 2019.

The course is delivered on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm – 9:45pm  from September 2019 to May 2024.

Dates
The course commences in September, 2019.

Location
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, 30th August, 2019.

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

Application Process
You must download, complete fully and return by email (not by post) the Application Form which is in the form of a MS-Excel file. Incomplete files/ postal applications will be returned. Please email completed Application Forms to mary.russell@gmit.ie

Tuition Fees and Payment
Total fees (Tuition & Student Contribution) for this course are €1,600 per year. 

Fees are payable in one instalment of  €1,600 in September, or you may apply to pay in two instalments (€800 in September, €800 in January), or enquire about a payment plan. 

Payment by Credit Card, Debit Card/Bank Draft or Postal Order (made payable to GMIT). Payment in cash is not possible.  Fees are fully refundable up to the time the course starts. 

Entry Requirement
There are no formal entry requirements for this programme. Applications 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 Institute's 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 barry.mcmillan@gmit.ie

Contact Us

Contact: 

Course details

Barry McMillan
Programme Chair
Phone: + 353 (0) 91 742472
Email: Barry McMillan

 

Enrolments

Mary Russell
Lifelong Learning Centre
Tel: +353 (0)91 742145
Email: mary.russell@gmit.ie