Religious Studies

The part-time Certificate in Religious Studies prepares teachers to teach in Catholic schools in accordance with the requirements of the Council for Catechetics of the Irish Episcopal Conference. In making appointments, Catholic school management boards will normally require the CRS as a condition of employment. As well as being recognised as a qualification to teach Religious Education in Irish Catholic primary schools, the CRS is also accepted by some of the Catholic elementary school systems in the UK, North America and Australia.

The aim of the programme is to equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach religious education in Catholic primary schools.

Staff on the programme are at the forefront of key developments in Catholic primary school religious education and have been involved in the writing of the RE curriculum and programmes for Catholic primary schools in Ireland.

Delivery of the programme has been tailored to suit students' needs which have been identified since the inception of the programme over a decade ago. The timetable has been arranged on a student-friendly basis and the three day component during the summer has received approval from the DES as a blended learning summer course which yields 3 EPV days for teachers.

Many graduates of the programme have been successful in receiving some reimbursement of fees by applying to the DES Refund of Fees Scheme.

Feedback from students has been very positive overall. The majority of students allude to some initial reluctance, skepticism and apathy which they say was allayed or transformed, as they pursued their studies on the programme.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
Entry to the part-time Certificate in Religious Studies is open to any teacher with a recognised qualification (from Ireland or elsewhere) to teach in a primary school in Ireland.


1 year part-time.

Careers or further progression

Teachers applying for positions in Catholic primary schools in Ireland are required to hold a qualification equipping them to teach religion according to the tenets of the Catholic faith. The Certificate in Religious Studies (CRS) offered by DCU meets the requirements of the Irish Episcopal Conference in this regard and graduates have been successful in obtaining positions in Catholic primary schools.

Further enquiries

Cora O'Farrell
t: +353 (01) 884 2106

Subjects taught

CCE501 Religious Education
CCE502 Introduction to Theology
CCE503 Spirituality, Liturgy & Sacraments
CCE504 Moral & Systematic Theology
ED9042 Religious Education 2 & Creed & Trinity
Subject to change

Application date

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applications

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 31st July 2018 using PAC code DC996

Non EU Applicants
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 10th July 2018 using PAC code DC996. If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

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