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Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Studies

Programme Description:
This programme aims to provide an appropriate level of formation in spirituality and the human sciences, a sound grasp of adolescent and adult psychology, skills in group and organisational facilitation, counselling and pastoral skills, as well as a working familiarity with the educational environment of the post-primary school sector in Ireland as well as the third level sector.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) in the discipline or a related discipline. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.

Applicants will have an academic qualification in Theology or Religious Education.

Academic qualifications and/ or relevant professional experience in Pastoral Care, Social Studies, Psychology, Counselling or Pastoral Ministry would also be an advantage.


Stage 1 modules may be offered annually subject to a minimum intake of numbers, while Stage 2 will be offered annually.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities:
It is estimated that a significant cohort of chaplains will have to be educated for the secondary level education sector over the coming years. In addition, graduates of this programme can work as chaplains or members of pastoral care teams at Universities and Institutes of Technology and other education institutions.

Further enquiries

Education Department
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 9195552 / 071 9143580

Subjects taught

Programme Content and Structure:

Module Options Stage 1: All modules = 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9)
• Data Protection, Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting
• Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting
• Inclusion for Learning
• Issues and Skills in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy Studies (Core module)
• Legal issues in the Educational Setting
• Minors/Vulnerable Adults and the Law
• School Placement (Core Module)
• Theory / Practice of Counselling (Core module)

Modules Stage 2 - both modules are core modules
• Advanced Research Module
• Dissertation Module

Students successfully completing 45 ECTS of modules (3 core modules) in Stage 1 of the programme continue to Stage 2 where they undertake the Advanced Research Module and the Dissertation Module and exit with an Master of Arts in Pastoral care and Chaplaincy Studies. Alternatively, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successfully completing 30 ECTS (2 modules) or with a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully completing 60 ECTS (4 modules). Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.

Stage 1 modules may be offered annually subject to a minimum intake of numbers, while Stage 2 will be offered annually.

Application date

Application Process:

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019 (Subject to numbers)

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