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Theology and Religious Studies

Entry Route

Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course Details

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
4 Years
Course leader:
Dr. Michael Griffin
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00 353 61 213170



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Available from our partner institution, Mary Immaculate College Theology and Religious Studies can be taken as part of the UL Arts Degree as a joint honours combination. Review the subjects you can study with Theology and Religious Studies by looking at the table at the end of this section.

Please Note: Theology and Religious Studies is only available to study in Year 1.

About The Course

Theology and Religious Studies entails an intellectual exploration of the belief systems that have played a vital role in the shaping of our world throughout the centuries. As a valid academic pursuit, this discipline focuses on ultimate questions, explores the human phenomenon of religion and provides for the development of critical thought. Theology and Religious Studies involves an analysis of the historical perspectives and philosophical presuppositions of the content of Christian faith and a clarification of the meaning of Christian belief in the modern world.

In the last few years the number of students taking this subject has grown dramatically, in part due to the realisation that religious belief must be re-examined and re-imagined if it is to be influential in shaping the new Ireland. Religious Education is now offered as a subject for State Examination in many schools, especially those which are faith-based, and increasingly there is a demand for those who are qualified to teach it.

Why study Theology?

Theology is perhaps one of the most exciting subjects one can study in the Liberal Arts programme. The study of theology and religion entails an intellectual exploration of the belief systems that have played a vital role in the shaping of our world throughout the centuries. Human beings are in search of meaning, and an engagement with theology allows students to examine critically some of the most profound answers given to the most fundamental questions about life.

There is hardly any significant aspect of life or society that has not been affected by religion, for better or worse, and this alone already justifies a study of religion. There are so many different exciting aspects to theology and the study of religion that it is difficult to think of another subject that covers such a diverse range of topics and ideas. Whether you are interested in the study of different cultures, history, art, ethics, spirituality and mysticism, you will find something that appeals to you in the curriculum of our Department.

Theology and Religious Studies First Year Option

First-year subject only from AY19/20.

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
  Students select 1:   Students select 1:
RS4001 Religion and World Religions RS4001 Religion and World Religions
RS4011 Introduction to Systematic Theology RS4011 Introduction to Systematic Theology
RS4021 The World of the Bible RS4021 The World of the Bible


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Theology & Religious Studies graduates find work in a wide range of careers including:

  • Teaching (Professional Master of Education required)
  • Further/higher education
  • Law
  • Social Care
  • Pastoral and chaplaincy work
  • Community work
  • Development work
  • Voluntary/Charity management & co-ordination
  • Guidance and counselling
  • Youth work

Follow-On Study:

  • MA/PhD Research
  • MA in Theological Studies
  • MA in Christian Leadership in Education
  • Theatre direction and dramaturgy