Religion - Contemporary Religions MA

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Course Code: CKE06 Full-time, CKE07 Part-time

Course Title: Religion - Contemporary Religions

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Religion - Contemporary Religions

Duration: 1 Year Full-time; 2 years Part-time; 3 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during evening hours.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: €6,000 full-time; €3,000 per year part-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee Full-time: €13,000.

Entry Requirements: Minimum 2.1 honours degree. Applications from candidates with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and subject to approval by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC

Closing Date: See details in Application Procedures below

Next Intake: 10 September 2018


The MA in Contemporary Religions offers an innovative and distinctive programme unique in Ireland. The Study of Religions Department at UCC follows a non-confessional, academic approach to the study of religions, welcoming students interested in questions of cultural diversity, politics, gender and religions in the contemporary world. Teaching staff are leading experts in Indian religions and cultures, contemporary Islam, indigenous and minority religions, neo-paganisms and new religious movements, gender and religions, and anthropology of religion. As part of the course you’ll conduct original fieldwork-based research in Ireland. The Dissertation in Contemporary Religions gives you the opportunity to research an area of your own choice in the wide field of contemporary religions.

Course Details

The MA in Contemporary Religions is suitable whether you’ve already studied religions to primary degree level or have a BA/BSc in another area and are simply interested in studying religions. The course can be taken as research preparation, for MPhil or PhD, or simply to further your knowledge and understanding of contemporary religions.

You’ll take four taught modules over terms one and two and complete the Dissertation in Contemporary Religions over the summer (EU students can also take the course part-time over two or three years).

Modules (15 credits each):

RG6010: Contemporary Approaches in the Study of Religions
This course deals with three main bodies of critical theory (poststructuralist, postcolonial and gender theory), plotting the intersections and points of departure between them and tracing the implications that their insights offer to the academic study of religions.

RG6020: Contemporary Islam
You’ll study various trends and issues in modern and contemporary Islam through movements and individuals, from pre-modernist reform movements such as the Wahhabiyya and the recent Islamic 'resurgence' up to contemporary forms of globalised Islam.

RG6050 Deities, Devotion and Disciplines in Indian Religions 

This module analyses modern and contemporary religious traditions of India, such as Neo-Hinduism, Popular Hinduism, ascetic and reformist traditions.

RG6060 Indigenous Worldviews and Minority Religions

This module examines the contemporary dynamics of the relationship between globalization, neo-liberalism and indigenous and minority populations. We approach this complex relationship through the lens of indigenous worldviews, knowledge systems and religious revival movements.

RG6080 Religions in Contemporary Ireland

The course examines the contemporary religious landscape in Ireland, covering diverse religious groups, communities and traditions and spans a range of topics, including current issues and debates within the wider social, cultural and political context of Ireland.

Further Details of the programme content are in the:  Postgraduate College Calendar 

Fuller details for each module can be found in the Book of Modules (note for technical reasons the listing is under RG - ‘Religions and Global Diversity’)

Detailed Entry Requirements

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKE06AdditionalQuestions (12kB)

Early applications are enouraged for early decisions. 

Course Practicalities

All modules on the programme are taught in the evening (6-9pm).


All assessment is by coursework, including essays, presentations, fieldwork reports and journals, and the Dissertation.

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