HDip Arts: Study of Religions

The HDip Arts: Study of Religions gives you an intensive course in the study of religions. The course will appeal to those who have a degree, but have not previously studied religions to a degree level. 

You’ll select modules drawn from the undergraduate course ‘Religions and Global Diversity’. Through this programme, you’ll have access to research-informed teaching in a variety of religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and East Asian religions, and in methods and theories in the academic, cross-cultural study of religions. 

MRes - Masters Degree by Research

The MRes is a full-time programme running over 12 months (or a part-time programme running over 24 months), from the date of first registration for the programme. 

Students undertake a total workload equivalent to 90 credits over the 12-month programme (or pro rata part-time), the principal element of which is the completion of a major research thesis of approximately 25,000 words. In parallel, students must undertake and pass taught modules to the value of 20 credits. 

MA Anthropology

Our MA Anthropology programme at University College Cork is an exciting new postgraduate degree that represents state-of-the-art in-field training in ethnography, combined with cultural, political and social theory. Bringing together the knowledge & skills of staff at the Marginalized & Endangered Worldviews Study Centre and the Economy & Society Research Centre, the programme is taught through students’ active participation in international summer schools & colloquia, as well as classroom seminars, and with practical fieldwork opportunities in Latin America, India, and several sites throughout Europe including Ireland. 


The department has a thriving research culture with postgraduate students researching a variety of topics. We encourage applications for PhD by research. Departmental staff are willing to consider research proposals in a range of areas. For staff specialisms see staff profiles.

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, major considerations being the candidate’s proven academic ability and the viability of the proposed research project.  Candidates for PhD should be able to provide appropriate evidence of previous academic achievement, normally a good MA in the study of religions or a cognate area. Admission is normally to PhD track in the first instance; i.e. the student’s progress is reviewed after one year f/t equivalent of study before upgrade to full PhD candidate status.  

Please note that the Department also offers PhD track in Anthropology, for further information please visit the UCC Apply link below. Prospective candidates should contact any member of staff for an informal discussion prior to application.

Study of Religions Department

Staidéar Reiligiún

Room 2.22, T12 ND89