M.A. On Campus

Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work

Dublin City University

12 months
13700 EUR/year
7500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course at Dublin City University provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to enrich their skills in the areas of Faith Development, Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Coordination.


The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work at Dublin City University aims to develop graduates who:

  • Understand, and are able to apply knowledge from theological, and educational disciplines to the work of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work

  • Apply current thinking concerning pastoral work, faith formation, spiritual accompaniment, inter-religious dialogue and interculturalism in different pastoral contexts

  • Exhibit the personal, professional and spiritual skills and sensibilities necessary to work as a chaplain/pastoral worker and as a member of a pastoral team.

  • Manifest the ability to plan, execute and report on a research project of relevance to the work of a chaplain/pastoral worker

  • Engage sensitively in faith formation and faith development initiatives in an invitational and inclusive manner which is appropriate to the characteristic spirit of the pastoral setting and to the cultural and religious diversity present in the community

  • Develop Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment skills that are appropriate to the work of the chaplain/pastoral worker in the particular context

  • Exhibit readiness to assume the role and responsibilities of a chaplain/pastoral worker

  • Demonstrate the ability to manage their own work as a chaplain/pastoral worker and to integrate this with the work of others in order to provide an effective pastoral presence

  • Work collaboratively with others in order to enhance the pastoral, religious, spiritual and moral dimensions of the designated community

  • Exhibit competence as a 'Reflective Practitioner' and openness to continuing professional development

  • Exhibit a depth awareness of contemporary culture

  • Will be able to respond creatively, appropriately and sensitively to the 'moments' in people's lives in which there is an openness to the invitation to full human development and religious, moral and spiritual awakening.


Graduates of the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work are currently employed as chaplains in the post–primary school and university sector, in parishes, prisons and community facilities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Spirituality and Ritual in Context

  • Contemporary Cultures and Ethics of Care

  • Pastoral Counselling and Skills

  • Professional & Spiritual Development

  • Professional & Spiritual Development

  • Research Module

  • Theology of Ministry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours primary degree (any discipline) or equivalent 
  • 60 ECTS credits in Theology
  • Applicants must have secured a suitable placement 
  • Applicants must submit an Academic/Professional Reference
  • Applicants  with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered (Irish / EU applicants only)
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. 
  • Applicants will be required to undertake an interview before any offer is issued for this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13700 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7500 EUR per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • EU/EEA: 3,700 EUR per year
  • Non-EU/EEA: 7,000 EUR per year

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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