The Priory Institute offers accredited certificates, higher certificates, diplomas and degrees. Programme accreditation has to do with quality assurance. It is a process under which educational programmes are evaluated by a government authorised, external body to determine if all applicable standards are met. Only those programmes become accredited that meet these quality assurance standards.

The Priory Institute's 'suite of programmes', including all major and minor award programmes, as well as all modules that are available for single subject certification, has been evaluated by an external programme validation board through ITT Dublin. This expert panel determined that all applicable quality assurance standards have been met. This decision resulted in the academic programmes offered by The Priory Institute being accredited and validated by ITT Dublin.

ITT Dublin has delegated authority from HETAC to issue academic awards. HETAC is Ireland's Higher Education and Training Awards Council, a public body, which is accountable to the Irish government and the Oireachtas. It is the national accreditation board for higher education qualifications in Ireland.

ITT Dublin conforms to the Bologna Declaration. By means of that our programmes carry ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points (credits) as follows:


  • Major Awards: Credits NFQ Level
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology: 240 ECTS Points 8
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology: 180 ECTS Points 7
  • Higher Certificate in Theology: 120 ECTS Points 6


  • Minor Awards:
  • Diploma in Philosophy: 60 ECTS Points 7
  • Diploma in Theology 60 ECTS Points 7
  • Diploma in Scripture 60 ECTS Points 7
  • Certificate in Theology 60 ECTS Points 6


  • Other Awards:
  • Single Subject Certification 15 ECTS Points* 6, 7, 8


*) The module 'Learning to Learn' carries an ECTS value of 5 credit points and the module 'Spirituality and the Moral Life' carries an ECTS value of 10 credit points.

In addition to the award earned, our graduates receive a European diploma supplement, which simplifies the international recognition of our academic awards.

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