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Catholic theological studies

Admission Requirements

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Course overview

Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges those who study it to think critically about God, human existence, the world we live in and the role of religion in our lives. Students will be provided with the skills and ethical understanding to participate in current debates about the place of the Christian intellectual tradition in a globalised world.

Is this the right course for you?

‘I wanted to know if God exists. I wanted to know if there was a meaning to life. I wanted to know does my religion actually play a vital role in society. If you love these questions you will love this course.’ Such are the thoughts of one of our first years.

If you have interest in some of the most profound questions concerning God and humanity, this is the course for you. If you seek a sophisticated engagement with Catholic intellectual, ethical and cultural traditions in dialogue with peoples of other faiths, you will find this a stimulating and challenging course.

Course content

In the first year, students are introduced to the variety of disciplines that make up Catholic theological studies. These include, amongst others, Biblical studies (Hebrew Bible and the New Testament), theological ethics and liturgical theology. There is also an introduction to philosophy and to the many different academic approaches to the study of religion today. In the second and third year, students engage in a progressively deeper study of the subject matter of these disciplines. A study of the cultural expressions of Catholic Christianity through the ages is a significant theme. The possibility of language studies in Latin, Greek or Hebrew is offered. In the fourth year students have options for the study of advanced topics in these disciplines and are given appropriate guidance in writing a research dissertation.


Assessment will take a variety of forms, these will include end-of-year examination and continuous assessment (e.g. essays, seminar presentations and team projects). A thesis is written in the final year.

Career opportunities

One of the strengths of this programme is that students will acquire the critical skills of analysis, debate, clear presentation of argument, and the ability to research complex issues in an effective way. These skills employers look for today. Theology graduates find satisfactory and rewarding employment in a variety of fields such as education, social work, business management, the church, the performing arts and the charity sector.

Trinity has always seen itself as preparing people not just for their first job, but as educating citizens for the challenges of an ever-changing world. The objective is the desire to imbue students with the desire to know as well as with knowledge itself. The education in the Loyola Institute participates in these ideals.

Further information
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