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Catholic theological studies

B.A.; 15 places

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What is Catholic Theological Studies ?

Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges students to reflect critically about God, human existence, the world we live in and the role of religion in our lives.

The Catholic theological tradition has been shaped by some of the greatest minds and movements, globally. It has influenced culture, art, literature and ethics in western thought, for centuries.

The study of theology challenges students to think critically and holistically across a wide range of disciplines. It encourages students to think for themselves about the big questions of today and, it enables them to be at the cutting edge in contemporary engagement with these issues.

You can study Catholic Theological Studies (CTS) as a single honours subject or combined with History / Italian / Irish / Philosophy as part of the Trinity TSM undergraduate arts degree.

Catholic Theological Studies: The course for you?

This course is designed for all students interested in the big questions of today and equips you with the skills to make a difference.

If you are interested in analysing the moral and religious questions lying at the heart of today’s world you will find this a stimulating and challenging course.

If you have an enquiring mind, are interested in philosophical questions, like grappling with complex concepts, enjoy discussion and debate, and are concerned with current issues like: What is justice? What is truth? What can we make of evil and suffering in the world? Why is there war and violence? Why is there an ecological crisis? Can I make a difference? Then this is the course for you.

You can watch our current students speaking of their experience studying CTS: www.youtube.com/channel/UCdnzub-BhNL40_ldB945MMg

Catholic Theological Studies @ Trinity

At the Loyola Institute at Trinity you will find a lively and welcoming community. Our small classes offer ample opportunity for questions, vibrant discussion and acquiring the skills of debate and discussion. Consistent tutorial support provides you with ready access to guidance and advice for all of your four years at Trinity.

A unique aspect of the Catholic Theological Studies degree is a 3rd year module on social activism where students have the opportunity to learn through immersion experiences in agencies such as those working with homeless people.

Trinity is home to the Book of Kells and in this degree we offer a special study of its marvels from a theological perspective. CTS also draws on its location in the heart of Dublin, offering the opportunity to visit and learn from significant international collections such as the Chester Beatty and the National Museum of Ireland, as well as field-trips to places of historic and theological importance such as Clonmacnoise.

The Loyola Institute regularly hosts major international speakers who are world leaders in their fields. Students are encouraged to attend these events.

Loyola’s lecturers have worked internationally in universities such as Yale, Edinburgh and Cambridge. They are regular contributors to the media and also sit on the boards of various educational and not-for-profit organisations.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

CTS is a brand new degree course in Ireland and has no graduates as of yet. Current students aspire to a wide range of occupations including journalism, law, teaching, academics and working in human rights. Surveys in other countries show that graduates of theology have developed flourishing careers in these areas, and in a wide range of other occupations.

A degree in theology equips students to think clearly and logically, to see the big picture and address a problem from many angles. These are skills that 21st century employers are seeking. The small size of the CTS classes means that students get ample opportunities for teamwork, debating, and making presentations to their peers.

Watch Orlaith Tunney, Careers Officer at Trinity College Dublin speak about career paths for CTS graduates youtu.be/hPQBR5yV2xU

Your degree and what you’ll study

The degree in Catholic Theological studies includes modules on:

FIRST YEAR:

  • Biblical studies.
  • Theological ethics.
  • Theological Anthropology (which examines aspects of being human today)
  • Introduction to philosophy.
  • Liturgical theology.

SECOND and THIRD YEARS:

  • Christianity in Europe through the ages.
  • Cultural expressions of Christianity through the ages – Art / Architecture / Literature / Film.
  • Option of language studies in Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
  • Social activisim - including work in field.
  • Book of Kells - examined from theological perspective.

FOURTH YEAR:

  • In-depth study of selected topics.
  • Research dissertation on a selected area (under guidance).

Students may also take a module from outside this course via the Broad Curriculum. This allows students to take modules from a great variety of other disciplines within the University.

Study abroad

During the third year of the degree programme, we encourage students to gain experience of studying and living abroad for a semester or a year. Erasmus and other inter-EU exchange relationships are in place to facilitate you to live and study at other EU universities.

The Loyola Institute also has an association with University of Notre Dame in the USA and further US associations are being developed.

GET IN TOUCH!

Come and visit us during TCD Open Day.

We welcome visits by prospective students and are happy to arrange for you to visit and talk with a member of staff, or attend a lecture and meet existing students. To set this up email Helen at loyola@tcd.ie

Learn more:

www.facebook.com/loyolaTCD

Twitter: @LoyolaTCD

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCdnzub-BhNL40_ldB945MMg

Email: loyola@tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 4790


What our current students say

Imaani Keogh, Wexford, 2nd year student CTS

“I’m loving studying Theology. I’m fascinated about the history of thought … We learn about why people did things not just what they did.”

Eoghan Stanley, Slane, Co Meath, 3rd year student CTS

“I’m learning the skills to enable me to think critically and present my opinions both verbally and in writing.”

Course Options

Award

B.A.

Number of Places

15

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR030

Options

TR030 – Catholic Theological Studies is a single honour four year course.

TR001 – Catholic Theological Studies (TSM) must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Catholic Theological Studies see TSM combinations.

See also:

TR001: Catholic Theological Studies (TSM) TR001: World religions and theology (TSM) TR008: World religions and theology


Admission Requirements

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Apply

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EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Catholic Theological Studies, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/02/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Catholic Theological Studies, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/06/2017
  • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR030

    Options

    TR030 – Catholic Theological Studies is a single honour four year course.

    TR001 – Catholic Theological Studies (TSM) must be combined with one other TSM subject. An honours degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Catholic Theological Studies see TSM combinations.

    See also:

    TR001: Catholic Theological Studies (TSM) TR001: World religions and theology (TSM) TR008: World religions and theology