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Welcome to the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

The Loyola Institute at Trinity College is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition. Our central concern is the creative intersection of theology, Church and society. We welcome students from a diversity of backgrounds and interests from across the world – as part of Erasmus and other international programmes – to join us for a term or an academic year.

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.

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M Ayers

The Loyola Institute was incredibly welcoming when I studied there for my year abroad. The small class sizes along with the high level of instruction and commitment on the part of the lecturers are two points that really set the department apart. I particularly liked the module on Theological Anthropology. The class explores so many facets of the subject and really provides the student an opportunity to delve deeper into what they find particularly appealing.“
Megan M. Ayers, Yale, Connecticut, USA  

Benefits of studying Theology at Loyola Institute


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 during your time here.

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Trinity is home to the Book of Kells and among the modules we offer is a special study of its marvels from a theological perspective. More generally our modules seek to pay particular attention to cultural expressions of Christianity through the ages – Art / Architecture / Literature / Film. 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 Library and the National Museum of Ireland, as well as field-trips to places of historic and theological importance such as Clonmacnoise.

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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.

Modules are offered in:

  • Biblical studies  (LY1101, LY2303, LY2304, LY4001)
  • Theological ethics (LY1104, LY1108, LY2006, LY2332)
  • Theological Anthropology ( examines aspects of being human, as a Christian, today)(LY1103, LY1109)
  • Introduction to philosophy (LY1105)
  • Liturgical theology ( LY1107, LY3003)
  • Christianity and Europe through the ages (LY1106, LY2000, LY2001, LY1102, LY3004, LY3001)
  • Systematic theology (LY2005, LY2004, LY3002, LY3003, LY4002 )
  • The Book of Kells – examined from a theological perspective (LY3109)

Check our Course Handbook (Draft) at for further details.