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Christian Theology (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Admission Requirements: See bottom of this page
Closing Date: 29th June 2018

Course Coordinator: Prof. Fainche Ryan
Course Email(s): loyola@tcd.ie
Course Tel(s): +353-1-8964790
Next Intake:
September 2018

Download the brochure for the M.Phil. in Christian Theology here

Course Details:

M.Phil in Christian Theology

Religious issues are an important part of public debate in contemporary pluralist societies. Many crucial social and political matters are affected by religious concerns. Key policy debates require expertise and literacy in religious and theological concepts, their traditions and practices. This MPhil in Christian Theology will enable participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in contemporary Christian theology — issues such as Church and Ministry, Theology of the Bible, Rights and Responsibilities. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to rigorous contemporary theological investigation. Seminar-style learning is an important pedagogy in the programme. A written dissertation is a key part of the MPhil. This enables participants to engage in advanced study of a particular topic of interest in the field. Throughout the process of writing, participants are offered one-to one academic supervision. Participants in this MPhil will learn research skills, as well as analytic, written and verbal communication skills. These are highly valued and effective in a great variety of careers.

Who is this course for?

 · For graduates in theology (or other related disciplines) the MPhil offers a structured programme of study at an advanced level.
 · For those who have a curiosity about theology and want to learn more
 · For Chaplains, pastoral workers, and others engaged in Church ministry, the MPhil will serve as an ideal opportunity for further in-depth reading, writing and study of the core disciplines of theology, in a way that furthers professional development. 
 · For teachers of religious education this degree provides an excellent opportunity to explore thoroughly areas which interest you. It will both widen and deepen your knowledge of theology, so benefiting your students. ·
While the MPhil is designed to be complete in itself,  it can serve as preparation for those wishing to proceed to further research in the field. 

Course Structure

The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students must take six taught modules (10 ECTS each) comprising three core and three optional modules, and write a 15,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS) to be submitted on (date).

The taught modules are made up of three core modules and three elective modules.

The three core modules are:

  • Method and Theory in the Study of Theology
  • Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
  • The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible

The elective modules are:

  • Rights and Responsibilities: A Theological Engagement
  • Readings in Classical Theological Texts
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1,000 AD)
  • The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
  • Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
  • Authority, Tradition and Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology*
  • Nature, Grace and the Triune God*
  • Developing Dogma: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition*

The elective modules offered each year will vary.

*Modules shared with the MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.

Click here for copy of Module Offerings 2017-18

Course Times

The course is delivered full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Lectures will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Some elective modules may be held during the day.

Click here for a copy of the Draft Timetable 2017-18

Admissions Requirements

Admission to this course is at graduate level. Applicants will normally hold a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) in theology from a recognized university.

Applicants whose degree is in a different relevant discipline, such as philosophy, history or religious education, will be considered on a case by case basis.

Exceptional cases where applicants do not fully meet the above criteria but make a reasonable case for admissions otherwise will be considered by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Fee Structure

For fee structure please click here

Pre-arrival Information for Dublin International MPhil Students.

We recommend you read the following Trinity College Dublin links for all international students prior to arrival:

Internatinal Students handbook here:

ISE 'Before you leave home' general inforamation (updated by the school periodically).

How To Apply

If you are interested in applying for this programme please apply online at the Graduate Studies Office. The closing date for applications is 29th June 2018(after this date applicants will be dealt with on a case by case basis)..