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Christian Theology (M.Phil)

1 year Full time/2 years Part Time

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Course Director

Dr Fáinche Ryan

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 4772


Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

Course Description

This Masters in Christian Theology provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in Christian theology and to develop skills of critical thinking in relation to them. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to rigorous contemporary theological investigation.

The focus on theological studies of the highest academic standing prepares students to contribute to public debates on theological issues in contemporary societies.

The M.Phil. is currently taught by Loyola staff in the School of Religion.

The M.Phil. is delivered full-time over one year (12 months) or part-time over two years. Lectures will normally be held on Monday and Thursday evenings. Some elective modules may be held during the day.

There are a number of scholarships available. See for details.


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 – 20,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS). Students are assessed via written contributions for each module.


Core Modules


*Modules shared with the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.
Note: Not all modules are offered each year.

Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted in August. Students who complete the taught element of the programme but not the dissertation may be eligible for the postgraduate diploma.