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Christian Theology (MPhil)

This Masters in Christian Theology enables participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in contemporary Christian theology. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to rigorous contemporary theological investigation. 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. In 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.

The 2019/20 MPhil class on the steps of the Loyola/ISE building with Michael Kirwan S.J., one of the lecturers on the course.

The 2019/20 MPhil class on a field trip to Glendalough with Dr Fáinche Ryan Director of the MPhil and Dr Con Casey Associate Director of the Loyola Institute

Course Structure and Assessment

The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students must take six taught modules (10 ECTS each) comprising three core and three optional elective modules, and write a 15,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS). Students are assessed via written contributions for each module. Some of the modules on offer include:

Core Modules

  • Readings in Classical Theological Texts
  • Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
  • The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible

Elective Modules*

  • Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1000 AD)
  • Political Theology
  • Authority, Tradition and Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology**

* Elective Modules on offer may vary.

**Modules offered by the MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.

What Our Students Say

Eoin Walshe, MPhil in Christian Theology 2017-2018

From delving into Scripture and reading the great theologians/philosophers to exploring Glendalough and debating the modern challenges at the intersection of theology, church and society, the MPhil offers an excellent range of modules. The diversity of students and expertise of staff also contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the course. Based on my experience, I highly recommend the MPhil in Christian Theology at Loyola Institute.

Edith O Nuallain, MPhil in Christian Theology 2017-2018

The MPhil in Christian Theology turned out to be everything I was looking for. As someone very much living in the world I wished to be inspired by theological writings which would not only broaden my Christian outlook, but equally challenge me to engage with cultural issues. The MPhil is a journey into and through a theological landscape which continues to re-shape and re-form my concept and understanding of Christianity. It is deeply relevant to our times. The course’s emphasis on cultural, social and political concerns in conversation with contemporary Christianity, was never anything but challenging, always seeming to demand that I go further, dig deeper, think harder. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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 an interest in theological questions this degree will help them become better informed and more articulate in Christian theology.

- 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 theological issues at a deeper level so benefiting you and 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.


Details of scholarships available here.

Download the brochure for the MPhil in Christian Theology here

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 who have a primary degree in other disciplines will be considered.

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.

Closing date for applications to be determined for 2021-22.

Course Times

The course 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.

Course Director and Further Information

Dr Fainche Ryan, Director of the Loyola Institute is the course Director of the MPhil and leads the team of academics who deliver the MPhil. Dr Ryan can be contacted by email at

How To Apply

Apply here to do one year full-time MPhil in Christian Theology .

Apply here to do two year part-time MPhil in Christian Theology .

Closing date for applications to be determined for 2021-22.



EU Students

MPhil in Christian Theology (full-time) €9,097

MPhil in Christian Theology (part-time over two years) €5,951 per year

Non-EU Students

MPhil in Christian Theology (full-time) €16,868

MPhil in Christian Theology (part-time over two years) €10,047 per year


for details of scholarships see 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:

International Students handbook here

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