Christian Theology (M.Phil.)
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 M.Phil. 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 M.Phil. 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.
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:
- Readings in Classical Theological Texts
- Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
- The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible
- Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word
- Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
- Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1000 AD)
- Political Theology
- Nature, Grace and the Triune God**
* Elective Modules on offer may vary.
**Modules offered by the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.
What Our Students Say
Eoin Walshe, M.Phil. in Christian Theology 2017-2018
Edith O Nuallain, M.Phil. in Christian Theology 2017-2018
Who is this course for?
- For graduates in theology (or other related disciplines) the M.Phil. 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 M.Phil. 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 M.Phil. 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 M.Phil. in Christian Theology here
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.
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 Michael J. Kirwan, Director of the Loyola Institute is the course Director of the M.Phil. and leads the team of academics who deliver the M.Phil. Dr Kirwan can be contacted by email at email@example.com
How to Apply
Apply here to do one year full-time M.Phil. in Christian Theology.
Apply here to do two year part-time M.Phil. in Christian Theology.
Postgraduate Degree in Christian Theology (full-time over 1 year) €9,370
Postgraduate Degree in Christian Theology (part-time over 2 years) €6,130
Postgraduate Degree in Christian Theology (full-time over 1 year) €17,374
Postgraduate Degree in Christian Theology (part-time over 2 years) €10,348
For details of scholarships see here
Pre-arrival Information for Dublin International M.Phil. Students
We recommend you read the following Trinity College Dublin links for all international students prior to arrival:
International Students handbook here