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Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Theology

This Postgraduate Diploma 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.

Students for the Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Theology study six modules. Students choose four core and two optional, elective modules. The course is taught over two semesters, September to April.

The four core modules are:

  • Readings in Classical Theological Texts
  • Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word
  • Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
  • First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible
  • Elective Modules*

  • Theology and the Arts
  • Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1000 AD)
  • The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
  • Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
  • Method & Theory in the Study of Theology
  • Nature, Grace and the Triune God
  • *Please note, the elective modules available may differ each year.

    Lectures are normally on Monday and Thursday evenings.

    Students who have successfully completed the postgraduate diploma course may exit with an award of Postgraduate Diploma or progress immediately without collecting the award to the Masters. Students who exit with a postgraduate diploma also have the option to rescind it and return within five years to pursue the Masters course.

    Entry requirements are as for the MPhil in Christian Theology

    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 is 12 noon on Friday 31st July 2020.

    Course Times

    The course is delivered full-time over one year, between September and April, 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Theology .

    Closing date for applications is July 31st, 2020.



    EU Students

    Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Theology (full-time) €6,182

    Non-EU Students

    Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Theology (full-time) €11,464


    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).