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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.

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

The 2019/20 M.Phil. class on a field trip to Glendalough with Prof. Fáinche Ryan and Dr Con Casey Associate privious Directors 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 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 he Arts
    • The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
    • Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
    • Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1000 AD)
    • Political Theology
    • Nature, Grace and Place: Theology, Maps and Territories**
    • Reimagining Ecumenical Theology: Dialogue and Difference**

    * Elective Modules on offer may vary

    **Modules offered by the M.Phil. in Contextual Theologies and Interfaith Relations.

    Note: Not all modules are offered each year

    What Our Students Say

    Eoin Walshe, M.Phil. 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 M.Phil. 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 M.Phi.l in Christian Theology at Loyola Institute.

    Edith O Nuallain, M.Phil. in Christian Theology 2017-2018

    The M.Phi.l 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 M.Phil. 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 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.


    Scholarships available for both the M.Phil. in Christian Theology and for postgraduate research degrees. See details of scholarship 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.

    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

    Programme Administrator: Ms. Beth Whitney:

    Course Tel(s): +353-1-8964772

    Prof. 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. Prof. Kirwan can be contacted by email at

    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 .


    EU Students

    M.Phil. in Christian Theology (full-time over 1 year) €9,370

    M.Phil. in Christian Theology (Part-time over 2 years) €6,130

    Non-EU Students

    Postgraduate Degree in Christian Theology (Full-timeover 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

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