Christian Theology (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)
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.
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:
- 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
- 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 shared with the MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.
Note: Not all modules are offered each year
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 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.
Scholarships available for both the M.Phil. in Christian Theology and for postgraduate research degrees. See details of scholarship 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.
Closing date for applications for academic year 2021-22 is 31st July 2021.
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.
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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 Ryan 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 .
Opening date for applications to be advised.
for details of scholarships see here
Pre-arrival Information for Dublin International MPhil Students.
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ISE 'Before you leave home' general information (updated by the school periodically).