Christian Theology

Trinity College Dublin

Christian Theology

This Masters in Christian Theology provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in Christian theology and to develop skills of critical thinking in relation to them. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to rigorous contemporary theological investigation.

The focus on theological studies of the highest academic standing prepares students to contribute to public debates on theological issues in contemporary societies.

The M.Phil. is currently taught by Loyola staff in the School of Religion.

The M.Phil. 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.

There are a number of scholarships available. See for details.

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 – 20,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS). Students are assessed via written contributions for each module.

Subjects taught

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

Optional modules
• Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word
• Theology and the Arts
• Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1,000 AD)
• Political Theology
• The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
• Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
• *Nature, Grace and the Triune God
• *Authority, Tradition and Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology

*Module shared with the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies

Entry requirements

Admission to this course is at graduate level. Applicants will normally hold a good honors degree (minimum 2.1) in theology from a recognized university. Applicants whose degree is in a differ-ent but relevant discipline, such as philosophy, history or religious education, will be considered on a case by case basis. 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 Gradu-ate Studies.

The School offers three levels of postgraduate education in Christian Theology. Students can take any of these as stand-alone qualifications or build from Certificate (30ECTS) to Diploma (60ECTS) to Masters (90 ECTS).

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st March 2023


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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