Trinity College Dublin


Taught in conjunction with the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, the course offers a distinctive learning experience based on the integration of the fields of Theology, Biblical Studies, and Christian Practice. Students will engage critically with the intellectual challenges of ministry through the study of key themes in biblical, theological and ministerial studies. The course is thus framed around a clear interaction between both theory and practice and across a variety of areas of ministerial formation.

This course aims to maintain a rigorous academic core whilst also broadening the scope of content and assessment to include professional application.

This course is offered either in: Mode A (residential learning) which runs for three years, or Mode B (non-residential blended learning, which runs for four years.

Subjects taught

Some of the modules students will study include: Christian Thinking About God; Jesus the Christ; Pentateuch and Psalms; Critical and Interpretative Issues in the Study of the Gospels; Sages and Prophets in the Context of Israelite History, New Testament Letters and Writings; Anglican Dogmatic Theology; Hermeneutics; Cosmology, Anthropology and the Church; Theology and Ethics; Mission, Culture and Social Context; Pastoral Studies; Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality; Anglican Studies in an Irish Context; and Church Leadership Practice and Practicalities.

Students take one of three optional modules: Ministry for Reconciliation; Church History; and Developing New Communities of Faith.

Co-requisite modules also form part of the ministry portfolio and are assessed by means of both written submission and an oral examination. They include: Homiletics; Spirituality; Ministerial Formation; and Integrated Learning.

A dissertation is a component of the final year and assessed both by written submission and oral examination.

Entry requirements

All candidates will be required to successfully complete the Foundation Course. In addition candidates will have either:

An Honours Degree in Theology or another discipline; OR

An appropriate qualification and at least 3 years ministerial experience or equivalent professional experience; OR

Otherwise satisfy the Course Admissions Committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course. In exceptional circumstances candidates may also be required to submit a further piece of written work for assessment by the School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology.

Application dates

Closing Date: 28th May 2024


3 years part-time residential

4 years part-time blended learning

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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