Theology - Contemporary Ethics

St Patricks Pontifical University Maynooth

Theology - Contemporary Ethics

Programme suitable for:
Typically, mature students, who wish to top up their knowledge.

In an increasingly globalised world, we are confronted with complex questions about identity, human rights, ecology, and media ethics. This Master's programme provides a comprehensive analysis of current ethical issues in a dynamic learning environment. Students will also explore contemporary trends in globalisation, issues in healthcare ethics, social justice and human rights concerns, as well as the ethics of media relations.

Course Content:
In addition to the following programme of study, candidates must complete Postgraduate induction, week beginning 11 September 2023.

Cycle A:
• Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century
• Implications for Moral Method and Content
• "Good Politics", Pope Francis, and the Common Good

Cycle B:
• History of Christian Thought
• Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics
• War: Ethical and Theological Perspectives – Minor Dissertation (15,000 words)

Subjects taught

Cycle A 2021-2022
Minor Dissertation

Semester 1
PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century
PG 650: Foundations of Moral Theology

Semester 2
PG 651: Environmental and Social Ethics

Cycle B 2022-2023
Semester 1
PG 302: History of Christian Thought (24 hours)
PG 652: Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics

Semester 2
PG 653: Media Ethics

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is an honours primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint honours component. Candidates should have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology. An interview will be part of the selection process. The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirement.

Application dates

Application Deadline:
24th June 2023 For EU & those living on the island of Ireland (Late applications may be considered). 20th May 2023 For non EU.


2 years part-time.

Method of teaching: In-person (1 day per week).

Enrolment dates

Course Start Date: September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Outcomes
Possible career routes include:
• Lecturing (with additional qualifier courses it would serves as a bridge to doctoral studies in Moral Theology)

• Second Level teaching (following the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in Theology followed by the Professional Master of Education (PME))

• Journalism

• Pastoral work, Retreat work, Parish catechesis

• Public/Private Sectors

• School/ Hospital Chaplaincy (For professional qualifications in chaplaincy additional courses are also a requirement)

• Career working with NGO's and other organisations working in the fields of development and social justice.,

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime

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