Theology - Contemporary Ethics

St Patricks Pontifical University Maynooth

Theology - Contemporary Ethics

This part-time taught Master's programme explores Contemporary Ethics.

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.

Programme of Study
The successful completion of six taught modules delivered over two years and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.

Note: progression to the PhD from this programme requires the successful completion of a doctoral qualifying year, the parameters of which are established by the Faculty of Theology.

Course Structure
In addition to the following programme of study, candidates must complete Postgraduate Induction.

Cycle A:
• PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century
• PG 714 Sensus Fidei, Discernment and Synodality: Implications for Moral Method and Content.
• PG 713 “Good Politics”, Pope Francis, and the Common Good

Subjects taught

• Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics
• Re-imagining the Human
• War: Ethical and Theological Perspectives
• Foundations of Moral Theology

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:
02nd August 2024 For EU & those living on the island of Ireland (Late applications may be considered).
31st May 2024 For non EU


Duration: 2 years, part-time
Lectures: One day per week

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

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.

More details
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  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Part time

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