Theology - General Theology

St Patricks Pontifical University Maynooth

Theology - General Theology

Programme suitable for:
The Taught Master's (90 ECTS) programmes provide students with an expertise in religion, theology, church and society, generally pursued by second level teachers.

This one-year Taught Master's programme is offered for candidates who wish to spend one year in deepening their theological expertise and skill in a number of areas, in which the Faculty of Theology has particular expertise. With the guidance of a mentor, candidates choose from the palette of modules on offer across various theological disciplines in any particular year.

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

The course runs over one academic year and consists of six taught modules delivered over two semesters, three modules per semester; and a minor dissertation of 15,000 words. Lectures are delivered from Monday to Thursday. A programme of study, from the seminar courses indicated below, is agreed with the Course Director. Candidates must further complete Postgraduate Induction.

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
Theology – Renewal in the 20th century and two of the following:
• "Good Politics" – Pope Francis and the Common Good
• Come and See: John and Method
• Sacramental Theology: Liturgical and Systematic Aspects

Semester 2:
Any three of the following*:
• Augustine and Christian Doctrine
• Sensus Fidei and Synodality
• Word and Lection
• The David Story
• Pastoral Practice of Liturgy

*This list is correct as of going to print.

Minor Dissertation (15,000 words):
The dissertation is to be written under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is a 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 admission process. The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.

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.


1 year full-time. Method of teaching: In-person.

Enrolment dates

Course Start Date: September 2020

Post Course Info

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

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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