Theology - General Theology

St Patricks Pontifical University Maynooth

Theology - General Theology

Master's in Theology (General Theology)
The Taught Master's (90 ECTS) programmes provide students with an expertise in religion, theology, church and society.

The Taught Master's (90 ECTS) programmes provide students with an expertise in religion, theology, church and society.

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 successfully complete the Postgraduate Induction Week in September.

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
Core Module
PG 302 History of Christian Thought

and two** of the following:

PG 652: Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics
PG 495: Exploring Biblical Narratives
PG 711 Issues in Contemporary Systematic Theology
PG 484 Liturgy: Ritual, Theological and Historical Approaches

Semester 2:
Any three of the following*:
PG 492: Contemporary Issues in Christology
PG 652: Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics
PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed
PG 467: Exploring Ways of Reading Genesis

**The choice of modules may be restricted due to timetabling constraints.

Minor Dissertation (15,000 words):
The dissertation is to be written under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology, and submitted by candidates by 3.00pm on August 15th. A grace period of two weeks applies.

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.

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


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

Enrolment dates

Course Start Date: September 2024

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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