Theology - Pastoral Theology
Programme suitable for:
Graduates of Theology degrees seeking to specialise in some form of pastoral ministry and undertake research within the field of Pastoral/ Practical Theology. Candidates may have a significant amount of ministry experience in a given area but have not had any formal preparation for pastoral leadership. Ministers seeking professional growth and development to strengthen their leadership capacity in a changing ministerial landscape.
This level 9 programme ideally forms part of a minister's continuing journey of growth and development, strengthening his/her capacity for ministry leadership in the Church.
At this level, ministers are enabled to take significant responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, and for leading and initiating mission-focused activity in a wide (and sometimes unpredictable) variety of professional levels and contexts. Students develop new skills to a high level, including novel and emerging approaches in professional ministry, especially within the areas of leadership in public prayer, pastoral care and spiritual accompaniment, and building and strengthening community. Students learn complex and advanced skills to teach in diverse settings, provide effective catechetical and faith formation, and exercise responsible stewardship of parish personnel and resources.
Pastoral Practice 30 Credits
PT 430: Pastoral Practice
Prayer Leadership. 10 Credits
PT 431: Prayer Leadership
Caring and Spiritual Accompaniment. 10 Credits
PT 432: Caring and Spiritual Accompaniment in Community
Theology and Pastoral Ministry. 10 Credits
PT 434: Theology and Pastoral Ministry
Organisational Leadership in Ministry Contexts. 5 Credits
PT 435: Organisational Leadership in Ministry Contexts
Healthcare Chaplaincy: Ministry of Presence and Visitation. 5 Credits
PT 437: Healthcare Chaplaincy: Ministry of Presence and Visitation
Educational Chaplaincy: Ministry of Catechesis and Faith Formation. 5 Credits
PT 438: Educational Chaplaincy: Ministry of Catechesis and Faith Formation
Year 1 or 2
Required Module - 10 Credits
PG 523 'Emancipating' Practical Theology
Elective Module - 10 Credits
Choice module from Postgraduate Seminar options
Thesis - 30 Credits
Minor Dissertation Pastoral Theology
Under Stream One - Pastoral Practice
Clinical Pastoral Education
The minimum entry requirement for the programme is an honours primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint honours component. Applicants should normally have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology. Applicants should also have significant experience in ministry practice. Individual and group interviews form an essential part of the selection process.
The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. They may be required to take additional courses in Theology to qualify for admission.
Students undertake between 414-429 hours of ministry practice in Teaching Placement sites (i.e., in approved community and school settings), alongside experienced mentors, for the duration of the academic year. They undertake a second, 10-12 week placement in a clinical setting by completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in an accredited CPE hospital.
In addition, candidates must complete Postgraduate induction, week beginning 11 September 2023.
1st April 2023 For EU & those living on the island of Ireland (Late applications may be considered). 1st April 2023 For non EU.
2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.
Methods of Learning:
– In-person on campus
– Placement Education onsite in a Teaching Parish or equivalent setting
– Supervised Research
Course Start Date: September 2020
Post Course Info
- Parish Pastoral Ministry
- Education and health care chaplaincy
- Catechesis & Faith Development
- Sacramental Preparation Coordination
- Retreat Ministry
- Continued academic studies in pastoral theology