St Patricks Pontifical University Maynooth
Theology - Specialisation in the History of Christianity
Master's Degree in Theology (specialisation in the History of Christianity)
This Masters offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Christian thought and practice over two millennia and explores the general principles necessary for understanding the history of the Christian Church, and their application, with particular reference to Britain and Ireland.
Students will be introduced to the practice of writing church history, a critical approach to primary source documents, and the use of historical archives. There are also modules on the literary and theological culture of early medieval Ireland, the writing of Church History from the Reformation to the present day, and the Renewal of Theology in the 20th century.
This course consists of eight modules delivered over four semesters (two academic years) and the submission of a thesis of 15,000 words on an agreed topic. Modules are delivered on Wednesday evenings.
In Cycle A, candidates take the following modules: History of Christian Thought (10 credits); Research Methodologies & Reading and Interpreting Primary Source Texts I (5 credits); "Isle of Saints and Scholars"? The Literary Culture of Early Medieval Ireland (10 credits); and History of Christian Practice: Medieval to Modern (5 credits).
In Cycle B candidates take: PG709: Re-Sourcing:Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century (10 credits); PG306: Research Methodologies & Reading and Interpreting Primary Source Texts II (5 credits); PG307: The Writing of Church History from the Reformation to the 20th century (10 credits); and PG304: History of Christian Practice II: Medieval Ireland (5 credits).
During this course, students will have the opportunity to visit, view and research relevant texts from the rich and unique collections of holdings housed in the John Paul II and Russell Libraries on campus, some of which date from as early as the eleventh century. These collections will form an integrated element in most of the taught modules, affording students ample opportunity to explore potentially rich areas for original research in their end-of-year dissertations. This Masters explores the general principles necessary for understanding the history of the Christian Church (first semester) and their application in the context of Britain and Ireland (second semester). It offers a comprehensive critical overview of the evolution of Christian thought and practice over two millennia.
PG 302 History of Christian Thought (10 credits)
PG 302 History of Christian Thought
Semester 1: Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm
PG 305 Research Methodologies & Readings and Interpreting Primary Source Texts I (5 credits)
PG 305 Research Methodologies & Readings and Interpreting Primary Source Texts 1
Semester 1: Wednesday evenings 6pm - 7pm
PG 303 History of Christian Practice: Medieval to Modern (5 credits)
PG 303 History of Christian Practice: Medieval to Modern (12 hours)
Semester 2: Wednesday evenings 8pm - 9pm
PG 473 'Isle of Saints and Scholars'? The Literary Culture of Medieval Ireland (10 credits)
PG 473 'Isle of Saints and Scholars'? The Literary Culture of Medieval Ireland (24 hours)
Semester 2: Wednesday evenings 6pm - 8pm
Semester 1 - Wednesday Evenings
PG 306: Research Methodologies and & Reading and Interpreting Primary Source Texts II
PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century
Semester 2 - Wednesday Evenings
PG 304: History of Christian Practice II: Medieval Ireland
PG 307: The Writing of Church History from the Reformation to the 20th Century
Applicants should normally possess a recognized primary degree in Theology or a related discipline (for example, History) and have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I. In exceptional cases, applicants who can satisfactorily demonstrate a long-standing interest in the subject, coupled with proven relevant experience, will also be considered. An interview will form part of the selection procedure. Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the relevant English language requirements.
Application Deadline: 12th June 2020
Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.
2 years part-time
Lectures: Wednesday evenings, 6.00pm -9.00pm
Course Start Date: September 2020
Post Course Info
Master's Degree in Theology (specialisation in the History of Christianity) A Masters course such as this one is chosen for a variety of reasons by students: for some, it arises out of a passion for the subject itself (sometimes a person has had a life-long interest in the area and only now has acquired the time and leisure to formalise this in an academic course of study).
Others regard it as offering a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in the marketplace: skills such as the ability to research and present one's findings in a clear, concise and professional manner; the development of one's critical thinking and analytical skills; organisational skills such as those which are required when dealing with large amounts of data across a range of sources. These are skills which serve a student well in applying for a range of positions including professions such as the civil service, journalism and the media, the teaching profession, adult education, and across the social sciences.
A solid background in religious history is also important in the area of ecumenism, peace-building initiatives and work with a range of NGOs, not to mention the areas of tourism and heritage. Some students will, at the end of their Masters studies, consider further progression towards acquiring a PhD in a chosen area.