In today's university setting, theology is understood as 'faith seeking understanding', an academic study of religion that takes place within a pluralist, multi-religious, secular, and interdisciplinary context. Taught by staff with internationally distinguished records in research and teaching, the MA in Theology welcomes students from varied religious and secular backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on ecumenical perspectives on theological themes and questions, on the study of sacred texts and languages, and on interreligious dialogue, particularly the discourse between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The programme will equip you with key cultural, historical and ethics insights, as well as tools for reasoning, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary research.

Why Do This Programme?
You'll have access to DCU's widely recognised expertise in the fields of theological ethics, biblical studies, systematic and philosophical theology, and to the resources of our Institute of Ethics and the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue.

Upon completion of this programme, you'll:
•Demonstrate and apply an understanding of a broad range of theological perspectives, the relationship between philosophy and theology, and the contribution of theology to the contemporary search for meaning and values, justice and peace
•Display a critical awareness of current scholarship in specific areas of theology, and of key issues in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue
•Know how to analyse and critique historical and contemporary theological texts, with particular emphasis on primary sources
•Be able to undertake theological research, present written research and engage in theological dialogue in a variety of contexts in the academy, in church and faith communities, and society.

Programme Structure and Content
You can complete this course in one-year, full-time, or in two-years, part-time.

As a full-time student, you'll take six taught modules over the course of a single academic year. You'll also complete a research module that includes a series of seminars on research methodologies and a minor thesis. In addition, you may take an optional language module. Typically the programme is taught one or two evenings per week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The part-time plan follows much the same criteria as the full-time course, except you'll complete your six taught modules and the research module over the course of two years. The part-time programme also runs on an evening schedule.

Programme Aims and Objectives
The MA in Theology focusses on research in Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Philosophical Theology, Biblical Theology, Interreligious Theology, and Pastoral Theology. Research in these thematic areas is blended with interdisciplinary teaching, sensitive to both local and global contexts. Balancing theoretical and practical elements, in light of ancient, medieval and modern contexts, the programme addresses religion in its many forms across diverse cultures.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements
Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held. International Applications International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Whether you're interested in progressing to doctoral research, pursuing a theology-grounded career, or engaging in theological studies in the context of life-long learning, the MA in Theology course can accommodate your goals.

Potential Careers:

Religious Educator

Social Worker

Charity Officer

Pastoral Worker

Clergy Member


Further enquiries

Ethna O'Regan
t: +353 (01) 7008164


Theology in DCU is studied in a distinctively ecumenical, interreligious, and interdisciplinary environment. The School offers an MA Theology programme that explores not only the sources and roots of religion but also its contemporary setting.

Application date

Up to 31st July 2018

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