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Theology - Applied Theology

Engage and Reflect for Transformation
The MA Applied Theology is designed for people who want to reflect on the interface of the Bible and theology with the practice of mission, work and ministry in a 21st century context. A combination of excellent teaching, student interaction and personal research creates a unique learning experience.

If you are interested in reflecting on your current work and ministry context, if you want to engage with the points of view of others, if you would like to enhance your work/ministry skills, or if you are looking for something that will aid your personal transformation, the MA is for you.

Entry requirements

Who can study on the MA?
There are 2 entry routes to this programme:
For entry to the programme you need to be involved in some aspect of professional/Christian ministry*.

Direct entry
For direct entry to the MA you need to have achieved one of the following qualifications:
• a first honours degree (single or joint) at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred) or a
Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma in Theology and/or Religious Studies or a closely related subject;
• a Postgraduate Award or first class honours in another Humanities subject;
• a first degree, and at least the equivalent of a Certificate of Higher Education in Theology and/or Religious Studies.

Entry as an associate student status
• This access route is open to you if you meet one or both of the following requirements:
you have obtained a first degree in a subject other than Theology and/or Religious Studies at 2.2 honours or above;

• you can demonstrate sufficient ministerial, professional or vocational experience to indicate that you have the ability to study at postgraduate level. You must have at least two years of significant and relevant professional/Christian ministry* experience (evidenced by referees).

If you enter via this route you will be required to demonstrate that you are able to work at M level by successfully completing a module as an associate student. After completing and passing the module you can enrol for the full MA programme and transfer the credits.

*Relevant professional/Christian ministry experience means significant involvement in the broad area of Christian ministry (either paid or lay) or some specific professional practice that demands aspects of theological input/reflection.

Recognition of other studies
If you have studied other modules at M level you can talk with the Programme Director about the possibility of credit transfer.
(York St John University regulations will apply to this process.)

International students
Non-EU citizens/residents.
Due to recent changes in the regulations, IBI is no longer in a position to accept applications from those who require a student visa to study in Ireland.

Non-native speakers of English must have an IELTS certificate or equivalent with a minimum score of 6.0. You will also be required to demonstrate the equivalence of any qualifications to UK/Irish standards.


2 years full time
3 years part time

One teaching week per module normally in January and August

Further enquiries

Ulysses House
22-24 Foley Street
Dublin 1
Tel: 353 (0)1 8069060

Subjects taught

Course Structure
MA in Applied Theology
• Any four modules + dissertation
• Bible Interpretation
• Church and Mission
• Developing a Theological Framework for Life and Work
• Enabling Pastoral Care
• Teaching and Preaching the Bible in a Ministry Context
• Transformational Leadership in Practice*
• Dissertation/ Research Project

MA module details
Enabling Leadership
Leadership is a critical issue for the future of any church, and this is certainly true for the church in Ireland. The leaders of the future are the people who will shape the future. The key question is what "shape" should that leadership be within the context of the church in Ireland? If you are either involved in or interested in leadership this module offers the opportunity to reflect critically on not just some theories of leadership but also on your own leadership practice.

Evangelicalism: Identity, History and Theology
Questions of identity are important in the contemporary world. Theological identity is an important aspect of an applied theology as it impacts theological and biblical reflection in a range of ways. This module provides an opportunity for you to engage critically with, and reflect on, aspects of evangelical identity and how that impinges on an applied theology.

Church and Mission
The contemporary mission of the church is a debated topic, particularly as the paradigm referred to as "Christendom" diminishes in Western Europe. This module offers you an opportunity to critically examine some of the current thinking about mission. Part of that analysis will be how the church of the 21st century might become a missional community able to demonstrate by word and deed the relevance of the Christian message in an increasingly globalized world. The focus for the module will be the church in Ireland, but it can also function as a paradigm if you are living and working in another context.

Developing Biblical Interpretation
The Bible is a vital document for the church, for theological reflection and for ministry within the church. If you are engaged with and working at the interface between theology and ministry you need to have an in-depth, working knowledge of the issues that Bible interpretation raises. This module gives you the opportunity to master a range of aspects of the tools of interpretation. The content of this module will relate both to other areas of study on the programme and to your own ministry practice.

Developing a Theological Framework for Life and Work
Understanding theological commitments and presuppositions is an important aspect of developing an applied theology. Thinking and reflecting theologically and biblically on life and ministry as an aspect of applied theology is central to this module and gives you the opportunity to engage in critique and reflection on their own theological framework.

Enabling Pastoral Care
One of the important functions of churches is in the area of pastoral care. It is important that people who are involved in pastoral caring in either a local church context or in a broader sphere reflect critically and systematically on both the theory and practice of their caring. The module gives you an opportunity to do this for the context in which you are working, although the focus will usually be on church-based caring.

Developing Biblical Spirituality
In recent years there has been something of a resurgence of interest in Christian spirituality, perhaps reflecting a general cultural trend in Western European culture. Properly understood, Christian spirituality should always be critically engaged with a wide range of biblical and theological resources. It should also be regarded as a "lived theology", an example of applied theology in practice. This module offers you an opportunity to critically explore aspects of Christian spirituality. This is important for those who are involved in many areas of Christian ministry.

Preaching and Communication Practice
The communication of the Bible is important in the life of the church and being able to preach and communicate the Bible are important aspects of an applied theology. The contemporary context, however, poses some major challenges to traditional understandings and practices of preaching/communication which need to be engaged. This module encourages you to self-critically engage with both the theoretical underpinning of, and the skills required for, preaching/communication.

Transformational Leadership in Practice
(This module is only available to students studying for the MA in Transformational Leadership award.)
Transformational leaders need to develop the self-reflective skills that will enable them to be most effective in a leadership role. This module offers that opportunity and is designed to facilitate those specific skills, abilities and attitudes. The module aims to give you an experience of transformational leadership in practice.

Independent study
This module allows you to study a specific topic that interests you, and which is not covered anywhere else on the programme. To facilitate this, the class-based teaching sessions are replaced with supervised guided reading and independent study. This module is only available to students who have demonstrated that they will be able to manage this mode of study.

This module allows you to demonstrate your ability to carry out a research project through independent study.

(Note: modules will be offered subject to student demand.)


Validated by York St John University.

IBI, Transforming head, heart and hands
IBI is committed to training the whole person so we deliver courses that develop the mind, transform the heart and equip the hands.

Our courses are designed so that students leave with a deeper understanding of the Bible and a firmer theological foundation (head), transformed by God, more deeply committed to him and his church (heart), and better equipped to serve in ministry (hands).

A vital part of the IBI experience is being part of a learning community where we explore issues of mission, theology, ministry, spiritual growth and personal development. All that IBI does has 'Loving God: head, heart, hands' at its core.

Whether you complete one module, an online course, a BA degree or an MA degree, your learning at IBI will have a profound and lasting impact on you, your ministry and the people around you.

Application date

Applying for the MA
The formal application process is as follows:
Send the completed form (with one passport-size photo and a non-refundable application fee of €50 to:
Sarah Crane
Academic Administrator,
Irish Bible Institute,
Ulysses House
22-24 Foley Street,
Dublin 1

Please note:
If you are applying for entry via the direct entry route please enclose copies (not originals) of your degree certificate(s).

The next steps
After we receive your application form, we will:
• ensure that it is completed
• consult with your referees
• invite you to an interview with a member of the MA team

For further details about any aspect of the MA please contact:
Steven Singleton, MA Programme Director

For further details in relation to the application process or fees please contact:
the Academic Administrator.

Course fee

MA fees 2016–17

Fees 2016 -17: YSJU/MA

Full-time (2 Academic years)
Tuition Fee €2,900
Registration Fee €600
Total: €3,500

Part-time (3 Academic years)
Tuition Fee: €1,950
Registration Fee €400
Total: €2,350

MA Modules each For Audit €350
MA Modules each With Assessment €500

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