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Transformational Leadership

Engage and Reflect for Transformation
The MA Applied Theology and the MA Transformational Leadership are 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.


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

On compulsory module (marked * below) and any other three modules plus dissertation.

MA Transformational Leadership

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


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