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Licentiate in Divinity

Licentiate in Divinity (STL)
The course and degree are designed for students who have attained honours standard in their previous theological studies.

The programme comprises the following:

Reading Courses
Students select 3 reading courses from the list of courses on offer. Students must take courses from at least two different Departments. In Year 2 students take two reading courses from the Department of their specialisation.

All reading courses are assessed by a three hour written exam.

Seminar Courses
Each student is required to take 6 Seminar Courses. Full time students usually take four courses in Year 1 and two courses in Year 2. The full list of Seminar Courses is to be found on the following pages. Please note that the courses Historical Theology and The Theologian as Exegete are obligatory.

All Seminar Courses are assessed by assignment(s) of c.7,000 words.

Scriptum
Each student shall prepare a scriptum or minor dissertation under the direction of a member of the Faculty, on a topic approved by the Faculty. The scriptum shall be between 25,000 and 30,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of bibliography and appendices.

The scriptum will be assessed in a 30-minute viva. The examiners shall be the Director of the scriptum, an internal and an external reader appointed by the Faculty.

Entry requirements

In order to register for courses leading to the degree of Licentiate in Divinity, a student must hold at least a Baccalaureate in Divinity, second honours, Grade II (cum laude) or what in the judgement of the Faculty is regarded as an equivalent standard of theological study.

A basic knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is required and an appropriate knowledge of two modern languages.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.

Duration

To obtain the Licentiate in Divinity (STL), two years’ full time specialised study is required. The course and degree are designed for students who have attained honours standard in their previous theological studies.

Part-time students may, with the approval of the Director, take the course over three or four years.

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office
Pontifical University
Saint Patrick’s College
Maynooth
County Kildare, Ireland

Ireland: (01) 708 4772 / 3600 / 3892
International: +353-1-708-4772 / 708-3600 / 708-3892
Fax Ireland: (01) 7083441
Fax International: +353-1-708 3441
E-mail: admissions@spcm.ie
Web Page:www.maynoothcollege.ie

Subjects taught

The programme comprises the following

In Year One, students select 3 reading courses from the list of courses on offer. Students must take courses from at least two different Departments. In Year Two students take two reading courses from the Department of their specialisation.

All reading courses are assessed by a three hour written exam.

Seminar Courses

Each student is required to take 6 Seminar Courses. Full time students usually take four courses in Year 1 and two courses in Year 2. The full list of Seminar Courses is to be found on the following pages. Please note that the courses, Research in Theology and The Theologian as Exegete are obligatory.

All Seminar Courses are assessed by assignment(s) of c.7,000 words

Scriptum
Each student shall prepare a scriptum or minor dissertation under the direction of a member of the Faculty, on a topic approved by the Faculty. The scriptum shall be between 25,000 and 30,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of bibliography and appendices.

The scriptum will be assessed in a 30-minute viva. The examiners shall be the Director of the scriptum, an internal and an external reader appointed by the Faculty.

Assessment method

Reading Course examinations
Seminar Course assignments
The Scriptum and Viva

Enrolment and start dates

Contact college for start and application dates.

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