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The programme for degree of Master in Theology (MTh) offers candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Theology through specialised study, personal work and research.

There are two methods of obtaining this degree.

• Mode A: students write a minor thesis and complete five Seminar Courses.

• Mode B: students submit a major thesis and fulfill the requirements of the Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches Seminar. Theological Languages Mode A and Mode B: A competence in theological language(s) is a qualifying requirement

• A candidate who has not already attained an acceptable level of competence in theological languages is required to pass qualifying courses in at least two of the following: Hebrew, Greek, or Latin. In certain circumstances an advanced course in one language may be accepted in lieu of a second.

• A candidate who has successfully completed a one-year full-time University course in Latin or Greek is exempt.

• The language(s) requirement is merely qualifying and does not form part of the final assessment. This Degree qualifies for Higher Education grants.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements : Mode B

The minimum entry requirement is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint component. Candidates should have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade II overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade II in Theology. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Where an applicant’s qualifications are insufficient for admission to the MTh a Qualifying Programme and Examination may be provided.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements. Students will normally be expected to register year by year on a continuous basis until they have completed their degree. Students wishing to suspend registration may do so only on the express permission of the Faculty.

Admission Requirements : Mode B
To qualify for admission to a Master’s Degree in Theology by dissertation only, candidates shall have Second Class Honours, Grade I in the theological component of their degrees. The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements. Students will normally be expected to register year by year on a continuous basis until they have completed their degree. Students wishing to suspend registration may do so only on the express permission of the Faculty.

Duration

2 years full-time

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office
Pontifical University
Saint Patrick’s College
Maynooth
County Kildare, Ireland
Ireland: 01-708-4772 / 708-3600
International: +353-1-708-4772
Fax Ireland: 01-708-3441
Fax International: +353-1-708-3441
E-mail: Admissions@spcm.ie / Theology.office@spcm.ie

Programme Director:
Reverend Liam Tracey OSM, STB, SLD, Dip Mar, Dip Pastoral Theol
Email liam.tracey@spcm.ie
Phone +353 (0)1 708 3442

Subjects taught

Programme of Study: Mode A

The duration of the programme is two years. This involves at least a one-year course of full-time study in one of the options below. In the second year the candidate completes a thesis. The candidate also takes one seminar course in the first semester of second year.

Course Option I: Systematic / Moral Theology

In Year One the candidate takes two seminar courses in Systematic / Moral Theology as well as two obligatory courses:
• Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches (Professor Conway ) in the first semester
• The Soul of Theology (Professor in the second semester)
In Year Two the candidate takes one seminar course in Systematic / Moral Theology in the first semester, and completes the thesis.

Course Option II: Biblical Theology

In Year One the candidate takes two seminar courses in Biblical Theology as well as taking two obligatory courses:
• Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches (Professor Conway) in the first semester
• The Soul of Theology
In Year Two the candidate takes one seminar course in Biblical Theology in the first semester and completes the thesis.

Course Option III: Pastoral Liturgy

The candidate
• Audits the Liturgy course work for the Higher Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy conducted by the National Centre for Liturgy (see Chapter VII) •Liturgical Theology
•Sacramental Theology
•Pastoral Liturgy

• Studies under direction three courses:

Students are required to take the obligatory course Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches (Professor Conway) in the first semester.

Minor Thesis:

In addition to attendance at one of the three course options described above, the candidate is required to submit a minor thesis of 25,000 – 30,000 words on an approved topic within two years of completion of the courses. This study is pursued under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology. While engaged on this work the candidate is not required to be in full-time attendance.

Programme of Study: Mode B

•Candidates must fulfil the requirements of Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches, and work for at least three semesters under the direction of a permanent teacher within the Faculty.
• The subject of the dissertation requires the approval of the relevant Head of Department.
• The length of the dissertation shall be approximately 40,000 words, exclusive of footnotes and bibliography.
• Candidates shall be required to submit their dissertations within three years. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances.
• Candidates may be examined on the subject matter of the dissertation if the examiners so decide.

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