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Theological Studies


This one-year part-time course covers a comprehensive range of theological subjects, and will appeal to people interested in furthering their theological understanding. The programme fulfils all the requirements set out by the Teaching Council of Ireland for teaching religious education at post-primary level.


The programme offers a foundation in Theological Studies to students who hold a primary degree in another discipline. For those who already hold a recognised teacher-training qualification, it fulfills all of the requirements set out by the Teaching Council of Ireland for teaching religious education at post-primary level. On successful completion of the programme, students who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade I, or better, may apply for admission to the Masters Degree in Theology.

Course Content:

Core subjects (Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Scripture, and Foundations of Worship) will be taught on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Modules in World Religions, History of Christianity, and Religious Education will be taught on the 6 Saturdays throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Normal entry requirement:

Primary honours degree or equivalent. While the degree/qualification will normally be in a discipline other than Theology, consideration will be given to all applications.


1 year part-time

Monday: 6:30pm – 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:30pm – 9:30 p.m.

In addition to Monday and Wednesday lectures students must attend class on 6 Saturdays during the year: 4 Saturdays in Semester One, and 2 Saturdays in Semester Two (10:00am – 4:00pm).

Careers or further progression

Career Outcomes

The Higher Diploma in Theological Studies is recognised by the Department of Education and Skills as entitling teachers, holding Department-recognised degrees and teacher-training qualifications, to teach up to 15 hours' Religious Education per week in a secondary school.

Further enquiries

St. Patrick's College


Co. Kildare

W23 TW77

+353 (0)1 708 3600

Subjects taught


TH 401 Introduction to Theology

Systematic Theology

ST 404 God Revealed in Jesus Christ

ST 403 The Church and Its Sacraments

Moral Theology

MR 401 - Bioethics

MR 403 Catholic Social Teaching

Sacred Scripture

SC 400 The Bible and Its Worlds

SC 401 The Old Testament

SC 403 The New Testament: Searching for the Fine Pearls


LI 400 Foundations of Worship

TS 109 Foundations of Religious Education

Special Topics

TS 111 Introduction to World Religions

TS 112 Church History

TS 114 Philosophy of Religion and Secular Belief Systems

Major Essay



Students will have the option of staying overnight in the college. Please check with the Maynooth Campus Conference & Accommodation Centre (details below) for availability. Students must produce student card.

Maynooth Campus Conference & Accommodation Centre:

Tel: (01) 708 6400 or please check web site:

Please phone the Conference Centre directly to avail yourself of the above special rates.

Assessment method

All core courses will be assessed by means of either coursework or end of semester examination. Shorter modules are assessed by means of essay.

Application date

Application Deadline: 14th August 2020

Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.

Enrolment and start dates

Course Start Date: September 2020

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