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Philosophy

Higher Diploma in Philosophy
This one-year part-time programme aims to give a foundation in Theological Studies to students who hold a primary degree in another discipline. It 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. Students who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade I or better may apply for admission to one of the Master in Theology programmes.

Entry requirements

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.

*The Higher Diploma 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.

Duration

1 year, part time, evening course

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:

2 Saturdays in Semester One, and 4 Saturdays in Semester Two. 10:00am – 4:00pm

The core courses (Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Scripture, and

Foundations of Worship) will be taught on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Further enquiries

Admissions Office,
Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Telephone: 01-708 4772
Fax: 01-708 3441
E-mail: admissions@spcm.ie
Web site: www.maynoothcollege.ie

Subjects taught

Programme content / Core subjects

1. Introduction to Theology

2.Systematic Theology, which examines the meaning and implications of the principal faith-affirmations of Christianity concerning God, Jesus, the Church, the human condition.

3.Moral Theology, which deals with the experience of morality and in particular with the bearing of Christian faith on the moral life. Topics include: conscience, making moral decisions, the Bible and morality, bioethics, justice, morality and law, ethics in public life, peace and war.

4.Scripture, which covers the nature and significance of the Bible, origins of Biblical texts, literary forms, interpretation today. It will include a study of particular Old Testament and New Testament books.

5.Philosophy of Religion and Secular Thought: The aim of this module is to use the resources of philosophy in order to think meaningfully about religion, and to critique secular belief systems.

A module on Foundations of Worship is also incorporated in the main programme of study.

7.Students will also take a number of shorter modules covering Foundations in Religious Education/Catechetics; World Religions; and Church History.

Assessment method

• Coursework and Examination

Coursework and Examination

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

30th June. However late applications will be accepted. Please contact Admissions Office

First-come, first-served basis (provided entry requirements have been met and application is complete and correct).

Course fee

Fee: 2015/2016 €3,350
(for Irish and other EU students)
* This course qualifies for tax relief.

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