Institution / Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth
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Theology with specialisation in the History of Christianity

1. Offers a comprehensive critical overview of the evolution of Christian thought and practice over two millennia.

2. Explores the general principles necessary for understanding the history of the Christian Church (first semester) and their application in the context of Britain and Ireland (second semester).

3. Offers students opportunities to visit, view and research relevant texts from the rich and unique collections of holdings housed in the John Paul II and Russell Libraries on campus, some of which date from as early as the eleventh century. These collections will form an integrated element in most of the taught modules, affording students ample opportunity to explore potentially rich areas for original research in their end-of-year dissertations.

The successful completion of five modules over two semesters (full-time) or over four semesters (part-time) and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a recognized primary degree in Theology or a related discipline (for example, History) and have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade II. In exceptional cases, applicants who can satisfactorily demonstrate a long-standing interest in the subject, coupled with proven relevant experience, will also be considered. An interview will form part of the selection procedure. Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the relevant English language requirements.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. Monday (6pm - 8pm), Wednesday (6pm - 9pm).

Further enquiries

Programme Director:

Prof. Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Theology, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Tel: 01-7083972. Email:

For further information contact the Admissions Office, Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Tel: 01 7084772 Email: Web:

Subjects taught

Modules on offer include:
• History of Christian Thought (24 hours)
• History of Christian Practice (24 hours)
• Research Methodologies and Thesis Preparation (12 hours)
• The Writing of Church History from the Reformation to the 20th century (24 hours)page1image14368 page1image14528
• Religious Life in Ireland: Archival and Historical Perspectives (24 hours)
• “Isle of Saints and Scholars”? The Literary Culture of Early Medieval Ireland (24 hours).

*The timetable for this module (offered in conjunction with the History Department, Maynooth University) may differ from the others


In collaboration with the Department of History and the Department of Early Irish, NUI Maynooth, and the John Paul II and Russell Libraries.

Programme Director:
Professor Salvador Ryan,
Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Theology,
St Patrick’s College,
Tel: 01-708 3972.

Application date

Closing date for submission of completed application forms: 1st June. Late applications will be considered.

Course fee

Fees for Academic Year 2015-16: TBC. (expected to be around €5,000 p.a. full-time)

Enrolment and start dates

This course will be offered over two years part-time in 2017-2018

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