Institution / Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth
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Theology with specialisation in The Bible as Scripture

Those who graduate from this Master’s would hope to acquire:
• a sense of the contexts—historical, social, religious—out of which the Scriptures emerge

• an ability to negotiate and interpret biblical texts

• a sense of the divine reality which is the Scriptures’ source

• an awareness of the potential and power of the Scriptures.

Entry requirements

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. The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard.

An interview will be part of the application process.


1 year.

The Master’s is structured as follows:
• Six modules [three per semester] of 20 hours duration per module.

• 10 weeks per module.

• Seminars held on Monday and Wednesday evenings:

Semester 1: Monday: 4pm – 6pm / Wednesday: 4pm - 6pm & 7pm - 9pm.

Further enquiries

For further information contact:
Professor Séamus O’Connell,
Pontifical University,
St Patrick’s College,
Co. Kildare.
T: (01) 708 4772

Subjects taught

Seminar topics include:
Historical Theology; The Art of Biblical Narrative; The Historical and Cultural Contexts of the Bible; The Theology of the Word of God; The Reception of Christ in Theology; In-depth Reading of the Gospel of Luke; In-depth Reading of the Book of Isaiah.

Thesis: [15,000 words] in an agreed area of the candidate’s research interest.

Application date

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

Course fee

Fee for academic year 2015/2016: TBC (expected around €5,000)

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