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Theology - General Theology

The Taught Masters (90 ECTS) programmes provide students with an expertise in religion, theology, church and society.

This one-year Taught Masters programme is offered for candidates who wish to spend one year in deepening their theological expertise and skill in a number of areas, in which the Faculty of Theology has particular expertise. With the guidance of a mentor, candidates choose from the palette of modules on offer across various theological disciplines in any particular year.

Course Structure
The course runs over one academic year and consists of six taught modules delivered over two semesters, three modules per semester; and a minor dissertation of 15,000 words. Lectures are delivered from Monday to Thursday. A programme of study, from the seminar courses indicated below, is agreed with the Course Director. Candidates must further successfully complete the Postgraduate Induction Week.

Entry requirements

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

The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Outcomes
Second Level teaching (following the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in Theology followed by the Professional Master of Education (PME)).

Progression to the PhD from this programme requires the successful completion of a doctoral qualifying year, the parameters of which are established by the Faculty of Theology.

Further enquiries

St. Patrick's College
Co. Kildare
W23 TW77
+353 (0)1 708 3600

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Core Module
• PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century
and two** of the following:

• PG 650: Foundations of Moral Theology
• PG 658: Pathways in Biblical Spiritualities
• PG 654 Luke as Storyteller: engaging the discourse of the short stories and parables of the Lukan Travel Narrative (Luke 9:51-19:44)
• PG 708: Pastoral Practice of Liturgy
• PG 710: Re-Imagining the Human
• PG 657: Political Theology

Semester 2
Candidates choose three** of the following:
• PG 492: Contemporary Issues in Christology
• PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed
• PG 496: The David Story: Narrative Approaches
• PG 487 Sacramental Theology: Liturgical and Systematic Aspects
• PG 651: Environmental and Social Ethics

**The choice of modules may be restricted due to timetabling constraints.

Minor Dissertation (15,000 words) The dissertation is to be written under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology, and submitted by candidates by the last Friday in August, 2020 by 3.00pm.

Application date

Application Deadline: 12th June 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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