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Aquinas Studies

Aims and Objectives
The Master of Arts (Aquinas Studies) provides students with the opportunity to:

• Study the philosophical and theological thought of St Thomas Aquinas at postgraduate level by engaging with primary sources as well as historical and contemporary scholarship on Aquinas' thought.

• Explore the historical, contextual and linguistic background to Aquinas' thought.

• Recognise the unity of faith and reason in Aquinas' thought, using a method which involves cross-cultural dialogue and is relevant for today.

• Contribute meaningfully to philosophical and theological scholarship on the thought of Thomas Aquinas.

Course Overview
This MA (Aquinas Studies) by blended learning is particularly suitable for those who cannot attend classes regularly. The modules are delivered by suitably qualified and experienced theologians and philosophers who are specialists in their disciplines. The MA provides an excellent foundation for further studies, teaching, pastoral and retreat work.
An option exists to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Aquinas Studies).

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
The degree is suitable for students with a Level 8 (honours) degree in which theology or religious studies is a major component. Candidates must have obtained at least a second class honours degree. An interview is also part of the selection process. Not all candidates with the minimum requirements will be automatically accepted.


Two years (part time).

Delivery is through blended learning (a combination of onsite and online learning). Attendance at two onsite weekends in each of semesters 1, 2 and 3 is required.

Further enquiries

Phone: +353 1 404 8124

Subjects taught

These are the modules available in each semester.

Autumn - Year 1
Research Methods For Aquinas Studies
Introduction to Latin for Reading St Thomas Aquinas
Introduction to Thomas Aquinas: Life, Thought and Historical Context

Spring - Year 1
Thinking and Talking about God
Happiness and the Virtuous Life

Autumn - Year 2
Aquinas Studies Elective Module

Spring - Year 2
MA (Aquinas Studies) Dissertation


The MA in Aquinas Studies is validated by Technological University Dublin and is aligned with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Assessment method

Assessment Method
There is a taught component consisting of eight modules (60 credits in total) delivered over three semesters of 15 weeks. A dissertation of 15,000 words (30 credits) is completed in the fourth semester.

Application date

Application Deadline September 2020

Course fee

Fees are payable at the beginning of the first semester for the forthcoming year and at the beginning of the third semester for the second year. An instalment payment plan is available.

Application Fee €40
Year One €3,170
Year Two €1,785
The Total Fee is €4,995

Enrolment and start dates

Course Begins September 2020

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