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Biblical Studies

Aims and Objectives
The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) provides:
- a detailed study of the worlds of the Bible
- an in-depth appraisal of historical and contemporary methods of biblical interpretation
- an introduction to biblical Greek and Hebrew for exegetical purposes
- a thorough exegesis of one book from each of the Old and New Testaments
- an exploration of contextual applications of scripture
- an opportunity to engage in supervised research at postgraduate level

Course Overview
This MA (Biblical Studies) by blended learning is particularly suitable for those who cannot attend classes regularly. The modules are delivered by suitably qualified and experienced scripture scholars 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 (Biblical 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 will normally be 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 in Biblical Studies
History & Cultures of the Biblical World
Biblical Greek for Exegesis

Spring - Year 1
Biblical Hebrew for Exegesis
The Book of Genesis: Interweaving Themes
Elective Module

Autumn - Year 2
The Bible and Its Interpretation
The Gospel of John: Encountering Jesus Again at the End of the First Century

Spring - Year 2
MA (Biblical Studies) Dissertation

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 15th 2019

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

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