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Religions Peace Studies & Theology - Research

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
• at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
• a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees
All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology
• Head of School: Prof. Siobhan Garrigan
• Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Prof. David Sheperd

• Telephone: +353-1- 8964771
• Fax: +353-1-6725024

• Url: https://www.tcd.ie/religion/
Dept. of Religions and Theology: www.tcd.ie/Religions_Theology
Irish School of Ecumenics: www.tcd.ie/ise
Loyola Institute: www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/

Application date

Research Applications
No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

Prior To Submitting An Electronic Application, All Applicants Should Ensure That They Have Met The Specific Programme Requirements Laid Down By Trinity Business School.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Research areas

The School of Religion tackles the questions facing humanity by seeking to understand the roles of religion, peace-making and theology in both their historical settings and contemporary life. Committed to interdisciplinarity, academic rigour, dialogue and civic engagement, the School pursues its goals through teaching, collaborations with the public and academic research. The School consists of two departments: (1) Peace Studies and (2) Religious Studies, the latter of which includes: Biblical Studies, the Cultural Study of Religions, Ethics, and Christian Theology – including Theology in the Catholic Tradition and Ecumenics; the School also has a growing reputation in Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist Studies. Postgraduate research students can specialise in Peace Studies or one of the above fields of study within Religious Studies or work on the synergies and inter-connections between them.

Longstanding and continually emerging research synergies within (and beyond) the School and across its two divisions are reflected in and nurtured by its own and associated centres of research:
Irish School of Ecumenics (https://www.tcd.ie/ise/)
The Irish School of Ecumenics is committed to applied and theoretical research relating to dialogue, peace and reconciliation in Ireland and other contexts worldwide.

Loyola Institute (https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/)
The Loyola Institute is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition and in the creative intersection of theology, Church and contemporary society.

Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies (https://www.tcd.ie/tcbs/)
The Centre for Biblical Studies provides a focus for research in a variety of areas, including the study of the Bible in its ancient contexts, its interpretation in Late Antiquity and the Medieval period, and its reception in the visual and performing arts.

Trinity Centre for Post-Conflict Justice (https://www.tcd.ie/cpcj/)
The Centre for Post-Conflict Justice at Trinity College Dublin fosters interdisciplinary research that explores how societies come to terms with episodes of extreme violence in war, civil war, and periods of prolonged civil and political unrest.

The School and its associated Centres maintain an active programme of research seminars and public lectures and regularly welcome research fellows from Europe and around the world. With more than 100 postgraduate students and more than 20 research-active staff across its various disciplines, the School is a leading centre for research in religious studies (in its many forms) and peace studies and warmly welcomes enquires from those interested in studying with us.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Dept. of Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Dept. of Religions and Theology (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Full-Time)

September 2019 Entry
• Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Dept. of Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
• Doctor in Philosophy, Dept. of Religions and Theology (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
• Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
• Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Full-Time)

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