Christian Theology

Religious issues are an important part of public debate in contemporary pluralist societies. Many crucial social and political matters are affected by religious concerns and key policy debates require expertise and literacy in religious and theological concepts, traditions and practices. At the global, European and Irish levels a critical understanding of the Christian tradition is imperative, given the historic and continuing influence of this tradition.

This MPhil in Christian Theology provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the core disciplines of theology and to develop skills of critical thinking in relation to them. Its focus, on pluralist and critically constructive theological studies of the highest academic standing, will allow students to contribute to public debates on religious/theological issues in contemporary societies.

Entry requirements

Admission to this course is at graduate level. Applicants will normally hold a good honors degree (minimum 2.1) in theology from a recognized university. Applicants whose degree is in a different but relevant discipline, such as philosophy, history or religious education, will be considered on a case by case basis. Exceptional cases where applicants do not fully meet the above criteria but make a reasonable case for admissions otherwise will be considered by the Dean of Graduate Studies.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Further enquiries

Course Coordinator
Prof. Fainche Ryan
T: +353-1-8964790

Subjects taught

The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students must take six taught modules (10 ECTS each) comprising three core and three optional modules, and write a 15,000 word dissertation (30 ECTS).

The modules offered include:
• Method and Theory in the Study of Theology
• Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
• The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible
• Rights and Responsibilities: A Theological Engagement
• Readings in Classical Theological Texts
• Theology and the Arts
• Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1,000 AD)
• The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
• Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
• Authority, Tradition and Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology*
• Nature, Grace and the Triune God*
• Developing Dogma: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition*

The elective modules offered each year will vary.

*Modules shared with the MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies.

Application date

Closing Date 31 July 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019

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