M.Phil. in Christian Theology

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
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M.Phil. in Christian Theology

Trinity College Dublin

M.Phil. in 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. Key policy debates require expertise and literacy in religious and theological concepts, their traditions and practices. This MPhil in Christian Theology will enable participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in contemporary Christian theology — issues such as Church and Ministry, Theology of the Bible, Rights and Responsibilities.

Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to a rigorous contemporary theological investigation. Seminar-style learning is an important pedagogy in the programme. A written dissertation is a key part of the MPhil. This enables participants to engage in advanced study of a particular topic of interest in the field. Throughout the process of writing, participants are offered one-to-one academic supervision. Participants in this MPhil will learn research skills, as well as analytic, written and verbal communication skills. These are highly valued and effective in a great variety of careers.

The Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

The Loyola Institute is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition. Our central concern is the creative intersection of theology, Church and contemporary society. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. For more about the Loyola Institute see https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute.


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) to be submitted on (date).

The taught modules are made up of three core modules and three optional modules.

The three core modules are:

  • Method and Theory in the Study of Theology
  • Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
  • The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible

The elective modules are:

  • 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.

Who is this course for?

  • For graduates in theology (or other related disciplines) the MPhil offers a structured programme of study at an advanced level.
  • For those who have a curiosity about theology and want to learn more
  • For Chaplains, pastoral workers, and others engaged in Church ministry, the MPhil will serve as an ideal opportunity for further in-depth reading, writing and study of the core disciplines of theology, in a way that furthers professional development.
  • For teachers of religious education, this degree provides an excellent opportunity to explore thoroughly areas which interest you. It will both widen and deepen your knowledge of theology, so benefiting your students. ·

While the MPhil is designed to be complete in itself, it can serve as preparation for those wishing to proceed to further research in the field.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to this course is at a graduate level. Applicants will normally hold a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) in theology from a recognized university. Applicants whose degree is in a different 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.

Scholarships available. Please check https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/scholarships/

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests:

Examinations Minimum Level Required

  • IELTS Grade 6.5
    • 230 – computer-based
    • 570 – paper-based
    • 88 – internet-based
  • Cambridge Certificate
    • Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate
    • Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue
  • English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59)

Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 13, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
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14,700 EUR
Ireland - Dublin
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