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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (M.Phil.)

Course Description

Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies integrates a variety of theological and other disciplines in order to explore significant and complex relationships within and between religious communities and their traditions. These fields of study attend closely to the connections and tensions experienced as the religions encounter alternative social, political and cultural resources of meaning and identity. This course focuses on the practical and theoretical possibilities posed by intercultural dialogue, and on the challenges of sustaining communities in which the praxis of peace and reconciliation with others is given concrete embodiment.

A variety of modules is offered each year, drawn from the list below.  A module on Research and Methods is compulsory; students select a further 5 modules for assessment and write a dissertation.

Modules:

  • Authority, Tradition, Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology
  • World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue
  • Comparative Theology:  Meaning and Practice
  • Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World
  • Nature, Grace and the Triune God
  • NGOs in Theory and Practice
  • Developing Doctrine: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition
  • Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology
  • An Ecumenics of Loss: Religion, Modernity and Reconciliation
  • Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology
  • Engaging Religious Fundamentalism
  • Translating God(s)
  • Christian Seeds in Indic Soil: Christianity in South Asia
  • The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam
  • On Being Human: Theological Anthropology in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • The Many Faces of Jesus: Christology and Cultures
  • Comparative/Interreligious Ethics
  • Cross-cultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter
  • Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Comparative Theology
  • Hindu God, Christian God: Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Comparative Theology
  • Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • Reconciliation in Northern Ireland Religion
  • Religions, Conflict and Peace in International Relations

Modules may change from year to year.

Teaching takes place in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules.  Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies, the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and the M.Phil. in Christian Theology are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in one of the other courses must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators. Students may take up to two modules from the other courses.

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is academically challenging and rewarding. As a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold at least a 2.1 honors degree (60%) from an Irish university, or an equivalent result from a university in another country. If you have any queries in relation to your eligibility for programmes.

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