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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Christian Theology (M.Phil)

Course Description
This Masters in Christian Theology provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues in Christian Theology and to develop skills of critical thinking in relation to them. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and to rigorous contemporary theological investigation.

Its focus, on pluralist and critically constructive theological studies of the highest academic standing, will allow students to contribute to public debates on theological issues in contemporary societies.

The M.Phil. is currently taught by Loyola staff in the School of Religion and coordinated by Prof. Fáinche Ryan, Director of the Loyola Institute.

The M.Phil. is delivered full-time over one year (12 months) or part-time over two years. Lectures will normally be held on Monday and Thursday evenings. Some elective modules may be held during the day.

There are a number of scholarships available. See www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute for details.

Structure

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:

  • Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word
  • 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*

The elective modules offered each year will vary.
*Modules shared with the MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies

Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000-20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted in August. Students who complete the taught element of the programme but not the dissertation may be eligible for the postgraduate diploma.

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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