Higher Diploma in Theological Studies

This one-year part-time course covers a comprehensive range of theological subjects, and will appeal to people interested in furthering their theological understanding.

Postgraduate - Part Time
1 Year
Application Deadline:
30th June 2018
Late applications considered on a case by case basis
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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This one-year part-time course covers a comprehensive range of theological subjects, and will appeal to people interested in furthering their theological understanding.


The programme offers a foundation in Theological Studies to students who hold a primary degree in another discipline. For those who already hold a recognised teacher-training qualification, it fulfills all of the requirements set out by the Teaching Council of Ireland for teaching religious education at post-primary level. On successful completion of the programme, students who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade I, or better, may apply for admission to the Masters Degree in Theology.


  • Coursework and Examination

Coursework and Examination

All core courses will be assessed by means of either coursework or end of semester examination.  Shorter modules are assessed by means of essay.



Students will have the option of staying overnight in the college. Please check with the Maynooth Campus Conference & Accommodation Centre (details below) for availability. Students must produce student card.
Below are the Academic/Student Rates for the calendar year 2016

En Suite Rooms:

En suite single€48.00 (room only)
En suite sharing€30.00 per person sharing (room only)

An additional charge of €7.00 per person will apply for breakfast.

Non – En Suite Rooms:

Single Room only€27.00
Single B&B€34.00
Twin Room only€22.50 per person sharing
Twin B&B€29.50 per person sharing

Maynooth Campus Conference & Accommodation Centre:

Tel: (01) 708 6400 or please check web site: www.maynoothcampus.com

Please phone the Conference Centre directly to avail yourself of the above special rates.



Monday:             6:30pm – 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday:       6:30pm – 9:30 p.m.

In addition to Monday and Wednesday lectures students must attend class on 6 Saturdays during the year:

2 Saturdays in Semester One, and 4 Saturdays in Semester Two. 10:00am – 4:00pm

The core courses (Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Scripture, and Foundations of Worship) will be taught on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Career Outcomes

The Higher Diploma in Theological Studies is recognised by the Department of Education and Skills as entitling teachers, holding Department-recognised degrees and teacher-training qualifications, to teach up to 15 hours' Religious Education per week in a secondary school.

Application Requirements

Normal entry requirement:

Primary honours degree or equivalent. While the degree/qualification will normally be in a discipline other than Theology, consideration will be given to all applications.

Application forms and further information

Admissions Office,

Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Telephone: 01-708 4772

Fax: 01-708 3441

E-mail: admissions@spcm.ie

Web site: www.maynoothcollege.ie

Selection procedure

First-come, first-served basis (provided entry requirements have been met and application is complete and correct).

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 30th June. However late applications will be accepted. Please contact Admissions Office.