Master’s Degree in Theology (Christianity, Human Rights and Society)

This part-time taught Masters programme explores the interface between the Christian theological tradition and contemporary society.

Postgraduate - Part Time
2 Years
Application Deadline:
31st August 2018
Late applications considered on a case by case basis
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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Introduction

This part-time taught Masters programme explores the interface between the Christian theological tradition and contemporary society.

Description

In an increasingly globalized world we are confronted with complex questions about identity, human rights, and the role of religion in the pubic sphere. This Masters programme provides a comprehensive analysis of current ethical issues in a dynamic learning environment. It offers students an understanding of the evolving relationship between Church and State within modern societies, and its implications for the content of civil legislation and for the role of Catholic politicians. Students will also explore contemporary trends in globalization, issues in healthcare ethics, social justice and human rights concerns, as well as the ethics of media relations.

Fees

See the fees page for more details

Timetable

Duration: 2 years, part-time
Lectures: Wednesday afternoon and evening (3pm – 5pm, 6:30pm – 8:30pm)

Programme of Study
The successful completion of six taught modules delivered over two years and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.


Content:

  • History of Christian Thought
  • Virtue, Spirituality and Discipleship
  • Human Rights and Globalisation
  • Social Ethics and the Common Good
  • Healthcare Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition
  • Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century


Career Outcomes

Possible career routes include:
• Lecturing (with additional qualifier courses it would serves as a bridge to doctoral studies in Moral Theology)


• Second Level teaching (following the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in Theology followed by the Professional Master of Education (PME)).


• Journalism.


• Pastoral work, Retreat work, Parish catechesis.


• Public/Private Sectors


• School/ Hospital Chaplaincy (For professional qualifications in chaplaincy additional courses are also a requirement).


• Career working with NGO’s and other organisations working in the fields of development and social justice.

Course Structure

Programme of Study: The course runs over a two-year cycle and consists of six taught modules delivered over four semesters, three modules per year; and a minor dissertation of 15,000 words. Classes will be held on Wednesdays. Cycle A is the first year of the programme in 2018-2019. Cycle B is the second year of the programme in 2019-2020 for students who began the course in 2018-2019. Cycle B will also be the first year of the programme for new entrants in 2019-2020.

PG 302 History of Christian Thought (Common Module)

Semester 1: Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9pm

PG 465 Human Rights and Globalisation

Semester 1: Wednesdays

PG 522 Virtue, Spirituality and Discipleship

Semester 2: Wednesdays

PG 709 Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the 20th Century (Common Module)

(2019-2020)

PG 704 Healthcare Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition

(2019-2020)

PG 428 Social Ethics and the Common Good

(2019-2020)

Dissertation

Application Requirements

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint component. Candidates should have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology. An interview will be part of the selection process.

The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.