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:
15th June 2018
Late applications considered on a case by case basis
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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This part-time taught Masters programme explores the interface between the Christian theological tradition and contemporary society.


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.


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

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.

Application Requirements

Programme of Study

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

Modules on offer include: 

Human Rights and Globalisation
Virtue, Christianity and Discipleship
History of Christian Thought
Social Ethics and the Common Good
Healthcare Ethics and the Catholic Moral Tradition
Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century

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.