Master’s Degree in Theology (Research)

The Research Masters is aimed at giving students the necessary skills and knowledge to permit them to acquire an initial mastery in their field of interest.

Postgraduate - Full 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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Introduction

The Research Masters is aimed at giving students the necessary skills and knowledge to permit them to acquire an initial mastery in their field of interest.

Description

Research Masters programmes form the foundation of enduring postgraduate study at the College. In a Research Masters, candidates exercise far greater choice in the shape of their study and personal research, in contrast to Undergraduate Study or a Taught Masters where a student follows a course of study determined to a huge extent by the degree they have chosen. There are two Research Masters routes—the Masters by Minor Thesis and Allied Courses (Mode A), and Masters by Major Thesis (Mode B).

A Master's degree requires a thorough, broad, and interdisciplinary academic training. It is in this perspective that the Pontifical University brings the wide experience and expertise of its theologians to bear. Masters degree programmes are generally two years study on a full-time (120 ECTS) or part-time (90ECTS) basis.

The programme for degree of Master in Theology (MTh) offers candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Theology through specialised study, personal work and research.

Career Outcomes

There are many ways in which a degree in Theology can be used. Possible career routes include:
• 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).

Course Structure

Programme of Study

Programme of Study: Mode A

The duration of the programme is two years. This involves at least a one-year course of full-time study in one of the options below. In the second year the candidate completes a thesis. The candidate also takes one seminar course in the first semester of second year.

Course Option I: Systematic / Moral Theology

In Year One the candidate takes two seminar courses in Systematic / Moral Theology as well as two obligatory courses:

Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches (Professor Conway ) in the first semester
The Soul of Theology (Professor in the second semester).
In Year Two the candidate takes one seminar course in Systematic / Moral Theology in the first semester, and completes the thesis.

Course Option II: Biblical Theology

In Year One the candidate takes two seminar courses in Biblical Theology as well as taking two obligatory courses:

Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches (Professor Conway) in the first semester
 The Soul of Theology
In Year Two the candidate takes one seminar course in Biblical Theology in the first semester and completes the thesis.

Course Option III: Pastoral Liturgy

The candidate

Audits the Liturgy course work for the Higher Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy conducted by the National Centre for Liturgy (see Chapter VII)
Liturgical Theology
Sacramental Theology
Pastoral Liturgy
Studies under direction three courses:
Students are required to take the obligatory course Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches (Professor Conway) in the first semester.

Minor Thesis:

In addition to attendance at one of the three course options described above, the candidate is required to submit a minor thesis of 25,000 – 30,000 words on an approved topic within two years of completion of the courses. This study is pursued under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology. While engaged on this work the candidate is not required to be in full-time attendance.


​Programme of Study

Candidates must fulfil the requirements of Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches, and work for at least three semesters under the direction of a permanent teacher within the Faculty. 

The subject of the dissertation requires the approval of the relevant Head of Department.

The length of the dissertation shall be approximately 40,000 words, exclusive of footnotes and bibliography.

Candidates shall be required to submit their dissertations within three years. Extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances.

Candidates may be examined on the subject matter of the dissertation if the examiners so decide.

Application Requirements

There are two methods of obtaining this degree.

Mode A: students write a minor thesis and complete five Seminar Courses.

Mode B: students submit a major thesis and fulfill the requirements of the Research in Theology: Historical and Methodological Approaches Seminar. Theological Languages Mode A and Mode B: A competence in theological language(s) is a qualifying requirement

A candidate who has not already attained an acceptable level of competence in theological languages is required to pass qualifying courses in at least two of the following: Hebrew, Greek, or Latin. In certain circumstances an advanced course in one language may be accepted in lieu of a second.
A candidate who has successfully completed a one-year full-time University course in Latin or Greek is exempt.

The language(s) requirement is merely qualifying and does not form part of the final assessment. This Degree qualifies for Higher Education grants.

Admission Requirements: Mode A

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 procedure.

The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Where an applicant’s qualifications are insufficient for admission to the MTh a Qualifying Programme and Examination may be provided.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements. Students will normally be expected to register year by year on a continuous basis until they have completed their degree. Students wishing to suspend registration may do so only on the express permission of the Faculty.

Admission Requirements : Mode B

To qualify for admission to a Master’s Degree in Theology by dissertation only, candidates shall have Second Class Honours, Grade I in the theological component of their degrees. The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Masters Mode B is recommended only for students who have a clear research focus and a proven ability to work on their own.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements. Students will normally be expected to register year by year on a continuous basis until they have completed their degree. Students wishing to suspend registration may do so only on the express permission of the Faculty.