Master’s Degree in Theology (specialisation in The Bible as Scripture)

This Masters programme is founded upon the experience that the most fruitful approach to the Bible begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text

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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Introduction

This Masters programme is founded upon the experience that the most fruitful approach to the Bible begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text

Description

As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that nourishes and makes sense of people’s lives. This Masters reads the Bible in this perspective, and out of conviction that the most fruitful reading begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text - the approach of the New Testament writers, the Church Fathers, the medieval theologians, the Reformers, and of the mystical tradition. It also offers the knowledge and skills for an engagement with the Bible that unlocks its literary and theological depth, as well as its challenge and spiritual power. The study of the Scriptures is the soul of theology (see Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum §24)

The Masters in The Bible as Scripture is therefore founded on the phenomenon that is the Bible - a corpus of sacred texts, and privileges literary-narrative and theological approaches. The programme will enable candidates to acquire

  • the ability to negotiate biblical texts as literary and linguistic entities
  • a hermeneutical and Christological framework that permits the theological import of the Bible to emerge
  • an awareness of the potential and power of the Scriptures—their challenge, call, and spirituality.

Duration: 2 years, part-time
Lectures: Wednesdays

Fees

See the fees page for more details

Timetable

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 on Wednesdays. In addition to the following programme of study, which is to be agreed with the Course Director, candidates must successfully complete the Postgraduate Induction Week on September 17–20, 2018.

Semester 1:

  • PG XXX    History of Christian Thought (core module)
  • PG 489      Literary and Theological Readings of the Book of Job

In consultation with the Course Director, PG 489 may be replaced by the blended learning module, PG 495 Exploring Biblical Narratives, which has an online component through the semester and requires attendance on January 14-18, 2019.

 

Semester 2:

 One of the following:

  • PG 486     Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed
  • PG 481     Liberation and Law: Approaches to the book of Exodus
  • PG 518     The Gospel Parables: Narrative and Theology

 

Minor Dissertation (15,000 words) The dissertation is to be written under the direction of a member of the Faculty of Theology, and submitted by candidates in their second year by July 31, 2019 by 3.00pm.       

Career Outcomes

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.


• Parish 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

History of Christian Thought

(core module)

Literary and Theological Readings of the Book of Job



Exploring Biblical Narratives

OPTIONAL - may be taken in place of PG489, but it is not scheduled for Wednesdays.Blended Learning - online component through the semester and requires attendance on January 14-18, 2019.

Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed

Option

Liberation and Law: Approaches to the book of Exodus

Option

The Gospel Parables: Narrative and Theology

Option

Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint honours 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. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.