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 held 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:

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:

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, 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

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.

PG 302 History of Christian Thought (core module)

PG 302 History of Christian Thought
Semester 1: Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9pm

PG 489 Literary and Theological Readings of the Book of Job

PG 489 Literary and Theological Readings of the Book of Job
Semester 1: Wednesdays

OPTIONAL - 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.

Candidates choose one of the following modules in semester 2:
PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed

PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed
Taught in conjunction with PT420, which forms its foundation
Semester 2: Wednesdays

PG 481 Liberation and Law: Approaches to the Book of Exodus

PG 481 Liberation and Law: Approaches to the Book of Exodus
Semester 2: Wednesdays

PG 518 The Gospel Parables: Narrative and Theology

PG 518 The Gospel Parables: Narrative and Theology
Semester 2: Wednesdays


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 August 31, by 3.00pm.

Modules TBC

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.