Master’s Degree in Theology (with specialisation in Pastoral Theology)

This programme offers theological and professional preparation for ministry leadership in the Church. It also provides an opportunity for students to research an issue of pastoral concern, and deepen their theological understanding.

Postgraduate - Full Time
2 or 3 Years
Application Deadline:
25th April 2018
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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Introduction

This programme offers theological and professional preparation for ministry leadership in the Church. It also provides an opportunity for students to research an issue of pastoral concern, and deepen their theological understanding.

Description

It is the whole person who ministers, so the whole person is the focus of formation in this programme. In a structured, supported environment, students embark on a journey of personal, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral growth. 

This programme ideally forms part of a minister's continuing journey of growth and development. Such ongoing formation helps promote and maintain the quality and efficacy of the minister's pastoral service, which should mature over time. Through honing skills of analysis and reflection, the course aims to develop the students’ capacity for ongoing systematic theological reflection on experience in life and work. It further provides an opportunity for students to research an issue of pastoral concern and to deepen their theological understanding of the practice of ministry.

Often this programme forms part of a person's initial formation, preparing him/her for exercising the responsibilities of ministry. Students have the opportunity to obtain professional and theological competency, gain pastoral and leadership skills, and build their ministerial identity.

Where possible, shared formation between students preparing for lay and ordained pastoral ministries deepens their understanding of their own unique vocation and gifts, and enriches their appreciation of others. Readying them for collaborative ministry, students build mutual respect, trust, and recognition of their shared but differentiated responsibility for the life and mission of the Church.

The structure of the programme includes the academic study of topics related to Pastoral Theology and Ministry, as well as a placement experience in parish, schools, and hospital settings. Students also complete an MTh dissertation that presents a rigorous, in-depth, and critical examination of a pastoral area or issue situated at the interface of academic theology and contemporary mission and ministry.

There is an ethos of participative and reflective learning throughout.

Duration: 2-years full-time; 3-years part-time

Lectures: Wednesday evenings, Thursday and Friday, with possible seminars outside of these times. Pastoral placement is usually 10 to 12 hours per week, with several block placement experiences throughout the programme.



Career Outcomes


Parish Pastoral Ministry


Education and health care chaplaincy


Catechesis & Faith Development


Sacramental Preparation Coordination


Retreat Ministry


Continued academic studies in pastoral theology

Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

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