Master’s Degree in Theology (MTh)

Master's Degree in Theology (specialisation in Christianity, Human Rights and Society). One Year Programme

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 one-year taught Masters explores the interface between the Christian theological tradition and contemporary society. It provides a comprehensive analysis of current ethical issues in a dynamic learning environment.

The Masters 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.


Evenings: Monday (4-6), Wednesday (4-6 and 7-9) 

Programme Requirements:

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

Modules on offer include: 

• Church, State and Society
• Healthcare Ethics
• Social Ethics and the Common Good
• Media Ethics and Virtue
• Moral Theology: Meaning and Method
• Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century
• Fully Alive: What It Means to Be Human in the Christian Tradition

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 II overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade II 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.

Fees for Academic Year 2017-18: TBC (expected to be around €5,000 p.a. full-time) 

Closing Date for Applications:

June 23 2017.  Late applications may be considered. 

Programme Director:

Dr Suzanne Mulligan, Department of Moral Theology, Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Tel: 01 4747665.


For further information contact the Admissions Office, Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Tel: 01 7084772



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