Master’s Degree in Theology (MTh)

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

  • Offers students an understanding of the dynamic and 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.
  • Explores contemporary trends in globalization and the operation of human rights discourse in this context.
  • Examines the ethics of war and conflict; explores the global impact of conflict on communities; considers approaches to post-war reconciliation and social healing.
  • Provides an insight into key ethical arguments regarding international development.
  • Examines ethical issues regarding climate justice. This will be taught in conjunction with Trocaire.



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. Students must also complete a research methodology seminar at the beginning of the year. 

Modules on offer include: 

  • Ethics of War, Conflict, and Refugee Rights (24 hours)
  • Church, State and Society (24 hours)
  • Ecology and Climate Justice (24 hours)
  • Human Rights and Globalization (24 hours)
  • Ethics of Development (24 hours)
  • Themes in Theological Ethics (24 hours)

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 2016-17: TBC (expected to be around €5,000 p.a. full-time) 

Closing Date for Applications:

June 24th 2016.  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 4747424.


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

Tel: 01 7084772



Postgraduate application Form (pdf)