Master’s Degree in Theology (Contemporary Ethics)

This part-time taught Masters programme explores Contemporary Ethics.

Postgraduate - Part Time
2 Years
Application Deadline:
25th June 2021
Late applications may be considered from those living on the island of Ireland and from the EU.
Course Start Date:
September 2021
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This part-time taught Masters programme explores Contemporary Ethics.


In an increasingly globalised world we are confronted with complex questions about identity, human rights, ecology, and media ethics. This Masters programme provides a comprehensive analysis of current ethical issues in a dynamic learning environment. 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.


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Duration: 2 years, part-time
Lectures: One day per week

Programme of Study
The successful completion of six taught modules delivered over two years and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.


• Spirituality, Religion and Contemporary Healthcare Ethics

• Environmental and Social Ethics

• Media Ethics

• Foundations of Moral Theology

• Re-Sourcing: Theology and Renewal in the Twentieth Century

• History of Christian Thought

Note: progression to the PhD from this programme requires the successful completion of a doctoral qualifying year, the parameters of which are established by the Faculty of Theology.

Career Outcomes

Possible career routes include:
• Lecturing (with additional qualifier courses it would serves as a bridge to doctoral studies in Moral Theology)

• Second Level teaching (following the successful completion of the undergraduate degree in Theology followed by the Professional Master of Education (PME)).

• Journalism.

• Pastoral work, Retreat work, Parish catechesis.

• Public/Private Sectors

• School/ Hospital Chaplaincy (For professional qualifications in chaplaincy additional courses are also a requirement).

• Career working with NGO’s and other organisations working in the fields of development and social justice.

Course Structure

Programme of Study: 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. Cycle A is the first year of the programme in 2019-2020. Cycle B is the second year of the programme in 2020-2021 for students who began the course in 2019-2020. Cycle B will also be the first year of the programme for new entrants in 2020-2021.

Application Requirements

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PLEASE NOTE: Application forms must be completed in full, and all documentation must be provided BEFORE an application can be considered. Applicants will not be called for interview if an application is incomplete.

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 I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I 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.


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