Master’s Degree in Theology (specialisation in Bible and Spirituality)

As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that reflects the dynamic experiences of ancient Israel and of the early Christian Church, and which continues to nourish and make sense of people’s lives. This Masters has a two-fold focus: it explores both spiritualities within the Bible and spirituality shaped by engagement with the Bible. The programme approaches biblical spirituality from the perspectives of liturgy, history and biblical studies, understands spirituality incarnationally as communal and personal expressions of lived faith, and includes a strong practical dimension.

Postgraduate - Part Time
2 Years
Application Deadline:
14th June 2019
Late applications considered on a case by case basis
Course Start Date:
September 2019

Introduction

As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that reflects the dynamic experiences of ancient Israel and of the early Christian Church, and which continues to nourish and make sense of people’s lives. This Masters has a two-fold focus: it explores both spiritualities within the Bible and spirituality shaped by engagement with the Bible. The programme approaches biblical spirituality from the perspectives of liturgy, history and biblical studies, understands spirituality incarnationally as communal and personal expressions of lived faith, and includes a strong practical dimension.

Description

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MTh in Biblical Spirituality, students should be able to:

Analyse the spiritualities inherent in Old and New Testament texts.

Interpret biblical texts with a sensitivity to their literary conventions.

Explore biblical aspects of various Christian spiritual traditions (e.g., Benedictine, Franciscan, Ignatian), and the way woman mystics in particular (e.g., Birgitta, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Jesus, Thérèse of Lisieux) have read Scripture.

Trace the ecclesial and sacramental manifestations of biblical spirituality at various times in the history of the Church.

Engage with Scripture in potentially transformative ways.

Describe current trends in the academic study of spirituality.

Discuss the contribution of Scripture to issues such as justice and creation spirituality.

Duration: 2 years, part-time
Lectures: Wednesdays


Fees

See the fees page for more details

Timetable

The course consists of six taught modules (10 credits each) delivered over two years, and the submission of a thesis of 15,000 words. Modules will be delivered on Wednesday afternoons and evenings, with some blended learning (online and a week on campus 13–17 January, 2020). Assessment of modules is by essay (c. 7,000 words).

In addition to the following programme of study, candidates must successfully complete the Postgraduate Induction Week on 16–19 September, 2019.

See "Course Structure" Section for breakdown of modules in Cycle A 2019-2020.


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 3.00pm on the last Friday in August, in Year 2. A grace period of two weeks will apply.

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:
• 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.

Semester 1

PG658: (Online + one week on campus in January 2020)

Semester 2

One of the following.

[** PG 486 is offered on Thursday mornings 9:30am to 12:30pm] Candidates may, in consultation with the Course Director and the Director of Postgraduate Studies, opt for a different module that is being offered e.g., in Pastoral Liturgy.

2020-2021 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.

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