Taught course

Theological Studies

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics

Entry requirements

All candidates will be required to successfully complete the Foundation Course. In addition candidates will have either: – an honours degree in Theology or another discipline: an appropriate qualification and at least 3 years ministerial experience or equivalent professional experience – Otherwise satisfy the Course Admissions Committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course. Candidates will apply in the first instance to the CITI and applications will be considered by a joint Course Admissions Committee. Candidates should apply in the first instance to the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Braemor Park, Dublin 14.

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Th. offers a distinctive learning experience based on
the integration of the fields of theology, biblical studies and
Christian practice. Students will engage critically with the
intellectual challenges of ministry through the study of key
themes in biblical, theological and ministerial studies. The
course is thus framed around a clear interaction between both
theory and practice and across a variety of areas of ministerial
formation. The M.Th. aims to maintain a rigorous academic core
whilst also broadening the scope of content and assessment
to include professional application. This course is offered only
in the part-time mode, with two options: Mode A which runs
for three years and Mode B which runs for 6 years (however
students may change to mode after 2 or 4 years subject to
permission from course director). Candidates are assessed by a
combination of course work, ministry portfolio and dissertation.
Course Content:
The course covers areas including: The Bible and its
Interpretation Texts and Communities in Context – Old
Testament/Hebrew Bible; Texts and Communities in Context
– New Testament; Communities of Interpretation – To the
Enlightenment Period; Communities of Interpretation – In
the Modern Period and in the Church Today; Theological
Reflection and Christian Identity; Christian Thinking About
God; Jesus the Christ; Cosmology, Anthropology and the
Church; Theology and Ethics; Christian Practice in Church and
Society Mission; Culture and Social Context; Pastoral Studies;
Liturgy, Worship and Spirituality; Anglican Studies in an Irish
Context; Church Leadership Practice and Practicalities
Elective Modules: Students take a total of one of three elective
modules include: Ministry for Reconciliation; Church History
and Developing New Communities of Faith.
Co-requisite Modules: these modules are part of the ministry
portfolio and are assessed by means of an oral examination
and include: Homiletics; Spirituality and Ministerial Formation.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36/72 months

Course contact details

Rev. Dr Maurice Elliott
+353-1-492 3506