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:
  1. Mode A which runs for three years; and
  2. 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

Qualification and course duration


part time
36/72 months

Course contact details

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