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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Theology

MA in Theology

  • PAC CodeDC693(Full Time), DC694(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration Full Time - 1 Year, Part Time - 2 Years

In today’s university setting, theology is understood as ‘faith seeking understanding’, an academic study of religion that takes place within a pluralist, multi-religious, secular, and interdisciplinary context. Taught by staff with internationally distinguished records in research and teaching, the MA in Theology welcomes students from varied religious and secular backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on ecumenical perspectives on theological themes and questions, on the study of sacred texts and languages, and on interreligious dialogue, particularly the discourse between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The programme will equip you with key cultural, historical and ethics insights, as well as tools for reasoning, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary research.

Graduate View


"I wanted to pursue my interest in theology, which came about after studying for a degree in religious education.  I studied the full-time MA Theology for one year.  Theology works with disciplines such as philosophy, social science, history, psychology and others, that help to bring the best of human thinking to bear on the meaning and presence of God in the world. It leads to thinking and involvement in issues in inequity, injustice, concerns for the environment, anti-Semitism, and it does not shy away from difficult questions. It has relevance for living in this culture and this time." Pamela McLoughlin, MA in Theology graduate

“I enjoyed studying the MA Theology course. I appreciated being able to audit courses in addition to those I was taking for credit. The thesis was particularly useful in allowing an in-depth study of an area of particular interest. I have a lot of experience working and living among the rural poor in Rwanda. Having had this chance to explore the questions my own life experience had raised was of great benefit as I worked as an intern healthcare chaplain.” Helen Spragg, MA in Theology graduate


Why Do This Programme?

You’ll have access to DCU’s widely recognised expertise in the fields of theological ethics, biblical studies, systematic and philosophical theology, and to the resources of our Institute of Ethics and the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue.

Upon completion of this programme, you’ll:

  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of a broad range of theological perspectives, the relationship between philosophy and theology, and the contribution of theology to the contemporary search for meaning and values, justice and peace
  • Display a critical awareness of current scholarship in specific areas of theology, and of key issues in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue
  • Know how to analyse and critique historical and contemporary theological texts, with particular emphasis on primary sources
  • Be able to undertake theological research, present written research and engage in theological dialogue in a variety of contexts in the academy, in church and faith communities, and society

Programme Structure and Content

You can complete this course in one-year, full-time, or in two-years, part-time.

As a full-time student, you’ll take six taught modules over the course of a single academic year. You’ll also complete a research module that includes a series of seminars on research methodologies and a minor thesis. In addition, you may take an optional language module. Typically the programme is taught one or two evenings per week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The part-time plan follows much the same criteria as the full-time course, except you’ll complete your six taught modules and the research module over the course of two years. The part-time programme also runs on an evening schedule.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The MA in Theology focusses on research in Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Philosophical Theology, Biblical Theology, Interreligious Theology, and Pastoral Theology. Research in these thematic areas is blended with interdisciplinary teaching, sensitive to both local and global contexts. Balancing theoretical and practical elements, in light of ancient, medieval and modern contexts, the programme addresses religion in its many forms across diverse cultures.  

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Theology in DCU is studied in a distinctively ecumenical, interreligious, and interdisciplinary environment. The School offers an MA Theology programme that explores not only the sources and roots of religion but also its contemporary setting.


Programme Chairperson: Dr Joseph Rivera

Tel: +353 (0)1 700 7053




Whether you’re interested in progressing to doctoral research, pursuing a theology-grounded career, or engaging in theological studies in the context of life-long learning, the MA in Theology course can accommodate your goals.

Potential Careers

Religious Educator

Social Worker

Charity Officer

Pastoral Worker

Clergy Member



General Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable


Non Native English Speakers must also submit

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

Closing Dates

EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on an onging basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 14 August 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  Applicants will be reviewed and offers will be made on an ongoing basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 10 July 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.  

  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.

  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC693 (full time) and DC694 (part time).

Queries on completed applications to be sent to