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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

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€6,750
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

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.


"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.  

View the current course structure →


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

For admission to the MSc in Theology, successful applicants will have -

  • A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent, in the area of Theology, Religious Studies, Religious Education, Philosophy or a related degree in Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

To apply for this programme

  • All applicants should apply through
  • Search for course code DC693 for Full-Time or DC694 for Part-Time.
  • Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words maximum.  The statement should include:

  (i)    Why you wish undertake the MA in Theology programme
  (ii)   What learning and /or experience you bring to this programme

  •  Please include your CV and details of relevant experience.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Application Deadlines

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 12th July 2019.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 9th August 2019

 Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.


 Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

 Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

 Commencement of Programme

 The programme commences in September 2019.

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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MA in Theology Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €6,750 €15,000
Part Time €0 €3,600 €7,400