This course 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 programme is thus framed around a clear interaction between both theory and practice and across a variety of areas of ministerial formation. The M.Theol. aims to maintain a rigorous academic core whilst also broadening the scope of content and assessment to include professional application. Candidates are assessed by a combination of course work, ministry portfolio and dissertation.
This programme 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.
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
Students take a total of one of three elective modules.
• Music and Worship • Faith, Nurture and Christian Education • Ministry for Reconciliation