Theological Studies entails an intellectual exploration of the belief systems that have played a vital role in the shaping of our world throughout the centuries. As a valid academic pursuit, this discipline focuses on ultimate questions, explores the human phenomenon of religion and provides for the development of critical thought. Theology and Religious Studies involves an analysis of the historical perspectives and philosophical presuppositions of the content of religious faith and a clarification of the meaning of religious belief in the modern world. It will provide an opportunity for further studies in Theology for Theology and Religious Studies graduates. Prospective students would include the Department’s own graduates, teachers of Religious Studies / Religious Education, those engaged in ecclesial ministries at a professional level and any suitably qualified persons who wish to explore in greater depth the disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies.
The programme consists of eight modules, plus attendance at a theological seminar, plus completion of a minor dissertation (15,000-20,000 words). The programme will run over two years, two evenings per week, Tuesday and Thursday, with two modules in each of the four semesters. The programme may also include a number of Saturdays. The taught modules will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment, essays and end-of-semester examinations.
The normal requirement for entry to the MA in Theological Studies programme is a First or Second Class Honours primary degree in Theology OR Theology and Religious Studies OR a cognate academic discipline. Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial relevant experience may also be considered. Final selection may require attendance for interview.Applicants without a First or Second Class Honours primary degree may, with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator, pursue a qualifying programme and be examined on completion of that programme. The examination may be taken once only.
Recipient: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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