Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies explores the complex realities of intercultural and interreligious relationships. Participants draw on a wide and interdisciplinary range of scholarship - integrating both emerging and established fields such as World Christianity Studies, Comparative Theology, Intercultural Ethics, Ecumenics, Political Science and Religious Studies. A choice of four module tracks enables students to specialize in one of the fields of study that - together - constitute Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Not all of the following modules may be available in any given year. Students are assessed on a total of six modules, three core and three optional, plus dissertation. The course offers four distinctive tracks, within which students may opt for thematic concentrations of optional modules.
The taught modules are organized into four distinct tracks (A,B,C,D), each further subdivided into thematic concentrations. All four tracks share two common obligatory core modules: Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
Research and Methods A third obligatory core module defines the substantive concerns of the specific track.
Track A: Christian Ecumenical Theologies
Track B: World Christianity and Intercultural Theology
Track C: Comparative Theology and Interreligious Studies
Track D: Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World
Students are also required to take three optional modules from their chosen track:
Track A: Christian Ecumenical Theologies:Concentration i Faith, Order and Unity
Concentration ii Ecumenical Theology as Intercultural Engagement
Track B: World Christianity and Intercultural Theology: Concentration i World Christianity Studies
Concentration ii Intercultural Theology
Concentration iii Cross-cultural Ethics and Ministry
Track C: Comparative Theology and Interreligious Studies: Concentration i Comparative Theology
Concentration ii Study of Religions’ Interrelations
Concentration iii World Christianity in Interreligious Contexts
Track D: Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World: Concentration i Peace and International Development
Concentration ii Religion, Ethics and International Relations
Teaching takes places in Dublin over two terms. A one term, non-degree course of study is available which is ideal for those on sabbatical, or who prefer a shorter period of study. There is also the option of attending single modules. Modules from the M.Phil. in International Peace Studies and the M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation are also open to students on the M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies. Students seeking to be assessed for their work on a module in either of the two other programmes must first secure the permission of the relevant course coordinators.
Dates reflect the university's timezone.
Applicants should normally have a second class honours degree (or equivalent such as a GPA of 3.2) or higher in Theology or Religious Studies or an equivalent degree in a cognate discipline. Students not meeting these criteria may be considered at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
English language requirements:
The award recognises studying abroad as a positively life changing experience for many students as well as promoting intercultural understanding and tolerance. Successful candidates will receive up to £10,000 to be applied toward the cost of tuition fees.
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