M.Phil. Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip)

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,568 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,958 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2014
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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Description

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.

Contents

Track A: Christian Ecumenical Theologies Core modules:

  • Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
  • Research and Methods

plus Concentration 1: Faith, Order and Unity

  • Nature, Grace and the Triune God
  • Developing Doctrine: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition
  • Interpreting Ecumenical Ecclesiology

or Concentration 2: Ecumenical Theology as Intercultural Engagement

  • An Ecumenics of Loss: Religion, Modernity and Reconciliation
  • Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology
  • Engaging Religious Fundamentalism
  • Crosscultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter

Track B: World Christianity and Intercultural Theology Core modules:

  • Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
  • Research and Methods

plus Concentration 1: World Christianity Studies

  • Christian Seeds in Hindu Soil: Christianity in South Asia
  • The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam

or Concentration 2: Intercultural Theology

  • On Being Human: Theological Anthropology in Crosscultural Perspective
  • The Many Faces of Jesus: Christology and Cultures

or Concentration 3: Crosscultural Ethics and Ministry

  • Comparative/Interreligious Ethics
  • Crosscultural Ministry and Interreligious Encounter

Track C: Comparative Theology and Interreligious Studies Core modules:

  • Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
  • Research and Methods

plus Concentration 1: Comparative Theology

  • Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Comparative

Theology

  • Hindu God, Christian God: Hinduism and Hindu-Christian Comparative

Theology. or Concentration 2: Study of Religions’ Interrelations

  • Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Issues in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

or Concentration 3: World Christianity in Interreligious Contexts

  • Christian Seeds in Hindu Soil: Christianity in South Asia
  • The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque: Christianity in the World of Islam

Track D: Religions and Ethics in a Pluralist World Core modules:

  • Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
  • Research and Methods

plus Concentration 1: Peace and International Development

  • Conflict Resolution and Nonviolence
  • Armed Conflict, Peacebuilding

and Development

  • Gender, War and Peace
  • Creation, Cosmology and Ecotheology
  • Northern Ireland: Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace

or Concentration 2: Religion, Ethics and International Relations

  • Religions and International Relations
  • Ethics in International Affairs
  • Human Rights in Theory and Practice
  • Comparative/Interreligious Ethics

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. Dissertation: A research dissertation (15,000 – 20,000 words) to be supervised by an appropriate member of staff and to be submitted by 16 August.

Requirements

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:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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