Master’s in Theology (Pastoral Theology)

This level 9 programme ideally forms part of a minister’s continuing journey of growth and development, strengthening his/her capacity for ministry leadership in the Church.

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This level 9 programme ideally forms part of a minister’s continuing journey of growth and development, strengthening his/her capacity for ministry leadership in the Church.


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At this level, ministers are enabled to take significant responsibility for the work of individuals and groups, and for leading and initiating mission-focused activity in a wide (and sometimes unpredictable) variety of professional levels and contexts. Students develop new skills to a high level, including novel and emerging approaches in professional ministry, especially within the areas of leadership in public prayer, pastoral care and spiritual accompaniment, and building and strengthening community. Students learn complex and advanced skills to teach in diverse settings, provide effective catechetical and faith formation, and exercise responsible stewardship of parish personnel and resources.

This level allows students to develop a critical awareness of current issues of pastoral concern informed by scholarship from the forefront of pertinent fields of theological learning, and a systematic understanding of theological knowledge as it relates to his/her experiences in life and ministry practice. Each student completes an MTh dissertation that presents a rigorous, in-depth, and critical examination of a particular pastoral area or issue situated at the interface of academic theology and contemporary ministry. In doing so, the student acquires a mastery in specialised techniques of reflection and enquiry, and methods of research, forming an ability to scrutinise and reflect on the changing ministerial landscape, articulate an informed pastoral response, while seeking to contribute to transforming ministerial practice leading to growth or change.

This MTh programme further enables students to:

  • examine existing procedural approaches and exercise appropriate judgment in complex planning, leading groups, and managing resources;
  • learn to self-evaluate and take responsibility for forming a habit of reflective practice for ministry and for continuing academic and professional development;
  • express a comprehensive, internalised, personal worldview, achieving self-awareness and critical reflection as these relate to pastoral ministry;
  • engage in critical dialogue and face the demands of making collaborative ministry work;
  • exercise initiative and independent thought, to interact intelligently, empathically, ethically, and professionally within their ministerial context;
  • differentiate appropriate ministerial approaches to formulate pastoral responses to complex situations in pastoral contexts, and act to change them.

Career Outcomes

Parish Pastoral Ministry

Education and health care chaplaincy

Catechesis & Faith Development

Sacramental Preparation Coordination

Retreat Ministry

Continued academic studies in pastoral theology

Course Structure

Pastoral Practice 30 Credits
Prayer Leadership. 10 Credits
Caring and Spiritual Accompaniment. 10 Credits
Theology and Pastoral Ministry. 10 Credits
Organisational Leadership in Ministry Contexts. 5 Credits
Healthcare Chaplaincy: Ministry of Presence and Visitation. 5 Credits
Educational Chaplaincy: Ministry of Catechesis and Faith Formation. 5 Credits
Required Module - 10 Credits
Under Stream One - Pastoral Practice

Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the programme is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint component. Candidates should normally have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology. Candidates should also have significant experience in ministry practice. The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. They may be required to take additional courses in Theology to qualify for admission.

Applications are now being accepted on (Full-time code - MU505) (Part-time code - MU506)

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PLEASE NOTE: Application forms must be completed in full, and all documentation must be provided BEFORE an application can be considered. Applicants will not be called for interview if an application is incomplete.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirement.

Successful individual and group interviews are an essential part of the selection process.

If you live outside Ireland, check out our dedicated area for international students.

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