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Master of Arts (Theology)

Rationale

The Master of Arts (Theology) [MA (Theol)] is a qualification at Level 9. It enables students to acquire an advanced body of knowledge related to theology. The Master of Arts (Theology) offers a coursework option and a research thesis option. The coursework option consists of 12 subjects. It qualifies students to engage in professional work in this field at a higher management level. It also serves as a basis for engaging in further scholarly activity. The research thesis option consists of four subjects studied at Level 9 followed by a research thesis of 30,000 words. This qualifies students to engage in other scholarly or professional work in this field.

The Master of Arts (Theology) by coursework consists of 12 subjects, a total of 36 credit points organised into the following specialisation streams:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice
  • Religious Education and Catholic School Leadership
  • Evangelisation of Culture
  • Art, Liturgy and Culture

The Master of Arts (Theology) by research thesis consists of four subjects (12 credit points) and a research thesis of 30,000 words (24 credit points), a total of 36 credit points organised into the following specialisation streams:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice
  • Religious Education and Catholic School Leadership
  • Evangelisation of Culture
  • Art, Liturgy and Culture

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts (Theology) who have completed a Bachelor of Theology degree at Level 7 or Level 8 qualification in theology, religious education, bioethics, philosophy or other related discipline may articulate directly into the Master of Arts (Theology). Students who have no qualifications in theology will be required to complete a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or an equivalent Level 8 qualification in theology, religious education, bioethics or other recognised related discipline before articulating into the Master of Arts (Theology). 

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Advanced Standing

Students currently working as RE teachers who have Accreditation to teach RE in a Catholic School may apply for 12 credit points (four subjects) of RPL. 

Students with a Level 7 qualification in theology or a Level 8 qualification in another discipline may also apply for 12 credit points of RPL or advanced standing.

Students with a prior Level 8 qualification in theology may apply for up to 24 credit points (eight subjects) of advanced standing.

Pathways

A Master of Arts (Theology) candidate who chooses to withdraw after attaining at least a passing grade in four subjects can be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies qualification.

A Master of Arts (Theology) by research graduate can articulate into a PhD program by submitting the research thesis completed for this subject as part of the admission requirements. A Master of Arts (Theology) by coursework graduate who selects the thesis conversion option (either 12,000 words in place of two elective subjects or 18,000 words and a subject designated for the preparation of a proposal in place of four subjects) may submit this thesis as part of the admission requirements for a PhD program at the Institute.

Duration

Two years full-time or 3–5 years part-time for those without prior qualifications in theology or related discipline.

Course Structure: Master of Arts (Theology) by coursework

The Master of Arts (Theology) degree by coursework consists of 12 subjects with a Level 9 code. Students may opt to study for a general qualification in which they can select any 12 subjects with a Level 9 code including one capstone subject.

For specialisation, six subjects will be required from the designated specialisation stream and another five subjects can be taken from any of the other specialisation streams with a Level 9 code. The final subject must be a capstone subject. For a double specialisation at this level, the remaining elective and capstone/thesis subjects must be taken from the designated area of specialisation.

With the permission of the dean, the final elective subject and the capstone subject of the coursework masters degree can be converted into a research thesis (12,000 words). Or, the final three elective subjects and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (18,000 words). The research thesis will count as a designated specialisation of two or four subjects, depending on the length. It can also be used to fulfil the thesis requirement if a coursework masters student chooses to apply for admission to a PhD program.

Marriage and Family Specialisation

Compulsory Marriage and Family Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9125 Theology of the Body
JP 9122 Marriage in the Catholic Tradition
JP 9135 Foundations of Theological Anthropology
JP 9106 The Nuptial Mystery in Contemporary Theological Anthropology
JP 9350 Virtue, Ethics and Natural Law
JP 9118 Christ and the Trinity
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2
Elective Subject 3
Elective Subject 4
Elective Subject 5
JP 9100 Capstone Subject

Other Marriage and Family Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9117 Love, Freedom and Identity in the Thought of Karol Wojtyła
JP 9123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 9116 Cor Novum: Towards a New Theology of the Heart
JP 9107 Eros, Logos and Agape
JP 9121 Biblical Theology of Marriage and Family
JP 9111 Truth, Beauty and Goodness and the Theological Virtues
JP 9772 Redeeming Beauty: Approaches to Sacral Aesthetics
JP 9604 The Human Person in the Theology of Benedict XVI
JP 9103 Contemporary Thomisms
JP 9514 Missiology of the Domestic Church
JP 9347 Theology and Practice of Natural Family Planning

With the permission of the Dean, the final elective subject and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (12,000 words)
OR
The final three elective subjects and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (18,000 words).

Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation

Compulsory Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9244 Beginning-of-Life Ethics
JP 9345 End-of-Life Ethics
JP 9324 Scripture and Tradition in Human Life and Health Care
JP 9350 Virtue, Ethics and Natural Law
JP 9471 Catholic Social Teaching in a Secular Context
JP 9675 Theological Issues in the Psychology of Gender, Marriage and Family
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2
Elective Subject 3
Elective Subject 4
Elective Subject 5
JP 9300 Capstone Subject

Other Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 9344 Leadership in Catholic Institutions
JP 9346 Current Controversies in Bioethics
JP 9109 The Human Person from Plato to John Paul II
JP 9125 Theology of the Body
JP 9347 Theology and Practice of Natural Family Planning
JP 9106 The Nuptial Mystery in Contemporary Theological Anthropology
JP 9135 Foundations of Theological Anthropology
JP 9116 Cor Novum: Towards a New Theology of the Heart

With the permission of the Dean, the final elective subject and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (12,000 words)
OR
The final three elective subjects and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (18,000 words).

Religious Education and Catholic School Leadership Specialisation

Compulsory Religious Education Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9474 Formation of Staff, Parents and Carers in Catholic Education
JP 9475 Formation of Character and Virtue in Catholic Education
JP 9401 Leadership in Catholic Education
JP 9402 Identity and Mission in Catholic Education
JP 9123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 9471 Catholic Social Teaching in a Secular Context
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2
Elective Subject 3
Elective Subject 4
Elective Subject 5
JP 9400 Capstone Subject

Other Religious Education Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9101 Interpreting Texts
JP 9120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 9125 Theology of the Body
JP 9109 The Human Person from Plato to John Paul II
JP 9784 Renewing the Culture
JP 9350 Virtue, Ethics and Natural Law
JP 9111 Truth, Beauty and Goodness and the Theological Virtues
JP 9782 Sacred Liturgy
JP 9512 New Evangelisation and Pop Culture
The following four subjects may be taken at level 9 if they have not been studied at level 8:
JP 9467 Challenges and Strategies in Religious Education
JP 9436 Catechesis in Sacramental Theology
JP 9419 Historical Context of Catholic Teaching
JP 9473 Introduction to Biblical Studies

With the permission of the Dean, the final elective subject and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (12,000 words)
OR
The final three elective subjects and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (18,000 words).

Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation

Compulsory Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9501 Nietzsche, Heidegger and Post-Modern Philosophy
JP 9510 Genealogies of Modernity
JP 9514 Missiology of the Domestic Church
JP 9511 Theological Perspectives on New Evangelisation
JP 9512 New Evangelisation and Pop Culture
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2
Elective Subject 3
Elective Subject 4
Elective Subject 5
JP 9500 Capstone Subject

Other Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 9513 Contemporary Theological Paradigms
JP 9502 The Theology and Politics of Gender
JP 9516 Liberalism as an Intellectual Tradition
JP 9528 Faith and Reason and the New Evangelisation
JP 9350 Virtue, Ethics and Natural Law
JP 9471 Catholic Social Teaching in a Secular Context
JP 9111 Truth, Beauty and Goodness and the Theological Virtues
JP 9515 Grammar of Sacramentality
JP 9103 Contemporary Thomisms

With the permission of the dean, the final elective subject and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (12,000 words)
OR
The final three elective subjects and the capstone subject can be converted into a thesis (18,000 words).

Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation

Compulsory Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9772 Redeeming Beauty: Approaches to Sacral Aesthetics
JP 9783 Art and the Catholic World View
JP 9782 Sacred Liturgy
JP 9784 Renewing the Culture
JP 9111 Truth, Beauty and Goodness and the Theological Virtues
JP 9116 Cor Novum: Towards a New Theology of the Heart
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2
Elective Subject 3
Elective Subject 4
Elective Subject 5
JP 9700 Capstone Subject

Other Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 9125 Theology of the Body
JP 9512 New Evangelisation and Pop Culture
JP 9515 Grammar of Sacramentality
JP 9513 Contemporary Theological Paradigms
JP 9107 Eros, Logos and Agape
JP 9786 Foundational Approaches to Art Restoration (Compulsory Residential School Granada – two weeks)

With the permission of the dean, the final elective subject and the capstone subject can be converted into a research thesis (12,000 words)
OR
The final three elective subjects and the capstone subject can be converted into a thesis (24,000 words).

Course Structure: Master of Arts (Theology) by research thesis

The Master of Arts (Theology) degree by research thesis consists of four subjects with a Level 9 code (12 credit points) plus a 30,000 word thesis (24 credit points). Students must select a specialisation in which there are two compulsory subjects; the remaining two must be selected on the advice of the appointed supervisor. Students working in the Art, Liturgy and Culture specialisation may choose to replace the four subjects with a practicum in art restoration in the Archdiocese of Granada, Spain.

The topic for the 30,000 word thesis must be directly related to the area of specialisation, but can be chosen by the student with the approval of the academic board. The supervisor will be appointed by the dean.

Marriage and Family Specialisation

Compulsory Marriage and Family Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9125 Theology of the Body
JP 9122 Marriage in the Catholic Tradition
JP 9180 Thesis Proposal Preparation

Other Marriage and Family Specialisation Subjects:

One other subject with a level 9 code selected in consultation with the supervisor.

Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation

Compulsory Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9244 Beginning-of-Life Ethics
JP 9345 End-of-Life Ethics
JP 9180 Thesis Proposal Preparation

Other Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation Subjects:

One other subject with a level 9 code selected in consultation with the supervisor.

Religious Education and Catholic School Leadership Specialisation

Compulsory Religious Education Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9474 Formation of Staff, Parents and Carers in Catholic Education
JP 9475 Formation of Character and Virtue in Catholic Education
JP 9180 Thesis Proposal Preparation

Other Religious Education Specialisation Subjects:

One other subject with a level 9 code selected in consultation with the supervisor.

Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation

Compulsory Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation Subjects: 

JP 9501 Nietzsche, Heidegger and Post-Modern Philosophy
JP 9515 Grammar of Sacramentality
JP 9180 Thesis Proposal Preparation

Other Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation Subjects:

One other subject with a level 9 code selected in consultation with the supervisor.

Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation

Compulsory Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation Subjects:

JP 9772 Redeeming Beauty: Approaches to Sacral Aesthetics
JP 9783 Art and the Catholic World View
JP 9180 Thesis Proposal Preparation

Other Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation Subjects:

One other subject with a level 9 code selected in consultation with the supervisor.

Or: JP 9790 Residential Art Restorers Practicum (Granada – six months)