Trinity College Dublin

Religions, Theology & Ecumenics - Research

Trinity College Dublin

County/location

  • Dublin

Qualifications

  • Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)
  • Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

Attendance options

  • Daytime
  • Full time
  • Part time

Apply to...

  • Course provider
  • PAC

Qualification Letters

PhD/MLitt

Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

March 2014 Entry:
Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, School of Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, School of Religions and Theology (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Full-Time)

September 2014 Entry:
Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, School of Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, School of Religions and Theology (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Part-Time)
Master in Letters, Irish School of Ecumenics (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Full-Time)
Master in Letters, Loyola Institute (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in Religions and Theology (Full-Time)

Application Date

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.

Application Weblink

http://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/research/schools/religions-theolo...

Link to Course Fee

http://www.tcd.ie/Treasurers_Office/fees/fees_coursefees.php

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
- at least a 2.1 honours degree from an Irish university or

- equivalent result from a university in another country
a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees
All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor's role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Course Content

School Description:
Welcome to the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics which brings together three distinct academic entities: the Department of Religions and Theology; the Irish School of Ecumenics (Dublin and Belfast); and the Loyola Institute. Located in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Confederal School engages with such diverse areas as, biblical studies, theology, ethics, religious studies, international peace studies, reconciliation, as independent but related disciplinary fields. Research and scholarship are integral to the activities of each of the three academic units of the Confederal School, with different but inter-related research strengths and thematic priorities within each unit.

Department of Religions and Theology
The Department of Religions and Theology has research strengths in Biblical Studies and Early Christianity, Ethics and Christian theology, and in Religious Studies. Its staff members have published in the following areas in which they invite applications for postgraduate supervision:

Biblical Studies and Early Christianity treat the development of and interaction between religious traditions in Antiquity from the second century BCE to the third century CE by investigating the writings, languages, intellectual currents, material culture, archaeology and art from Second Temple Judaism to the inculturations of Christianity around the Mediterranean.

Areas of specialisation in Biblical Studies include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the synoptic gospels, the book of Revelation, conceptualizations of “evil” (Dualism, Demonology), and the phenomenon of ancient “apocalypticism”.

Studies in Early Christianity center on devotion and religious identity in the Graeco-Roman world, Greek language, the interpretation of the New Testament and its reception, the use of pagan sources in Jewish and early Christian literature and early Christian art. Specific themes include the redaction and interpretation of the Gospel of John, the reception of Paul in the second and third century, and the role of Graeco-Roman moral philosophy in the development of early Christian asceticism.

In Philosophical, theological and domain-specific ethics, areas of specialisation are:
- foundations of ethics, theories of action, anthropology and ethics, discourse ethics, P. Ricoeur;
- the autonomy approach in Christian ethics; religion, public reason, and the public sphere;
- research ethics, environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, ethics of memory.

Themes in Christian Theology include conditions of faith in modernity, science and religion, hermeneutics, Christology and theological anthropology, F. Schleiermacher.

In Religious Studies, a core area of enquiry is aesthetics of knowledge in science and religion. Specialisations include method and theory in the academic study of religion; religion and knowledge cultures; transfer processes between religion, science, and the arts; religion and rhetoric; theory of metaphor; plausibility structures, and religious change in modernity.

While these are key areas of competence in the Department, applications for research projects on cognate themes are welcome.

Irish School of Ecumenics
The Irish School of Ecumenics, is committed to the study and promotion of dialogue, peace and reconciliation in Ireland and other contexts worldwide. ISE is recognised for its vigorous interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and social engagement. Theoretical and applied research are at the heart of ISE as a graduate institute, where students and staff engage with critical issues facing global societies, governments, faith communities and international institutions and NGOs committed to the promotion of peace and reconciliation. Details about staff research projects and recent publications can be found on individual staff pages www.tcd.ie/ise/staff/ and at www.tcd.ie/ise/research/funded-projects-current/index.php

ISE collaborates with other departments e.g. Sociology, Gender and Women's Studies, Religions and Theology, plays a leading role in Trinity's interdisciplinary research centres such as the International Institute for Integration Studies (Social Sciences) www.tcd.ie/iiis/, the Long Room Hub (Arts and Humanities) www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/, the Post-Conflict Justice Centre (Social Sciences, Law and Humanities) www.tcd.ie/cpcj/, and the Trinity International Development Initiative, www.tcd.ie/tidi/.

ISE offer a stimulating environment for students to pursue Ph.D. and M.Litt. degrees and post-doctoral research in the fields of peace and conflict studies, memory and reconciliation, and in advanced ecumenics. ISE staff regard research students as active partners, participating fully in the life of the School, sharing their work through seminars, conferences, public lectures and in field work and social engagement.

We encourage applicants for PhD research in areas relating to the academic work of ISE and the research interests of individual staff members, including ecumenical and comparative theology; interreligious histories and theologies of dialogue; religious worlds and the politics of difference; ethical peace building in plural cultures; post-conflict justice, memory and reconciliation (Ireland, Sri Lanka, Middle East, South Africa...); the ethics of war and peace; international organizations and conflict resolution; gender and peacebuilding; human rights, development, social and eco-justice in geo-political context; religion in secular and post-secular societies and in international relations.

Ph.D. degrees generally are completed in four years full-time and six years part-time. M.Litt degrees are completed in two years full-time and four years part-time. Students benefit from the full range of facilities and support services available at TCD. More details about our current research students' projects are available at www.tcd.ie/ise/research/student-profiles/index.php. Initial enquiries should be directed to ressec@tcd.ie. Students taking research degrees (M.Litt. or Ph.D.) can choose to do their research within either ISE campus in Dublin or Belfast.

Loyola Institute
The Loyola Institute is dedicated to teaching and research in the Catholic theological tradition. The Institute has specific research interests in the following research areas: Systematic theology, ethics in society and social justice, classic texts and spirituality, and theology and cultures.

Among the research interests of the staff members are the contemporary debates on the question of God, existence and relevance; philosophical and theological approaches to human flourishing, and key issues in contemporary ecclesiology. Staff have published in the area of Eucharist and ministry, and are active in research in this area.

A particular area of interest is in the theology of Thomas Aquinas and its relevance to the contemporary theological project. A current doctoral student is pursuing a thesis which seeks to link the thought of Aquinas with the writings of J.J. Jung, working with materials originally developed by Victor White OP. Staff members have written on the theological opus of Herbert McCabe OP and continue to do research in this area.

The Institute has research interest and a particular concentration on issues of social justice; theology's role in social and political difficulty, where staff have made significant published contribution. Theology's contribution to dialogue across the boundaries of difference, particularly regarding ecumenism, poverty, and matters of identity is another area of research interest and strength.

In the area of scripture scholarship, published research interests include the Bible and popular culture, and the Bible and early cinema. Other areas of research include the Hebrew bible especially Deuteronomistic history and Ezra-Nehemiah, the Aramaic background to the New Testament and the Gospel of John, ancient translation traditions especially Aramaic traditions: Targum, Peshitta and Qumran versions.

The Loyola Institute staff welcomes inquiries in any of these areas or in cognate areas, and offers a stimulating environment to pursue PhD and M. Litt degrees by research.

Further Enquiries

Head of School: Prof. Iain Atack
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Prof. Carlo Aldrovandi
Telephone: +353-1- 8964771
Fax: +353-1-6725024

Course Web Page

http://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/research/schools/religions-theolo...