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TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION This dissertation for the attainment of the Licentiate in Pastoral Theology will address an aspect of pastoral ministry. It should reflect the student's ability to think critically and focus clearly on an area of pastoral concern, utilising research methodology and pastoral resources. It will eventually provide students with the strong foundation necessary to be able to conduct their own academic research. In conjunction with this study-unit, in their first year, students will follow a dissertation seminar to become acquainted with basic research methods in the field of pastoral studies, especially in the preparation of the dissertation.

Learning Objectives:

On completion of their dissertation, students will be competent in the execution of pastoral theological research, the application of appropriate methodologies and in one’s reflection of the area of study chosen.

Reading List:

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

ADDITIONAL NOTES **Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation & Oral Examination (See Additional Notes) ** 100%


The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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Dissertation Logbook
The Dissertation Logbook can be found here.

Quick Guide for using the Chicago Style
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