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MA Chaplaincy Studies

Course Description

The MA Chaplaincy Studies is intended for those working or interested in chaplaincy, who aspires to develop their knowledge and practice in this area. Modules on this award are taught in blocks on residentially twice a year; students can also select modules from the Theology & Ministry MA. Study on this award is part time and it takes two - four years to complete the full MA. This award is not available to international students.

Course detail

The MA Chaplaincy Studies is intended for those currently in, or interested in, chaplaincy (broadly conceived) who want to develop knowledge and practice in this area. Modules on this route are taught in blocks on residentials twice a year. Study on this route is part time and it takes 2-4 years to complete the full MA. Most students will study for an MA award, though it is also possible to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, and the programme's "pay as you learn" structure allows part-time students to pay for modules when they take them.

You have some flexibility to shape the content and length of study on this programme. If you are able, you can study up to two modules outside your chosen route, and these could be from our MA Theology & Ministry award modules. However, you would need to ensure that you take at least two taught modules on the Chaplaincy route and the Chaplaincy Studies dissertation to receive the MA Chaplaincy Studies.


All students who complete the MA must complete four 30-credit taught modules and 60-credit dissertation of 12k words. Students may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits from two taught modules) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits from four taught modules).

The programme can be completed in two to four years of part-time study, with taught modules are delivered in residential blocks over three days.


The assessment on this programme is deliberately less varied than on the MA Contemporary Religion, which is primarily designed to teach skills. The aim of this programme is not necessarily to develop practical skills in ministry, but to develop critical and reflective skills that can be used to assess and develop ministry.

The distinction between learning and assessment is less clear at Masters Level because so much of the learning that takes place is in the process of producing assignments. This programme will deliberately use assessment not simply to see if you know something, but also as a means of enabling you to learn.

Methods of assessment will include:
1. Written assignments for taught modules and independent studies.
2. Dissertations.
3. Proposals.
4. Reflective journals.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see the following link:

Other sources of funding

Information on alternative sources of funding can be found here:

Visit the MA Chaplaincy Studies page on the York St John University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class or first class honours degree (or equivalent). This can be in any subject, though priority will be given to students with degrees in humanities and especially in theology or religious studies.

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