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MA Theology & Ministry

Course Description

The MA in Theology and Ministry is a flexible programme with an emphasis on contemporary expressions of religion and practical theology. This is an ideal programme for a wide range of students whether in Christian ministry or not.

Course detail

This is a flexible programme that allows you to study a range of subjects related to Christian theology and ministry. Although historical aspects of the Christian faith are not excluded as objects of study, the emphasis of the programme is on contemporary expressions of Christian religion and practical, rather than systematic, theology. You can study this programme if your interests are purely theoretical, but there are many opportunities to link theological study with the practice of faith and Christian ministry in particular.

The Theology & Ministry award is aimed at a wide range of students who may or may not be in Christian ministry. Modules are taught in ten evening sessions or in blocks on three Saturdays. You can complete the programme in 12 to 18 months of full-time study, though most students are part time and take two to four years.

You have a lot of flexibility to shape the content and length of study on this programme. If you are able, you can study up to two modules outside the programme from our MA Contemporary Religion, where modules are taught during the day. In addition, if you want to do an independent study or dissertation on a subject that does not fall under discipline of Theology and Ministry, you can do so and receive the award of an MA Theology & Religious Studies.


All students who complete the MA must complete four 30-credit taught modules and 60-credit dissertation of 12k words. Students may study up to two modules from the MA Contemporary Religion, and those that wish to complete a dissertation that is not related to Christian theology or ministry may do so and receive the award of MA Theology & Religious Studies.

The programme runs on a two-year cycle, with taught modules being delivered during three terms. One module is offered in each term, with delivery in evening sessions (6.30pm - 8.30pm) in Terms 1 & 2 and on three Saturdays (9.30am - 4.00pm) in Term 3.

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 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

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 Theology & Ministry 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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