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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Theology & Religious Studies

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    12 months or 24 months part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    View course fees on the programme page

  • Last Updated

    28 March 2019

Aberdeen has trained Christian Ministers since Bishop William Elphinstone founded Kings College in 1495. The medieval campus is centred around the beautiful Kings College Campus and Chapel. It is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Bishop Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland wanted to train clergy for communities in the North of Scotland and research and teaching has continued from 1495 to the current day. The University is dedicated to the 'pursuit of truth and in the service of others.'

Students in Practical Theology explore the interaction between Christian faith and the wider spirituality of contemporary culture, with particular concern for the challenges and opportunities this offers in the context of the life and ministry of the church, both in Scotland and internationally. The department’s strong links to both church and clinical settings, along with the University’s extensive library holdings, make Aberdeen a dynamic and rich context in which to study theology’s capacity to contribute to the transformation of individual lives and Contemporary society.

You learn by attending four one week intensive modules held in September and January that are delivered at Aberdeen University over a two year period. There are various exit points all with certification. International students can apply with a combination of further subjects to make the programme up to full time.

Courses listed for the programme


  • Patterns and Principles of Church Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation


  • Preaching to Change the World: Exploring the Theology and Practice of Christian Witness
  • Christian Practices
  • Dissertation


  • MTh

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is one of the oldest universities in the UK, dating back to 1495 when ministry studies were formed as part of the new university
  • The founder Bishop William Elphinstone devoted learning to 'the pursuit of truth and service to others'
  • You are taught by renowned researchers in Ministry and there are a variety of exit points and qualifications to consider

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start

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