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Course content

The Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical movements are among the largest and fastest-growing traditions within world Christianity.

Birmingham has a long-standing tradition of studying these movements, and is a world leader in this field of research. Our specialisms include Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic history, missiology, theology, biblical interpretation, sociology, worship, and liturgy.

This distance learning programme at Birmingham explores the faith, practices, worship and teaching of Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical communities from a critical academic perspective, which emphasises their global and contextual nature. It offers a range of study options – full-time or part-time and at MA, Diploma or Certificate level. The programme provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field and admission to doctoral studies, but is also well suited to personal and professional development purposes. You can pursue a range of specialisms and the dissertation provides an ideal opportunity for you to explore your own specific interests.

Course details

This course provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field but as a standalone course which will be of interest to:

People from within these Christian traditions; those who are fascinated by religious phenomena, growth and development; professionals in social policy, education, politics and economics; and the faith groups who engage regularly with individuals and communities from Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic backgrounds.

MA and Diploma students will study six taught modules, while Certificate students will study three taught modules. All students will take two core modules:

  • History of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
  • Research Methods in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

The remaining modules are optional, and will be chosen from a range of options available by distance learning.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by written assignment. MA students will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

Learning and teaching

Although much of the course is delivered through our ‘virtual learning environment,’ support is always available. You will have a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor to guide you and answer any questions, and you have access to a wide range of online resources too.

You also have the opportunity to meet other students and academic staff through online chats and discussion forums.

Programme structure

We offer a flexible range of study options for this programme – full-time or part-time, and at MA, Diploma or Certificate level.

Each module is taught over an eight-week period, following which you will be required to submit an assessment. You can expect to have around three weeks from the end of teaching to the submission deadline, except modules taught in the summer, which have much longer periods.

Teaching takes place throughout the academic year, which runs from September to July. Dissertation supervision sessions (for MA students) will take place between February and August – in Year 1 for full-time students and Year 2 for part-time students – with dissertations to be completed by mid-September. The number of modules you take at any one time, or in any given year, depends on your mode of study:

  • Full-time MA/Diploma students: Two modules at a time, totalling six over approximately eight months. For MA students this is followed by a dissertation, written between June and September.
  • Part-time MA/Diploma students: Year 1 – One module at a time, totalling four over the entire year. Year 2 – Two modules, one at a time, taught over approximately five months. For MA students this is followed by a dissertation, written between March and September.
  • Full-time Certificate students: Two modules at a time, followed by one further module, taught over approximately five months.
  • Part-time Certificate students: Three modules, one at a time, taught over approximately eight months.

Please note - the durations stated above are standard programme lengths, but part-time MA students may also choose to study over three years.

Employability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University.

The University's Careers Network provides advice and information specifically for postgraduates that will help you to develop an effective career and skills development strategy, and to make the most of your time with us at the University. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team to deliver local support.

In addition to a range of campus-based events and workshops, Careers Network provides extensive online resources, and comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

You will also be able to access our full range of careers support for up to two years after graduation.

Postgraduate employability: Theology and Religion

Birmingham’s Theology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.

Many of our graduates go into careers in churches of various denominations. Other students use their transferable skills in a range of employment sectors, including publishing, education and social work. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: Church of England; Methodist Church; NHS; and University of Birmingham.


Visit the Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies (Distance Learning) - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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