Masters degrees in Pastoral Studies explore the role that religion plays in social settings, often focusing on how the Christian Ministry provides religious education. For example, programmes might cover the relationship between the Ministry and schools.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Chaplaincy Studies, Biblical Studies and Theological Studies. As these courses are usually aimed at fostering individuals’ professional development, they are normally offered on a part-time basis.
Why study a Masters in Pastoral Studies?
A Masters in Pastoral Studies equips you with the skills to make a difference in your community, developing your knowledge in areas of morality, spirituality and faith. These courses typically combine theological theory with a practical grounding in ministry practice and the fundamentals of pastoral care, enabling you to develop your reflective capabilities.
Often suitable for ordained and lay individuals alike, Pastoral Studies Masters give you the opportunity to examine the role of pastoral advice in a range of environments, from educational institutions to healthcare and community settings. You’ll also look at the ethical and spiritual implications of your pastoral position.
As these courses are usually taken with professional development in mind, Pastoral Studies postgraduates typically carry on with their work within a ministry or chaplaincy.