Theology is primarily concerned with how we live out and understand our Christian faith. As well as teaching the theoretical aspects of the faith, our postgraduate theology programmes have always placed a special emphasis on the application of theology to specific practical situations and the preparation and formation of people for Christian ministry in a fast moving age:
'Theology has importance for the Church in every age so that it can respond to the plan of God "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim 2:4). In times of great spiritual and cultural change, theology is all the more important.' (Donum Veritatis, 1)
Why St Mary's?
At St Mary’s we are particularly concerned that academic theology should be in the service of the churches, the world, and wider society. For over a decade we have worked directly with numerous Roman Catholic Dioceses to deliver a comprehensive training in ministry. Consequently we now offer three specialist postgraduate theological pathways:
• Chaplaincy and Ministry • Christian Spirituality • Systematic Theology
It is possible to study for three postgraduate qualifications in Theology: the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree. Each builds on the other so having completed the two core modules of the course you will be eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate. If you successfully complete the Optional Modules you will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma and if this is followed with the Dissertation you will be eligible for the Masters degree.
St Mary’s now has agreements with the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Northampton, Portsmouth, and Plymouth, and the Southern Permanent Diaconate Formation Programme. We teach the MA at Saturday classes in Ashburton (Devon), Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire), Winchester (Hampshire) and - for those training for Catholic diaconal ministry - Wonersh (Surrey).
I decided to study this course to deepen my knowledge in Theology, which I studied as an undergraduate.
I would recommend the course. The modules are flexible, but well structured and there is a good variety of themes that can be explored. It also challenges student to produce well-researched work.
I received good academic support from lecturers and programme directors. The Library staff were always helpful. There was also pastoral and spiritual support provided by the Chaplaincy team.
The Chaplaincy support is excellent with lots of opportunity for spiritual development but without being overpowering. As a Catholic student, this was a very important part of my studies.
To qualify for entry students normally are required to have an honours degree from a UK university in a relevant subject or equivalent. Students without such qualifications will be considered for admission if they are deemed to have substantial equivalent qualifications or experience.
Recipient: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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