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Evangelical and Charismatic Studies MA/PGDip/PGCert (Distance Learning)

Course Description

This distance learning programme 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 provides an excellent preparation for further research in the field, 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 in the field.

Core modules

You will study two core modules:

- Research Methodology
- History of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism

Optional modules

You will also choose fouroptional modules from a range which typically includes:

- Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology in Context
- Contemporary Theology of the Holy Spirit
- Evangelical and Pentecostal Approaches to Music and Worship
- Evangelical and Pentecostal Hermeneutics

Alternatively, you may select up to two of your optional modules from our other distance learning programmes in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion – MA Philosophy of Health and Happiness and MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. The choice includes:

- God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
- Global Bioethics
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science
- World Christianity in the 20th Century
- Evangelical Theology in Comparative Perspective
- Sociology of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism

To complete the MA, you will also produce a 15,000-word dissertation, which allows plenty of opportunity for you to explore your own specific interests in the field.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

This course will enable you to develop crucial skills, including: professional expertise in critical engagement and analysis; core academic and theological skills such as textual analysis and sustained critical argument and debating abilities; the ability to reflect critically on personal practice; and specific critical insight into the nature of this major tradition of world Christianity.

You will be equipped for pursuing careers in church-related work; social concern and social policy; youth work; politics and community affairs; education; and for further study in the field.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related subject

Course Fees

MA: £6,570/£3,285; PGDip: £4,380/£2,190 PT; PGCert: £2,190 (UK/EU/overseas)

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