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MA Schools Chaplaincy

Course Description

The MA in Schools Chaplaincy has been specially developed to meet the needs of school chaplains working in schools and academies. A diverse and exciting range of modules will enhance your theological, liturgical, spiritual and pastoral skills. Your study will consistently ask what is the practical school importance of key questions and issues. At the end of the course, in the dissertation, you will reflect theologically in depth on your own specific ministerial context.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/ma-schools-chaplaincy

Course detail

The course is suitable for ordained and lay individuals. There is an increasing diversity in Christian ministry and that provision is only likely to become more varied in the future. Teaching is ecumenical and would be appropriate for those ministers seeking to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of relevant theological areas.

You will study a series of modules aimed to develop your theological skills and understanding and help you apply this new knowledge to your local educational context.


The MA is studied part-time by following a two year taught module programme followed by a one year dissertation module. The taught modules are delivered at residential schools in August, January and May.

At the beginning of the course you will explore critically the methodological presumptions which underpin practical and public theology. This provides a grounding for your theological engagement with your school or academy context. Further core modules are a practical theology project, spirituality, and ritual and liturgy. You may then undertake advanced study in central ministerial areas such as biblical studies, ethics, pluralism and diversity, and missiology.

- Year One -

- August Residential: Practical and Public Theology
- January Residential: Pluralism and Diversity or The Bible and Public Theology
- May Residential: Practical Theology Project (core)

- Year Two -

- August Residential: Liturgy and Ritual in Contemporary Culture (core)
- January Residential: Christian Ethics in Contemporary Society or Christian Mission in Western Sociey
- May Residential: Spirituality (core)

- Year Three -

All year: Dissertation

The modules are assessed through a variety of tasks including essays, book reviews, case studies, research project reports, and presentations. The final dissertation is 15,000 words.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Visit the MA Schools Chaplaincy page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please contact the Admissions Office.

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