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Theology & Ministry - MA

Course Description

Programme Overview

This programme is ideal for those who have a general interest in Christianity and how it is understood and practised in contemporary societies. The emphasis on practical theology in the department means that those delivering the programme have experience of studying the beliefs and practices of 'ordinary' Christians (that is, those without academic training), and various aspects of ministry and mission in churches. Students on this programme may already be in some form of Christian ministry and want to do a Masters as in-service development, or they may be contemplating a vocation in ministry. Students who complete the programme successfully may go on to do research at doctoral level, or to professional careers in a wide range of areas.

The delivery is mainly aimed at part-time students, and the evening or weekend sessions allow you to combine study with work, and to study at York St John even if you live some distance away.


The MA Theology & Ministry requires four taught modules and a 12,000 word dissertation. There are six taught modules delivered in a two-year cycle:

* Contemporary Chrisitan Theology
* Contemporary Biblical Studies
* Ordinary Theology
* The Bible & the Church
* Church, Culture & Mission
* Contemporary Christian Ministry

N.B. One of the taught modules can be replaced by an Independent Study.

There are additional modules available from the MA Contemporary Religion Programme (taught during the day). More information can be found by following the link MA Contemporary Religion modules on the Faculty course page.

More information about all the Taught Masters Programmes within the Theology Department can be found by visiting http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/theology/postgrad.

How to apply?

Please apply online at:

Visit the Theology & Ministry - MA page on the York St John University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ivan Pegg

819.jpg Part-time MA in Theology & Religious Studies at York

"I have always wanted to study the Bible and the course was ideal for me, since it was about exegesis and about applying this to ministry. I found the course staff very helpful (admin and academic), and the resources centre and lecture rooms are great . I've been studying the course for eighteen months and being a student at York St John University has turned out to be very stimulating and rekindled a love of learning in me."

(Student Profile)

Petra Wilkinson

3462.jpg Year 2, Part-time MA Theology & Ministry

I am very grateful for the MA programme at York St John University. The lecturers are all highly professional and are focused on the academic success as well as meeting the individual needs of the students.

All academic staff are part of the development of their respective academic fields and as a student it is a privilege to partake of relevant and current research.

As a part-time student I am grateful for the flexibility of the programme and the range of modules available.

The facilities at the university are excellent as well and I think York St John really is a place where both my knowledge of theology is able to grow, and perhaps even more importantly, a passion for academic research is inspired and nourished.

(Student Profile)

Revd Prince Charles Chinedum Ezeanochie

3463.jpg Studying for my MA Theology and Ministry was a choice I had to make carefully. I stumbled on the University through a friend and upon making inquiries concerning the programme I discovered it suited me so well as an international student.

The flexibility of the programme, overseas student bursary, the structure of the modules and quality of studies were exceptional with well qualified tutors who take interest in making sure you are well taught and understand the course. The course administrators are also doing a nice job with up to date information and changes to any part of the programme.

More so, I was thrilled to see the interest the tutors take in their student's academic and personal welfare. Support sessions are arranged to help the students cope with the challenges of studying at postgraduate level. This is exceptional, and seem peculiar to York St John University, maybe because of its small nature, it functions as a community.

I would love to run another programme with the faculty if and when the opportunity comes and have already recommended it to people, one of which has registered already.

Having studied now in two different UK institutions, I can say the York St John is a University with a difference.

(Student Profile)

Andy Heslop

3464.jpg The MA Theology and Religious Studies programme attracted me because of the broad range of modules available, and the flexible nature of how the programme is arranged for part-time students. I specifically chose York St John because of the helpful support received when I made my initial enquiry. Despite setting high academic standards the staff at YSJ are not at all stuffy and formal; non academic staff are also very supportive and respond quickly to any requests for help.

Although I have not studied at degree level for many years I found the first module easy to get into. Course materials are well prepared, structured and presented – and the library system is wonderful and straightforward to access – nothing like my last academic experience twenty years ago. I have enjoyed conducting research from the comfort of my laptop.

I would not be classed as someone who practises a particular faith, but chose theology because of the breadth and importance of the subject. I have not been disappointed. The themes addressed by the programme are of universal interest and relevance, whatever your personal religious perspective. I have enjoyed listening to the input from other students in class discussions, and have been surprised by the diversity of opinion and approach. If you are interested in advanced study in an exciting and relevant subject, you should certainly consider this programme.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class or first class honours degree (or equivalent). This can be in any subject, though priority will be given to students with degrees in humanities and especially in theology or religious studies.

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